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    Your Undivided Attention

    In our podcast, Your Undivided Attention, co-hosts Tristan Harris, Aza Raskin and Daniel Barcay explore the unprecedented power of emerging technologies: how they fit into our lives, and how they fit into a humane future. Join us every other Thursday as we confront challenges and explore solutions with a wide range of thought leaders and change-makers — like Audrey Tang on digital democracy, neurotechnology with Nita Farahany, getting beyond dystopia with Yuval Noah Harari, and Esther Perel on Artificial Intimacy: the other AI. Your Undivided Attention is produced by Executive Editor Sasha Fegan and Senior Producer Julia Scott. Our Researcher/Producer is Joshua Lash. We are a top tech podcast worldwide with more than 20 million downloads and a member of the TED Audio Collective.
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    How to Think About AI Consciousness With Anil Seth

    How to Think About AI Consciousness With Anil Seth

    Will AI ever start to think by itself? If it did, how would we know, and what would it mean?

    In this episode, Dr. Anil Seth and Aza discuss the science, ethics, and incentives of artificial consciousness. Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and the author of Being You: A New Science of Consciousness.

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    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    A free, plain text version of the Shelley’s classic of gothic literature.

    OpenAI’s GPT4o Demo

    A video from OpenAI demonstrating GPT4o’s remarkable ability to mimic human sentience.

    You Can Have the Blue Pill or the Red Pill, and We’re Out of Blue Pills

    The NYT op-ed from last year by Tristan, Aza, and Yuval Noah Harari outlining the AI dilemma. 

    What It’s Like to Be a Bat

    Thomas Nagel’s essay on the nature of consciousness.

    Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

    Philosopher Nick Bostrom’s essay on the simulation hypothesis.

    Anthropic’s Golden Gate Claude

    A blog post about Anthropic’s recent discovery of millions of distinct concepts within their LLM, a major development in the field of AI interpretability.

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    Esther Perel on Artificial Intimacy

    Talking With Animals... Using AI

    Synthetic Humanity: AI & What’s At Stake

    Why Are Migrants Becoming AI Test Subjects? With Petra Molnar

    Why Are Migrants Becoming AI Test Subjects? With Petra Molnar

    Climate change, political instability, hunger. These are just some of the forces behind an unprecedented refugee crisis that’s expected to include over a billion people by 2050. In response to this growing crisis, wealthy governments like the US and the EU are employing novel AI and surveillance technologies to slow the influx of migrants at their borders. But will this rollout stop at the border?

    In this episode, Tristan and Aza sit down with Petra Molnar to discuss how borders have become a proving ground for the sharpest edges of technology, and especially AI. Petra is an immigration lawyer and co-creator of the Migration and Technology Monitor. Her new book is “The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.”

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    The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    Petra’s newly published book on the rollout of high risk tech at the border.

    Bots at the Gate

    A report co-authored by Petra about Canada’s use of AI technology in their immigration process.

    Technological Testing Grounds

    A report authored by Petra about the use of experimental technology in EU border enforcement.

    Startup Pitched Tasing Migrants from Drones, Video Reveals

    An article from The Intercept, containing the demo for Brinc’s taser drone pilot program.

    The UNHCR

    Information about the global refugee crisis from the UN.

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    War is a Laboratory for AI with Paul Scharre

    No One is Immune to AI Harms with Dr. Joy Buolamwini

    Can We Govern AI? With Marietje Schaake

    CLARIFICATION:

    The iBorderCtrl project referenced in this episode was a pilot project that was discontinued in 2019

    Former OpenAI Engineer William Saunders on Silence, Safety, and the Right to Warn

    Former OpenAI Engineer William Saunders on Silence, Safety, and the Right to Warn

    This week, a group of current and former employees from Open AI and Google Deepmind penned an open letter accusing the industry’s leading companies of prioritizing profits over safety. This comes after a spate of high profile departures from OpenAI, including co-founder Ilya Sutskever and senior researcher Jan Leike, as well as reports that OpenAI has gone to great lengths to silence would-be whistleblowers. 

    The writers of the open letter argue that researchers have a “right to warn” the public about AI risks and laid out a series of principles that would protect that right. In this episode, we sit down with one of those writers: William Saunders, who left his job as a research engineer at OpenAI in February. William is now breaking the silence on what he saw at OpenAI that compelled him to leave the company and to put his name to this letter. 

