Korean university faces boycott over fears of AI weapons

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For all the joking we do about Skynet-scenarios and killer robots, there's some truth to the worrisome creations. To prevent Terminators from becoming a real threat, some 50 robotics experts are boycotting the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and…
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<em>An unmanned military robot operates on a beach during a training exercise organized by the US Navy.</em>

More than 50 leading AI and robotics researchers have joined a boycott of South Korea’s KAIST university over the institute’s plans to help develop AI-powered weapons. The boycott was announced ahead of a UN meeting set in Geneva next week to discuss international restrictions on so-called “killer robots.” It marks an escalation in tactics from the part of the scientific community actively fighting for stronger controls on AI-controlled weaponry.

The boycott was organized by Professor Toby Walsh of the University of New South Wales, who warned in a press statement that the race to build autonomous weapons had already begun. “We can see prototypes of autonomous weapons under development today by many nations including the US, China,…

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Following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., gun control activists are calling for a 24-hour boycott of Apple and Amazon as the two companies host the National Rifle Association’s NRAtv channel on their respective platforms.
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Yesterday, some Twitter users began a 24 hour boycott of the social media platform after the company suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account. Twitter has taken notice, and last night, CEO Jack Dorsey pledged that it will take a “more aggressive stance” in enforcing its rules, and that it will begin rolling out new rules in the coming weeks to try and curb some of the unwanted behavior that appears on the platform.

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill has been suspended for tweeting that fans should boycott NFL advertisers

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill tweeted.

ESPN has suspended journalist and TV personality Jemele Hill for suggesting on Twitter that NFL fans should boycott some of the league’s advertisers.

Hill, who got into trouble at ESPN earlier this fall for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter, was responding Monday to comments made by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who threatened to bench any player who “disrespects” the American flag.

You’ll remember that hundreds of NFL players have been kneeling or locking arms during the National Anthem this season as a way to raise awareness of police brutality against people of color in the U.S. Trump hates that, and even sent Vice President Mike Pence to Indianapolis on Sunday to walk out of a game in protest because some players didn’t stand for the anthem.

Jones, who is one of the NFL’s most vocal owners, irked a lot of people by saying that players would be punished for their protests. (However, in late September, Jones himself knelt with players during the National Anthem.) Hill suggested that instead of boycotting the NFL, they should boycott the Dallas Cowboys’s advertisers.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill tweeted. “If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”

ESPN wasn’t happy. Not only is ESPN an NFL partner — the company pays big money for the rights to broadcast the NFL’s “Monday Night Football,” and streams all kind of highlights of other NFL content, like the NFL Draft — but they likely share many of the same advertisers.

ESPN suspended Hill for two weeks, claiming that it was her “second violation of our social media guidelines.” (The first being the Trump-is-a-white-supremacist tweet.)

ESPN’s statement:

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”


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