May 15, 2020
Andy and Dave discuss a white paper from the National Security Commission on AI, on Privacy and Ethics Recommendations for Computing Applications Developed to Mitigate COVID-19. The Office of the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security issues a second point paper on lethal autonomous weapons systems, with AI, Human-Machine Interaction, and Autonomous Weapons. DARPA announces its Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution (ASTARTE) program, which aims to use low-cost sensors to create a better common operating picture. The Joint AI Center establishes a Data Governance Council to establish an enterprise-wide data governance framework. The JAIC also releases an AI Primer for DoD officials. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office denies patents on the behalf of AI systems. And Google Health describes the challenges in transitioning to clinical environments a system designed to detect diabetic eye disease. In research from the University of Bordeaux, researchers demonstrate the ability to give algorithms intrinsically-motivated goal exploration to enable them to search out interesting patterns in Lenia, an analog version of Conway’s Game of Life. A review paper provides an overview of how neural networks sometimes attempt to “short circuit” learning. Peters, Janzing, and Schölkopf and MIT Press make Elements of Causal Inference available. The International Conference on Learning Representation makes its 2020 session available through a slick interface, covering the nearly 700 papers. And OpenAI releases Jukebox, an attempt to create music of a specified style, when given lyrics.