Note — Nov 25, 2018

Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020

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🇨🇳Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020

Update on the Chinese panopticon of social credit; two years away for Beijing.

The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.

  • One of the Fathers of AI Is Worried About Its Future (Bengio). “[W]e need to have more democracy in AI research … AI research by itself will tend to lead to concentrations of power, money, and researchers. The best students want to go to the best companies. They have much more money, they have much more data. And this is not healthy. Even in a democracy, it’s dangerous to have too much power concentrated in a few hands.”
  • DeepIndex, “Keeping track of what AI can do and where it is being applied.” A 500+ list of examples of AI in action.
  • What is machine learning? We drew you another flowchart. Fun little graph but also a quick, well explained, intro to what machine learning and deep neural networks are, and the three types of learning they do.
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