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Giving citizenship to bots

May 22nd, 2019 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

The crypto friendly island of Malta wants to give civil liberties to bots and other forms of artificial intelligence. Some experts say this is a profoundly bad idea. Six years ago, when Amazon started talking about using delivery drones, many people thought they must be joking. Far from it—drones are now very much a reality: […]



Denver becomes first U.S. city to decriminalize “Magic Mushrooms”

May 13th, 2019 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

  This week, Denver, CO became the first city in the United States to decriminalize psilocybin, a compound with hallucinogenic properties that occurs in some mushrooms — a move that could signal new frontiers both in the country’s evolving relationship with mind-altering substances and in the medical community’s accelerating exploration of psychedelics. “Because psilocybin has […]



Ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

April 23rd, 2019 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Today, the High-Level Expert Group on AI presents their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence. This follows the publication of the guidelines’ first draft in December 2018 on which more than 500 comments were received through an open consultation.



Estonia plans an AI-powered “Robot Judge”

April 11th, 2019 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

 Can AI be a fair judge in court? Estonia thinks so. GOVERNMENT USUALLY ISN’T the place to look for innovation in IT or new technologies like artificial intelligence. But Ott Velsberg might change your mind. As Estonia’s chief data officer, the 28-year-old graduate student is overseeing the tiny Baltic nation’s push to insert artificial intelligence […]



Police in Canada are tracking people’s ‘negative’ behavior in a ‘risk’ database

March 3rd, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

 The database includes detailed, but “de-identified,” information about people’s lives culled from conversations between police, social services, health workers, and more. Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people—including minors and people experiencing homelessness—with little oversight and often without consent. Documents obtained by Motherboard […]



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