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.
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.
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly reports that mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights, as thoroughly detailed in many reports following the extensive Edward Snowden leaks.
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.
People in Mexico City show pictures of missing women.
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.
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.