Epstein, Ito, MIT, AI Media Lab, Techno Bros, Complete Ethical Failures

Epstein, Ito, MIT, AI Media Lab, Techno Bros, Complete Ethical Failures fire them all !!!

TO BEGIN: Joi Ito @Joi: “reminder to self: don’t invest with or take money from assholes 3/12/08, 7:20 PM”

Joi Ito is an asshole.

And now you have to ask why and how  humans on THIS earth can tolerate the complete betrayal of Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence that THIS asshole #joi  and all the rest of the tech bros are in charge of https://www.media.mit.edu/groups/ethics-and-governance/overview/

#TakingMoneyFromAssholes – There is NO WAY IN HELL a POS like ITO can govern 2019 Applied Ethical and Governance Challenges in AI – we are doomed

#artificial intelligence #government #human-machine interaction #social science #machine learning #ethics #technology #autonomous vehicles #medicine #racial justice

MIT may be facing a broader cultural reckoning around the Epstein scandal. Ito today said he did not make the decision to accept $525,000 in Epstein funding on his own, but had asked many advisers to weigh in and had received a full due-diligence review from the university.

The Bro System is complicit — all the advisers to weigh in and had received a full due-diligence review from the university. Who the hell are all these assholes and how do they keep getting away with it?

The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites
the world wakes up to the power of Big Tech, we get to hear – belatedly – of all the damage wrought by the digital giants. Most of these debates, alas, don’t veer too far from the policy-oriented realms of economics or law. Now that the Big Technocracy wants to quash Big Tech, expect more such wonkery.
What, however, about the ideas that feed the Big Tech? For one, we are no longer in 2009: Mark Zuckerberg’s sophomoric musings on transparency or the global village impress very few.
And yet, for all the growing skepticism about Silicon Valley, many still believe that the digital revolution has a serious intellectual dimension, hashed out at conferences like Ted, online salons like Edge.org, publications like Wired, and institutions like the MIT Media Lab. The ideas of the digerati might be wrong, they might be overly utopian, but, at least, they are sincere.
The Epstein scandal – including the latest revelation that Epstein might have channeled up to $8m dollars (some of it, apparently, on behalf of Bill Gates) to the MIT Media Lab, while its executives were fully aware of his problematic background – has cast the digerati in a very different light. It has already led to the resignation of the lab’s director, Joi Ito.|
This, however, is not only a story of individuals gone rogue. The ugly collective picture of the techno-elites that emerges from the Epstein scandal reveals them as a bunch of morally bankrupt opportunists. To treat their ideas as genuine but wrong is too generous; the only genuine thing about them is their fakeness. The Big Tech and its apologists do produce the Big Thoughts – alas, mostly accidental byproducts of them chasing the Big Bucks.

MIT’s Joi Ito visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island twice and pocketed $1.2 million for his personal ventures from the registered sex offender. MIT’s Joi Ito was vague in his non-apology apology letter when admitting that Jeffery Epstein had invested in his private funds.
Now, via NYT, the truth is out:
Epstein invested $1.2 million w/ Ito … or over twice as much as he gave to the Media Lab


Ronan Farrow: MIT Media Lab Knew About Jeffrey Epstein’s Abuse, But Accepted Money Anyway

The Latest: Researcher tied to Epstein quits NY Times board
The director of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research lab who resigned from the university over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein has also resigned from the boards of The New York Times Co. and of two foundations.

Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Taking Money From Jeffrey Epstein https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/business/mit-media-lab-jeffrey-epstein-joichi-ito.html

Media Lab cofounder Nicholas Negroponte reportedly told the audience he had recommended that the Media Lab’s director Joi Ito accept funds from Epstein. https://futurism.com/the-byte/mit-jeffrey-epstein-meeting

and https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614264/mit-media-lab-jeffrey-epstein-joi-ito-nicholas-negroponte-funding-sex-abuse/

Prominent white privileged bro scientists all willing to overlook Epstein’s disgusting and well-publicized misdeeds in exchange for a chance to fund their projects. https://futurism.com/the-byte/jeffrey-epstein-obsessed-eugenics-cryogenics


David Beard  “@RonanFarrow Related: A list of 20 boards on which Joi Ito, MIT’s disgraced director of the MIT Media Lab, sits.

Measuring philanthropic impact is whether some of this positive societal change should be in the hands of government instead of philanthropists. Of course the philanthropy is corrupt in the hands of Joi Ito et al. IT’s not ABOUT charity it is power.

A list of 20 boards on which Joi Ito, MIT’s disgraced director of the MIT Media Lab, sits.

The MacArthur Foundation announced that Joi Ito quit its board, adding: “The recent reports of Ito’s behavior in The @NewYorker, if true, would not be in keeping with the values of MacArthur. … Our hearts go out to the girls and women who survived the abuse of Jeffrey Epstein.” Last paragraph of the @techreview story on Joi Ito: “Disclosure: Among his other duties, Ito was on the board of MIT Technology Review. After resigning from MIT, he submitted his resignation from the board as well.”  Joi Ito has left the board of directors of the @nytimes as well as a visiting professorship at Harvard after quitting MIT for taking sex felon Jeffrey Epstein’s money.


