On March 18 in Tempe, Arizona, an Uber self-driving car struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a street. The human driver was supposed to be monitoring the car’s behaviour, but did not do so. Its systems apparently did not detect the victim, as it neither slowed down nor tried to avoid hitting Herzberg
The report of the mathematician and deputy of Essonne Cédric Villani renders his report on artificial intelligence today.
Your finger may hover, but it’s hard get rid of it once and for all.
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 can take multiple languages to entirely new spaces.
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.
The global market for predictive analytics is growing.
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.
Message from the Unseen World, an installation of a Turing-inspired algorithm reciting a poem.
by Nick Drake.
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.
Is there an echo here?
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.
Make sure you’re a good citizen.
Plans for China to rate its citizens for their trustworthiness have been depicted as uniquely Chinese. Don't be so sure.
Is it just surfing or is it signal processing?
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.
It’s time to build trust.
Social media companies arose from libertarian, free-market origins but must embrace social benefits and democracy to survive.
The Mount Agung volcano spews smoke, as seen from Karangasem, Bali.
Robots, like drones, are filtering the natural world through algorithms and turning the world into data.
Should we be afraid of robo-justice?
Automated tools could help encourage access to justice in areas such as divorce, owners corporation disputes and small value contracts.
Will marking algorithms really reward good writing?
High grades might be awarded to papers that show the structural features of highly persuasive writing -- papers that follow the “persuasion script”, so to speak.
Sport algorithms aren’t working for business.
There are good reasons why business has not been as successful as sports teams at implementing algorithmic decision-making.
We need to build algorithms that act ethically.
Creating an ethical machine learning system is no simple task, but maths can help.
Marketers are using your data to make predictions about what you’ll want, when.
This is how marketers are taking advantage of customer data to build predictive algorithms, and even tailor their products and offerings.
There’s a global war going on, and a global arms race to go with it. It’s not a race for physical weapons, it’s a race to develop cyber weapons of psychological, emotional, financial and infrastructure attack.
Hostile foreign powers and even tech companies are not attacking us with bullets and bombs; they're doing it with bits and bytes. It's Cyber Security Awareness Month, so what to do about the third world war being waged in cyberspace?
Turning zero from a punctuation mark into a number paved the way for everything from algebra to algorithms.
Trust in me.
We prefer to go with our guts.
All those neurones: if only a machine could really think like a human.
Computers today are fast and powerful but they still can't think like a human when it comes to some tasks we find easy. That's why tech companies are turning to neuroscience for help.