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    The Right to Warn Open Letter 

    My Perspective On "A Right to Warn about Advanced Artificial Intelligence": A follow-up from William about the letter

     Leaked OpenAI documents reveal aggressive tactics toward former employees: An investigation by Vox into OpenAI’s policy of non-disparagement.

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    1. A First Step Toward AI Regulation with Tom Wheeler 
    2. Spotlight on AI: What Would It Take For This to Go Well? 
    3. Big Food, Big Tech and Big AI with Michael Moss 
    4. Can We Govern AI? with Marietje Schaake

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    War is a Laboratory for AI with Paul Scharre

    War is a Laboratory for AI with Paul Scharre

    Right now, militaries around the globe are investing heavily in the use of AI weapons and drones.  From Ukraine to Gaza, weapons systems with increasing levels of autonomy are being used to kill people and destroy infrastructure and the development of fully autonomous weapons shows little signs of slowing down. What does this mean for the future of warfare? What safeguards can we put up around these systems? And is this runaway trend toward autonomous warfare inevitable or will nations come together and choose a different path? In this episode, Tristan and Daniel sit down with Paul Scharre to try to answer some of these questions. Paul is a former Army Ranger, the author of two books on autonomous weapons and he helped the Department of Defense write a lot of its policy on the use of AI in weaponry. 

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    Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Paul’s book on the future of AI in war, which came out in 2023.

    Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War: Paul’s 2018 book documenting and predicting the rise of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapons as part of modern warfare.

    The Perilous Coming Age of AI Warfare: How to Limit the Threat of Autonomous Warfare: Paul’s article in Foreign Affairs based on his recent trip to the battlefield in Ukraine.

    The night the world almost almost ended: A BBC documentary about Stanislav Petrov’s decision not to start nuclear war.

    AlphaDogfight Trials Final Event: The full simulated dogfight between an AI and human pilot. The AI pilot swept, 5-0.

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    1. The AI ‘Race’: China vs. the US with Jeffrey Ding and Karen Hao
    2. Can We Govern AI? with Marietje Schaake
    3. Big Food, Big Tech and Big AI with Michael Moss
    4. The Invisible Cyber-War with Nicole Perlroth

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    AI and Jobs: How to Make AI Work With Us, Not Against Us With Daron Acemoglu

    AI and Jobs: How to Make AI Work With Us, Not Against Us With Daron Acemoglu

    Tech companies say that AI will lead to massive economic productivity gains. But as we know from the first digital revolution, that’s not what happened. Can we do better this time around?

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    Power and Progress by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson Professor Acemoglu co-authored a bold reinterpretation of economics and history that will fundamentally change how you see the world

    Can we Have Pro-Worker AI? Professor Acemoglu co-authored this paper about redirecting AI development onto the human-complementary path

    Rethinking Capitalism: In Conversation with Daron Acemoglu The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development hosted Professor Acemoglu to examine how technology affects the distribution and growth of resources while being shaped by economic and social incentives

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    1. The Three Rules of Humane Tech
    2. The Tech We Need for 21st Century Democracy
    3. Can We Govern AI?
    4. An Alternative to Silicon Valley Unicorns

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    Jonathan Haidt On How to Solve the Teen Mental Health Crisis

    Jonathan Haidt On How to Solve the Teen Mental Health Crisis

    Suicides. Self harm. Depression and anxiety. The toll of a social media-addicted, phone-based childhood has never been more stark. It can be easy for teens, parents and schools to feel like they’re trapped by it all. But in this conversation with Tristan Harris, author and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt makes the case that the conditions that led to today’s teenage mental health crisis can be turned around – with specific, achievable actions we all can take starting today.

    This episode was recorded live at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club.  

    Correction: Tristan mentions that 40 Attorneys General have filed a lawsuit against Meta for allegedly fostering addiction among children and teens through their products. However, the actual number is 42 Attorneys General who are taking legal action against Meta.

    Clarification: Jonathan refers to the Wait Until 8th pledge. By signing the pledge, a parent  promises not to give their child a smartphone until at least the end of 8th grade. The pledge becomes active once at least ten other families from their child’s grade pledge the same.

    Chips Are the Future of AI. They’re Also Incredibly Vulnerable. With Chris Miller

    Chips Are the Future of AI. They’re Also Incredibly Vulnerable. With Chris Miller

    Beneath the race to train and release more powerful AI models lies another race: a race by companies and nation-states to secure the hardware to make sure they win AI supremacy. 

