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November 10, 2023

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Kelcee Griffis, Eoin Higgins, Ryan Barwick, Margarita Noriega



An image of people standing in front of voting booths. Adamkaz/Getty Images

Seeing is believing, but not when it comes to deepfakes.

AI-generated videos like the viral “This is not Morgan Freeman” clip can be amusing, but advances in the technology mean that voters could soon be duped by messages that appear to be from real politicians.

The new California Institute for Technology and Democracy (CITED) hopes to shift that reality by raising awareness about and lobbying for regulation around artificial intelligence ahead of the 2024 election cycle.

  • CITED’s organizers say it will bring subject-matter experts together to study how California can develop its own state-level framework for responsible AI usage.
  • According to a news release, the think tank is the first of its kind to provide state-level policy leadership on emerging AI and democracy issues.

But CITED won’t stop with state-level legislation and initiatives: According to Jonathan Mehta Stein, executive director of California Common Cause, the group plans to roll out a national policy agenda in Washington, DC, in January.

Keep reading here.—KG



One microchip, $100b estimated market opportunities


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Measure twice, AI once

A robot arm reaches through a computer screen to press the keyboard. Andrey Suslov/Getty Images

Those in the cybersecurity trenches are taking a measured approach to the practicalities of AI deployment, Eoin Higgins reports for IT Brew:

For Michael Covington, VP of portfolio strategy at Apple client software developer Jamf, the rise in AI usage means that any tech company ignoring it is doing so at its own risk. Covington argued that rather than see AI as a danger that expands the threat surface, it’s better to look at it as something that can be deployed by defenders as well.
“To ignore the technologies that are there puts us and our customers and Apple’s customers at a big disadvantage,” Covington said. “Because the attackers are using those technologies.”

Keep reading here.—MN



Delete this

pieces of paper going into a yellow trash can Chawalit Banpot/Getty Images

The IAB Tech Lab is asking everyone to get on the same page when it comes to deleting consumer data. Last week, the trade group, which creates technical standards for the advertising industry, announced that it was seeking public comment on a framework that could be used to process consumer requests to delete their data.

Locking it down: The work on a framework is borne out of lots of potential use cases, with the IAB noting consumers’ “Right to Delete” in some state-level privacy legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation.

There’s not really an elegant framework to honor data deletion throughout the whole ad supply chain,” Anthony Katsur, the CEO of the IAB Tech Lab, told Marketing Brew.

And the scope is admittedly pretty big—beyond just data brokers, data can also be shared through bid requests or through pixels embedded in ad creative.

Keep reading on Marketing Brew.—RB




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Stat: $1.08 trillion. That’s the estimated total credit-card debt held by Americans, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Quote: “If you’re envisioning what will be the private social platform of the future, starting from scratch, I think it would basically look like WhatsApp.”—Mark Zuckerberg in a recent interview with The New York Times about Meta’s strategic plans for the chat app, which it acquired in 2014. The company is developing payment features for app users in India, Brazil, and Singapore.

Read: Could biometric payments eventually replace traditional self-checkout? (Retail Brew)

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A man walks by a large sign for the Samsung Electronics office in South Korea Jung Yeon-Je/Getty Images

Usually, we write about the business of tech. Here, we highlight the *tech* of tech.

Gauss again: Samsung announced the development of a proprietary AI model called Gauss during its AI forum event this week. Named after mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, Gauss consists of language, image, and coding features. Samsung is currently using Gauss for “employee productivity” and plans to expand to consumer products “in the near future.”

Humane society: The Verge obtained leaked go-to-market materials for Humane’s AI Pin—a wearable pin with OpenAI integration—ahead of the company’s intended product launch. For $699 and a $24 monthly subscription fee, you too could wear a screenless, voice-activated accessory instead of using the smartphone you already own and use daily.


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