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Amazon’s Ring Changes Its Rules, Limiting Police Access To Private User Footage

Ring, the home security company acquired by Amazon in 2018, will no longer allow police departments to request private user footage through its Neighbors app.

Michelle Burk

Feb 1, 2024

Big Tech Should Put More Thought Behind The Harm its Inventions Can Cause

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” – Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park As tech continues to advance, what was once imagined in science-fiction and fantasy has become a reality. Cars drive themselves, people are speaking to digital assistants, robot cops exist, and a camera’s eyes are capable of watching you almost everywhere you go . However, as companies continue to invest in innovation, there’s a lingering question about the ethics involved. For the most part, present conversations around ethics in tech focus on the use of data and artificial intelligence. That’s because neither of those things can be escaped. You are probably a data point in somebody’s research somewhere and you most likely don’t even know it. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence shapes your daily life; from the ads you see to your credit score. Perhaps one of the biggest issues with tech today is that people are in a rush to create without fully...

Vanessa Taylor

Jul 18, 2019

Google Is Cancelling Its Controversial 'Responsible' AI Council

Google has decided to cancel its external AI advisory council, one week after the board’s announcement, according to Vox. Google developed its Advanced Technology External Advisory Council  with the original mission of ensuring the company was following the “responsible” development of AI. A company spokesperson told Vox: “It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted. So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board. We’ll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics.” -Vox The “current environment” that Google referred to is really one of its own making. In a blog post , Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, said the group would consider “some of Google’s most complex challenges” under its AI principles . This included looking at facial recognition and fairness in machine learning and more. Along...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 5, 2019