Daily Dish 021319

Daily Dish  Wednesday Feb 13, MMXIX
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Summary Of The 2018 Department Of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy  [pdf] One example of existing guidance is DoD Directive 3000.09, issued in 2012, which establishes guidelines to minimize the probability and consequences of failure in autonomous and semi- autonomous weapon systems that could lead to unintended engagements. The Directive requires that autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems be designed to allow commanders and operators to exercise appropriate levels of human judgment over the use of force. Among other things, the Directive also requires realistic and rigorous testing and clear human-machine interface, as well as appropriate training for commanders and operators, so that those weapons function as anticipated in realistic operational environments against adaptive adversari

Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion [voxeu.org/2] Antitrust agencies are concerned that the autonomous pricing algorithms increasingly used by online vendors may learn to collude. This column uses experiments with pricing algorithms powered by AI in a controlled environment to demonstrate that even relatively simple algorithms systematically learn to play sophisticated collusive strategies. Most worrying is that they learn to collude by trial and error, with no prior knowledge of the environment in which they operate, without communicating with one another, and without being specifically designed or instructed to collude.

A Net Artist Takes Over the Google Image Search of “Frieze Los Angeles” [hyperallergic.com/12]  Type “Frieze Los Angeles” into a Google search bar and you’ll be directed to the website for the much-anticipated art fair making its Los Angeles debut later this week, as well as several related news stories. Do an image search for the same phrase, and the results are quite different. Instead of photos of endless aisles of gallery booths or blue-chip artworks, Google will return many images of impressionistic, figurative paintings hung on white walls above a speckled gray carpet. This is all the work of artist Gretchen Andrew, who created the paintings as well as what she calls “search engine art,” harnessing Google’s search algorithm as a collaborator in her own net artwork.

Judge rules in case in favour of Tate Modern [theartnewspaper.com/9] Demands that the gallery close off part of its viewing-platform to prevent an invasion of privacy are dismissed in high court .  [people in glass houses have no expectation of privacy – I actually agree with this privacy decision]

GAO Data Privacy Report,   Highlights Page: (PDF, 1 page) Full Report: (PDF, 56 pages)   Have not had the chance to read and parse. -ed

Faith, Trust, and Privacy [hackernoon.com/2] Is decentralization necessary to keep centralized platforms in check? Let’s stop hoping that corporations and governments won’t take advantage of our lack of privacy. Let’s make it impossible for them to do so, in ways that are just as easy to use as the current solutions. Protocols and platforms are being built now that aim to create a more open, fair, and private internet. Let’s think carefully about the future of the internet, and instead of promising not to fall for the same traps, lets make it impossible to do so by design.

Prison Tech Company Is Questioned For Retaining ‘Voice Prints’of People Presumed Innocent  [theappeal.org/6] “It would not be surprising if prison technology companies seek to expand voice recognition into other markets,” said Bianca Tylek, director of the Corrections Accountability Project, which works to curb the influence of commercial interests in the criminal justice system.  What’s frustrating right now is they can test out this technology on very vulnerable populations, like people in jails and prisons, because people tend to view them as not having individual rights,” Tylek said. “Today it’s this population, but tomorrow it’s another.”   Related: Prisons Across The U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases Of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints  [theintercept/0]

The Free and Open Internet  [avc.com/9] So what is my point? That paywalls are bad? No, I think subscriptions have their place in the publishing business. But the way paywalls are implemented today stinks. Some content should never ever be put behind one. And paywalls should federate, like the early ATMs did, so that joining one means joining them all.

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction [theparisreview.org/8] Resonance—there is no wisdom without it,” Birkerts writes. “Resonance is a natural phenomenon, the shadow of import alongside the body of fact, and it cannot flourish except in deep time.” But time feels especially shallow these days, as the wave of one horror barely crests before it’s devoured by the next, as every morning’s shocking headline is old news by the afternoon. Weeks go by, and we might see friends only through the funhouse mirrors of Snapchat and Instagram and their so-called stories, designed to disappear. Not even the pretense of permanence remains: we refresh and refresh every tab, and are not sated. What are we waiting for? What are we hoping to find?

Gates Foundation Annual Letter [gatesnotes.com/14] We get asked a lot these days whether we’re still optimistic about the future. We say: Absolutely. One reason is that we believe in the power of innovation. But an even bigger reason is that we’ve seen firsthand that for every challenge we’ve written about in this letter, there are people devoting their ideas, their resources, and even their lives to solving them.

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias [wired.com/37] ”There is not always a strict data-driven answer to human nature. The belief that simply running a data set will solve for every challenge and every bias is problematic and myopic.”

Dear Tech: An Open Letter to the Industry  [youtube.com/ 2] IBM is asking the question: what kind of tech company does the world need today? One that applies smart technologies at scale with purpose and expertise—not just for some of us, but for all of us. Let’s expect more from technology. Let’s put smart to work. ibm.com/smart

Cultural Course Correcting: Black Rock City 2019 [burningman.org/4]Surely you’ve seen examples. Whether it’s commercial photo shoots, product placements, or Instagram posts thanking “friends” for a useful item, attendees including fashion models and social media “influencers” are wearing and tagging brands in their playa photos. This means they are using Black Rock City to increase their popularity; to appeal to customers and sell more “stuff.”

-- Format note--  story links now use this format: [source/# of trackers/paywall  (if applicable)] so [Wired/54] means the article is published by wired.com + number of trackers for that page is 54 (based on privacy badger) to help inform your click deeper - ED --

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