    Correction: The latest available Nvidia chip is the Hopper H100 GPU, which has 80 billion transistors. Since the first commercially available chip had four transistors, the Hopper actually has 20 billion times that number. Nvidia recently announced the Blackwell, which boasts 208 billion transistors - but it won’t ship until later this year.

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    Chip War: The Fight For the World’s Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller

    To make sense of the current state of politics, economics, and technology, we must first understand the vital role played by chips

    Gordon Moore Biography & Facts

    Gordon Moore, the Intel co-founder behind Moore's Law, passed away in March of 2023

    AI’s most popular chipmaker Nvidia is trying to use AI to design chips faster

    Nvidia's GPUs are in high demand - and the company is using AI to accelerate chip production

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    Future-proofing Democracy In the Age of AI with Audrey Tang

    How Will AI Affect the 2024 Elections? with Renee DiResta and Carl Miller

    The AI ‘Race’: China vs. the US with Jeffrey Ding and Karen Hao

    Protecting Our Freedom of Thought with Nita Farahany

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

     

     

    Future-proofing Democracy In the Age of AI with Audrey Tang

    Future-proofing Democracy In the Age of AI with Audrey Tang

    What does a functioning democracy look like in the age of artificial intelligence? Could AI even be used to help a democracy flourish? Just in time for election season, Taiwan’s Minister of Digital Affairs Audrey Tang returns to the podcast to discuss healthy information ecosystems, resilience to cyberattacks, how to “prebunk” deepfakes, and more. 

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    Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page

    This academic paper addresses tough questions for Americans: Who governs? Who really rules? 

    Recursive Public

    Recursive Public is an experiment in identifying areas of consensus and disagreement among the international AI community, policymakers, and the general public on key questions of governance

    A Strong Democracy is a Digital Democracy

    Audrey Tang’s 2019 op-ed for The New York Times

    The Frontiers of Digital Democracy

    Nathan Gardels interviews Audrey Tang in Noema

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    Digital Democracy is Within Reach with Audrey Tang

    The Tech We Need for 21st Century Democracy with Divya Siddarth

    How Will AI Affect the 2024 Elections? with Renee DiResta and Carl Miller

    The AI Dilemma

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    U.S. Senators Grilled Social Media CEOs. Will Anything Change?

    U.S. Senators Grilled Social Media CEOs. Will Anything Change?

    Was it political progress, or just political theater? The recent Senate hearing with social media CEOs led to astonishing moments — including Mark Zuckerberg’s public apology to families who lost children following social media abuse. Our panel of experts, including Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, untangles the explosive hearing, and offers a look ahead, as well. How will this hearing impact protocol within these social media companies? How will it impact legislation? In short: will anything change?

    Clarification: Julie says that shortly after the hearing, Meta’s stock price had the biggest increase of any company in the stock market’s history. It was the biggest one-day gain by any company in Wall Street history.

    Correction: Frances says it takes Snap three or four minutes to take down exploitative content. In Snap's most recent transparency report, they list six minutes as the median turnaround time to remove exploitative content.

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    Get Media Savvy

    Founded by Julie Scelfo, Get Media Savvy is a non-profit initiative working to establish a healthy media environment for kids and families

    The Power of One by Frances Haugen

    The inside story of France’s quest to bring transparency and accountability to Big Tech

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    Real Social Media Solutions, Now with Frances Haugen

    A Conversation with Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen

    Are the Kids Alright?

    Social Media Victims Lawyer Up with Laura Marquez-Garrett

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

     

     

    Taylor Swift is Not Alone: The Deepfake Nightmare Sweeping the Internet

    Taylor Swift is Not Alone: The Deepfake Nightmare Sweeping the Internet

    Over the past year, a tsunami of apps that digitally strip the clothes off real people has hit the market. Now anyone can create fake non-consensual sexual images in just a few clicks. With cases proliferating in high schools, guest presenter Laurie Segall talks to legal scholar Mary Anne Franks about the AI-enabled rise in deep fake porn and what we can do about it. 

    Correction: Laurie refers to the app 'Clothes Off.' It’s actually named Clothoff. There are many clothes remover apps in this category.

