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    1. 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
    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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      Mentions: Japan Apple London
    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. The virtual Holocaust survivor: how history gained new dimensions

      Artificial intelligence (AI) The virtual Holocaust survivor: how history gained new dimensions Pinchas Gutter survived a Nazi death camp – and now his story will live on through a hologram that can answer your questions When algorithms are choosing the answers and the order in which they are spoken, are the responses those of Pinchas Gutter or of an AI?

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      Mentions: Microsoft Smith Apple
    17. Algorithms are more like puppies than monsters, they want to please you | Media Network

      A lgorithms are often characterised as dark and scary robotic machines with no moral code. But when you open them up a little and look at their component parts, it becomes apparent how human-powered they are. Last month, Google open sourced a tool that helps make sense of language. Giving computers the power to understand what people are saying is key to designing them to help us do things. In this case, Google’s technology exposes what role each word serves in a sentence.

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      Mentions: California Google IBM
    18. Say one sentence and it’s done in the AI-first world | Media Network

      Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Alphabet’s Q1 earnings call : “In the long run, we will evolve in computing from a mobile-first to an AI-first world”.

      This has prompted various speculation on what an AI-first world will look like. Pichai envisages that it will include “assistive” search, “especially on mobile,” suggesting that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the platform for on-demand services accessed from any device – including smartphones.

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    19. Artificial intelligence: how clever do we want our machines to be?

      Artificial intelligence: how clever do we want our machines to be?

      The theory of artificial intelligence is already fact in some financial and transport sectors, yet as its uses become more widespread – and perhaps threatening – how do we ensure we control it rather than vice versa? From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Blade Runner and RoboCop to The Matrix , how humans deal with the artifical intelligence they have created has proved a fertile dystopian territory for ...

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