Meta’s AI leaders want you to know fears over AI existential risk are “ridiculous”

What occurs subsequent? This doesn’t imply the EU goes to undertake these insurance policies outright. Subsequent, members of the European Parliament must thrash out particulars with the Council of the European Union and the EU’s govt arm, the European Fee, earlier than the draft guidelines change into legislation. The ultimate laws will probably be a compromise between three totally different drafts from the three establishments. European lawmakers are aiming to get the AI Act in ultimate form by December, and the regulation ought to be in drive by 2026. 

You’ll be able to learn my earlier piece on the AI Act right here.

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A struggle over facial recognition will make or break the AI Act
Whether or not to ban using facial recognition software program in public locations would be the largest struggle within the ultimate negotiations for the AI Act. Members of the European Parliament desire a full ban on the know-how, whereas EU international locations need the liberty to make use of it in policing. (Politico)

AI researchers signal a letter calling for give attention to present AI harms
One other open letter! This one comes from AI researchers on the ACM convention on Equity, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT), calling on policymakers to make use of current instruments to “design, audit, or resist AI methods to guard democracy, social justice, and human rights.” Signatories embody Alondra Nelson and Suresh Venkatasubramanian, who wrote the White Home’s AI Invoice of Rights.

The UK needs to be a world hub for AI regulation
The UK’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak, pitched his nation as the worldwide house of artificial-intelligence regulation. Sunak’s hope is that the UK may provide a “third means” between the EU’s AI Act and the US’s Wild West. Sunak is internet hosting a AI regulation summit in London within the fall. I’m skeptical. The UK can attempt, however in the end its AI corporations will probably be pressured to adjust to the EU’s AI Act in the event that they need to do enterprise within the influential buying and selling bloc. (Time) 

YouTube may give Google an edge in AI
Google has been tapping into the wealthy video repository of its video web site YouTube to coach its subsequent giant language mannequin. This materials may assist Google prepare a mannequin that may generate not solely textual content however audio and video too. Apparently this isn’t misplaced on OpenAI, which has been secretly utilizing YouTube knowledge to coach its AI fashions. (The Info) 

A four-week-old AI startup raised €105 million
Speak about AI hype. Mistral, a brand-new French AI startup with no merchandise and barely any workers, has managed to boost €105 million in Europe’s largest-ever seed spherical. The founders of the corporate beforehand labored at DeepMind and Meta. Two of them had been behind the group that developed Meta’s open-source Llama language mannequin. (Monetary Instances)

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