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    Revenge Porn: The Cyberwar Against Women

    In a five-part digital series, Laurie Segall uncovers a disturbing internet trend: the rise of revenge porn

    The Cult of the Constitution

    In this provocative book, Mary Anne Franks examines the thin line between constitutional fidelity and constitutional fundamentalism

    Fake Explicit Taylor Swift Images Swamp Social Media

    Calls to protect women and crack down on the platforms and technology that spread such images have been reignited

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    No One is Immune to AI Harms

    Esther Perel on Artificial Intimacy

    Social Media Victims Lawyer Up

    The AI Dilemma

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    Can Myth Teach Us Anything About the Race to Build Artificial General Intelligence? With Josh Schrei

    Can Myth Teach Us Anything About the Race to Build Artificial General Intelligence? With Josh Schrei

    We usually talk about tech in terms of economics or policy, but the casual language tech leaders often use to describe AI — summoning an inanimate force with the powers of code — sounds more... magical. So, what can myth and magic teach us about the AI race? Josh Schrei, mythologist and host of The Emerald podcast,  says that foundational cultural tales like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" or Prometheus teach us the importance of initiation, responsibility, human knowledge, and care.  He argues these stories and myths can guide ethical tech development by reminding us what it is to be human. 

    Correction: Josh says the first telling of "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" myth dates back to ancient Egypt, but it actually dates back to ancient Greece.

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    The Emerald podcast

    The Emerald explores the human experience through a vibrant lens of myth, story, and imagination

    Embodied Ethics in The Age of AI

    A five-part course with The Emerald podcast’s Josh Schrei and School of Wise Innovation’s Andrew Dunn

    Nature Nurture: Children Can Become Stewards of Our Delicate Planet

    A U.S. Department of the Interior study found that the average American kid can identify hundreds of corporate logos but not plants and animals

    The New Fire

    AI is revolutionizing the world - here's how democracies can come out on top. This upcoming book was authored by an architect of President Biden's AI executive order

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    How Will AI Affect the 2024 Elections?

    The AI Dilemma

    The Three Rules of Humane Tech

    AI Myths and Misconceptions

     

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    How Will AI Affect the 2024 Elections? with Renee DiResta and Carl Miller

    How Will AI Affect the 2024 Elections? with Renee DiResta and Carl Miller

    2024 will be the biggest election year in world history. Forty countries will hold national elections, with over two billion voters heading to the polls. In this episode of Your Undivided Attention, two experts give us a situation report on how AI will increase the risks to our elections and our democracies. 

    Correction: Tristan says two billion people from 70 countries will be undergoing democratic elections in 2024. The number expands to 70 when non-national elections are factored in.

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    White House AI Executive Order Takes On Complexity of Content Integrity Issues
    Renee DiResta’s piece in Tech Policy Press about content integrity within President Biden’s AI executive order

    The Stanford Internet Observatory
    A cross-disciplinary program of research, teaching and policy engagement for the study of abuse in current information technologies, with a focus on social media

    Demos

    Britain’s leading cross-party think tank

    Invisible Rulers: The People Who Turn Lies into Reality by Renee DiResta

    Pre-order Renee’s upcoming book that’s landing on shelves June 11, 2024

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    The Spin Doctors Are In with Renee DiResta

    From Russia with Likes Part 1 with Renee DiResta

    From Russia with Likes Part 2 with Renee DiResta

    Esther Perel on Artificial Intimacy

    The AI Dilemma

    A Conversation with Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen

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    2023 Ask Us Anything

    2023 Ask Us Anything

    You asked, we answered. This has been a big year in the world of tech, with the rapid proliferation of artificial intelligence, acceleration of neurotechnology, and continued ethical missteps of social media. Looking back on 2023, there are still so many questions on our minds, and we know you have a lot of questions too. So we created this episode to respond to listener questions and to reflect on what lies ahead.

    Correction: Tristan mentions that 41 Attorneys General have filed a lawsuit against Meta for allegedly fostering addiction among children and teens through their products. However, the actual number is 42 Attorneys General who are taking legal action against Meta.

    Correction: Tristan refers to Casey Mock as the Center for Humane Technology’s Chief Policy and Public Affairs Manager. His title is Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer.

