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US joins in call to regulate Big Tech; EU proposes AI tech regulation

Get insights on the latest news about emerging trends in cyberspace from Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at Stanford University's Cyber Policy Center and former European Parliamentarian:

This week we talk about one of my favorite topics, regulation. Laws are often framed as a barrier to innovation and not always recognized as a key enabler of freedoms and the protection of rights. But what's more is that regulation is a process, and one that can have tons of different outcomes. So, being in favor or against regulation doesn't mean anything. Except that those who oppose any changes are apparently benefiting from the status quo.

Is the world at a tipping point when it comes to regulating big tech?

And I would say absolutely. The outsized power of big tech is recognized more broadly because the harms are so blatantly clear. Harms to democracy, public health, but also to fairness in the economy are all related to the outsized power of unaccountable and under-regulated big tech. Now, what's significant is that this debate has finally hit home in the United States after it was already recognized as a problem in many other parts of the world.

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The dangers of deepfakes and the need for norms around trust

Get insights on the latest news about emerging trends in cyberspace from Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at Stanford University's Cyber Policy Center and former European Parliamentarian.

Have you seen the Tom Cruise deepfake and how dangerous is this technology?

Well, I did see the deepfake with Tom Cruise and it certainly looked more convincing than ones I'd previously seen with President Obama, Vladimir Putin, or Donald Trump. Clearly, this technology is growing more sophisticated and deepfakes more convincing. And it's dangerous when people cannot tell authentic, trustworthy messages from deceptive and manipulated ones. With AI generated text, we know that people cannot distinguish machine generated from human generated.

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Will Superintelligent Machines Take Over: A.I. in 60 Seconds

True or false: Superintelligent machines will one day rule over humans?

Very unlikely. The reason is today's artificial intelligence is also known as artificial narrow intelligence, which means the A.I. we have today deployed in Internet engines, all the way up to autonomous vehicles, are nothing more than fancy pattern recognition tools that we humans fully control. And, in order to evolve from these tools, which we control, to tools equally intelligent or even more intelligent than us, there will need to be at least 10 or 20 huge breakthroughs. Breakthroughs like the ability to create self-awareness have self-awareness and have compassion and ability to reason and plan and also what desire to rule over humans which doesn't exist in tools. So this is very unlikely. If it happens it will be in the very long term. We currently have no engineering path to getting there so we better focus on some real problems caused by A.I. such as security, privacy and inequality. So don't worry about it.

UK Regulates 'Online Harm': Tech in 60 Seconds

Can the U.K. successfully regulate online harm?

That is going to be hard! The UK would really like to wipe toxic content off the Internet. But who defines it? How does that really work? It's hard to determine. One man's toxicity is another man's fair debate.

What will happen if the Senate rejects that neutrality legislation?

The Senate will reject net neutrality legislation. It is a partisan issue and the Senate is run by Republicans. So what happens? Well maybe some bad things will happen or relitigate it in 2020. Meanwhile, the Democrats will fundraise on it.

Can robots help make Walmart competitive against Amazon?

Walmart is adding lots of robots to their stores. It's not really where they compete against Amazon, but it could make the company more efficient, which will help the general battle.

What is the Pentagon's JEDI contract?

It is a massive cloud contract. Right now they've said it's down to two companies - Amazon and Microsoft. There's 10 billion dollars at stake and it's making all the cloud vendors get a little bit nasty.


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Ain't Nuthin but a 5G Thang

The development of 5G, or 5th generation mobile networks, is such a big deal that it's been compared to the invention of electricity. There's only one problem: China's cornering the market. Ian explains and then digs in deeper with Keyu Jin, China expert at the London School of Economics. And on Puppet Regime, Marie Kondo stops by the Oval Office.

Facebook's Privacy Manifesto: Tech in 60 Seconds

Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new privacy manifesto this week, but will it really change the way Facebook operates?

It's Tech in 60 Seconds with Nicholas Thompson!


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