• Art,  Artificial Intelligence,  English,  Intellectual Property,  Reform

    Brainstorm On Modernizing Copyright Law for AI and the Internet of Things

    This is a very interesting reform but it isn’t going anywhere. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/693.nsf/eng/00316.html AI can’t author anything. It may create random stuff like fractals or replicate things it sees or learns, like text, or social media comments generated by bot farms, but when it comes to independent AI “art” you just know that something is missing, like a robot playing classical composers on the piano, no matter how perfect, it is super boring, unless it is an exact replica of a human virtuoso’s performance. It is called reproducing a sound recording as a robot. I won’t even get into (the mild horror of) musical compositions by robots. The most incompetent human…

  • Artificial Intelligence,  English

    Addiction Prevention Algorithm, Ethical Issues

    Wired Magazine, in what’s hands down the most compelling article of this month, exposes a concerning facet of medical sexism where a woman suffering advanced endometriosis is denied pain medication due to algorithmic prescreening for addiction risk. The Pain Was Unbearable, So Why Did the Doctors Turn Her Away? The NarxCare algorithm screens pain patients according to their health data and prescription history, in order to determine who is entitled to pain management and who is supposed to tough it out (for their own good). In this case, the patient had a long history of legally prescribed percocet that prompted the algorithm to flag her as being at risk to…

  • English,  Litigation,  Remote Work

    Zoombombing Class Action Settles for $85M

    In re: Zoom Video Communications Inc Privacy Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 20-02155. Zoom shared personal information with (Microsoft’s) Linkedin, Google, and Facebook (something Microsoft Teams does every second) resulting in hackers taking control of meeting rooms with racial slurs and porn, a practice known as zoombombing. In reaching the settlement Zoom denied wrongdoing. https://www.reuters.com/technology/zoom-reaches-85-mln-settlement-lawsuit-over-user-privacy-zoombombing-2021-08-01/ This case should serve as a cautionary tale on the consequences of sharing your customers’ privacy information with major platforms. Even if you do so unwittingly, out of ignorance or blind trust in big tech, reckless data sharing attracts hackers and leads to cyber-security breaches that will eventually be blamed on…

  • Artificial Intelligence,  English,  Intellectual Property

    Copyrighting Copywrongs Caused By Notice+Notice – DMCA Bots

    Maybe it is time to fix the AI that is throwing random infringement notices at every IP out there for content that is readily available on Netflix and Amazon (to name a few). Users are being told to take down things they have zero control over (i.e. streaming services). In spite of the 2019 reform in the notice and notice regime, notices keep giving away an extortionary feel, hinting at possible settlements for stuff that everyone is already paying for. Moreover, these notices give zero possibility to users to respond and provide an immediate good-faith defense. The most honest of users are treated like infringers, are told to inform everyone…

  • Art,  English,  Intellectual Property,  Remote Work

    Augmented Reality Art Exhibitions

    (developing feature) The pandemic has transformed our ways to consume and engage with art. New art exhibition models emerge as new forms of public art evolve outside of the usual museums and arts institutions. In recent years, works including a virtual reality component have regularly been displayed in exhibitions in ways that obey traditional institutional structures. One compelling example is Marina Abramovic’ virtual reality performance on climate change. Immersive technologies like augmented reality (the juxtaposition of virtual and physical worlds) change the ways art is presented and make possible new forms of exchange for audiences who are no longer willing to travel. Art curators speculate that these new modes of…

  • Artificial Intelligence,  English,  Entertainment,  Intellectual Property

    Cassie: One Giant Leap For Robotkind

    (sorry, I just had to steal the allegory… ) Cassie the robot completed its first 5K run In 53min on a single battery charge. Watch it here. It could qualify as cringy. https://robbreport.com/gear/electronics/robot-runs-5k-in-53-minutes-1234627129/ I am looking forward to Robot Olympics 2028, dramatic gymnastics category.

  • Cybercrime,  English,  Entertainment

    Indica Records Cyber-Phishing Upgraded

    I don’t know why the Indica label is so popular among incompetent cyber-criminals. Even Desjardins impersonators are not that persistent, but here we go again. It is important to keep in mind that this can happen to any business. Every website out there can be used as a front to commit phishing and other attacks, with or without cyber-squatting, most of the time without the knowledge and consent of site admins. The less tech-savvy a business, the more vulnerable it is to have its identity used in this way. While dissecting my latest Indica Records incident, I noticed a new approach of fake ID layering to bypass spam filters (not…

  • Artificial Intelligence,  English

    Privacy Sandbox By Google: Updated Timeline

    Google has updated the schedule for its introduction of Privacy Sandbox browser technology and the phasing out of third-party cookies, but the dates are not set in stone. The Privacy Sandbox will lay new foundations for a safer, more sustainable, and more private web. The goals of the Privacy Sandbox are to: prevent tracking during web-browsing develop privacy-centric alternatives for key online business needs preserve the vitality of an open web. https://www.privacysandbox.com/timeline/ https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/26/google_privacy_sandbox_roadmap/