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    Tech Policy Watch

    Marietje Schaake curates this briefing on artificial intelligence and technology policy from around the world

    The AI Executive Order

    President Biden’s executive order on the safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of AI

    Meta sued by 42 AGs for addictive features targeting kids

    A bipartisan group of 42 attorneys general is suing Meta, alleging features on Facebook and Instagram are addictive and are aimed at kids and teens

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    The Three Rules of Humane Tech

    Two Million Years in Two Hours: A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari

    Inside the First AI Insight Forum in Washington

    Digital Democracy is Within Reach with Audrey Tang

    The Tech We Need for 21st Century Democracy with Divya Siddarth

    Mind the (Perception) Gap with Dan Vallone

    The AI Dilemma

    Can We Govern AI? with Marietje Schaake

    Ask Us Anything: You Asked, We Answered

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    The Promise and Peril of Open Source AI with Elizabeth Seger and Jeffrey Ladish

    The Promise and Peril of Open Source AI with Elizabeth Seger and Jeffrey Ladish

    As AI development races forward, a fierce debate has emerged over open source AI models. So what does it mean to open-source AI? Are we opening Pandora’s box of catastrophic risks? Or is open-sourcing AI the only way we can democratize its benefits and dilute the power of big tech? 

    Correction: When discussing the large language model Bloom, Elizabeth said it functions in 26 different languages. Bloom is actually able to generate text in 46 natural languages and 13 programming languages - and more are in the works.

     

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    Open-Sourcing Highly Capable Foundation Models

    This report, co-authored by Elizabeth Seger, attempts to clarify open-source terminology and to offer a thorough analysis of risks and benefits from open-sourcing AI

    BadLlama: cheaply removing safety fine-tuning from Llama 2-Chat 13B

    This paper, co-authored by Jeffrey Ladish, demonstrates that it’s possible to effectively undo the safety fine-tuning from Llama 2-Chat 13B with less than $200 while retaining its general capabilities

    Centre for the Governance of AI

    Supports governments, technology companies, and other key institutions by producing relevant research and guidance around how to respond to the challenges posed by AI

    AI: Futures and Responsibility (AI:FAR)

    Aims to shape the long-term impacts of AI in ways that are safe and beneficial for humanity

    Palisade Research

    Studies the offensive capabilities of AI systems today to better understand the risk of losing control to AI systems forever

     

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    A First Step Toward AI Regulation with Tom Wheeler

    No One is Immune to AI Harms with Dr. Joy Buolamwini

    Mustafa Suleyman Says We Need to Contain AI. How Do We Do It?

    The AI Dilemma

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    A First Step Toward AI Regulation with Tom Wheeler

    A First Step Toward AI Regulation with Tom Wheeler

    On Monday, Oct. 30, President Biden released a sweeping executive order that addresses many risks of artificial intelligence. Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, shares his insights on the order with Tristan and Aza and discusses what’s next in the push toward AI regulation. 

    Clarification: When quoting Thomas Jefferson, Aza incorrectly says “regime” instead of “regimen.” The correct quote is: “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. And as that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered, and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regime of their barbarous ancestors.”

     

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    The AI Executive Order

    President Biden’s Executive Order on the safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of AI

    UK AI Safety Summit

    The summit brings together international governments, leading AI companies, civil society groups, and experts in research to consider the risks of AI and discuss how they can be mitigated through internationally coordinated action

    aitreaty.org

    An open letter calling for an international AI treaty

    Techlash: Who Makes the Rules in the Digital Gilded Age?

    Praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a rock-solid plan for controlling the tech giants,” readers will be energized by Tom Wheeler’s vision of digital governance

     

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    Inside the First AI Insight Forum in Washington

    Digital Democracy is Within Reach with Audrey Tang

    The AI Dilemma

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    No One is Immune to AI Harms with Dr. Joy Buolamwini

    No One is Immune to AI Harms with Dr. Joy Buolamwini

    In this interview, Dr. Joy Buolamwini argues that algorithmic bias in AI systems poses risks to marginalized people. She challenges the assumptions of tech leaders who advocate for AI “alignment” and explains why some tech companies are hypocritical when it comes to addressing bias. 

    Dr. Joy Buolamwini is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League and the author of “Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines.

    Correction: Aza says that Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, predicts superintelligence in four years. Altman predicts superintelligence in ten years.

     

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    Unmasking AI by Joy Buolamwini

    “The conscience of the AI revolution” explains how we’ve arrived at an era of AI harms and oppression, and what we can do to avoid its pitfalls

    Coded Bias

    Shalini Kantayya’s film explores the fallout of Dr. Joy’s discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all

    How I’m fighting bias in algorithms

    Dr. Joy’s 2016 TED Talk about her mission to fight bias in machine learning, a phenomenon she calls the "coded gaze."

