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Oct 5, 2022

Myanmar’s civil war meanders onward

Posted by in categories: economics, law, military

The NUG includes lawmakers from the National League for Democracy (NLD) and ethnic representatives, most of them in exile. The NUG is supported by the Karen, Karenni, Kachin and Chin ethnic groups, yet it still struggles to gain international recognition and the material support needed to eliminate military rule.

The NUG’s Federal Democracy Charter asserts that Myanmar’s states should own land and natural resources. It also claims that the police and army should be under the control of state civilian governments. The NUG believes that all citizens who swear allegiance to the nation, regardless of their ethnicity, should have the right to full citizenship — a clear departure from the 1982 Burma Citizenship Law. It also argues for the separation of religion and politics. But many NLD members from the majority Bamar ethnic group may not fully endorse the Charter.

It is unclear whether the resistance can continue without more international support and recognition amid an escalating economic and humanitarian crisis. The military still gets supplies from Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed Min Aung Hlaing as Myanmar’s leader by inviting him to Russia and meeting him at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum. The military is used to surviving sanctions and diplomatic isolation — a situation that merely confirms their nationalist ideology so long as they still get military supplies from patrons like Russia.

Oct 3, 2022

Data ethics: What it means and what it takes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, ethics, governance, law

So how should companies begin to think about ethical data management? What measures can they put in place to ensure that they are using consumer, patient, HR, facilities, and other forms of data appropriately across the value chain—from collection to analytics to insights?

We began to explore these questions by speaking with about a dozen global business leaders and data ethics experts. Through these conversations, we learned about some common data management traps that leaders and organizations can fall into, despite their best intentions. These traps include thinking that data ethics does not apply to your organization, that legal and compliance have data ethics covered, and that data scientists have all the answers—to say nothing of chasing short-term ROI at all costs and looking only at the data rather than their sources.

In this article, we explore these traps and suggest some potential ways to avoid them, such as adopting new standards for data management, rethinking governance models, and collaborating across disciplines and organizations. This list of potential challenges and remedies is not exhaustive; our research base was relatively small, and leaders could face many other obstacles, beyond our discussion here, to the ethical use of data. But what’s clear from our research is that data ethics needs both more and sustained attention from all members of the C-suite, including the CEO.

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Sep 26, 2022

New report offers blueprint for regulation of facial recognition technology

Posted by in categories: law, privacy, robotics/AI, surveillance

A new report from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Human Technology Institute outlines a model law for facial recognition technology to protect against harmful use of this technology, but also foster innovation for public benefit.

Australian law was not drafted with widespread use of facial recognition in mind. Led by UTS Industry Professors Edward Santow and Nicholas Davis, the report recommends reform to modernize Australian law, especially to address threats to and other human rights.

Facial recognition and other remote biometric technologies have grown exponentially in recent years, raising concerns about the privacy, mass and unfairness experienced, especially by people of color and women, when the technology makes mistakes.

Sep 18, 2022

Creating Human-Level AI: How and When | Ray Kurzweil

Posted by in categories: economics, ethics, law, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

Ray Kurzweil explores how and when we might create human-level artificial intelligence at the January 2017 Asilomar conference organized by the Future of Life Institute.

The Beneficial AI 2017 Conference: In our sequel to the 2015 Puerto Rico AI conference, we brought together an amazing group of AI researchers from academia and industry, and thought leaders in economics, law, ethics, and philosophy for five days dedicated to beneficial AI. We hosted a two-day workshop for our grant recipients and followed that with a 2.5-day conference, in which people from various AI-related fields hashed out opportunities and challenges related to the future of AI and steps we can take to ensure that the technology is beneficial.

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Sep 15, 2022

Possible Paths to Artificial General Intelligence

Posted by in categories: economics, ethics, law, policy, robotics/AI

Yoshua Bengio (MILA), Irina Higgins (DeepMind), Nick Bostrom (FHI), Yi Zeng (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and moderator Joshua Tenenbaum (MIT) discuss possible paths to artificial general intelligence.

The Beneficial AGI 2019 Conference: https://futureoflife.org/beneficial-agi-2019/

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Sep 14, 2022

JUST HAPPENED! Elon Musk FINALLY Trialed Neuralink On Humans!

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, Elon Musk, law, robotics/AI

🔔 Subscribe now with all notifications on for more Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla videos!Elon musk has finally tried neuralink on humans! But what is this neuralink? And how much effect will it have on us?The existence of Neuralink was first made public in 2017, when The Wall Street Journal reported on it. The company’s first significant public appearance was in 2019, when Elon Musk and other members of the Neuralink leadership team demonstrated their technology in a live streamed presentation. Neuralink’s chip is roughly the size of a penny and would be implanted in a person’s skull. An array of tiny wires, each nearly 20 times thinner than a human hair, spread out from the chip and into the patient’s brain. The cables include 1,024 electrodes that can monitor brain activity and, potentially, electrically activate the brain. This data is wirelessly transferred by the chip to computers, where it may be examined by researchers. A stiff needle, similar to a sewing machine, would be used to punch the flexible wires emerging from a Neuralink chip into a person’s brain. In January 2021, Neuralink produced a video displaying the robot.
Musk claims that the machine will make implanting Neuralink electrodes as simple as LASIK eye surgery. While this is an audacious assertion, neuroscientists told Insider in 2019 that the machine has several extremely promising aspects.📺 Watch the entire video for more information!#elon #musk #neuralink #spacex #tesla #elonmusk.

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Sep 14, 2022

Pulling Energy Out Of Thin Air

Posted by in categories: energy, law

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During the middle ages, the concept of the perpetual motion machine would develop. The first law, known as the Law of Conservation of Energy, would prohibit the existence of a perpetual motion machine, by preventing the creation or destruction of energy within an isolated system.

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Sep 8, 2022

Elon Musk wanted to back out of Twitter deal because of World War III. Here’s what the lawyers said in court

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, law

Musk texted a Morgan Stanley banker, two weeks after he publicly announced his intent to buy Twitter.

The potential of World War III appears to be a reason why the world’s richest person, Elon Musk, wanted to call off his buyout offer for Twitter, Business Insider.


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Sep 8, 2022

Uber Taps Nuro’s Street-Legal Robots For Food Deliveries

Posted by in categories: food, law, robotics/AI, sustainability

Nuro, a Softbank-backed developer of street-legal autonomous, electric delivery vehicles, has struck a long-term partnership with Uber to use its toaster-shaped micro-vans to haul food orders, groceries and other goods to customers in Silicon Valley and Houston using the Uber Eats service starting this year.

People using the Uber Eats app in Houston and Mountain View, California (where Nuro is based) will be able to order deliveries using the new autonomous service this fall, with plans to expand the program to other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area in the months ahead, the companies said.


The SoftBank-backed developer of street-legal autonomous, electric vehicles, has a long-term partnership with Uber to use its toaster-shaped micro-vans to haul food orders, groceries and other goods in Silicon Valley and Houston.

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Sep 6, 2022

Is Civilization on the Brink of Collapse?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, law, mobile phones

What We Owe The Future is available now — you can get it wherever you get your (audio)books or here: https://www.amazon.com/What-Owe-Future-William-MacAskill/dp/…atfound-20
This video was sponsored by the author, Will MacAskill. Thanks a lot for the support.

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