(unless you’re Google).
Ireland is the latest country to make the mistake of thinking that algorithms by themselves are the route to untold prosperity.
Seeing through walls has long been a staple of comics and science fiction. Something like it could soon be a reality.
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The murky blobs visible with today’s wall-penetrating radar could soon give way to detailed images of people and things on the other side of a wall – and even measure people’s breathing and heart rate.
Scholars can be more reliable than search engines.
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Unlike scholars, Google's search engine can't automatically decide which sources are the most important, most accurate or most significant.
Activists, influencers raise alarm after MMIWG content disappears from Instagram on Red Dress Day.
Automated content moderation using algorithms are quick and cheaper. But, they’re not necessarily better than human beings. They are prone to errors and can impose bias in a systemic scale.
A simple two-dimensional grid can convey a lot of information – whether making pictures with Lite-Brite or storing data in DNA.
DNA has been storing vast amounts of biological information for billions of years. Researchers are working to harness DNA for archiving data. A new method uses light to simplify the process.
The age of ‘artificial intimacy’ is upon us. What does it mean for the way we love, have sex and build friendships?
Many other public bodies have flawed and outdated computer systems. How long before something else goes wrong?
The FTC put companies that sell AI systems on notice: Cross the line with biased products and the law is coming for you.
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The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats?
Finding the best tour from A through B, C and D and back to A might not be that hard, but adding a few more destinations could give you a headache.
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The traveling salesperson problem is so difficult that practical solutions can never be perfect – only good enough. The challenge is coming up with the best approximations.
TV and movies are one way we understand people and places we’ve never had direct contact with – and maybe never will.
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An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix’s ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond – and distribute them globally.
Algorithms help lots of people discover new music.
Music recommendation algorithms are more likely to suggest music by male than female artists.
Today, artificial intelligence is deeply imbedded in the systems we use to make decisions. However, the assumptions on which they’re built are often completely hidden to us.
While AI is intended to help us, it tempts us to abandon judgment and moral responsibility. And without a proper understanding of how it works, we cannot circumvent its negative effects.
Search engines often serve up a distorting blend of information and misinformation.
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Search engines, like social media algorithms, get you to click on links by learning what other people click on. Enticing misinformation often comes out on top.
Google’s shift to ‘profiling’ is being billed as a privacy boon – but it’s also a strategic pivot.
Twitter and Facebook suspended Donald Trump’s accounts after his posts commenting on the Capitol riot.
Twitter has permanently suspended the account of the U.S. president, saying Donald Trump’s tweets glorified the violence of the siege on the Capitol.
Our AI made its predictions by looking at how cells changes and act under different conditions in the body.
Understanding how cells grow under a variety of conditions is necessary for diagnosing disease and developing treatments in the future.
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Shielding people based on their individual risk profile has been proposed by some experts.
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As more comes to light about the money-making tactics of social media platforms we need to reevaluate our relationship with them.
Computer algorithms can involve complicated math, but the concept of an algorithm is simple.
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A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.
Have you ever watched something because YouTube recommended it to you? You’ve probably been influenced by an algorithm. But at the end of the day, underneath all the algorithms are people.