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December 2022


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Interpretability of Artificial Neural Network Models in AI versus Neuroscience

Interpretability of Artificial Neural Network Models in AI versus Neuroscience

Potential synergies and tensions between neuroscientists and AI researchers in interpreting artificial neural networks.


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Advancing Ethics Review Practices in AI Research

Advancing Ethics Review Practices in AI Research

Recent initiatives to implement AI ethics review processes, better understand societal impacts, and share learnings have had a positive effect, but more needs to be done.


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AI Is Now Essential National Infrastructure

AI Is Now Essential National Infrastructure

Building government artificial intelligence capability is as important as roads and rail.


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Can AI Invent?

Can AI Invent?

Recent patent applications for two inventions that are claimed to have been made by an AI are bringing these questions to the fore.


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The Overlooked Upsides of Algorithms in the Workplace

The Overlooked Upsides of Algorithms in the Workplace

Orly Lobel, a law professor at the University of San Diego, believes technology can make the world a better place — and she knows in 2022, that makes her a bit of a contrarian.


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What Does It Mean to Align AI with Human Values?

What Does It Mean to Align AI with Human Values?

Making sure our machines understand the intent behind our instructions requires understanding intelligence itself.


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What Social Media Regulation Could Look Like

What Social Media Regulation Could Look Like

Think of pipelines, not utilities.


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Your Creativity Will Not Save Your Job from AI

Your Creativity Will Not Save Your Job from AI

Once considered capable only of unimaginative, routine work, the robots of today craft articles and create award-winning art.


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The New AI Writing Tool Might Teach Us the Value of Truth

The New AI Writing Tool Might Teach Us the Value of Truth

AI literally does not care what is true.


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Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of AI Safety

Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of AI Safety

This philosophy fuels the artificial intelligence research agenda, creating a harmful system in the name of saving humanity.


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The Context Problem in Artificial Intelligence

The Context Problem in Artificial Intelligence

The artificial intelligence design challenge of teaming humans and machines is difficult because machines cannot read the context of use.


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The Four Horsemen of an Ailing Software Project

The Four Horsemen of an Ailing Software Project

Don't let the pale rider catch you with an exception.


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Can Universities Combat the 'Wrong Kind of AI'?

Can Universities Combat the 'Wrong Kind of AI'?

Seeking an artificial intelligence reset.


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Building a New Economy: Data, AI, and Web3

Building a New Economy

How distributed technologies could return more control to users.


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Global Perspectives of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Global Perspectives of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

ACM luminaries describe how their experiences with DEI issues vary between the different continents where they have lived.

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