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Mary Ann Allison

“That’s a deep fake:” Balancing power in the AI world

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  • be able to read,
  • have a book,
  • have the skills to think effectively about what we’ve read, and
  • be willing to act.

Humans have many capabilities that few of us use.  Most of us, for example, can feel it when someone is staring at us.  Even without training, we generally know when someone is lying.  We just know.  With training, such as that offered by some military and police forces, we can become very good at detecting lies, even from skilled liars.  We can make use of these faculties.


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Better lives:  Using AI to transform ourselves and society

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Here’s a top-line summary of the process. 

If we train it, and give it permission with strong privacy restrictions, AI can help.  It can assemble a map of our primary attention groups and show us how often we communicate with the various people in those groups.


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Fool me once:  AI and the balance of power

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  • First, it takes too long to create a useful law; AI technology development won’t wait.
  • Second, laws are related to a nation-state and are not binding on those outside its borders, with some wide-ranging international treaties as exceptions.  Even international treaties don’t cover the whole earth, so there are always players on the outside.
  • Third, to enforce laws, the policing agency must be able to access and understand the technology well enough to determine whether the law has been followed.  While some AI developers practice open source; others use a closed box for competitive and, perhaps, other reasons.

    Even when the code is open, effective regulation requires specialists who understand code that is uniquely and continuously enhanced.  This is not a capacity that is in place now.

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A little help from our friends:  Our World in Data

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  • poverty
  • literacy
  • health (including child mortality)
  • freedom
  • global population
  • education

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Three-minute case studies:  wiifm?  Journalism professor, mother, and grandmother

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This three-minute case study is part of a series where we have interviewed individuals to discover how they are applying what they learned from the Allison Group.  What has been useful for them?

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Three-minute case studies:  wiifm? Nonprofit executive director

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This three-minute case study is part of a series where we have interviewed individuals to discover how they are applying what they learned from the Allison Group.  What has been useful for them?

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