Happy Sunday and Welcome to InsideAI! I'm Rob May, a Partner at PJC, investing in AI and Robotics. This week I'm talking about Goodhart's Law and data creation for AI. But first, let's get to the best articles of the week.
Technology being developed to read and alter brain activity could pose privacy risks, warn ethicists, scientists, and Science News readers. According to a survey of readers, privacy was the most worrying aspect of neurotechnology being developed by Elon Musk's Neuralink and other companies, beating out autonomy and fairness by a wide margin.
NASA's Perseverance robotic rover — which landed on the surface of Mars recently — has the most AI tech and capabilities of any Mars rover yet, according to NASA's Raymond Francis. This includes its AI-enabled Terrain Relative Navigation system, which helped navigate its touchdown, and the Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science system, allowing engineers to aim and control the rover's chemistry camera.
A coalition of civil-rights groups sent a letter to President Biden asking him to halt the federal government's use of facial recognition, calling it “extraordinarily dangerous to core freedoms even when it works exactly as advertised.” The 40+ organizations are also asking Biden to block state and local governments from using federal funds to access the AI technology.