Category: Business / Artificial Intelligence

July 18, 2019

High-Stakes AI Decisions Need to Be Automatically Audited

Opinion: The current standard for evaluating AI is insufficient. AI systems should be instantly interrogated for bias by a third party.


by Oren Etzioni Michael Li in Business
July 13, 2019

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

Opinion: I worked on AI for YouTube’s “recommended for you” feature. We underestimated how the algorithms could go terribly wrong.


by Guillaume Chaslot in Business
July 11, 2019

This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once

Software designed by a Carnegie Mellon professor and Facebook researcher beat five human pros in No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em.


by Tom Simonite in Business
July 10, 2019

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

A Belgian broadcaster obtained recordings of more than 1,000 conversations with Google’s automated assistant, some including personal details and medical information.


by Tom Simonite in Business
June 28, 2019

Taser Maker Says It Won’t Use Facial Recognition in Bodycams

Axon, the maker of Tasers and police bodycams, said it won’t deploy facial recognition systems, after a company ethics board recommended against it.


by Tom Simonite in Business
June 26, 2019

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

You can now block certain channels from showing up in your “Up Next” list.


by Louise Matsakis in Business
June 25, 2019

A Device to Detect ‘Aggression’ in Schools Often Misfires

Screams by high schoolers didn’t trigger the detector, but some coughs did. So did cheers for pizza.


by Jack Gillum Jeff Kao in Backchannel
June 24, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Is Coming for Our Faces

Trained for a week on a massive data set of portraits, a neural network spits out striking images of nonexistent people.


by Tom Simonite in Business
May 26, 2019

Deepfakes Are Getting Better. But They’re Still Easy to Spot

New research shows how to create seemingly realistic photos or video from a single image. But it won’t be easy to deploy anytime soon.


by Gregory Barber in Business
May 17, 2019

Some US Cities Are Moving Into Real-Time Facial Surveillance

Chinese authorities apply facial-recognition programs to surveillance videos to identify subjects. Now, a report says Chicago and Detroit have purchased their own systems.


by Gregory Barber in Business