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Amazon needs to come clean about racial bias in its algorithms

We shouldn’t be using unaudited facial recognition systems on public streets<p>Yesterday, Amazon’s quiet Rekognition program became very public, as new documents obtained by the ACLU of Northern California showed the system partnering with the city of Orlando and police camera vendors like Motorola …

Northern California

Debiasing Our Statistical Algorithms Down to Their Roots

Eliminating bias in the data and algorithms that drive artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives requires constant vigilance on the …

Artificial Intelligence

‘Coyote colonization’: Why this canine is spreading fast across North America

Since the 1900s, coyotes have “dramatically expanded” across North America. The canine species is found in all U.S. states, in most Canadians …

Ecology

Neoliberalism is a real economic model – here’s how the left can overturn it

The replacement of a hyper-financialised system will require a radical reshaping of the state, new national and global institutions, and new treaties.<p>…

Economics

Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI

One day last summer, Microsoft’s director of artificial intelligence research, Eric Horvitz, activated the Autopilot function of his Tesla sedan. The …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the latest recruit to the UK flood defence team: the beaver

Beavers could be put to work building dams to stop a village from flooding in the Forest of Dean, in what would be the first such scheme on government land.<p>The Forestry Commission has been an enthusiastic advocate for the release of a family of beavers into a large fenced area surrounding …

Wildlife

Predators Bouncing Back from Extinction Are Showing Up in Unexpected Places

This is more than just a comeback.<p>It’s the height of the Anthropocene epoch, a geological time period defined by world-altering human activity. …

Habitats

Marketing in the Age of Alexa

T<i>he autonomous car dropped Lori at her home and then left for its scheduled service at the dealership. It would be back in time to take her to the airport the next morning. On the way into her house, Lori gathered the drone deliveries from the drop box on her stoop. The familiar voice of Eve, a</i> …

Customer Experience

23andMe Wants Its DNA Data to Be Less White

The company is offering free kits to researchers studying populations in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere—but the ethics are tricky.<p>23andMe is best known for selling DNA test kits, but the company’s real value lies in the data of its 5 million customers. The bigger its genetic database, the more …

Molecular Biology

Nobody is safe from Russia's colossal hacking operation

No-one is too unimportant to be targeted by Russia-backed, state-sponsored hackers. While that may be good for the self-esteem, it's bad news for …

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Silicon Valley

The Shellfish Gene

One strange piece of mobile DNA has spread itself throughout the oceans, claiming real estate in the genomes of clams, fish, and more.<p>In the late 1970s, scientists noticed that soft-shell clams from Maine were dying from a strange kind of leukemia. Large, cannonball-shaped cancer cells would fill …

The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail

Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model.<p><i>Updated on April 23, 2018</i><p>Online learning has come a long way since the turn of the millennium. It certainly hasn’t displaced traditional colleges, as its biggest …

Education

Researchers teach AI to think like dogs and find out what they know about the world

They say AI trained on dog behavior could be useful for teaching robots<p>What can artificial intelligence learn from dogs? Quite a lot, say researchers from the University of Washington and Allen Institute for AI. They recently trained neural networks to interpret and predict the behavior of canines. …

Artificial Intelligence

Who’s a good AI? Dog-based data creates a canine machine learning system

We’ve trained machine learning systems to identify objects, navigate streets and recognize facial expressions, but as difficult as they may be, they don’t even touch the level of sophistication required to simulate, for example, a dog. Well, this project aims to do just that — in a very limited …

This Hummingbird's Tail Whistles, and No One's Sure Why

When the male birds perform their death-defying mating rituals, their feathers sing. But the obvious explanation doesn't make sense.<p>In early spring, people walking through the deserts of California might be able to hear a high-pitched whistle. That noise comes from a male Costa’s hummingbird, but …

Birds

Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'

Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient.<p>The term “smart city” is interesting yet not important, because nobody defines it. “Smart” is a snazzy political label used by a modern alliance of leftist urbanites and tech industrialists. To deem yourself “smart” is …

Stopping racist AI is as difficult as stopping racist people

In early 2016, Microsoft launched Tay, an AI chatbot that was supposed to mimic the behavior of a curious teenage girl and engage in smart discussions with Twitter users. The project would display the promises and potential of AI-powered conversational interfaces.<p>However, in less than 24 hours, the …

Red squirrel bridge to be built at Anglesey's Plas Newydd

<b>A 25ft-high red squirrel bridge will be built over a busy road in a bid to stop the animals being run over.</b><p>National Trust plans for the rope bridge over the A4080 at Llanfairpwll have been approved by Anglesey council.<p>The charity said tens of red squirrels were run over each year and this was part …

National Trust

Enough With the Trolley Problem

A 50-year-old philosophical thought experiment has been central to the debate about autonomous vehicles. It’s time to give it up.<p>You know the drill by now: A runaway trolley is careening down a track. There are five workers ahead, sure to be killed if the trolley reaches them. You can throw a lever …

AI Will Change Radiology, but It Won’t Replace Radiologists

Recent advances in artificial intelligence have led to speculation that AI might one day replace human radiologists. Researchers have developed deep learning neural networks that can identify pathologies in radiological images such as bone fractures and potentially cancerous lesions, in some cases …

AI savants, recognizing bias, and building machines that think like people - MIT Technology Review

Even with all the amazing examples of progress in artificial intelligence, such as self-driving cars and the victories of AlphaGo, the technology is …

Artificial Intelligence

Mobike is pulling out of Stockport - 11 days after launching in the town

Mobike has confirmed it is pulling out of Stockport just ELEVEN DAYS after launching in the town.<p>The bike hire firm is suspending its new scheme in …

China's 'social credit' system bans millions from travelling

It sounds like the plot line from an episode of Black Mirror set in a dystopian future, but China's “social credit” system has already seen over 12 million people slapped with domestic travel bans as punishment for bad behaviour.<p>Nine million Chinese have been banned from buying domestic flights, …

Former Cambridge Analytica exec says she wants lies to stop

It was the summer of 2007. Brittany Kaiser was not yet 21, but she was one of a handful of full-time workers in the small digital team for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, uploading photos of the Illinois senator to something called a Facebook page.<p>At the next desk was another activist who …

Cambridge Analytica

They called my university a PhD factory – now I understand why

As I reluctantly consider quitting academia after a year-long research fellowship, I find myself recalling a drug dealer’s line in the film Withnail and I: “If you’re hanging on to a rising balloon, you’re presented with a difficult decision – let go before it’s too late or hang on and keep getting …

Higher Education

The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles

Last year, bike sharing took off in China, with dozens of bike-share companies quickly flooding city streets with millions of brightly colored rental bicycles. However, the rapid growth vastly outpaced immediate demand and overwhelmed Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not …

China

This is the smoking gun at the centre of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story

In April 2010, a fresh-faced Mark Zuckerberg presented his vision for the future of Facebook. And it all relied on one tool: Open Graph. It is a …

A healthcare algorithm started cutting care, and no one knew why

For most of her life, Tammy Dobbs, who has cerebral palsy, relied on her family in Missouri for care. But in 2008, she moved to Arkansas, where she signed up for a state program that provided for a caretaker to give her the help she needed.<p>There, under a Medicaid waiver program, assessors …

University of Michigan

#deletefacebook

Facebook is using us. It is actively giving away our information. It is creating an echo chamber in the name of connection. It surfaces the divisive and destroys the real reason we began using social media in the first place – human connection.<p>It is a cancer.<p>I’ve begun the slow process of weaning …