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  • Kinolab
  • 2019
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Resisting Realities and Robotic Murder

Eleanor Shellstrop runs a fake afterlife, in which she conducts an experiment to prove that humans with low ethical sensibility can improve themselves. One of the subjects, Simone, is in deep denial upon arriving in this afterlife, and does as she pleases after convincing herself that nothing is real. Elsewhere, another conductor of the experiment, Jason, kills a robot which has been taunting him since the advent of the experiment.

  • Kinolab
  • 2019
  • 7 min
  • The New Republic
  • 2020
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Who Gets a Say in Our Dystopian Tech Future?

The narrative of Dr. Timnit Gebru’s termination from Google is inextricably bound with Google’s irresponsible practices with training data for its machine learning algorithms. Using large data sets to train Natural Language Processing algorithms is ultimately a harmful practice because for all the harms to the environment and biases against certain languages it causes, machines still cannot fully comprehend human language.

  • The New Republic
  • 2020
  • 5 min
  • NPR
  • 2020
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Amazon, TikTok, Facebook, Others Ordered To Explain What They Do With User Data

After the FTC and 48 States charged Facebook with being a monopoly in late 2020, the FTC continues the push for accountability of tech monopolies by demanding that large social network companies, including Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter, share exactly what they do with user data in hopes of increased transparency. Pair with “Facebook hit with antitrust lawsuit from FTC and 48 state attorneys general“

  • NPR
  • 2020
  • 5 min
  • Venture Beat
  • 2021
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Google targets AI ethics lead Margaret Mitchell after firing Timnit Gebru

Relates the story of Google’s inspection of Margaret Mitchell’s account in the wake of Timnit Gebru’s firing from Google’s AI ethics division. With authorities in AI ethics clearly under fire, the Alphabet Worker’s Union aims to ensure that workers who can ensure ethical perspectives of AI development and deployment.

  • Venture Beat
  • 2021
  • 7 min
  • The New York Times
  • 2021
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Facebook and all of its apps go down simultaneously.

On October 4th, 2021, Facebook’s servers experienced an outage which left its apps, including the commonly used Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp, out of commission for several hours. The problem is said to be caused by a incorrect configuring of Facebook’s servers, which ultimately led to a Domain Name System error in which the numerical IP addresses determined by the computer became inaccessible. The myriad effects of this outage spread across the globe as businesses were effected by the lack of access to these social networks. Additionally, certain other internet services linked to Facebook became inaccessible.

  • The New York Times
  • 2021
  • 6 min
  • CBS News
  • 2021
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Facebook algorithm called into question after whistleblower testimony calls it dangerous

In light of the recent allegations of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen that the platform irresponsibly breeds division and mental health issues, AI Specialist Karen Hao explains how Facebook’s “algorithm(s)” serve or fail the people who use them. Specifically, the profit motive and a lack of exact and comprehensive knowledge of the algorithm system prevents groundbreaking change from being made.

  • CBS News
  • 2021
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