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Friday round-up

As Amy Howe reports for this blog, the court issued revisions to its rules yesterday that reduce the word limits for merits briefs and “require the parties to a case before the Supreme Court to identify any lower-court cases that are directly related to the Supreme Court proceedings.” At Bloomberg Law, Kimberly Robinson reports that practitioners welcomed the latter changes, which are “intended to reduce ‘missed’ conflicts, where the justices recognize late in proceedings that there are grounds ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Bloomberg, Smith, Patterson, Round-up, McDonough, Heritage Foundation, Jessica Mason Pieklo, Amy Howe, Bucklew, Goldstein Russell, Walgreen Co, The George Washington Law Review, Elizabeth Slattery, Neil Gorsuch


Bereft Catholics to be greeted by 'ephemeral wooden' Notre-Dame in front of the charred original

Catholics and tourists who can no longer approach Notre-Dame after Monday’s devastating fire will be consoled by an “ephemeral cathedral” made of wood until the stricken cathedral reopens, its chief priest has announced. Notre-Dame’s 12 million annual visitors will still be able to marvel at Europe’s most visited historic building from the outside, but Monseigneur Patrick Chauvet said for the faithful something more was needed. “We mustn’t say ‘the cathedral is closed for five years’ and that’s ...
Tags: Europe, News, France, Paris, Notre Dame, Emmanuel Macron, Victor Hugo, Anne Hidalgo, Heritage Foundation, Macron, Franck Riester, José Vaz de Matos, Monseigneur Patrick Chauvet


U.S. Navy Wants a 'Robot' Fleet to Fight Russia or China

The U.S. Navy's upcoming force-structure assessment could recommend a huge expansion of the fleet's efforts to acquire robotic warships, all in order to compete with the rapidly-modernizing Chinese and Russian navies.The multi-billion-dollar investment in unmanned surface vessels and submarines that the U.S. sailing branch is proposing as part of its 2020 budget is "an expression of the urgency the Navy is attaching to the situation," said Ronald O’Rourke, a shipbuilding expert with the ...
Tags: Science, Navy, Washington, China, Russia, Congressional Research Service, Rourke, Heritage Foundation, U S Navy Wants a Robot Fleet, Ronald O'Rourke


Study: Socialism turns people into liars

Study: Socialism turns people into liars Socialism’s appeal is largely moral, not economic – not just because it doesn’t work economically, but because few people find economics compelling. Among their exaggerated claims, socialists argue that redistribution of wealth will create more moral people, not merely better living conditions. “We must develop among Soviet people Communist morality,” said Nikita Khrushchev in 1959, “at the foundation of which lie …...
Tags: Germany, Religion, Jesus, Karl Marx, Dan Ariely, Marx, East Germany, West Germany, Duke University, Hayek, Heritage Foundation, Nikita Khrushchev, Friedrich von Hayek, John 8:44, European Journal of Political Economy, Staatssicherheit


Daily Crunch: The corporate fallout of the Bezos divorce

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. MacKenzie Bezos giving ex-husband Jeff 75 percent of Amazon stock, voting control MacKenzie Bezos noted in a tweet that her 26-year marriage to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been formally dissolved. She added that she will be giving the executive all interest in the Bezos-owned Washington Post and priva...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Washington Post, Tech, Eu, Bloomberg, Nintendo, Mario, Jeff Bezos, Zelda, Alexa, Margrethe Vestager, Jeff, Bezos, Heritage Foundation


Googler uprising leads to shut down of AI ethics committee that included the president of the Heritage Foundation

This week, thousands of googlers and many others (including me) signed an open letter objecting to the inclusion of Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James on the company's Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC), on the the grounds that James had frequently evinced viciously transphobic, racist, anti-immigrant sentiments. ATEAC barely survived a week: the googler protests and high-profile resignations from the board have convinced the company to shut it down. Here's ...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, News, Ethics, Oxford, Machine Learning, Transphobia, Ai, James, Heritage Foundation, Kay Coles James, ML, Luciano Floridi, If There Is Hope It Is In The Proles, ATEAC


