The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.

By Melissa Heikkilä

May 13, 2022

Europe's AI Act concept


It’s a Wild West out there for artificial intelligence. AI applications are increasingly used to make important decisions about humans’ lives with little to no oversight or accountability. This can have devastating consequences: wrongful arrests, incorrect grades for students, and even financial ruin. Women, marginalized groups, and people of color often bear the brunt of AI’s propensity for error and overreach. 

The European Union thinks it has a solution: the mother of all AI laws, called the AI Act. It is the first law that aims to curb these harms by regulating the whole sector. If the EU succeeds, it could set a new global standard for AI oversight around the world.

But the world of EU legislation can be complicated and opaque. Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know about the EU’s AI Act. The bill is currently being amended by members of the European Parliament and EU countries. 

What’s the big deal?

The AI Act is hugely ambitious. It would require extra checks for “high risk” uses of AI that have the most potential to harm people. This could include systems used for grading exams, recruiting employees, or helping judges make decisions about law and justice. The first draft of the bill also includes bans on uses of AI deemed “unacceptable,” such as scoring people on the basis of their perceived trustworthiness. 

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Big Tech’s attention economy can be reformed. Here’s how.

The business model is doing irreparable harm to society. But there is an alternative, and we don’t need to destroy the tech giants to get there.

by Tristan Harrisarchive page

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This week a violent mob mounted the biggest attack on the Capitol, the seat of American democracy, in more than 200 years, driven by the false belief that the presidential election had been stolen. The chief author of that claim was President Donald Trump, but the mob’s readiness to believe it was in large part a product of the attention economy that modern technology has created.

News feeds on Facebook or Twitter operate on a business model of commodifying the attention of billions of people per day, sorting tweets, posts, and groups to determine which get the most engagement (clicks, views, and shares)—what gets the strongest emotional reactions. These commodifying attention platforms have warped the collective psyche. They have led to narrower and crazier views of the world.

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Deepfakes đe dọa doanh nghiệp

By Nguyễn Vũ 3/8/2019, 06:36

TBKTSG – Lâu nay khi nói đến deepfakes, tức kỹ thuật dùng trí tuệ nhân tạo và học máy để làm ra các video giả, người ta chỉ nghĩ đến loại video giả các chính trị gia nói chuyện trên trời dưới đất hay loại video các nhân vật nổi tiếng như David Beckham kể chuyện tiếu lâm bằng tiếng Việt. Thế nhưng, vừa có những cảnh báo bọn lừa đảo dùng công nghệ này để giả danh chủ doanh nghiệp đánh lừa nhân viên để chiếm đoạt tiền bạc. Tiếp tục đọc “Deepfakes đe dọa doanh nghiệp”

Better access to information means better chances to thrive

VNN – BY Khoa Thư – July 19, 2019 – 09:00

Ethnic minority women from Trang Village listen to the bulletin during their VSLA meeting. — VNS Photo Khoa Thư

HÀ NỘI — Meticulously wrapping a white linen scarf around her head, adjusting a silver necklace, Lý Thị Mai made the final touches before joining her friends. Tiếp tục đọc “Better access to information means better chances to thrive”

Bộ trưởng Công an: ‘Chặn Internet thì ta không chơi được với ai’

Thượng tướng Tô Lâm nói dòng chảy thông tin giống như hệ tuần hoàn của cơ thể con người, “phải làm sao để không bị nghẽn mạch”.

VNexpress_Chiều 13/11, Quốc hội thảo luận ở tổ về dự án Luật An ninh mạng. Thượng tướng Tô Lâm – Bộ trưởng Công an, cho biết Bộ được phân công chủ trì soạn thảo dự luật này và đã rất thận trọng trong thực hiện, vì đây là nội dung liên quan đến quyền tự do, dân chủ của nhân dân.

“Đây cũng là vấn đề rất khó, không chỉ Việt Nam mà với thế giới”, Bộ trưởng nói.

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The smartphone is eventually going to die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are racing to kill it

Industry 4.0 poses great challenges to ASEAN, including Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/11/2017 15:14 GMT + 7

Vu Khoan, former Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, speaks at the international conference on ‘geo-political transition in the Asia-Pacific and the half-century road of ASEAN’ in Hanoi, June 9, 2017.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, was named one of the biggest challenges facing ASEAN at a conference in Hanoi on Friday to review the association’s prospects.

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