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The proposal define AI systems as "designed for various degree of autonomy", for "a given set of human-defined objectives, generate outputs, such as content, predictions, recommendations, or decisions influencing real or virtual environment". That's quite a vast definition, probably for keeping in touch with the volatily of the AI field. Some examples are for instance logistics and dispatching software using AI, or software assisting judges during trials.

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The first thing is that the proposal acknowledge the costs of AI, as well as its potential to harm people. Mention of social bias, direct and indirect discrimination are numerous. It emphasize a lot on AI systems put on the "EU Market", and on "Market Overseers".

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First, the document is divided into two. From page 1 to page 18, there is something I would call the "spirit of the text", where the authors present the global motivations of the text, as well as some definitions and proposals. The rest of the document is the more "article x alinea y [insert law here]" kind of stuff.

The interested but hurry reader can probably read the first part.

EU Council leaked/published/made available a draft of a future legal framework on AI. I will make some comments along my reading. Full text is available here:

Disclaimer: I am not trained in law, so I will certainly make mistakes while interpreting the text. Also keep in mind that this is not a definitive version, the source itself is not confirmed.

With all of those in mind, let's jump in

My ex-intern is about to present at a small workshop. He made the presentation and worked hard to get a grasp on the talk, I'm sure it will be okay for him :D

My advising style was initially quite paternalistic, and trying to get out of that mindset is difficult, yeah. But I realized the tremendous importance of enabling autonomy in individuals, and this is something you can't do by just being "the comforting dude guiding all the way through". You need to give space for experimentations, errors and mistakes. And if your planned paper is not ready... well, it's just a paper v. the development of a human being and a future scientist.

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mental health 

Even during my depression last year, all my advisors and I were able to develop his self-confidence. He is presenting his first scientific contribution in two days, and I'm damn proud of him.

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Even during the pandemic, one of my best experience as a PhD student was to oversee an intern. Seeing him grow and acquire autonomy both technically and humanly is probably one of the thing I am the most proud of.

I really appreciate that I have Never had a single student who didn't appreciate libraries.
Now, they may not have gone to the library physically, but they all used their resources and they all appreciated them in principle.

Libraries are the best.

Mais c'est qu'il était super cool le séminaire de Paola Tubaro (et le petit moment social à la fin)!!!

quelques références:


Why are there still so many jobs? The history and future of workplace automation

I will be honoured to give a course on formal verification of deep learning software at this summer school. Other courses seem really interesting as well.

Registration link is here:

It will be a on-site event with appropriate social distancing; thus the fees. I will make sure to freely share my material to the public :)

I'm a senior post-doc based in 🇸🇪

My main expertise is and computational biology, but my passion is and I dabble in philosophy of science.

I code in R and have been meaning to learn for too long 😅
I've started teaching recently and I am loving it

In my free time I cook fancy meals, play too many videogames and think about science fiction.

This is my professional alt, but fellow queers are welcome to ask for my personal one.

Next week, 1st April, economist and sociologist Paola Tubaro will be giving a talk on the hidden workers behind modern artificial intelligence, and the resulting new configuration of the job market.

Inscription is free but mandatory.
The webpage is in french, but the speaker is english-speaking so the seminar should be available in english.

For the "history" chapter of my thesis, I'm reading some old, really old papers on neural networks. When you kids are meddling with tensorflow, our ancients were building machines with WIRES to connect neurons between them
Intéressant billet sur l'Open Review. Je trouve ces expériences intéressantes, mais je ne suis pas complètement convaincu pour autant.

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