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Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

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Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

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How should we control the development of technology?

How should we control the development of technology?

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Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

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AI vs “AI”: Synthetic Minds or Speech Acts

June 10, 2021

Just as the “autonomous” in lethal autonomous weapons allows the military to dissemble over responsibility for their effects, there are civilian companies leveraging “AI” to exert control without responsibility.

And so we arrive at “trustworthy AI” because, of course, we are building systems that people should trust and if they don’t it’s their fault, so how can we make them do that, right? Or, we’ve built this amazing “AI” system that can drive your car for you but don’t blame us when it crashes because you should have been paying attention. Or, we built it, sure, but then it learned stuff and it’s not under our control anymore—the world is a complex place.

From Artificial Intelligence Bias to Inequality in the Time of COVID-19

June 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing global inequalities. Whether at the local, national, or international scale, the gap between the privileged and the vulnerable is growing wider, resulting in a broad increase in inequality across all dimensions of society. The disease has strained health systems, social support programs, and the economy as a whole, drawing an ever-widening distinction between those with access to treatment, services, and job opportunities and those without.

ISTAS 2021 to be Held October 28-31 – Submission portals are open!

May 28, 2021
AUTHOR: Heather Love
FILED UNDER: Announcements, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

ISTAS 2021 will be jointly hosted by the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in October 28-31, 2021. Special session proposal deadline has been extended to April 12th!

 

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IEEE GHTC 2021 – Call for Papers Deadline 02 July

June 16, 2021
AUTHOR: Miriam Cunningham
FILED UNDER: Call for Papers, Conferences

IEEE GHTC 2021 invites submission of full papers and short papers by secondary deadline of 02 July. We would like…  Read More