White House science advisers call for an “AI Bill of Rights”

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The Biden administration is exploring a “bill of rights” to regulate facial recognition and other potentially harmful uses of artificial intelligence, but AI’s problems loom larger than the way a new technology is regulated.

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big picture: There is no good way to regulate the role of AI in shaping a fair and equitable society without deciding how power should be balanced between individuals, corporations and government.

running news: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a fact-finding mission OSTP director Eric Lander and his deputy Alondra Nelson wrote in a Op-Ed published by Wired yesterday.

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What are they saying: Sanjay Gupta, global head of product and corporate development at Mitek Systems, a pioneer in digital identity verification, says, “Before it is too late, the conversation about what is acceptable – and unacceptable – about AI and our personal data can begin. It’s important to do.” .

  • “Companies will still find agreed ways to innovate and integrate with these technologies,” he said.

AI’s biggest booster can be a victim technical solutionism – Expecting technology to efficiently solve structural, social problems.

  • yes but: At the same time, however, focusing too narrowly on the applications of AI risks an opposite techno-solutionism – the belief that the fastest way to fix social problems is to change the technologies that affect them. do, and not because of the often complex issues that affect them.
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reminder: The Fundamental Rights Bill is almost 230 years old, and we are still debating the meaning of each of its roughly 652 words.

  • If the AI ​​Bill of Rights is our ultimate goal, we are still in the bargaining stage on the Articles of Confederation.

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