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    1. Facebook translates 'good morning' into 'attack them', leading to arrest | Technology

      Facebook has apologised after an error in its machine-translation service saw Israeli police arrest a Palestinian man for posting “good morning” on his social media profile. The man, a construction worker in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit, near Jerusalem, posted a picture of himself leaning against a bulldozer with the caption “يصبحهم”, or “yusbihuhum”, which translates as “good morning”.

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    2. Bots on social media threaten democracy. But we are not helpless | Sam Wooley and Marina Gorbis | Opinion

      C an social bots - pieces of software that perform automated tasks - influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question Congressional investigators are asking social media companies ever since fears emerged that they were deployed in 2016 to influence the presidential election. Half a decade ago we were among a handful of researchers who could see the power of relatively simple pieces of software to influence people.

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    3. Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation

      Technology Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation WeChat is blaming machine learning for erroneously converting a neutral phrase meaning ‘black foreigner’ into something far more offensive WeChat says the translation engine it uses is a neural network-based service, which is always being tweaked for more accurate output.

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      Mentions: China Google Shanghai
    4. Superdry's co-founders launch share scheme for 4,500 employees | Business | The Guardian

      SuperGroup Superdry's co-founders launch share scheme for 4,500 employees Julian Dunkerton and James Holder’s fashion brand to share 20% of SuperGroup stock price gains above £18 target SupergGroup made a pre-tax profit of £84.8m in the year to 29 April – an increase of more than 53% on the prior year.

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      Mentions: Osaka
    5. Guardian Media Group and Founders Factory kick off search for new MediaTech start-up successes | Gnm press office | The Guardian

      Guardian Media Group and Founders Factory kick off search for new MediaTech start-up successes | Gnm press office | The Guardian

      Guardian Media Group and Founders Factory kick off search for new MediaTech start-up successes View more sharing options GNM press office Thursday 31 August 2017 15.27 BST London 31 August: Guardian Media Group (GMG) and Founders Factory are today issuing a new call for promising MediaTech start-ups to join their accelerator programme. GMG is the exclusive global media partner of Founders Factory, the accelerator and incubator founded by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox.

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    6. Why a computer could help you get a fair trial | John Naughton

      Recent research suggests that AI could make a valuable contribution to the judicial process View more sharing options Close Sunday 13 August 2017 07.00 BST I n 1963, an American attorney named Reed Lawlor published a prescient article in the journal of the American Bar Association. “In a few years,” he wrote, “lawyers will rely more and more on computers to perform many tasks for them. They will not rely on computers simply to do their bookkeeping, filing or other clerical tasks.

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    7. Democracy? There’s an app for that – the tech upstarts trying to ‘hack’ British politics | Politics

      T here’s an infuriating gap in the coverage of this election. It lies between the idea that “the internet has changed everything” and any detail of what might have happened on the internet. This gap has been filled with a bit of noise about Facebook ads and echo-chamber Twitter feeds . But, in fact, civic tech is a real thing, featuring real people, with real technical expertise, trying to hack around every democratic deficiency.

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      Mentions: Google London Germany
    8. Young entrepreneurs in Syria: 'they'll rebuild what the war has destroyed' | Guardian Small Business Network

      I t could be any other startup bootcamp. Thirteen teams nervously chatter among themselves, waiting for Dania Ismail, director of Jusoor , to open proceedings. But these entrepreneurs are from Syria and many will have gone to great lengths to travel to Lebanon to take part. “We had a participant coming from Aleppo and it took him 26 hours to get to Beirut,” Ismail says. “It’s usually a six-hour journey.

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    9. The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

      “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims. […] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.” Alex Younger, head of MI6, December, 2016 “It’s not MI6’s job to warn of internal threats. It was a very strange speech. Was it one branch of the intelligence services sending a shot across the bows of another? Or was it pointed at Theresa May’s government?

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    10. AI programs exhibit racist and sexist biases, research reveals

      Artificial intelligence (AI) AI programs exhibit racist and sexist biases, research reveals Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say AI has the potential to reinforce existing biases because, unlike humans, algorithms are unequipped to consciously counteract learned biases, researchers warn.

