Large-scale data collection and analysis can target consumer behaviour. Faced with the risk of drifts, transparency and ethics of algorithms become paramount.
Four major consumer electronics manufacturers, including Philips and Pioneer, have been fined $170 million by the European Commission for anti competitive conduct.
It could seem attractive to try to teach computers to detect harassment, threats and abusive language. But it's much more difficult than it might appear.
New research has uncovered a previously unknown weakness in smart city systems: devices that trust each other. That could lead to some pretty terrible traffic, among other problems.
Facebook and Google already face a legal complaint in the wake of the new data protection law, but the most precious data still isn't covered.
By 2022, people in developed countries may see more fake news than accurate information. Artificial intelligence may be to blame – but could also help people sort out the truth from lies.
Big data and algorithmic applications could transform how our legal institutions work, but the digital revolution must keep the needs of judges, attorneys and especially citizens at its heart.
AI seems able to answer questions at the heart of humanitarianism – questions such as who we should save, and how to be effective at scale.
The report of the mathematician and deputy of Essonne Cédric Villani renders his report on artificial intelligence today.
Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
Software tools for South Africa’s Nguni languages may assist with redress and effective communication.
The use of big data in policing has clear benefits for struggling police forces. But society needs to maintain a critical perspective on moral and ethical grounds.
Business managers often rely on predictive algorithms to make recruiting decisions that affect a company's bottom line. But these kinds of algorithms aren't really "predictive" at all.
Today's communications platforms and the algorithms that power them have led to a radical change in how public discourse is conducted and public opinion formed.
More and more, news items, adverts and posts by friends are blurred in Facebook's interface. This all merges into a single stream of information.
Plans for China to rate its citizens for their trustworthiness have been depicted as uniquely Chinese. Don't be so sure.
All earthly and celestial things emit signals. The science of signal processing, born in the 19th Century and now greatly advanced thanks to computers, allows us to better understand them.
Social media companies arose from libertarian, free-market origins but must embrace social benefits and democracy to survive.
Robots, like drones, are filtering the natural world through algorithms and turning the world into data.
Automated tools could help encourage access to justice in areas such as divorce, owners corporation disputes and small value contracts.