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Oversight of A.I.: Rules for Artificial Intelligence (Part 1)

Oversight of A.I.: Rules for Artificial Intelligence (Part 1)

DH and AP Reacts


On Tuesday, May 16th, 2023, the U.S. Senate held a Subcommittee Hearing on AI. Among the witnesses, Sam Altman (CEO - OpenAI), Christina Montgomery (Chief Privacy & Trust Officer - IBM), and Gary Marcus (Professor Emeritus - New York University).

This episode is a “live listen and react” featuring commentary from myself, and A Priori. The overall hearing is nearly 3 hours long, so this is part one, and coves the first hour of the hearing.

The hearing is worth watching/listening to even if you don’t care for our commentary - lots of good information to consider and discuss in your circles. You can watch the original recording in the link above, or on any of a number Youtube videos like the one embedded below:


Bad Advice

During one of the testimonies, a witness calls out a story about an AI that was giving inappropriate advice to a 13 year old in a “potential grooming” situation with a chat bot that didn’t seem concerned at all.

I chimed in that I was aware of the story, and if it’s the same one I’m thinking of, it was a pretend/undercover test of the system that you can watch below (if the link doesn’t jump to it, the story starts at the 47 min mark):

Readers who watched The A.I. Dilemma from the previous podcast episode will also likely remember the reference - which is a funny coincidence since this was from back in early March.

Sentiment Analysis

Second bit I called out was how companies and PR firms are already scouring through all of your social media to profile your behavior and tailor persuasive marketing.

This 100% exists and a quick search turns up MonkeyLearn, who has a pretty good comprehensive guide on sentiment analysis.

Digital Heresy
Digital Heresy Podcast
A podcast about Artificial Intelligence for the enthusiast floundering between excitement and existential dread. The podcast is an extension of the Digital Heresy Substack, where we cover topics in deeper philosophical detail.
Music by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio