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Powering the Digital Economy: Opportunities and Risks of Artificial Intelligence in Finance

IMF Departmental Paper No 2021/024 October 22, 2021 – “This paper discusses the impact of the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the financial sector. It highlights the benefits these technologies bring in terms of financial deepening and efficiency, while raising concerns about its potential in widening the digital divide between… Continue Reading

Natural Language Processing and the Law

Fleiss, Alexander and Griessel Jr, Paul, Natural Language Processing and the Law (September 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3924429 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3924429 “Given the complexity of the M&A process, it makes sense that investment bankers have software such as S&P CapIQ, 451 Research, and PitchBook that allow them to instantly look up financial details and effectively… Continue Reading

Augmented reality project involving Microsoft brings Olympics birthplace to life

Microsoft [includes video]: “Digitally preserving and restoring Ancient Olympia as it stood over 2,000 years ago – Ancient Olympia is home to institutions and ideals that have shaped the world as we know it. Now, Ancient Olympia: Common Grounds—a new collaboration between the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and Microsoft—is harnessing AI to digitally… Continue Reading

Bipartisan bill would force Big Tech to offer algorithm-free feeds, search results

Ars Technica: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced a bill that would force social media platforms to allow people to use the site without algorithms that filter or prioritize the content that users see. The bill joins a similar act proposed in the Senate, and together, the bills suggest that… Continue Reading

The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants

Lessig, Lawrence, The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants (September 10, 2021). Social Media and Democracy (Lee Bollinger & Geoffrey Stone, eds., Oxford 2022), Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 21-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3922565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3922565 “As the semantic capability of computer systems increases, the law should resolve clearly whether the First Amendment… Continue Reading

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021

MIT Technology Review: “This list marks 20 years since we began compiling an annual selection of the year’s most important technologies. Some, such as mRNA vaccines, are already changing our lives, while others are still a few years off. Below, you’ll find a brief description along with a link to a feature article that probes… Continue Reading

Can you trust Dr. Google?

Fast Company – “Data scientists say search engines are giving bad health advice Using search engines to ask high-stakes questions about your health can be problematic, according to new research. The digital world is constantly evolving—Facebook is Meta now!—yet internet search remains a magic box where we type questions and answers just appear on the… Continue Reading

The Uselessness of Useful Knowledge

Quanta Magazine – Today’s powerful but little-understood artificial intelligence breakthroughs echo past examples of unexpected scientific progress. According to the prominent AI researcher Ali Rahimi and others, today’s fashionable neural networks and deep learning techniques are based on a collection of tricks, topped with a good dash of optimism, rather than systematic analysis. Modern engineers,… Continue Reading

New Deloitte report explains how Facebook and all tech companies have to change to be more ethical

Tech Republic: “A new report from Deloitte highlights the choice many tech companies are facing when it comes to business ethics. Is it possible to hold onto business as usual or is it time to make ethics at least as important as profits. The report released on Wednesday, “Beyond good intentions” spells out the contradictory… Continue Reading

The Law of AI

Jotwell Review by Margot Kaminski: Michael Veale and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Demystifying the Draft EU Artificial Intelligence Act 22(4). Computer L. Rev. Int’l 97-112 (2021). [h/t Mary Whisner] “The question of whether new technology requires new law is central to the field of law and technology. From Frank Easterbrook’s “law of the horse” to Ryan Calo’s… Continue Reading

This climate does not exist

“ThisClimateDoesNotExist.com is an AI-driven experience based on empathy, allowing users to imagine and vizualize the environmental impacts of the current climate crisis, one address at a time. Climate change does not impact everyone equally. For the planet to tackle the climate crisis, we all need to act as though our homes were directly affected. We… Continue Reading

Amazon Puts Its Own “Brands” First Above Better-Rated Products

TheMarkUp – “The online giant gives a leg up to hundreds of house brand and exclusive products that most people don’t know are connected to Amazon… An investigation by The Markup found that Amazon places products from its house brands and products exclusive to the site ahead of those from competitors—even competitors with higher customer… Continue Reading