While the US and EU may differ on how to regulate technology, their lawmakers seem to agree on one thing: the West needs to ban AI-powered social scoring.
In their understanding, social scoring is a practice in which authoritarian governments—China in particular—rank people’s trustworthiness and punish them for undesirable behaviour, such as stealing or not paying a debt. Basically, it is seen as a backward superpoint assigned to each citizen.
Reality? While there have been some controversial local tests of social credit scores in China, there is no comprehensive, nationwide social credit system with algorithms that rank people.
The irony is that while U.S. and European politicians try to ban systems that don’t really exist, systems that rank and punish people already exist in the West—and are denying them home. people’s housing and employment in the process. Read full story.
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1 Apple is said to have threatened to pull Twitter from the App Store
According to Elon Musk. (NYT $)
+ Musk has threatened to “go to war” with the company after it decided to stop advertising on Twitter. (WP $)
+ Apple’s reluctance to advertise on Twitter right now isn’t unique. (motherboard)
+ Twitter’s child protection team in Asia is gutted (Wired $)
2 Another crypto company has collapsed
Lender BlockFi has filed for bankruptcy and is (in part) blaming FTX. (WSJ $)
+ The company is suing FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. (FT $)
+ It seems the dreaded “crypto contagion” is spreading. (NYT $)
3 AI is rapidly becoming stronger—and more dangerous
That is especially worrisome when its growth rate exceeds the capacity of safety groups. (Vox)
+ Do AI systems need to come with safety warnings? (Technology Review MIT)
+ This AI chat room game is gaining a lot of fans. (guard)
4 A Pegasus spyware investigation at risk of being compromised
It’s the target of a disinformation campaign, security experts have warned. (guard)
+ Cyber insurance will not protect you from data theft. (guard)
5 Google provided geo-fencing data to the FBI for the January 6 investigation
Google identified more than 5,000 devices near the US Capitol during the riots. (Wired $)
6 Monkeypox won’t go anywhere
But it doesn’t increase either. (Atlantic $)
+ The World Health Organization says it will now be called mpox. (BBC)
+ Everything you need to know about the chickenpox vaccine. (Technology Review MIT)
7 How does it feel to be the unwitting face of a romance scam
Photos of James Scott Geras have been used to fool countless women. (motherboard)