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Daily Archives: June 11, 2023

How AI could take over elections and undermine democracy

Via LLRXHow AI could take over elections and undermine democracy Archon Fung, Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, Harvard Kennedy School, and Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard University, pose the question: “Could organizations use artificial intelligence language models such as ChatGPT to induce voters to behave in specific ways? Sen. Josh Hawley asked OpenAI CEO Sam Altman this question in a May 16, 2023, U.S. Senate hearing on artificial intelligence. Altman replied that he was indeed concerned that some people might use language models to manipulate, persuade and engage in one-on-one interactions with voters. Altman did not elaborate, but he might have had something like this scenario in mind. Imagine that soon, political technologists develop a machine called Clogger – a political campaign in a black box. Clogger relentlessly pursues just one objective: to maximize the chances that its candidate – the campaign that buys the services of Clogger Inc. – prevails in an election. While platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube use forms of AI to get users to spend more time on their sites, Clogger’s AI would have a different objective: to change people’s voting behavior.

Generative Artificial Intelligence and Data Privacy: A Primer

Congressional Research Service (CRS) – Generative Artificial Intelligence and Data Privacy. A Primer May 23, 2023: “Since the public release of Open AI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, and other similar systems, some Members of Congress have expressed interest in the risks associated with “generative artificial intelligence (AI).” Although exact definitions vary, generative AI is a type… Continue Reading

Goodbye ChatGPT And Bard

Here Are (Newly Released) AI Tools That Will Blow Your Mind , Medium, Nitin Sharma: I bet you don’t know any of these tools. The demand for high-performance GPUs has skyrocketed as more and more individuals strive to build their own machine-learning models. Nvidia has capitalized on this AI hype, selling its products at an… Continue Reading

AI Canon

Andreessen Horowitz – Derrick Harris, Matt Bornstein, and Guido Appenzeller – AI Canon: “Research in artificial intelligence is increasing at an exponential rate. It’s difficult for AI experts to keep up with everything new being published, and even harder for beginners to know where to start. So, in this post, we’re sharing a curated list… Continue Reading

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Presidential Records and the Presidential Records Act

NARA – “Recent media reports have generated a large number of queries about Presidential records and the Presidential Records Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 2201-2209. The PRA requires that all records created by Presidents (and Vice-Presidents) be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at the end of their administrations. Below is additional… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 11, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 11, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Why voters who value democracy participate in democratic backsliding

Nature Human Behavior, Accepted: 3 April 2023. Why voters who value democracy participate in democratic backsliding “Around the world, citizens are voting away the democracies they claim to cherish. Here we present evidence that this behaviour is driven in part by the belief that their opponents will undermine democracy first. In an observational study (N… Continue Reading

FIRMS Map Viewer

NASA: “FIRMS Fire Map allows you to interactively browse the full archive of global active fire detections from MODIS and VIIRS. Near real-time fire data are available within approximately 3 hours of satellite overpass and imagery within 4-5 hours.” Technology OpenLayers MapServer Javascript libraries: ol-mapbox-style, visjs, flatpickr, nouislider, @jaames/iro Imagery / Data FIRMS ESRI Global… Continue Reading

CBC Climate Dashboard

“The Climate Dashboard has new features. Click on the layers icon on the globe to see wildfire smoke and active fires. Air quality is also now available for many locations across Canada…The data for the Climate Dashboard comes from the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC). We display weather information for 485 locations in real time.… Continue Reading