4 April 2023

TWIDT Episode #57 – Tech on Ice

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In this week’s episode of This Week in Digital Trust, we discuss the merits of recent ideas to pause the development or rollout of harmful technologies and data practices.

Recent widespread consternation about AI (particularly ChatGPT and GPT-4 from OpenAI) has led to an open letter from various AI and tech personalities calling for a 6-month pause in future development. But Jordan and Arj discuss that the letter may not be all that it seems.

The open letter comes at the same time as a new paper from Australia’s Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC), which argues for a new Privacy Safety Regime which would allow governments and regulators to stop or limit obviously harmful uses of or harmful practices. The paper also proposes the introduction of a duty of care or best-interests duty that would oblige businesses to act in the best interests of consumers.

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