How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein
New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.
By Ronan Farrow September 6, 2019

They need to fire Ito and replace him with a qualified woman at the exact same salary.


The University, The Boards, and the Tech Bro’s knowall  about the sex abuse but take the money anyway.  All the complaints were ignored.
“contact with Epstein was so widely known that some staff in the office of the lab’s director, Joi Ito, referred to Epstein as Voldemort or “he who must not be named.”

What’s become so clear in @RonanFarrow’s work on predators is that people KNOW. Institutions know. & they just don’t care- about rape, about victims. The pro-Jeffrey Epstein comments at the today clearly stunned some of the listeners. “A woman in the front row began crying.”

Epstein who has no college degree, a Sex Trafficker was Obsessed With Eugenics, Cryogenics “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.” a discriminatory and debunked field of pseudoscience.


“The ugly collective picture of the techno-elites that emerges from the Epstein scandal reveals them as a bunch of morally bankrupt opportunists. … The only genuine thing about them is their fakeness.”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/07/jeffrey-epstein-mit-funding-tech-intellectuals The MIT-Epstein debacle shows ‘the prostitution of intellectual activity’. Time for a radical agenda: close the Media Lab, disband Ted Talks and refuse tech billionaires money. This, however, is not only a story of individuals gone rogue. The ugly collective picture of the techno-elites that emerges from the Epstein scandal reveals them as a bunch of morally bankrupt opportunists. To treat their ideas as genuine but wrong is too generous; the only genuine thing about them is their fakeness. Big tech and its apologists do produce the big thoughts – alas, mostly accidental byproducts of them chasing the big bucks.
It wasn’t meant to be that way. Back in 1991, John Brockman – the world’s

The @nytimes would not comment to its reporters on the fate of its board member Joi Ito, the MIT Media Lab director who accepted $1.7 million from Jeffrey Epstein. @knightfdn and @macfound, where Ito also is a board member, remarkably issued statements supporting Ito.

Jeffrey Epstein’s influence in the science world is a symptom of larger problems ~Kate Darling @grok_
In a system stacked against women, we must direct our harshest judgment at people and institutions who remain silent. There’s a fine line between changing from within and being complicit. It turns out that I was nowhere near changing from within.
Yesterday, Kate Darling shouted down the founder of the @MIT @medialab over money taken from registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Last week, @grok_ wrote the harshest judgment should go towards those people and institutions who remain silent.”

The Tech Bros who took money from Epstein are now defending him vs. #metoo women in tech who were harassed by Ito and others over years and years at the University. They all got away with it. #WhitePrivilage

“We’ve worked for years to make STEM fields safe & welcoming, attractive fields for women & girls in the face of crushing sexism & gender bias. It’s humiliating to know men in these institutions, in 2019, still think so little of women’s dignity & safety”

Katie Moussouris “Who knows how many others left MIT because of him & others like him? How many brilliant young scientists ran screaming from institutions that on one hand say “we value diversity,” while on the other hand is shielding the careers of men with no self control.

Xeni Jardin “I told the @nytimes everything. So did whistleblowers I was in touch with inside @MIT and @Edge. They printed none of the most damning truths. @joi is on the board of the NYT. THANK GOD FOR @RonanFarrow

More will be revealed. Leon Black. John Brockman. Joi Ito. And those of you whose names have not been publicly exposed yet. I know your names. I know what you did with Jeffrey Epstein. I kept receipts. Have fun trying to sleep.


Nicholas Negroponte is an ethically compromised self seeking scumbag. I wonder what more he is capable of revealing, if he were inclined toward truth rather than self protection?

Anand Giridharadas “Some time ago, I was asked by Joi Ito, head of MIT’s @medialab, to be a juror for its Disobedience Award. I agreed. Now I quit. Thanks to Jeffrey Epstein and the way elite, mostly male networks protect people like him — and each other. Let me explain.

AND https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1170047694016077827

AND https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1169947031806365696

Sasha #CancelaLaDeuda Costanza-Chock
As a faculty member at MIT who is part of the Center for Civic Media community I do have a fair amount to say about the Media Lab and MIT re: what I believe needs to happen to transform these institutions, but I will say it when I feel able to do so.

The tech boom started when the bros started raising money for the geeks at Stanford.


MIT scientists created an AI-powered ‘psychopath’ named Norman

MIT scientists created an AI-powered ‘psychopath’ named Norman

This is Norman, an AI-powered “psychopath” developed by MIT researchers to make a point — AI is only as good as the data that it learns from.

Norman is an algorithm meant to show how the data behind AI matters deeply.

MIT researchers say they trained Norman using the written captions describing graphic images and video about death posted on the “darkest corners of Reddit,” a popular message board platform.

The team then examined Norman’s responses to inkblots used in a Rorschach psychological test. Norman’s responses were compared to the reaction of another algorithm that had standard training. That algorithm saw flowers and wedding cakes in the inkblots. Norman saw images of a man being fatally shot and a man killed by a speeding driver.

“Norman only observed horrifying image captions, so it sees death in whatever image it looks at,” the MIT researchers behind Norman told CNNMoney.

Real with fake profiles:

generate fake faces in one click – endless possibilities https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/ #Fake #MachineLearning A new A.I. generated photo on every refresh.