What the rest of the world doesn’t know about Chinese AI

 

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ChinAI Jeff Ding’s weekly newsletter reporting on the Chinese AI scene; on the occasion of the newsletter’s first anniversary, Ding has posted a roundup of things about the Chinese AI scene that the rest of the world doesn’t know about, or harbors incorrect beliefs about.

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How will human rights change in the era of A.I.

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Will we have more rights or fewer rights when artificial intelligence kicks in? How about the right to have our diseases cured, the right to a full head of hair, the right to a job that matches our skills, or the right to marry our perfect mate?

In response to advances in neuroscience and technologies that alter or read brain activity, some researchers are proposing a recognition of new human rights to mental integrity. These would protect people from having their thoughts abused, hacked, or stolen. The idea of this kind of human right is a recognition that although brain-related technologies have the potential to transform our lives in many positive ways, they also have the potential to threaten personal freedom and privacy.

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When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

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Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government.

 

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26,121 people missing during Mexico’s Calderon era

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During the six years of Mexico’s former President Felipe Calderon’s administration the number of people who went missing stands at 26,121 according to government officials.  That figure ranks as among the worst episodes of “disappearances” in Latin American history.

 

 

 

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Restorative justice, human rights, and the law: Video

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Heartspeak Productions with the Community Justice Initiatives Association has produced a 48-minute video from the Fraser region of British Columbia. The film discusses Canadian law and constitution and human rights as a fundamental basis of law.

 

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Scared Dictators Ad Campaign – International Society for Human Rights

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“Scared Dictators” is a clever ad campaign developed by Ogilvy & Mather Frankfurt for International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) humorously illustrating how the world’s dictators fear the power of the internet…

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Over 115 Million Widows Around the World Live in Poverty

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Afghan widows wait in line next to a barbed wire fence to receive their food rations.

At least 245 million women around the world have been widowed and more than 115 million of them live in devastating poverty, according to a new study launched Tuesday night by Cherie Blair, wife of the former British prime minister. The most dire consequences are faced by 2 million Afghan widows and at least 740,000 Iraqi widows who lost their husbands as a result of the ongoing conflicts; by widows and their children evicted from their family homes in sub-Saharan Africa; by elderly widows caring for grandchildren orphaned by the HIV/AIDS crisis, and by child widows aged 7 to 17 in developing countries, the report said.

 

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West Outraged Over New Discriminatory Afghanistan Law

West Outraged Over New Discriminatory Afghanistan Law 

Women have long been considered second-class citizens in Afghanistan

A new law signed by President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan requires Shiite women to ask their husband’s permission before leaving the home and forces them to have sexual intercourse. The West is outraged, and German politicians are mulling restrictions in development aid. (Pics)

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