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May 28, 2019

Bio 

Kriti Sharma (@sharma_kriti) is an Artificial Intelligence expert and a leading global voice on ethical technology and its impact on society.

She built her first robot at the age of 15 in India and has been building innovative AI technologies to solve global issues, from productivity to inequality to domestic abuse, ever since. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and was included in the Recode 100 List of Key Influencers in Technology in 2017. She was invited as a Civic Leader to the Obama Foundation Summit. She is a Google Anita Borg Scholar and recently gave expert testimony on AI Policy to the UK Parliament in the House of Lords.

While much of Silicon Valley worry about doomsday scenarios where AI will take over human civilization, Kriti Sharma has a different kind of concern: What happens if disadvantaged groups don’t have a say in the technology we’re creating? In 2017, she spearheaded the launch of the Sage Future Makers Lab, a forum that will equip young people around the world with hands-on learning for entering a career in Artificial Intelligence.

Earlier this year, she founded AI for Good, an organization creating the next generation technology for a better, fairer world. Kriti also leads AI and Ethics at Sage.

Resources

AI for Good

 

Kriti's Ted Talk: How to Keep Human Bias out of AI

 

 Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks

 

Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

 

News Roundup

 

Amazon shareholder effort to restrict company’s facial recognition fails

 

Two Amazon shareholder resolutions to curb Rekognition—with a K—the company’s facial recognition platform—failed to garner shareholder approval last week. One proposal would have required the company to determine whether the technology violates civil liberties before rolling it out to law enforcement. The other resolution would have required Amazon to conduct a study of human rights violations posed by Rekognition. While Amazon is reluctant to address these issues, Google and Microsoft have pledged not to sell their facial recognition to law enforcement.

 

U.S. spy chief warns U.S. businesses about China

 

The Financial Times reports that U.S. National Security Advisor Dan Coates has been warning U.S.-based companies about doing business with China. Coates has even gone as far as sharing classified information with executives.  The classified briefings come amidst a U.S. trade war with China which includes a ban of China-based tech company Huawei from doing business in the U.S. because of a cozy relationship it allegedly had with Iran and the fact that China is alleged to be using the company’s components to spy on the U.S.  The Financial Times says the briefings have largely focused on the espionage and intellectual property threats China poses.

 

 

Senate passes anti-robocall bill

 

A bi-partisan bill introduced by Senators Ed Markey and John Thune, that would slap robocall offenders with a fine of $10,000 per call, passed the Senate with a vote of 97 to 1 on Thursday. The legislation also increases penalties for scammers and works to combat number blocking. The bill is called the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACE) Act and now heads to the House where Democrat Frank Pallone’s got a similar bill in the works.

 

 

Google tweaks abortion ad policy

 

Google has tweaked it policy for abortion ads after several misleading abortion ads showed up on the platform. Now, the company’s saying that it will certify advertisers who want to place abortion-related ads as either abortion providers or non-providers. Any advertiser that doesn’t fall into one of those categories won’t be able to run abortion ads on Google.

 

Events

 

 

Wed., 5/29

 

AT&T/Carnegie Mellon

Livestream: Privacy in the World of Internet of Things

1pm-2:30pm

 

Fri., 5/31

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Public Forum on the USA FREEDOM Act

10:00AM-12:30PM

Reagan Building

1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

 

Mon., 6/3

 

Federal Communications Commission

Consumer Advisory Committee Meeting

9:00AM

445 12th St., SW

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