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Can machine learning help us find – and reduce – gender bias? Doctor/nurse via

Removing gender bias from algorithms

Algorithms that learn from large data sets can pick up inherent social biases. That could perpetuate the biases, or even worsen them.
Australian startups are trying to develop better algorithms to offer financial advice. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Business Briefing: trusting an algorithm with investment decisions

Business Briefing: trusting an algorithm with investment decisions. The Conversation13.9 MB (download)
Financial advice was once the realm of bankers and brokers now startups are developing digital platforms to take advantage of how trusting we are of investment advice from computers.
How fast can it get here? Box delivery image via Hadrian /

Algorithms can be more fair than humans

Algorithms can discriminate, even when their designers don't intend that to happen. But they also can make detecting bias easier.
Predicting whether a child will commit a crime before their 18th birthday is fraught with problems. Shutterstock/Tomsickova Tatyana

Can we predict who will turn to crime?

Machine learning is being used to see if it's possible to predict whether someone will commit a crime some time in the future. But does this risk condemning people for a crime they haven’t committed?
Facebook can remember it for you wholesale - whether you like it or not. Anikei/Shutterstock

Your life is Facebook’s business model – like it or not

Facebook’s recent apology for its Year in Review feature, which had displayed to a grieving father images of his dead daughter, highlights again the tricky relationship between the social media behemoth…
He is on a tour. artbystevejohnson

How to get ants to solve a chess problem

Take a set of chess pieces and throw them all away except for one knight. Place the knight on any one of the 64 squares of a chess board. Can you make 63 legal moves so that you visit every square on the…
Where do you start building a machine like Deep Thought, the super-intelligent computer who came up with the Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything? YouTube

To create a super-intelligent machine, start with an equation

Intelligence is a very difficult concept and, until recently, no one has succeeded in giving it a satisfactory formal definition. Most researchers have given up grappling with the notion of intelligence…
Diversity is the key. Agricultural Research Service

Protect a sixth of the land, save two thirds of species

The scene was typical for an international gathering of governments: bureaucrats, sat behind nameplates and speaking through interpreters. But the less than typical result of the votes cast at this 1992…
That skinny latte was awesome? We knew before you tweeted. Matt Biddulph

Algorithms can predict how tweets spread

The deluge of data we are subjected to daily can be a good thing sometimes. It gives us a wide-open window to look at people’s behaviour, say, through their use of social media. The obvious question then…
As all mathematicians know, the rift between useful and useless can change with time. Manu gomi

Your number’s up – a case for the usefulness of useless maths

I once made the mistake of asking a mathematician why he devoted his whole life to maths. “Because it’s fun!” he replied wildly, his flabby cheeks beaming with childlike excitement. “Ah, of course,” I…

An algorithm to speed up MRI scans

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan time could be cut to just 15 minutes (from about 45 minutes currently), thanks to an…

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