When the robot Sophia was given Saudi Kingdom citizenship, many pointed out the irony of this in a country where women were only given the right to drive recently. Even more worrying is the notion of corporate personhood
: “Giving AI anything close to human rights would allow firms to pass off both legal and tax liability to these completely synthetic entities. Basically, the entire legal notion of personhood breaks down.”
“Taste classifies, and it classifies the classifier” (Bourdieu). If our taste is dictated by data-fed algorithms controlled by massive tech corporations, then we must be content to classify ourselves as slavish followers of robots. Great long read
about fashion, taste, and tech.
A very good account of how deep learning
was born and of its limits.
Richard Stallman’s latest proposal on how to keep personal data
safe and here
his latest interview for the NY Mag.
The Gender Shades
project evaluates the accuracy of AI-powered gender classification products. Spoiler: they are not that accurate.
Why inclusion matters
for the future of Artificial Intelligence: the Berkman-Klein Centre makes a stand and launches a new web
: Chinese civil society 1 - Weibo 0.
A Chinese artist bought online
the data of 300 000 people and made public art out of it. Chapeau.
Archeology of the imaginary: life in 2018 as predicted by people in 1918
. Futurology: life in the AI future predicted by people in 2018
of early 2018 research on fake news sites and media bias.
If you think about it, GDPR is making Facebook discriminating
its users against their geographic location.
hurdles: you can’t regulate a hugely complex computer system with a clipboard and a pen. It will take intelligent technology to regulate intelligent technology.
An account of how neighbourhood activists in Barcelona are appropriating
new technologies into the old-fashioned politics of community development.
My friend Simone from OONI has made a short documentary about internet censorship in Cuba
That’s all! Thanks for reading and sharing.