Category: Business / Artificial Intelligence

September 11, 2019

California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Bodycams

A bill approved by the state senate would set a three-year moratorium on police use of recognition algorithms. Privacy advocates want a permanent ban.


by Gregory Barber in Business
September 10, 2019

Do Our Faces Deserve the Same Protection as Our Phones?

Facial recognition technology raises a vital question: What role do we want this form of artificial intelligence to play in our society?


by Brad Smith Carol Ann Browne in Business
September 10, 2019

McDonald’s Acquires Apprente to Double Down on Tech

The Golden Arches will acquire Apprente, a “sound-to-meaning” voice assistant, to speed up its drive-thru.


by Brian Barrett in Business
September 10, 2019

If Computers Are So Smart, How Come They Can’t Read?

Deep learning excels at learning statistical correlations, but lacks robust ways of understanding how the meanings of sentences relate to their parts.


by Gary Marcus Ernest Davis in Business
September 10, 2019

AI Can Pass Standardized Tests—But It Would Fail Preschool

Opinion: Sure, an AI aced an 8th-grade science test, but the method it used highlights its lack of common sense or anything resembling human understanding.


by Melanie Mitchell in Business
September 10, 2019

Should AI Researchers Get Special Access to Visas?

An industry group proposes that countries create a special visa for AI specialists, to foster the exchange of ideas.


by Klint Finley in Business
September 6, 2019

An AI-Run World Needs to Better Reflect People of Color

Opinion: A growing black and brown diaspora of data must be used for equality, not oppression.


by Angela Benton in Business
September 5, 2019

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Opinion: As President, I would issue a robot tax for corporations displacing humans, and create a federal agency to oversee automation.


by Bill de Blasio in Business
September 5, 2019

Facebook, Microsoft Back Contest to Better Detect Deepfakes

Deepfakes are improving. The contest, which will include deepfakes created by Facebook, is designed to help researchers keep up.


by Klint Finley in Business
September 5, 2019

Poll Finds Americans Trust Police Use of Facial Recognition

The Pew Research Center reports 56% of Americans trust law enforcement to use the technology responsibly, despite concerns over fairness, and bans in some cities.


by Sara Harrison in Business