Friday round-up

Briefly: At (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports that “Justice Clarence Thomas was adamant on March 30 when he told a friendly Pepperdine University School of Law audience that he had no plans to retire from the court,” and that “ a video of the event posted for the first time on Thursday makes it clear it was not just a casual statement.” At R Street, Shoshana Weismann and Anthony Marcum introduce “a new resource for those who want to learn more about Supreme Co...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Kansas, Round-up, Senate Judiciary Committee, The Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, Heritage Foundation, Wilkie, Tony Mauro, Kisor, Pepperdine University School of Law, Anthony Marcum, Shoshana Weismann, Jennifer Huddleston


Google Cancels AI Ethics Board In Response To Outcry

After facing criticism for including two controversial members in its AI ethics board, Google told Vox that it's pulling the plug on the board altogether. "The inclusion of drone company CEO Dyan Gibbens reopened old divisions in the company over the use of the company's AI for military applications," reports Vox. But it's Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James who proved most controversial due to her company's hard line stance on immigration and LGBTQ rights. Thousands of Google employee...
Tags: Google, Tech, Vox, Board, Heritage Foundation, Kay Coles James, Dyan Gibbens, Alessandro Acquisti, Joanna Bryson, James Believe


Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board

Google on Thursday confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership. The end of the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) came just days after a group of Google employees launched a public campaign against having the president of conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation among its members. Another member of the board had already resigned, and the inclusion of a drone company execu...
Tags: Google, News, Vox, Heritage Foundation


Google pulls the plug on AI council that included Heritage Foundation leader

Google has abandoned an advisory board on ethics in AI after critics questioned the inclusion of Kay Coles James, leader of the right-wing think tank the Heritage Foundation, on the 8-person panel. Google employees and thousands more concerned people called for this mistake to be corrected, and in response the company has apparently chosen to drop the whole thing. Vox first reported the news. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council was launched late in March to “consider some of Google...
Tags: Google, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Ethics, Vox, James, Heritage Foundation, Kay Coles James, Luciano Floridi, Alessandro Acquisti, ATEAC, Joanna Bryson, Advanced Technology External Advisory Council


After an employee backlash, Google has cancelled its AI ethics board a little more than a week after announcing it (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google has shut down its new AI ethics board. It was only announced last week. It ran into immediate controversy over its choice of members, with thousands of employees signing a petition against a member who made anti-trans comments. Google has shut down its AI ethics board little more than a week after announcing it. Vox reports that the Silicon Valley tech giant has scrapped the group, which had been intended to scrutinise the company's work on artificial intelligence to ensure the tech is...
Tags: Google, North Korea, Trends, Silicon Valley, Vox, James, Kim Jong, Heritage Foundation, Kent Walker, Kay Coles James, Alessandro Acquisti, Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, Googlers Against Transphobia, Heritage Foundation Last Tuesday Google


All Hail Ed Meese!

For the symposium on Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum's new book, The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2019).Devins and Baum's The Company They Keep is a fine book that nevertheless manages to bury the lede. In order not to make the same mistake, I will state the theme of this review in the first paragraph. What Devins and Baum actually show—in spite of themselves—is how social movements change the Constitution. Moreover, the hero of the ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Court, Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ford, Fox News, Republican, Branding, Nixon, Antonin Scalia, U S Supreme Court, Scalia, Edwin Meese, JB, Heritage Foundation, Baum


Google Employees Are Lining Up To Trash Google's AI Ethics Council

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Almost a thousand Google staff, academic researchers, and other tech industry figures have signed a letter protesting the makeup of an independent council that Google created to guide the ethics of its AI projects. The search giant announced the creation of the council last week at EmTech Digital, MIT Technology Review's event in San Francisco. Known as the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC), it has eight members ...
Tags: Google, Tech, US Air Force, Trumbull, James, Donald Trump Trump, Heritage Foundation, MIT Technology Review, U S Military, Sundar Pichai Google, Kay Coles James, San Francisco Known, Dyan Gibbens, Gibbens, Chinese military, ATEAC


