Category: Business / Artificial Intelligence

November 23, 2020

Congress Is Eyeing Face Recognition, and Companies Want a Say

Amazon and Microsoft have hired lobbyists. So too have airlines, retailers, wireless carriers, and cruise operators.


by Tom Simonite in Business
November 20, 2020

Robots Invade the Construction Site

Boosted by advances in sensors and artificial intelligence, a new generation of machines is automating a tech-averse industry.


by Will Knight in Business
November 19, 2020

When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks ‘Official.’ A Woman? ‘Smile’

A new paper renews concerns about bias in image recognition services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.


by Tom Simonite in Bad Look
November 18, 2020

Did a University Use Facial Recognition to ID Students?

University of Miami students accuse the campus police of using the software. Administrators deny it, but they had previously touted the capability.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
November 16, 2020

What Happened to the Deepfake Threat to the Election?

Lawmakers and researchers had warned that videos altered using AI could disrupt the 2020 vote. But they didn’t turn out to be a problem.


by Tom Simonite in Business
November 15, 2020

This Film Examines the Biases in the Code That Runs Our Lives

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya says women and people of color look at technology from the outside—and have felt the negative impacts.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
November 10, 2020

The US Government Will Pay Doctors to Use These AI Algorithms

The artificial intelligence programs can diagnose eye disease in diabetics and complications in stroke patients.


by Tom Simonite in Business
November 3, 2020

Schools Adopt Face Recognition in the Name of Fighting Covid

A WIRED investigation finds dozens of districts have purchased thermal cameras to monitor fevers that can also identify students and staff.


by Gregory Barber in Business
October 28, 2020

The AI Company Helping the Pentagon Assess Disinfo Campaigns

Primer can quickly sort through hundreds of sources to identify, say, Russian interference in Azerbaijan. It sells its tech to Walmart too.


by Will Knight in Business
October 26, 2020

An Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients

A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities.


by Tom Simonite in Biased