How can we avoid coded bias in facial recognition tech?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, Joy Buolamwini, has spent the last four years raising awareness of the social implications and possible harm of the technology. Inspired by her own experiences of facial recognition tech she founded the Algorithmic Justice League and recently became the star of the Netflix documentary Coded Bias. Source: BBC Future Date: May… Read more »

How technology is transforming Japan’s agriculture

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Japan’s manufacturing sector is renowned for cutting-edge techniques based on the philosophy of continuous improvement. In contrast, the nation’s agricultural sector is characterised by an ageing workforce that relies heavily on time-honoured practices. Now, however, industrial technology is helping modernise Japan’s agriculture sector and increase exports. In 2019, Japan’s combined annual exports of agricultural, forestry… Read more »

Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

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The US and its allies should reject calls for a global ban on AI-powered autonomous weapons systems, according to an official report commissioned for the American President and Congress. It says that artificial intelligence will “compress decision time frames” and require military responses humans cannot make quickly enough alone. And it warns Russia and China would be… Read more »

Talent and workforce effects in the age of AI

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OVER the past few years, artificial intelligence has matured into a collection of powerful technologies that are delivering competitive advantage to businesses across industries. Global AI adoption and investment are soaring. By one account, 37 percent of organizations have deployed AI solutions—up 270 percent from four years ago.1 Analysts forecast global AI spending will more than double… Read more »

One of biology’s biggest mysteries ‘largely solved’ by AI

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One of biology’s biggest mysteries has been solved using artificial intelligence, experts have announced. Predicting how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape has puzzled scientists for half a century. London-based AI lab, DeepMind, has largely cracked the problem, said the organisers of a scientific challenge. A better understanding of protein shapes could play… Read more »

How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

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now more retailers are using AI (artificial intelligence) – software systems that can learn for themselves – to try to automatically predict and encourage our very specific preferences and purchases like never before. Retail consultant Daniel Burke, of Blick Rothenberg, calls this “the holy grail… to build up a profile of customers and suggest a product before… Read more »

Elon Musk to show off working brain-hacking device

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Elon Musk is due to demonstrate a working brain-to-machine interface as part of his ambitious plans to give people superhuman powers.His brain-hacking company, Neuralink, applied to start human trials last year. But Friday’s demonstration involved a robot and “neurons firing in real time”, a series of tweets reveals. The interface could allow people with neurological conditions to… Read more »

The algorithms that make big decisions about your life

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In many ways, social-media platforms are simply giant algorithms. At their heart, they work out what you’re interested in and then give you more of it – using as many data points as they can get their hands on. Every “like”, watch, click is stored. Most apps also glean more data from your web-browsing habits… Read more »