Of Interest

  • Tesla fatal crash: 'autopilot' mode sped up car before driver killed, report finds

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "The problems with the damaged highway divider do not “absolve Tesla of responsibility”, said Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor and expert in autonomous cars. “That doesn’t mean they are off the hook.”

    Tesla’s designers may not have anticipated this specific kind of crash, he added: “The technology is being deployed before there is a clear sense of … what is adequately safe.”"

  • Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash driver had hands off wheel: U.S. agency

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "The report raised an issue for Tesla vehicles with Autopilot, as well as other vehicles with adaptive cruise control, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. “Stationary objects are also a challenge for many adaptive cruise control systems and automated emergency braking systems,” he said."

  • The Next Frontier of Police Surveillance Is Drones

    Date published: 
    June 7, 2018

    "“Axon also makes tasers, so you could imagine drones being equipped with tasers or with tear gas, rubber bullets, and other weaponry,” said Harlan Yu, the executive director of Upturn, a policy nonprofit that works on social justice and technology issues."

  • What's Next: The Future Is Open Source

    Date published: 
    June 6, 2018

    "“Even if you think Spotify should be making content moderation decisions based on artists’ off-platform conduct, it’s pretty clear that they lack in-house competence and capacity to make fair judgments about that conduct,” said Annemarie Bridy, professor of law and affiliate scholar at the Stanford University Center for Internet and Society."

  • Making Smart Machines Fair

    Date published: 
    June 6, 2018

    "A first step for the professors is to measure the cultural bias in the standard data sets that many researchers rely on to train their systems. From there, they will move to the question of how to build data sets and algorithms without that bias. “We can ask how to mitigate bias; we can ask how to have human oversight over these systems,” says Narayanan. “Does a visual corpus even represent the world? Can you create a more representative corpus?”"

  • How Facebook Groups Became a Bizarre Bazaar for Elephant Tusks

    Date published: 
    June 5, 2018

    "Technically, it’s true that the immunities contained in Section 230 don’t exempt tech companies from criminal liability or from their duties to shareholders, says Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. “It’s only supposed to immunize platforms from liability that treats them as a speaker or publisher,” Citron says."

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