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    1. Google Is Sorry its Sentiment Analyzer is Biased

      Google Is Sorry its Sentiment Analyzer is Biased The company’s Cloud Natural Language API rated being a Jew or homosexual as negative. Image: Shutterstock Google messed up, and now says it's sorry. Wednesday, Motherboard published a story written by Andrew Thompson about biases against ethnic and religious minorities encoded in one of Google's machine learning application program interfaces (APIs), called the Cloud Natural Language API.

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    2. Silicon Valley is Inserting its Biases into Nearly Every Technology We Use - Motherboard

      Silicon Valley is Inserting its Biases into Nearly Every Technology We Use - Motherboard

      Silicon Valley is Inserting its Biases into Nearly Every Technology We Use Sara Wachter-Boettcher, the author of a new book on sexist apps and biased algorithms, shares her views on how the tech industry needs to change. In 2015, a Google Photo algorithm auto-tagged two black friends as "gorillas," a result of the program having been under-trained to recognize dark-skinned faces.

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    3. Real Musicians Evaluate Music Made by Artificial Intelligence

      Real Musicians Evaluate Music Made by Artificial Intelligence This Irish folk algorithm is a surprisingly good original composer. Artificial intelligence has already proven its worth at performing routine tasks . But how good can it be at artistic creativity? A group of researchers at Kingston University and Queen Mary University of London are exploring the concept with AI that composes music.

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    4. The Future of the Word Processor

      The Future of the Word Processor

      The Future of the World's Most Boring Software, the Word Processor The word processor doesn't just deserve scolding. Here's an honest look at some budding word-processor innovation efforts. They're worth writing home about. A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium , a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Word processors are generally kind of boring—they do their job, and that's about it.

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    5. Why Screenwriters Rebelled Against the 'Dystopian Future' of AI-Evaluated Scripts

      Why Screenwriters Rebelled Against the 'Dystopian Future' of AI-Evaluated Scripts

      Why Screenwriters Rebelled Against the 'Dystopian Future' of AI-Evaluated Scripts "You can't quantify a Daniel Day-Lewis performance when you enter a script into this software." On April 18, screenwriting website The Black List announced its newest tech initiative : an AI which would "read" and evaluate users' screenplays. The Black List, by its own admission, expected some skepticism. But it couldn't have possibly prepared for the sheer volume of negative criticism .

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    6. What’s Digitization Doing to Health Care?

      What’s Digitization Doing to Health Care?

      What’s Digitization Doing to Health Care? New software is industrializing medicine by turning doctors into data entry clerks—and making them suicidally depressed in the process. In more ways than one, medicine is dying. A 2015 article in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that almost a third of medical school graduates become clinically depressed upon beginning their residency training. That rate increases to almost half by the end of their first year.

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    7. In the Future, the Holocaust Is Just Another Hologram

      In the Future, the Holocaust Is Just Another Hologram

      In the Future, the Holocaust Is Just Another Hologram The last living Holocaust survivors are dying. Can technology keep their testimonies alive? Pinchas Gutter tells me that when he was eight years old, the Nazis put him and his family on a train from their home in Łódź, Poland to the Warsaw ghetto. They stayed there for two years before they were taken to the Majdanek concentration camp, where every member of his family was murdered in the gas chambers. Only he survived.

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    8. Meet the First Chatbot Sent Into Outer Space

      Meet the First Chatbot Sent Into Outer Space

      Meet the First Chatbot Sent Into Outer Space Ella is a 17-year old artificial intelligence sent into space as an ambassador for Earth. In April of 2036, the denizens a star system located in the Cassiopeia constellation will be greeted by a strange visitor. The visitor may be unlike anything these extraterrestrials have ever encountered before, or perhaps it will seem all too familiar. The visitor will call itself Ella and declare that it comes in peace as an ambassador of a planet called Earth.

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    9. This AI Can Diagnose a Rare Eye Condition as Well as a Human Doctor

      This AI Can Diagnose a Rare Eye Condition as Well as a Human Doctor

      This AI Can Diagnose a Rare Eye Condition as Well as a Human Doctor 11:00 AM EST Copy This URL Diagnosing medical conditions is among the more classic examples of actually useful, achievable real-world machine learning. Machines have data, lots of it, and they have the capacity to process all of that data in ways that humans can't.

