what happened: The EU is working on new rules to make it easier to sue artificial intelligence companies for damage. A bill unveiled last week that could become law within a few years is part of a European effort to stop AI developers from releasing dangerous systems.
detail: The goal of the bill is to hold AI companies accountable for potential harm and discrimination caused by their systems by making it easier for consumers to initiate EU-wide class actions.The new bill, called the AI Accountability Directive, will EU Artificial Intelligence Actwhich will become EU law at the same time, and will require additional checks on “high-risk” uses of AI most likely to harm humans, including policing, recruitment or the healthcare system.
response: While tech companies have complained that it could have a chilling effect on innovation, consumer activists say it’s not enough. Whether successful or not, the legislation will have knock-on effects on how AI is regulated around the world. Read the full article.
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1 How Iranians circumvent internet blackouts in the country
Overseas digital rights organizations scrambled to help. (NBC)
+ Iranians living abroad have been watching in horror at the brutal police crackdown. (protector)
+ Security forces cracked down on student protesters. (BBC)
Founder of 2 Celsius Network Withdraws Millions Before Bankruptcy
Cryptocurrency lenders are by far one of the biggest victims of the industry. (foot $)
+ Fair weather investors in Bitcoin are nowhere to be found. (Bloomberg $)
+ Indian exchange WazirX lays off 40% of staff. (coin table)
3 Big Tech Funds a Group That Paved the Way for Roe’s End
The Independent Women’s Forum has long lobbied for a conservative-led Supreme Court. (intercept)
+ Watch the cognitive dissonance of Roy’s ending unfold online. (MIT Technology Review)
4 What we can learn from tracking suicidal ideation through smartphones
A new research project is using algorithms to develop effective intervention systems. (New York Times $)
5 Knowing the Father Age of the Internet
Engineer David Mills created software that keeps the internet’s clocks in sync, but it’s unclear who his successor will be. (New Yorker $)
6 Invasive species have a bad reputation
A new wave of researchers wants to restore their image — but not everyone agrees. (atlantic organization $)
9 White noise is generating millions of streams
But who is actually making it? (protector)
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