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This AI attorney claims that companies need a chief AI Officer — pronto

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This AI attorney claims that companies need a chief AI Officer — pronto

When Bradford Newman began advocating for more artificial intelligence expertise in the C-suite in 2015, “people were laughing at me,” he said.

Newman is the global leader of Baker McKenzie’s machine-learning and AI practice in Palo Alto. He said that when he mentioned that companies needed to appoint an AI chief, people often responded with “What’s that ?”

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But as the use of artificial intelligence proliferates across the enterprise, and as issues around AI ethics, bias, risk, regulation and legislation currently swirl throughout the business landscape, the importance of appointing a chief AI officer is clearer than ever, he said.

This recognition led to a new Baker McKenzie report, released in March, called “Risky Business: Identifying Blind Spots in Corporate Oversight of Artificial Intelligence.” The report surveyed 500 US-based, C-level executives who self-identified as part of the decision-making team responsible for their organization’s adoption, use and management of AI-enabled tools.

Newman stated in a press statement after the survey’s publication that: “Companies need to up their game when it come to AI oversight, governance, and ethics to ensure their AI ethical and protect themselves against liability by managing their risk appropriately.”

Corporate blind spots about AI risk

According to Newman, there were significant blind spots in corporate thinking around AI risk. One, C-level executives exaggerated the threat of AI cyber intrusions while downplaying AI risks related to algorithm bias or reputation. C-level executives overestimated the risk of AI cyber intrusions but downplayed AI risks related to algorithm bias and reputation.

The survey also found that organizations “lack a solid grasp on bias management once AI-enabled tools are in place.” When managing implicit bias in AI tools in-house, for example, just 61% have a team in place to up-rank or down-rank data, while 50% say they can override some – not all – AI-enabled outcomes.

The survey also found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of companies don’t have an AI chief, which means that AI oversight falls under the purview of the CTO and CIO. At the same time, only 41% of corporate boards have an expert in AI on them.

An AI regulation inflection point

Newman stressed the importance of AI in the C-suite and especially in the boardroom.

“We’re at an inflection point where Europe and the U.S. are going to be regulating AI,” he said. “I believe corporations will be woefully on the backfoot reacting because they don’t understand it – they have an false sense of security

While Newman is against regulation in many areas of life, he claims that AI is fundamentally different. He said that AI must be marked with an “asterisk” because of its potential impact. “It’s more than just computer science. It’s about human ethics. It goes to the essence who we are as people and the fact that Western liberal democratic societies have a strong view on individual rights.”

From a corporate governance perspective, AI is also different, he stated. “Unlike, say, the financial function which is the dollar and cents reported within the corporate structure and disclosed in our shareholders’ accounts, artificial intelligence and data sciences involve law, human resource and ethics.”

But, AI in an enterprise tends to fragmented and dispersed, he said.

“There is no omnibus regulation that a person who has a good understanding of the subject could say to the C-suite, “We must follow this.” Training is essential. We need to train.

Newman also said that there are many internal political constituencies around AI including data science and supply chains. He said, “They all say it’s mine.”

The need for a chief AI officer

Newman believes that appointing a chief AI officer, or CAIO, to the CEO will be beneficial. This executive reports to the CEO at the same level of a CIO (CISO), CFO, and CIO. The ultimate responsibility for all matters AI within the company would be held by the CAIO.

” Many people want to see how one person fits that role. However, we aren’t saying that the CFO is an expert on all financial calculations going on in the company – but she reports to her.” he stated.

A CAIO would report to shareholders as well as externally to regulators.

“Most importantly they would be responsible for corporate governance oversight, monitoring, and compliance with all things AI,” Newman said.

Newman acknowledges that installing a CAIO won’t solve all AI-related problems.

“Would that be possible? He said that while it is not perfect, it would be a significant step forward.

The chief AI officer should be well-versed in both computer science and some aspects of ethics.

While only a third of respondents to Baker McKenzie’s survey said that they have “something like” an artificial intelligence chief, Newman believes that this is a “generous statistic.”

” I think most boards are woefully inept, relying upon a patchwork chief information officers, chief secure officers or heads of HR sitting at the C-suite,” said he. “It’s very muddled and not a true job title held by one person with the kind of oversight and matrix responsibility that I’m referring to.”

The future of the chief AI officer

These days, Newman claims that people don’t ask the question “What’s a chief AI officer?” as often. Instead, companies claim that they are ethical and that their AI does not have implicit biases.

“There is a growing awareness of the need for oversight by corporations. There is also a false sense that the current oversight in most companies is sufficient. “It’s not going to suffice when the regulators and enforcers come – if you switch sides and start representing consumers and the Plaintiffs, I can poke huge holes in the majority corporate oversight and governance of AI.”

Organizations require a chief AI officer. He stressed that “the questions being asked by this technology far exceed the zeros and the ones, or the data sets.”

Organizations “play with live ammunition,” he stated. “AI is not an area that should be left solely to the data scientist.”