     

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    Mustafa Suleyman Says We Need to Contain AI. How Do We Do It?

    Protecting Our Freedom of Thought with Nita Farahany

    The AI Dilemma

     

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

     

    Mustafa Suleyman Says We Need to Contain AI. How Do We Do It?

    Mustafa Suleyman Says We Need to Contain AI. How Do We Do It?

    This is going to be the most productive decade in the history of our species, says Mustafa Suleyman, author of “The Coming Wave,” CEO of Inflection AI, and founder of Google’s DeepMind. But in order to truly reap the benefits of AI, we need to learn how to contain it. Paradoxically, part of that will mean collectively saying no to certain forms of progress. As an industry leader reckoning with a future that’s about to be ‘turbocharged’  Mustafa says we can all play a role in shaping the technology in hands-on ways and by advocating for appropriate governance.

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    The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the 21st Century’s Greatest Dilemma

    This new book from Mustafa Suleyman is a must-read guide to the technological revolution just starting, and the transformed world it will create

    Partnership on AI

    Partnership on AI is bringing together diverse voices from across the AI community to create resources for advancing positive outcomes for people and society

    Policy Reforms Toolkit from the Center for Humane Technology

    Digital lawlessness has been normalized in the name of innovation. It’s possible to craft policy that protects the conditions we need to thrive

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    AI Myths and Misconceptions

    Can We Govern AI? with Marietje Schaake

    The AI Dilemma

    Your Undivided Attention is produced by the Center for Humane Technology. Follow us on Twitter: @HumaneTech_

    Inside the First AI Insight Forum in Washington

    Inside the First AI Insight Forum in Washington

    Last week, Senator Chuck Schumer brought together Congress and many of the biggest names in AI for the first closed-door AI Insight Forum in Washington, D.C. Tristan and Aza were invited speakers at the event, along with Elon Musk, Satya Nadella, Sam Altman, and other leaders. In this update on Your Undivided Attention, Tristan and Aza recount how they felt the meeting went, what they communicated in their statements, and what it felt like to critique Meta’s LLM in front of Mark Zuckerberg.

    Correction: In this episode, Tristan says GPT-3 couldn’t find vulnerabilities in code. GPT-3 could find security vulnerabilities, but GPT-4 is exponentially better at it.

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    In Show of Force, Silicon Valley Titans Pledge ‘Getting This Right’ With A.I.
    Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and others discussed artificial intelligence with lawmakers, as tech companies strive to influence potential regulations

    Majority Leader Schumer Opening Remarks For The Senate’s Inaugural AI Insight Forum
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) opened the Senate’s inaugural AI Insight Forum

    The Wisdom Gap
    As seen in Tristan’s talk on this subject in 2022, the scope and speed of our world’s issues are accelerating and growing more complex. And yet, our ability to comprehend those challenges and respond accordingly is not matching pace

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    Spotlight On AI: What Would It Take For This to Go Well?

    The AI ‘Race’: China vs. the US with Jeffrey Ding and Karen Hao

    Spotlight: Elon, Twitter and the Gladiator Arena
     

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    Spotlight on AI: What Would It Take For This to Go Well?

    Spotlight on AI: What Would It Take For This to Go Well?

    Where do the top Silicon Valley AI researchers really think  AI is headed? Do they have a plan if things go wrong?  In this episode, Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin reflect on the last several months of highlighting AI risk, and share their insider takes on a high-level workshop run by CHT in Silicon Valley. 

    NOTE: Tristan refers to journalist Maria Ressa and mentions that she received 80 hate messages per hour at one point. She actually received more than 90 messages an hour.

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    Musk, Zuckerberg, Gates: The titans of tech will talk AI at private Capitol summit

    This week will feature a series of public hearings on artificial intelligence. But all eyes will be on the closed-door gathering convened by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

    Takeaways from the roundtable with President Biden on artificial intelligence

    Tristan Harris talks about his recent meeting with President Biden to discuss regulating artificial intelligence

    Biden, Harris meet with CEOs about AI risks

    Vice President Kamala Harris met with the heads of Google, Microsoft, Anthropic, and OpenAI as the Biden administration rolled out initiatives meant to ensure that AI improves lives without putting people’s rights and safety at risk

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    The AI Dilemma

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