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    10. How AI Can Become a “Third Hemisphere” of Our Brains

      How AI Can Become a “Third Hemisphere” of Our Brains

      How AI Can Become a “Third Hemisphere” of Our Brains 12:31 While artificial intelligence may replace truck dricers and beat us at chess, it also has much to offer: it can free up our minds and responsibilities for the tasks and social interactions we humans are best suited for. In this TEDx video featuring Felix Hausler, CEO of messaging interface Chatgrape, Hausler discusses how AI is becoming more a part of our daily lives, and how we can overcome the challenges this could pose.

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    11. Bank Bots Are the Future of Banking

      Bank Bots Are the Future of Banking

      Bank Bots Are the Future of Banking 07:00 With AI becoming integral to nearly every industry, it's no surprise that banking is increasingly automated. Chatbots like BankBot and Nao are slowly taking us one step further than digital banking, but there are still privacy risks that come with feeding both banks and their bots more information. BankBot is an app prototype designed by the Polish digital design and communication agency K2.

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    12. Shitloads and Zingers: The Perils of Machine Translation

      Shitloads and Zingers: The Perils of Machine Translation

      Shitloads and Zingers: The Perils of Machine Translation Written by 24 November 2016 // 05:00 AM CET Copy This URL Years ago, on a flight from Amsterdam to Boston, two American nuns seated to my right listened to a voluble young Dutchman who was out to discover the United States. He asked the nuns where they were from. Alas, Framingham, Massachusetts was not on his itinerary, but, he noted, he had ‘shitloads of time and would be visiting shitloads of other places’.

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    13. Stereotype Study Confirms That People Still Think Women Don't Tweet About Tech

      Stereotype Study Confirms That People Still Think Women Don't Tweet About Tech

      Stereotype Study Confirms That People Still Think Women Don't Tweet About Tech Written by 17 November 2016 // 10:00 The stereotype that women and tech don't go together is alive and well, according to a new study that analyzed how Twitter users guessed the gender behind anonymous tweets. When women tweeted about tech, or anything serious, really, they were often mistaken for men.

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    14. This AI Can Accurately Predict the Outcome of Human Rights Trials

      This AI Can Accurately Predict the Outcome of Human Rights Trials

      This AI Can Accurately Predict the Outcome of Human Rights Trials 08: In 2015, the European Court of Human Rights, which rules on alleged human rights violations in the EU, received double the complaints than it did the year before. Many of these were dismissed either because they were improperly completed, covered ground already ruled on by the court, or simply didn’t hold water. Just 15 percent of all applications received a judgement from the court in 2015.

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    15. Why We Need AI To Study America's Gun Violence Epidemic

      Why We Need AI To Study America's Gun Violence Epidemic Written by October 12, 2016 // 08:00 AM EST Copy This URL Shootings are an epidemic in the US, but federal funding for research into gun violence has been in a deep freeze since 1996, thanks in part to the NRA-backed Dickey Amendment , which prevents the Center for Disease Control from pursuing research “to advocate or promote gun control.” Basically, humans can’t get money to research the problem of gun violence in the US.

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    16. The Future of the World's Most Boring Software, the Word Processor

      The Future of the World's Most Boring Software, the Word Processor

      For as much as computing has changed, text editing remains the same. Image: Bettmann/Getty The Future of the World's Most Boring Software, the Word Processor 10 October 2016 // 10:00 AM CET Copy This URL A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium , a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Word processors are generally kind of boring—they do their job, and that's about it. Most people don't put a ton of second thought into their word processors.

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    17. Wireless Emergency Alerts of the Future Will Support Clickable Links

      Wireless Emergency Alerts of the Future Will Support Clickable Links

      Wireless Emergency Alerts of the Future Will Support Clickable Links Written by September 29, 2016 // 04:40 PM EST Copy This URL On Thursday, the Federal Communication adopted new rules to bolster the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system, best known as that loud noise your phone makes when there’s a flood in your general area.

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