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Nothing announces official launch date for new Ear (stick) AirPods alternatives

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True to form, Nothing has just announced the full reveal date for its upcoming audio product, Ear (stick). 

So, an announcement about an announcement. You’ve got to hand it to Carl Pei’s marketing department, they never miss a trick.

What we’re saying is that although we still have ‘nothing’ conclusive about the features, pricing or release date for the Ear (stick) except an image of another model holding them (and we’ve seen plenty of those traipsing down the catwalk recently), we do have a date – the day when we’ll be granted official access to this information. 

That day is October 26. Nothing assures us that on this day we’ll be able to find out everything, including pricing and product specifications, during the online Ear (stick) Reveal, at 3PM BST (which is 10AM ET, or 1AM on Wednesday if you’re in Sydney, Australia) on nothing.tech (opens in new tab)

Any further information? A little. Nothing calls the Ear (stick), which is now the product’s official name, “the next generation of Nothing sound technology”, and its “most advanced audio product yet”. 

But that’s not all! Apparently, Ear (stick) are “half in-ear true wireless earbuds that balance supreme comfort with exceptional sound, made not to be felt when in use. They’re feather-light with an ergonomic design that’s moulded to your ears. Delivered in a unique charging case, inspired by classic cosmetic silhouettes, and compactly formed to simply glide into pockets.” 

Opinion: I need more than a lipstick-style case

Nothing Ear (stick) – official leaked renders pic.twitter.com/FrhKmRttmiOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that I want Nothing’s earbuds to succeed in world dominated by AirPods; who doesn’t love a plucky, eccentric underdog? 

But in order to become some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, there is room for improvement over the Nothing Ear 1, the company’s inaugural earbuds. 

Aside from this official ‘news’ from Nothing, leaked images and videos of the Ear (stick) have been springing up all over the internet (thank you, developer Kuba Wojciechowski) and they depict earbuds that look largely unchanged, which is a shame. 

For me, the focus needs to shift from gimmicks such as a cylindrical case with a red section at the end which twists up like a lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of theater, but only if the sound coming from the earbuds themselves is top dog. 

As the natural companions for the Nothing Phone 1, it makes sense for the Ear (stick) to take a place similar to that of Apple’s AirPods 3, where the flagship Ear (1) sit alongside the AirPods Pro 2 as a flagship offering. 

See, that lipstick case shape likely will not support wireless charging. That and the rumored lack of ANC means the Ear (stick) is probably arriving as the more affordable option in Nothing’s ouevre. 

For now, we sit tight until October 26. 

Becky is a senior staff writer at TechRadar (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? testing and reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not writing, she can still be found throwing shapes in a dance studio, these days with varying degrees of success.  

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YouTube could make 4K videos exclusive to Premium subscribers

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You might soon have to buy YouTube Premium to watch 4K YouTube videos, a new user test suggests.

According to a Reddit thread (opens in new tab) highlighted on Twitter by leaker Alvin (opens in new tab), several non-Premium YouTube users have reported seeing 4K resolution (and higher) video options limited to YouTube Premium subscribers on their iOS devices. For these individuals, videos are currently only available to stream in up to 1440p (QHD) resolution.

The apparent experiment only seems to be affecting a handful of YouTube users for now, but it suggests owner Google is toying with the idea of implementing a site-wide paywall for access to high-quality video in the future.

So, after testing up to 12 ads on YouTube for non-Premium users, now some users reported that they also have to get a Premium account just to watch videos in 4K. pic.twitter.com/jJodoAxeDpOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that Google has been searching for new ways to monetize its YouTube platform in recent months. In September, the company introduced five unskippable ads for some YouTube users as part of a separate test – an unexpected development that, naturally, didn’t go down well with much of the YouTube community. 

A resolution paywall seems a more palatable approach from Google. While annoying, the change isn’t likely to provoke the same level of ire from non-paying YouTube users as excessive ads, given that many smartphones still max out at QHD resolution anyway. 

Of course, if it encourages those who do care about high-resolution viewing to invest in the platform’s Premium subscription package, it may also be more lucrative for Google. After all, YouTube Premium, which offers ad-free viewing, background playback and the ability to download videos for offline use, currently costs $11.99 / £11.99 / AU$14.99 per month.

Suffice to say, the subscription service hasn’t taken off in quite the way Google would’ve hoped since its launch in 2014. Only around 50 million users are currently signed up to YouTube Premium, while something close to 2 billion people actively use YouTube on a monthly basis. 

Might the addition of 4K video into Premium’s perk package bump up that number? Only time will tell. We’ll be keeping an eye on our own YouTube account to see whether this resolution paywall becomes permanent in the coming months.

Axel is a London-based staff writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the newest movies to latest Apple developments as part of the site’s daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned a gold standard NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme. 

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Europe sets deadline for USB-C charging for (almost) all laptops

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Author: Michael Crider
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Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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