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Daily Archives: April 18, 2023

AI Incident Database

AID: “Intelligent systems are currently prone to unforeseen and often dangerous failures when they are deployed to the real world. Much like the transportation sector before it (e.g., FAA and FARS) and more recently computer systems, intelligent systems require a repository of problems experienced in the real world so that future researchers and developers may mitigate or avoid repeated bad outcomes. What is an Incident? The initial set of more than 1,000 incident reports have been intentionally broad in nature. Current examples include,

You are invited to explore the incidents collected to date, view the complete listing, and submit additional incident reports. Researchers are invited to review our working definition of AI incidents.”

How to set up two-factor authentication on your online services

The Verge: “…Authentication apps generate one-time numerical passcodes that change approximately every minute. When you log in to your service or app, it will ask for your authenticator code; you just open up the app to find the randomly generated code required to get past security. Popular options include Authy, Google Authenticator, and Microsoft Authenticator.… Continue Reading

GPT-4 will hunt for trends in medical records thanks to Microsoft and Epic

ars technica – Generative AI promises to streamline health care, but critics say not so fast. “On Monday [April 17, 2023], Microsoft and Epic Systems announced that they are bringing OpenAI’s GPT-4 AI language model into health care for use in drafting message responses from health care workers to patients and for use in analyzing… Continue Reading

The Global Expansion of Judicial Power

Hirschl, Ran, The Global Expansion of Judicial Power (March 1, 2023). Oxford Handbook of Comparative Judicial Behavior (Lee Epstein, Gunnar Grendstad, Urška Šadl, and Keren Weinshall, eds., Oxford University Press, 2023), Available at SSRN: or “The global expansion of judicial power is one of the most significant developments in late-20th and early-21st century… Continue Reading

Inside the secret list of websites that make AI chatbots sound smart

Washington Post: “AI chatbots have exploded in popularity over the past four months, stunning the public with their awesome abilities, from writing sophisticated term papers to holding unnervingly lucid conversations. Chatbots cannot think like humans: They do not actually understand what they say. They can mimic human speech because the artificial intelligence that powers them… Continue Reading

The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model

Rand – The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It = “Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia’s approach to propaganda. This new approach was on full display during the country’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula.… Continue Reading

Digital Privacy Legislation is Civil Rights Legislation

EFF: “As Congress ponders legislation to reform “big tech,” it must view comprehensive digital privacy legislation as desperately needed civil rights legislation, because data abuses often disproportionately harm communities already bearing the brunt of other inequalities. Harvesting and monetizing personal data whenever anyone uses social media or even vital online services has become ubiquitous, yet… Continue Reading

Ethics Complaints Justice Thomas Referred To Top Judicial Panel

HuffPo: “Complaints about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas have been referred to a federal panel that oversees the nation’s financial disclosure laws, a top judicial official said Tuesday. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) last week called on the body overseeing the federal judiciary to refer Thomas for investigation amid a series… Continue Reading