Issue #301

This week - a call for the Neurological Bill of Rights; the AI alignment problem; drones vs moths; and more!

More Than A Human

Neuroprivacy as a Basic Human Right

Even though brain-computer interfaces for mass consumers are still some time away, some people raise concerns about protecting the privacy of our minds and what to do with the brain data. They call to create Neurological Bill of Rights which first would deal with MRI scan data and then could be extended towards BCI and other neurotech.

Artificial Intelligence

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

From a technical point of view - definitely. Deepfakes are advanced enough to recreate any voice actor for the show and there are companies that offer such services. But there might be some legal issues.

► The Other AI Alignment Problem: Mesa-Optimizers and Inner Alignment (23:23)

Robert Miles explains the AI Alignment Problem - a situation in which your objective always will be different from AI's objective, or how to make an AI do what we want it to do. I highly recommend Robert's YouTube channel if you want to learn more about AI safety.

How AI could spot your weaknesses and influence your choices

A recent study has shown how AI can learn to identify vulnerabilities in human habits and behaviors and use them to influence human decision-making. The study used three experiments in which AI was learning how human participants respond and learned to mess with them. The experiments were quite simple but they prove that an AI can influence human choices.


► Warfare is going autonomous and robotic (11:42)

Military powers are racing to develop robotic weapon systems that can operate autonomously while lobbying groups are trying to pre-emptively set up a treaty banning it. This video looks into autonomous weapon systems mainly from military and geopolitical point of view and why they are so attractive when viewed that way.

Artist Uses 5G Robot to Tattoo Somebody In A Different Location

As part of a marketing stunt for telecom T-Mobile Netherlands, Dutch TV personality Stijn Fransen got a tattoo by a tattoo artist — but remotely, through the use of a 5G-enabled robot.

Drones vs hungry moths: Dutch use hi-tech to protect crops

What would a high-tech vertical farm company use to seek and destroy moths that produce caterpillars that can chew up their crops? Drones, of course.

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