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CSRAI sponsoring workshop on AI for Social Good at AAAI Conference

The Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence (CSRAI) at Penn State is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the International Workshop on AI for Social Good on February 14, 2023, during the prestigious AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Washington D.C.

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Center for Socially Responsible AI awards seed funding to 6 projects

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the results of its third seed funding competition. The center awarded $145,000 to advance six interdisciplinary research projects that feature researchers from eight colleges and institutes.

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A team of researchers suggest that smart speakers — like Alexa and Siri — that demonstrate active listening cues might be able to serve a therapeutic role for users.

People open up more to smart speakers that listen actively

 Adding random, short expressions of understanding in a conversation may turn smart speakers, such as Alexa and Siri, into robot therapists that allow people to open up more without violating their privacy, according to a team of researchers.

 

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The White House’s ‘AI Bill of Rights’ outlines five principles to make artificial intelligence safer, more transparent and less discriminatory

Christopher Dancy, Harold and Inge Marcus Industrial and Manufacturing Career Development Associate Professor in the Penn State College of Engineering, shares his perspective on the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, which was recently released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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AI language models show bias against people with disabilities, study finds

AI language models show bias against people with disabilities, study finds

The algorithms that drive natural language processing technology — a type of artificial intelligence that allows machines to use text and spoken words in many different applications — often have tendencies that could be offensive or prejudiced toward individuals with disabilities, according to researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology.

 

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People who distrust fellow humans show greater trust in artificial intelligence

People who distrust fellow humans show greater trust in artificial intelligence

A person’s distrust in humans predicts they will have more trust in artificial intelligence’s ability to moderate content online, according to a recently published study. The findings, the researchers say, have practical implications for both designers and users of AI tools in social media.

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Students encouraged to apply for AI center affiliate status

Students encouraged to apply for AI center affiliate status

Penn State’s Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence is accepting applications for its Student Affiliates Program. Graduate and undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses are eligible to apply. Applications will remain open indefinitely and can be submitted online.

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Users trust AI as much as humans for flagging problematic content

Users trust AI as much as humans for flagging problematic content

Social media users may trust artificial intelligence — AI — as much as human editors to flag hate speech and harmful content, according to researchers. 

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Researchers encouraged to apply for AI center affiliate status

Researchers encouraged to apply for AI center affiliate status

Penn State faculty pursuing research, education and outreach related to socially responsible AI are encouraged to apply for affiliate status with the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence.

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AI for Social Impact talks available for viewing online

Recordings of recent talks presented as part of the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence's "AI for Social Impact Seminar Series" are now available for viewing online.

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Young Achievers Symposium talks available for viewing online

Recordings of recent talks presented as part of the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence's "Young Achievers Symposium" are now available for viewing online.

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Suicide vulnerability index, machine learning model help predict counties’ risk

Penn State researchers have developed a machine learning-based model that uses their newly developed suicide vulnerability index to identify at-risk communities at the U.S. county level.

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Lecture on explainable machine learning to be presented April 12

Umang Bhatt, a doctoral candidate in the Machine Learning Group at the University of Cambridge, will present a free public lecture titled “Challenges and Frontiers in Deploying Transparent Machine Learning” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

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Lecture on bias in language technologies to be presented April 5

Su Lin Blodgett, a postdoctoral researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics group at Microsoft Research Montréal, will present a free public lecture titled “Towards Equitable Language Technologies” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The lecture will be held live via Zoom View Webinar. No registration is required.

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Tech activist Timnit Gebru to deliver distinguished lecture on ethical AI

Tech activist Timnit Gebru to deliver distinguished lecture on ethical AI

Timnit Gebru, a widely respected leader in artificial intelligence ethics research who said she lost her job at Google for raising issues about their AI practices and discrimination in the workplace, will present a free public lecture titled “The Quest for Ethical Artificial Intelligence” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, via Zoom. No registration is required.

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