May 9, 2019

Thrivve Newsletter — Issue #8

Hello Thrivvers, and welcome to this week’s selected stories. In this issue, we take a look at the ethics involved in training AIs, the potentially harmful effects of the increasing connectedness and proliferation of technology and more!

Thrivve Newsletter — Issue #8

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We’ve been warned about AI and music for over 50 years, but no one’s prepared

AI is capable of making music, but does that make AI an artist? The word "human" does not appear at all in US copyright law, and there’s not much existing litigation around the word’s absence. This has created a giant gray area and left AI’s place in copyright unclear.

Read more on The Verge

Here’s How Mark Zuckerberg Sees Facebook’s New Era of Privacy

At F8, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a subtle redesign for Facebook that places more emphasis on Groups and new products like Secret Crush.

Read more on Wired

Autonomous vehicles make congestion pricing even more critical

Autonomous vehicles will soon be ubiquitous on city streets. Before this happens, we should ask ourselves: Will they whisk us quickly through cities or make traffic worse?

Read more on TechCrunch

Facebook’s contract workers are looking at your private posts to train AI

Facebook, like many tech companies, uses AI systems to sort content on its platforms. But to identify this content it needs to be labelled by human workers. A new report from Reuters reveals how this work is outsourced to companies like WiPro in India.

Read more on The Verge

The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

By the 1870s, governmental authorities were giving a more specific meaning to an old word: they called industrial waste “pollution.” Now, we are confronting new and alarming by-products of progress, and the stakes may be just as high.

Read more on Washington Monthly