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People should be held accountable for AI and algorithm errors, rights commissioner says | THE GUARDIAN

‘The paper proposes each use of AI by government should be accompanied by a cost-benefit analysis and public consultation before it is brought in.’  Every person is entitled to know how an algorithm has made a decision involving them says…

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Copyright, Trademark, and Artificial Intelligence | PATENTLYO

‘Should a work produced by an AI algorithm or process, without the involvement of a natural person contributing expression to the resulting work, qualify as a work of authorship protectable under U.S. copyright law? Why or why not?’ The US…

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The USPTO wants to know if artificial intelligence can own the content it creates | THE VERGE

‘It outlines thirteen specific questions, ranging from what happens if an AI creates a copyright-infringing work to if it’s legal to feed an AI copyrighted material.’ Copyright ownership with AI-generated material is ‘a messy subject’ and the US Patents and…

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Patent agencies challenged to accept AI inventor | FINANCIAL TIMES

“Whatever you think of the ideas on their own, that’s not really the point,” (Abbot) said. “What’s striking is that the machine invented in two very different areas, neither of which its programmer had any background in.” Patent law law…

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Alison Berthet: Why do emerging AI guidelines emphasize ‘ethics’ over human rights? | OpenGlobalRights

‘…ethics are much more easily manipulated to support a given company or government’s agenda, with limited recourse for anyone who disagrees.’  Alison Berthet, writing in OpenGlobalRights, argues that existing human rights provisions are more robust than ethics and come already…

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Artificial sincerity, too?

The AI anchors of Xinhua TV by Andrew Cochran May 4, 2019 last updated October, 2019 The idea of an AI presenter was once parodied on television. A 1980’s UK production known as Max Headroom featured a computer-generated figure known for…

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Posted in Academic papers AI in the newsroom

Libel by Algorithm? Automated Journalism and the Threat of Legal Liability | Lewis et al

Seth Lewis and his co-authors examine culpability when possible wrongs result from news stories generated by algorithms. They conduct their analysis using US libel law and assess how fault may be determined when algorithms choose what goes in a story….

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Posted in AI in the newsroom Quotes

Shirky on algorithms

”It’s very hard to imagine how our existing media jurisprudence holds up under an environment when you can have bad actions without bad actors.’ – Clay Shirky

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Technology, Media & Democracy | MACHINES + MEDIA 2018

Runs 37:57 PANEL moderated by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg PANELISTS Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission Clay Shirky, New York University February 2018 | New York

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The Robot as Cub Reporter: Law’s Emerging Role in Cognitive Journalism | Kirley

Elizabeth Kirley foresees a rise in ‘cognitive journalism.’ She examines the legal norms this may challenge, including how the law views personhood. ABSTRACT ‘Today’s journalist is immersed in news production that no longer treats robot-written news as a mere reference…

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Media Law and Copyright Implications of Automated Journalism | Weeks

Lin Weeks lays out questions for case law when news writing is automated. She wrote the paper while a J.D. candidate at NYU. ABSTRACT ‘New computer algorithms are capable of taking data-heavy input, such as stock prices, and outputting paragraphs…

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