Upcoming AI Events in February

Hey there!

Here's the latest in the AI LA Community:

January concluded with a full house at BioscienceLA, where we welcomed around 100 biotech and AI enthusiasts for an inaugural gathering. Nelly Tian, the Biotech Ambassador for AI LA, led a fireside discussion featuring our distinguished guest, Nathan Wan, the Chief Technology Officer at Nuanced Health. Don't forget to explore the upcoming BioSync AI Mixer scheduled for February 29th at the LARTA Institute in downtown Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, despite the rainy weather, we successfully held our inaugural AI Fintech Connect at Baja Cantina, filling the side patio with 50 enthusiasts from the finance sector.

Upcoming Events

LA Founders & Investors 2/21

BioSync AI Mixer 2/29

Venture into the cutting-edge crossroads of AI and Biotech at our BioSync AI Mixer! We are excited to announce this brand-new initiative, a collaboration between AI LA, Bioscience LA, BitsinBio, and Nucleate. 

​Headlining the event is a Fireside Chat led by Wim Kees Janssen, Co-Founder & CEO, Syntho.

​Join us at Larta Institute on February 29th, 2024, from 5pm to 8pm, for a unique exploration as Wim offers insightful perspectives on the dynamic intersection of AI, Biotech, and synthetic data. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and expand your network within a diverse community of enthusiasts, innovators, and industry leaders! 

AlphaPersuade: A Summit on Ethical AI on 2/29

AI LA is hosting a one-day summit addressing ethical persuasion in current AI models affecting end-user trust, consumer adoption, corporate responsibility, and industry regulatory review.

  • Understand the ethical challenges inherent to current AI tools and their persuasive power.

  • Access a deployable framework for AI technologies that limits disinformation, contains and eliminates bias, reduces hallucinations, and empowers customers for novel uses of AI.

  • Network with AI leaders, developers, and technology ethicists.

A special rate of $200 for the AI LA Community.
Use code RHETAI24 at check-out.

AI Regulatory Roundup

Dhruva Krishna, Ethics & Responsible AI Ambassador

For this week’s regulatory roundup, I’m sharing some developments surrounding the Taylor Swift deepfake incident.  Over the past two weeks, doctored and highly explicit images of Taylor Swift spread like wildfire over the internet. Recent reporting reveals that the images likely started on 4chan as a “challenge” to create pornographic images using AI, before being shared widely on other platforms.  The controversy caused a media storm, with some stating the moment shines a light on the pervasive issues caused by malicious AI use

The incident could also sway regulatory decisions, actions, and opinions.  The White House stated that it was alarmed by the images, stating that social media companies should be responsible for moderating content on their platforms, with congressional members calling for new legislation to address the issue.

Ultimately, this incident reflects the uneasy and changing dynamic surrounding AI use, public opinion, and regulation. As the technology becomes more accessible, more bad actors could use the technology for malicious ends.  However, these malicious uses could spark public outcry, leading to an increasingly hostile public and regulatory environment. 

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