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#103 - Eyeball Scans, AI in Hollywood, and Emerging Tech Policy Fellowships!
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THE IMPACT SUMMIT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND! WOOOOOHOOOOOO! We’re so excited to see so many of you in person in Manhattan this Saturday and Sunday, and we’re really looking forward to the amazing speaker sessions and panels, the participant-led lightning talks, and the chance to talk about the future of tech for good with all of you! the Applications for the Impact Summit 2023 close tomorrow (August 3rd)!
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In the News
🍎 Apple tests ‘Apple GPT,’ an attempt to catch up to OpenAI’s strong foothold in the market
💧 Large tech companies are agreeing to adopt voluntary guidelines that they hope will curtail the spread of misinformation, including watermarking artificial content
👁 “People around the world are getting their eyeballs scanned in exchange for a digital ID and the promise of free cryptocurrency.”
🚕 A major lawsuit against Uber that began in 2019 sets the stage for a big win for workers in California
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is forming a rapid response cohort of Science and Technology Policy Fellows (SPTF), and applications close on August 5th. As Congress works on multiple legislative efforts, scientific and engineering expertise is needed immediately to inform federal policymaking. AAAS is seeking scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines to provide a rapid response to this urgent need on Capitol Hill. Congress is preparing to meet the urgent need to shape AI policies, and AI-STPF fellows will be extraordinary assets in helping to understand political, social, cyber and economic impacts for our country and the world. Learn more and apply here.
Google Scholarships can subsidize or completely cover your ticket for a bunch of really great tech conferences coming up, including AFROTECH, Great Minds in STEM, and many more! Check ‘em out and apply by August 30th!
The Stanford Internet Observatory is a cross-disciplinary program of research, teaching and policy engagement for the study of abuse in current information technologies, with a focus on social media. The Observatory was created to learn about the abuse of the internet in real time, and to translate our research discoveries into training and policy innovations for the public good. The Observatory sits in the Stanford Cyber Policy Center, part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. We love their work, and they are currently on the lookout for a program manager.
Credo AI is a venture-backed company on a mission to empower organizations to deliver Responsible AI at scale. Credo AI brings context-driven governance and risk assessment to ensure compliant, fair, and auditable development and use of AI. They’re on the lookout for an AI governance researcher, with the goal of mitigating the risks posed by companies recklessly deploying their AI systems.
What We’re Watching
⚖️ Here’s a great video series about justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship by professor Michael Sandel at Harvard University.
🎥 How AI took center stage In the Hollywood writers' strike.
The Rockefeller Foundation's mission is to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal and sustainable. In their words, “We are dedicated to the principle that all individuals – dignified and resilient as they are – have the right to health, food, power and economic mobility. We seek to advance those goals with a better use of science and data and through collaboration with broad and diverse partners and grantees.”
Quotes We Love
“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” – George Bernard Shaw
That’s all for now! See you at The Impact Summit or in your inbox in another 2 weeks!