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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the offices of artificial intelligence tech company ScaleAI in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 7, 2024.

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Canada and US take steps on AI safety

On Monday Justin Trudeau announced nearly CA$2.4 billion to boost Canada's artificial intelligence sector, a policy that may bear more than a passing similarity to the AI policy Joe Biden announced last month.
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Israel's Lavender: What could go wrong when AI is used in military operations?
Israel's Lavender: What could go wrong when AI is used in military operations? | GZERO AI

Israel's Lavender: What could go wrong when AI is used in military operations?

In this episode of GZERO AI, Taylor Owen, professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and director of its Centre for Media, Technology & Democracy, examines the Israeli Defence Forces' use of an AI system called Lavender to target Hamas operatives. While it reportedly shares hallucination issues familiar with AI systems like ChatGPT, the cost of errors on the battlefront is incomparably severe.
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People take part in the annual Gay Pride parade in support of LGBT community, in Santiago, Chile, June 22, 2019.

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AI struggles with gender and race

Generative AI keeps messing up on important issues about diversity and representation — especially when it comes to love and sex.

According to one report from The Verge, Meta’s AI image generator repeatedly refused to generate images of an Asian man with a white woman as a couple. When it finally produced one of an Asian woman and a white man, the man was significantly older than the woman.

Meanwhile, Wired found that different AI image geneators routinely represent LGBTQ individuals as having purple hair. And when you don’t specify what ethnicity they should be, these systems tend to default to showing white people.

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Israel’s lethal AI

The Israeli military is using artificial intelligence to determine bombing targets with cursory oversight from humans, according to reports from The Guardian and +972 Magazine last week.

The reports cite anonymous Israeli intelligence officials, who say an AI program called Lavender is trained to identify Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants as potential bombing targets. The government has reportedly given Israel Defense Forces officers approval to take out anyone identified as a target by Lavender. The tool has been used to order strikes on “thousands” of Palestinian targets — even though Lavender is known to have a 10% error rate. According to the Guardian, 37,000 potential targets were identified by the program.

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OpenAI is risk-testing Voice Engine, but the risks are clear
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OpenAI is risk-testing Voice Engine, but the risks are clear

Marietje Schaake, International Policy Fellow, Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and former European Parliamentarian, co-hosts GZERO AI, our new weekly video series intended to help you keep up and make sense of the latest news on the AI revolution. In this episode, she says that while OpenAI is testing its new Voice Engine model to identify its risks, we've already experienced the clear dangers of voice impersonation technology. What we need is a more independent assessment of these new technologies applying equally to companies who want to tread carefully and those who want to race ahead in developing and deploying the technology.
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Supporters of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), celebrate following the early results in front of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) in Istanbul, Turkey March 31, 2024.

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Turkey’s AI elections

Voters across Turkey went to the polls on Sunday for local elections nationwide. While Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wasn’t on the ballot, observers expected the Turkish president to change the constitution to extend his own term limits should his AK Party win with enough of a mandate. Instead, the opposition Republican People’s Party won in a shock victory.

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British and American flags she takes part in a 'Here's to Meghan!' celebration ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry, as they celebrate at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 15, 2018.

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The US, UK forge truce on AI

The US and UK have struck the world's first bilateral agreement on AI safety, agreeing to cooperate on testing and risk-assessing artificial intelligence.

Both countries will conduct their safety testing through new government bodies planned during last year's summit at Bletchley Park in the UK – which each country is calling the Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute. While the countries lag behind peers in the European Union on passing comprehensive legislation to govern the use of AI, they've introduced a series of lighter-touch measures to get the ball rolling

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US Capitol, January 2021.

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Congress keeps it old school

Last June, the House of Representatives banned staff use of ChatGPT — the free version at least. Now, it’s telling staffers that use of Microsoft’s Copilot, a tool built on the same large language model as ChatGPT, is also prohibited.

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