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Interview with Daniel Dennett: AI, Free Will, and the Future of Humankind

04.20.24

HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Chacier Alexander held a joint interview with Symbiotic CEO Riccardo Di Molfetta and cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel Dennett on his perspectives on the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence, the challenge of aligning advanced AI systems with human values, and whether AI consciousness or free will would be functionally different from their biological counterparts. 

Science, Technology and Data

Women and AI: Overcoming Potential Bias and Optimizing the Best of Both Worlds

04.15.24

Women and girls are essential to the efficiency of AI’s future. In order to optimize the full unique capabilities of AI, it is important that the full range and spectrum of women is represented at the different stages of AI development to deploy optimal AI solutions and efficiencies to address societal challenges and ultimately achieve social and economic progress.

Gender, Race and Identity

The Cross-Border Interoperability of National Digital Payment Systems as a Gateway to Economic Development

04.9.24

Enhanced coordination and cooperation between governments, financial regulatory bodies, central banks, and other industry stakeholders is needed to implement the vision of integrating national digital payment systems.

Development and Economic Growth

Interview with Symbiotic CEO Riccardo Di Molfetta

03.13.24

At Symbiotic, Artificial Intelligence transcends mere automation. Under the guidance of Riccardo Di Molfetta, Symbiotic isn’t just a company—it’s a driving force propelling society toward a future where AI aligns with humanity’s highest values and principles.

Science, Technology and Data

George Orwell’s Dystopian World is Coming to Life and the European AI Act Will Not Stop It: The Collection of Emotional Data by AI

03.9.24

As AI-based emotion recognition systems proliferate with little regulation, our feelings are transformed into data that can manipulate us, threatening a dystopian future where our mental privacy no longer exists.

Science, Technology and Data

Stable Signatures: An Effective Route to Regulating AI-Generated Child Sex Abuse Material 

02.5.24

In fall 2023, more than 20 young girls in a small town in southern Spain were targets of naked deep-fake images. Stable signatures may provide a solution.

Business and Regulation

Towards Human-Centered AI: How International Harmonization Can Help Prevent the Loopholes of AI Regulation and Black Markets for Malicious AI

07.15.23

As AI continues to reshape our world, forging a comprehensive legal framework becomes crucial to steer AI’s advancement in a globally responsible and ethically sound direction, which ultimately should be supported by customary international law so that the responsibility fall equally on all countries.

Business and Regulation

How Congress Should Regulate AI in the Short-term

07.14.23

Congress must take the existential risks of AI seriously and deploy pre-existing risk assessment tools and regulations to better understand, monitor, and mitigate those risks.

Science, Technology and Data

The Importance of Aggregate Climate Data for Global Climate Progress From Emerging Economies

06.28.23

Harmonized data lies at the heart of the climate agenda, but do we pay enough attention to the development of the figures that we see? Do we ever question how the figures are calculated?

Environment and Energy

A House Built on Sand: The Future of Privacy in the US

06.21.23

To borrow a famous legal quip, American privacy is protected merely by a thin layer of common decency, public policy, legislative safeguard, and judicial concern–a four-walled house built on, and of, sand.

Science, Technology and Data

Latin American Cities in the Age of AI: Navigating the Technological Revolution

06.21.23

AI will continue to permeate and transform cities. With the right guidelines, it will allow governments to improve citizen engagement, reduce tax fraud, and optimize energy, mobility, and waste management systems.

Cities and Communities

Bridging the Information Gap: AI, Misinformation, and Global Education Reform

06.19.23

“For every dollar and every minute we invest in improving AI, we would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in exploring and developing human consciousness.” —Yuval Noah Harari1 In June 2020, the veritable explosion of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted more than 130 countries to issue a statement on the burgeoning […]

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