Google’s anti-trans controversy is the latest case of big tech overcorrecting to the right

Google just smoothed over one spat with the LGBT community, but it’s already well into the next one. Last week, in an effort to monitor the ethical development of artificial intelligence and presumably to assuage public concern, Google launched an eight person advisory group dedicated to the task. Controversially, Google included Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole James among the technologists and domain specialists on its newly-minted Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC)...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Cook, Congress, Tech, United States, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Jack Dorsey, James, Trump, Burns, Overton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Heritage Foundation


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Over a thousand Google employees signed a petition calling for the removal of Kay Coles James, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, from Google's recently announced artificial-intelligence ethics board. James has previously made anti-trans comments, including   calling transgender women   "biological males." Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is considering paying publishers to put their articles in a de...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, North Korea, China, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Stock Exchange, Huawei, Mike Lynch, Alexa, James, Zuckerberg, Kim Jong


Googlers, eggheads urge web giant's bosses to kick top conservative off its AI ethics council

One panellist quits, another decides to stay and listen Over a thousand Google employees and members of the machine-learning community have signed a petition urging the ad giant to remove Kay Coles James, president of conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, from its external AI ethics board.…
Tags: Google, Software, Heritage Foundation, Kay Coles James


Google employees demand removal of conservative member from AI-ethics council

Hundreds of Google employees demand the company remove the president of conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation from a newly formed group meant to advise the company on responsible usage of artificial intelligence.
Tags: Google, Cnn, Heritage Foundation


Over a thousand Google employees have signed a petition calling for the removal of a member of Google's new AI ethics board over her comments on immigrants and trans people (GOOGL, GOOG)

Over a thousand Google employees have signed a petition calling for the removal of Kay Coles James, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, from Google's recently announced artificial-intelligence ethics board. James has previously made anti-trans comments, including calling transgender women "biological males." Googlers Against Transphobia, the group behind the petition, wrote that for Google to appoint James to the ethics board "elevates and endorses her views, impl...
Tags: Google, Trends, Signal, James, Trump, Heritage Foundation, Kent Walker, Sundar, Kay Coles James, Alessandro Acquisti, Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, Googlers Against Transphobia


Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition calling for the removal of a member of Google's new AI ethics board over her comments on immigrants and trans people (GOOGL, GOOG)

More than 500 Google employees have signed a petition that called for the removal of Kay Coles James, president of the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation, from Google's recently announced AI ethics board, ATEAC. In the past, James has made anti-trans comments, including calling transgender women "biological males."  The group, known as Googlers Against Transphobia, wrote that for Google to appoint James to the ethics board "elevates and endorses her views, implying that hers is ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Signal, James, Trump, Heritage Foundation, Sundar, Kay Coles James, Alessandro Acquisti, Global Affairs Kent Walker, ATEAC, Googlers Against Transphobia


Citing transphobic policies, 172+ googlers call for removal of Heritage Foundation from Google's "Advanced Technology External Advisory Council"

The googler uprising continues: after forcing the company to kill its plans to launch a censored Chinese search-engine and its plan to sell AI technology to US drone systems, and forcing out execs who led these projects, and getting the right to sue the company over sexual harassment, more than 170 googlers have signed an open letter demanding that the company reverse its decision to add Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James to its Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC),...
Tags: Google, Post, News, US, Migration, Transphobia, Lgbtq, Council, James, Heritage Foundation, Xenophobia, Kay Coles James, ATEAC, Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, Ataec, Googler Uprising


Google employees call for removal of rightwing thinktank leader from AI council

Staffers criticized the appointment of Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James in a letter published on MondayA group of Google employees have called for the removal of a rightwing thinktank leader from the company’s new artificial intelligence council, citing her anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant record. Related: 'Bias deep inside the code': the problem with AI 'ethics' in Silicon Valley Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Heritage Foundation, Silicon Valley Continue, Kay Coles James, Artificial intelligence (AI