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    11. Scientists crack mysterious “Copiale Cipher” | @GrrlScientist

      Scientists crack mysterious “Copiale Cipher” | @GrrlScientist

      GrrlScientist Scientists crack mysterious "Copiale Cipher" An American-Swedish collaboration has finally cracked The Copiale Cipher, a mysterious 18th century document that no one could read – until now (includes video) GrrlScientist Scientists crack mysterious "Copiale Cipher" An American-Swedish collaboration has finally cracked The Copiale Cipher, a mysterious 18th century document that no one could read – until now (includes video) View more sharing options Wednesday 26 October 2011 08.00 BST First published on Wednesday 26 October 2011 08.00 BST Some people will go to any length to read a book. Kevin Knight, a senior research scientist and fellow at the ...

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    12. Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from robots? Think again

      Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from robots? Think again Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, many jobs that weren’t considered ripe for automation suddenly are Meet ‘Botlr’, a towel-delivering assistant that’s already being experimented with at Aloft Hotels. Photograph: Botlr View more sharing options Thursday 9 February 2017 08.00 GMT Last modified on Thursday 9 February 2017 08.01 GMT In the battle for the 21st century workplace, computers are winning.

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    13. Another NHS crisis looms – an inability to analyse data | Science | The Guardian

      @bethnoveck Wednesday 8 February 2017 15.21 GMT P ublic institutions such as the National Health Service increasingly want—and are expected—to base their actions on nationally agreed standards, rather than anecdote. The collection and analysis of data, when done responsibly and in a trusted manner, has the potential to improve treatment and improve the social and economic value of healthcare.

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    14. It's time for some messy, democratic discussions about the future of Ai | Science

      T oday in Washington DC, leading US and UK scientists are meeting to share dispatches from the frontiers of machine learning – an area of research that is creating new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI). Their meeting follows the publication of a set of principles for beneficial AI that emerged from a conference earlier this year at a place with an important history.

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    15. Winners of the eighth ODINE call announced | Odine partner zone | The Guardian

      Winners of the eighth ODINE call announced Paid for by Nine innovative startups and SMEs have been awarded up to €100,000 each to develop open data solutions for the benefit of industry and the public These nine companies, including Air and Space Evidence, are seeking to connect public data in meaningful ways.

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    16. Has a Black Mirror episode predicted the future of video games?

      T he latest Black Mirror series from Charlie Brooker presents, despite its transition to Netflix, another unsettling collection of future shock nightmares drawn from consumer technology and social media trends. The second episode, Playtest, has an American tourist lured to a British game development studio to test a new augmented-reality horror game that engages directly with each player’s brain via a biorobotic implant.

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    17. Video games where people matter? The strange future of emotional Ai | Technology

      I f you’re a video game fan of a certain age, you may remember Edge magazine’s controversial review of the bloody sci-fi shooting game, Doom . Perhaps you enjoyed a good laugh, as many first-person shooter fans have, at the writer’s much-mocked assertion: “if only you could talk to these creatures, then perhaps you could try and make friends with them, form alliances ... Now that would be interesting.” Of course, we all know what happened.

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    18. Can a chatbot teach you a foreign language? Duolingo thinks so | Technology

      Chatbots suck. We all know it. If you want to get something done with a computer, it turns out, there are better ways to do it than laboriously type out conversational sentences to be read by a programme with a shaky grasp of the language and a gratingly affected sense of humour. So I’m as surprised as anyone that for the past week, I’ve started every morning with a 10 minute conversation with a chatbot. In French.

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    19. Introducing the Guardian skill for Alexa | Help | The Guardian

      Inside the Guardian blog Introducing the Guardian skill for Alexa Technology is once again changing the way we consume news. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to the Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa You can now get Guardian headlines and podcasts on the Amazon Echo device Photograph: Guardian Wednesday 28 September 2016 11.49 BST Last modified on Wednesday 28 September 2016 11.50 BST Share on Messenger For those of you that have bought yourself an Amazon Echo today, you will be able to enable the Guardian skill. For those of you that haven’t, let us explain ...

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    20. What does artificial intelligence mean for the creative mind? | Media Network | The Guardian

      Digital business What does artificial intelligence mean for the creative mind? Assistive and smart technologies can lead to a whole new world of creative possibilities and greater understanding of consumers If we want to create better, more personal experiences, it’s clear that AI technology must play a chief role in the research and design of brand experiences.

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    21. Robot Amelia – a glimpse of the future for local government

      Enfield council’s decision to recruit an AI to deliver local authority services paves the way for more automation. But how will this affect human employees? Robot Amelia provides a glimpse of future local government. Photograph: IPsoft Monday 4 July 2016 07.10 BST Last modified on Monday 4 July 2016 07.12 BST Share on Messenger T he north London borough of Enfield is to introduce a new employee called Amelia, it was announced earlier this month .

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