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Norway's school phone ban aims to reclaim "stolen focus", says PM Jonas Støre
Norway's school phone ban aims to reclaim "stolen focus", says PM Jonas Støre | GZERO World

Norway's school phone ban aims to reclaim "stolen focus", says PM Jonas Støre

Sometimes the best ideas are the ones that seem obvious in retrospect. In recent weeks, Norway's government has made a concerted push to ban smartphones and tablets from classrooms nationwide. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Støre explains his administration's radical move, which Education Minister Kari Nessa Nordtun has spearheaded, to Ian Bremmer in a wide-ranging conversation on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

Their interview is featured in the latest episode of the show GZERO World on US public television stations nationwide (check local listings). Bremmer and Støre's discussion focuses primarily on Norway's energy transition and NATO, but towards the end of the conversation, they talk about schools and screentime and the remarkable benefits so far.

"We see students have started to play in the breaks [recess]. The girls say, 'We can finally take a shower after the gym. We are not afraid anymore to be photographed.' And there's a completely different level of social interaction."

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EU lawmakers make AI history

It took two years — long enough to earn a Master's degree — but Europe’s landmark AI Act is finally nearing completion. Debates raged last week, but EU lawmakers on Friday reached a provisional agreement on the scope of Europe’s effort to rein in artificial intelligence.

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Logos of mobile apps, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix displayed on a screen.

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Canada averts a Google news block, US bills in the works

Last week, the Trudeau government reached a deal with Google that will see the web giant pay roughly CA$100 million a year to support media outlets in Canada. The agreement is part of the Online News Act, a law that requires big tech outlets to compensate the journalism industry. It’s also an important moment in the ongoing, cross-border battle to regulate these companies.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, in New Delhi, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023.

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Deepfake it till you make it

AI-generated songs featuring the (fake) voice of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are taking over Instagram. One video, a would-be Modi cover of a popular Bollywood song, was viewed 3.4 million times on Instagram Reels, India’s leading social video platform after it banned TikTok in 2020. The online magazine Rest of World notes that these songs, translated into India’s many regional languages, could break down a language barrier for the Hindi-speaking Modi ahead of the 2024 general election.
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AI governance: Cultivating responsibility
AI governance: Cultivating responsibility | GZERO World

AI governance: Cultivating responsibility

Mustafa Suleyman, a prominent voice in the AI landscape and CEO & co-founder of Inflection AI, contends that effective regulation transcends legal frameworks—it encompasses a culture of self-regulation and informed regulatory comprehension. Today's AI leaders exhibit a unique blend of optimism and caution, recognizing both the transformative potential and potential pitfalls of AI technologies. Suleyman underscores the paradigm shift compared to the era of social media dominance.

This time, AI leaders have been proactive in raising concerns and questions about the technology's impact. Balancing innovation's pace with prudent safeguards is the goal, acknowledging that through collective efforts, the benefits of AI can far outweigh its drawbacks. Suleyman highlights that advanced AI models are increasingly controllable and capable of producing desired, safe outputs. He encourages external oversight and welcomes regulation as a proactive and thoughtful measure. The message is clear: the path to harnessing AI's power lies in fostering a culture of responsible development and collaborative regulatory action.

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US President Joe Biden and an American flag

Should the US government be involved with content moderation?

In a decision that sets up a monumental legal battle over the limits of the US government’s power to influence online speech, Louisiana-based District Court Judge Terry Doughty on Tuesday ruled that the Biden administration cannot contact social media platforms for the purpose of moderating content that is otherwise protected by the First Amendment.

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US President Joe Biden

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Regulate AI, but how? The US isn’t sure

Calls to regulate AI are coming fast and furious now — including from industry pioneers themselves — but so far the world’s largest economy isn’t sure how to do it.

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Ian interviews Scott Galloway: the ChatGPT revolution & tech peril
Ian interviews Scott Galloway: the ChatGPT revolution & tech peril | GZERO World

Ian interviews Scott Galloway: the ChatGPT revolution & tech peril

Note: This interview appeared as part of an episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, "The AI arms race begins: Scott Galloway’s optimism & warnings" on February 20, 2023.

Hollywood has long predicted the blurring of lines between humans and machines, but now, with OpenAI's Dall-E-2 and ChatGPT pushing the boundaries of generative AI, the question becomes: Will the movie that is AI be a rom-com or horror? On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, tech expert and NYU Professor Scott Galloway warns of the dangers of AI-powered social media platforms like Facebook and TikTok, which are collecting vast amounts of data that could be used for espionage and propaganda.

Galloway believes that the younger generation may be manipulated by these platforms without even realizing it. He also addresses extreme political polarization in America, which he attributes to social media, and suggests mandatory national service to bring young people together and build relationships.

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