Friday round-up

Last night the Supreme Court halted the execution of a Buddhist prisoner, Patrick Murphy, pending review of Murphy’s challenge to Texas’ refusal to allow a Buddhist priest to join him in the execution chamber. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage. At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr reports that “[[t]he order marked an abrupt shift for the court, which last month voted 5-4 to let Alabama execute a Muslim man without his imam.” Robert Barnes reports for The Washington Post that “[t]he court’s conservatives wer...
Tags: Texas, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Alabama, America, Bloomberg, Alaska, Louisiana, Flowers, Ada, Chevron, Economist, Trump


Google set up an external ethics council for AI, but one of its members was called out for her views on trans people and immigration

Google on Tuesday announced a new external ethics council which will examine its development of AI. Google VP of Global Affairs Kent Walker said the group will look at ethical problems including "facial recognition and fairness in machine learning." One of the council's members heads up a conservative US think-tank, and was criticized by a Washington University researcher for her views on trans people and immigration. Google has set up a new external ethics council to oversee its development ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Jordan, Republican, Donald Trump, James, University of Washington, Walker, Washington University, Heritage Foundation, Google Google, Kent Walker


He’s No ‘Sycophant’ for Trump, Expected Fed Nominee Says

In an interview, Stephen Moore maintained his view that rate increases were wrong, but said he regretted his harsh criticism of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell over them.
Tags: News, Interest Rates, Federal Reserve, Trump, Moore, Powell, Heritage Foundation, Stephen Moore, United States Economy, Donald J, Federal Reserve System, Inflation (Economics, Jerome H Powell, Jerome H, Stephen (1960-, Trump Expected Fed Nominee Says


An external advisory council to help advance the responsible development of AI

Last summer we announced Google’s AI Principles, an ethical charter to guide the responsible development and use of AI in our research and products. To complement the internal governance structure and processes that help us implement the principles, we’ve established an Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC). This group will consider some of Google's most complex challenges that arise under our AI Principles, like facial recognition and fairness in machine learning, providing dive...
Tags: Google, Lego, United States, South Africa, Ai, University of Oxford, Council, Trumbull, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Heritage Foundation, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, U S Foreign Service, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Forbes Top, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


A digital tax will deny Europeans new innovation and progress

A digital tax will deny Europeans new innovation and progress Bureaucrats at the European Union steadily struggle for tax harmonization among EU member states. Unfortunately, they do not seek to relieve these nations’ tax burden but rather to warn against “tax havens.” Along these  lines, last year the European Commission (EC) came up with the idea of a “digital tax.” In the name of pursuing the “fair taxation of the digital economy,” the EC made two propo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Asia, Europe, Microsoft, Yahoo, France, China, Religion, Eu, Spain, European Union, Taiwan, Mountain View, OECD, EC


Friday round-up

Amy Howe reports for this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court, that yesterday Justices Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan testified about the Supreme Court’s budget at a congressional hearing, “field[ing] questions about cameras in the courtroom, law clerk diversity, partisan attacks on the judiciary, and the #MeToo movement.” Jess Bravin reports for that, according to Kagan, “Chief Justice John Roberts is weighing whether to create a code of conduct for members of the Supreme C...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Court, Indiana, Round-up, John Roberts, Jeffrey Toobin, Cato Institute, Robert Barnes, Howe, Jess Bravin, Alito, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Heritage Foundation


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denies allegations she funneled $1 million in PAC donations to private companies

Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky weighs in on the validity of those allegations and the probability of jail time for Ocasio-Cortez.
Tags: News, PAC, Heritage Foundation, Hans Von Spakovsky, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


The Imperial Presidency

President Trump’s attempted end-run to fund his “beautiful” wall has been widely, and properly, denounced as a naked power grab by both the left and even some on the right. Yet if Trump’s action is ham-handed and likely dangerous, it also sadly reinforces a long-standing trend that seems to be leading us, inexorably, toward an ever-more imperial presidency. History is replete with republics that devolved into autocracies. The best-known case remains the shift of the Roman Republic into an imperi...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, America, Barack Obama, Sport, Iran, Rome, Soccer, United States, Paris, Sheldon Adelson, Athens