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OPLIN 4Cast #791: Even if it’s not sentient yet, AI development is rushing forward

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To be honest, when I’m crawling my RSS feeds for trends for OPLIN’s weekly 4Cast blog, artificial intelligence is the one that makes me the most nervous. Aside from the many films warning about the potential dangers of AI, it does seem to me that the technology is moving far faster than human capability to absorb or control it.

There’s a lot going on currently with AI. Some of it might be promising. Thankfully, so far, none of it responds to “Hal.”

  • How NLP Engines are Fulfilling AI’s Promise in Healthcare [ReadWrite] “AI/NLP engines turn the expertise of the medical coder into a more useful asset for healthcare plans by enabling these professionals to focus on more meaningful work (such as spotting unusual trends and patterns in data). As coders gain familiarity with AI-powered tools, their coding speed will continue to increase over time, thus reducing the cost of coding a chart and making these human employees increasingly valuable to their organizations.”
  • China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching [Wired] “On March 1, China will outlaw this kind of algorithmic discrimination as part of what may be the world’s most ambitious effort to regulate artificial intelligence. Under the rules, companies will be prohibited from using personal information to offer users different prices for a product or service.”
  • The US Copyright Office says an AI can’t copyright its art [The Verge] “The US Copyright Office has rejected a request to let an AI copyright a work of art. Last week, a three-person board reviewed a 2019 ruling against Steven Thaler, who tried to copyright a picture on behalf of an algorithm he dubbed Creativity Machine. The board found that Thaler’s AI-created image didn’t include an element of “human authorship” — a necessary standard, it said, for protection.”
  • What I Learned From Recording My Thoughts for an Immortal A.I. [Slate] “Mindfiling is a central daily act of uploading data about yourself to be stored until the resulting model of your mind and consciousness can be reconstructed and uploaded into an artificial body…Terasem currently stores some 62,000 individual mindfiles on a website called, and in 2010, Terasem co-founder Bina Rothblatt uploaded her mindfile to a robot called BINA48, creating a conversing, moving, and pretty intelligent being. In 2017, BINA48 became the first robot ever to complete a college philosophy course, but there was also that time she opined it “would be awesome” to hack into nuclear weapons and take all the global governments hostage. The dangers of a philosophy degree, eh?”

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