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European Parliament members adopted a new AI report yesterday that calls for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, as well as “highly intrusive" AI-based social scoring applications. AI programs can't replace human contact or decision-making, according to the report, which provides guidelines for both military and non-military AI uses.
Microsoft was granted a patent for creating chatbots using people's social media profiles, prompting internet users to compare it to an episode of “Black Mirror." As UberGizmo notes, one application could be conversing with chatbots of loved ones after they've died. In "Black Mirror's" first episode of its second season, a young woman's boyfriend is killed in a car accident and she uses AI technology to resurrect him as a chatbot and later, a robot.
Google opened an investigation into one of its AI researchers, Margaret Mitchell, under claims that she shared thousands of internal company files with outsiders. A source told Axios that Mitchell, a co-leader of Google's ethical AI team, used automated scripts to search through messages for instances of discriminatory treatment toward AI researcher Timnit Gebru. Gebru, Mitchell's former colleague, who was also a co-lead of Google's ethical AI team, was ousted last month after Google asked her to retract an AI research paper she co-authored. Gebru later voiced frustration at managers' requests to retract the paper, as well as its treatment of women and minorities, particularly in hiring, which generated support from colleagues and people online.