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European Parliament Passes Landmark AI Act Legislation

The European Parliament has approved groundbreaking legislation to regulate artificial intelligence called the AI Act. The rules aim to mitigate privacy, safety, and fundamental rights risks while enabling AI’s benefits. Key provisions include strict requirements for high-risk AI systems like those used in employment, education, and law enforcement. Firms deploying high-risk AI face compliance obligations like human oversight, risk management, and transparency. Systems violating safety or rights face potential bans. Lower-risk AI for gaming or spam filters has lighter oversight. The first-of-its-kind AI Act now proceeds to final negotiations between EU institutions before enactment as a global model for comprehensive AI governance in coming years.

Americans’ Descriptions of AI Are Becoming More Negative

A new survey from Ipsos has found that Americans’ impressions and descriptions of artificial intelligence are growing increasingly negative over time. The poll asked respondents to summarize their thoughts about AI in one word or short phrase. While sentiments were mixed in previous years, the latest results showed a distinct rise in unfavorable characterizations.

Common negative descriptors included words like “scary,” “dangerous,” “risky,” “deceptive,” and “job-killing.” Positive terms like “innovative” and “helpful” declined compared to past waves of the survey tracking AI perceptions. The shift likely reflects heightened public concerns around AI’s ethical implications, impact on employment, and existential risks amidst rapid technological progress.

The findings suggest more Americans are becoming wary and distrustful of AI as the technology’s scale and potential consequences become better understood. Overcoming these negative preconceptions represents a key challenge for the AI industry to secure broader public acceptance and trust.

California’s New AI Regulations for Businesses

California is advancing new regulations for businesses using AI, focusing on protecting the personal information of consumers, workers, and students. The rules, likely influential due to California’s tech industry prominence, require businesses to inform individuals about AI use and allow opt-outs. This initiative, which also demands risk assessments for AI technologies, is part of a broader effort to safeguard privacy and prevent discrimination in AI applications.

Adobe Firefly and Google Gemini Face Similar AI Challenges

Adobe’s AI tool Firefly replicates similar racial depiction issues encountered by Google’s Gemini, demonstrating industry-wide difficulties in balancing diversity with historical accuracy. Despite differing corporate cultures and data training approaches, both tools struggle with ensuring racial and ethnic depictions remain appropriate and accurate, underlining the complexity of managing generative AI technologies and their societal implications.

Walmart’s AI Software Venture

Walmart aims to sell its AI software, which enhances delivery efficiency, to other retailers. This move is part of its diversification strategy, extending beyond its core retail business into technology and advertising. The software has significantly saved costs and improved delivery routes within Walmart, showcasing the potential benefits for other companies.

Amazon Leverages AI for Automated Seller Listings

Amazon is rolling out an AI-powered tool that allows third-party sellers to create new product listings simply by providing a URL. The AI system can extract all the pertinent information like titles, descriptions, images, and specifications directly from the linked website or webpage. This automated population of listing details aims to vastly streamline the seller onboarding process.

The underlying AI model was trained on Amazon’s massive catalog data to recognize and structure product information accurately across millions of items. Sellers can review and edit the AI-generated draft listing before publishing.

While increasing efficiency, the tool also raises concerns about AI perpetuating data quality issues or intellectual property violations if training data is unchecked. Nevertheless, Amazon touts the AI listing aid as enhancing its e-commerce platform’s selection while benefiting sellers through convenient automation.

AI Model for Detecting Lymphatic Cancer

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and other institutions have developed an AI model, the Lymphoma Artificial Reader System (LARS), which successfully detects about 90% of lymphatic cancers. This breakthrough, published in The Lancet Digital Health, offers a promising tool for radiologists, especially in challenging image analyses, aiming to enhance healthcare equality by providing consistent expertise and timely image reviews

SXSW Audiences Boo Festival Videos Touting the Virtues of AI

At SXSW, reactions to AI discussions were mixed, with film and TV fans expressing displeasure, especially at notions suggesting AI enhances humanity. Key figures from the tech industry promoted AI’s potential, facing boos from an audience concerned about AI’s impact on creative professions. The debate underscores the growing tension between AI’s advancements and its implications for human roles in creativity and beyond.




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