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Researchers have already tested YouTube’s algorithms for political bias

Researchers have already tested YouTube’s algorithms for political bias

More moderation associated with more hate speech and misinformation, not politics.

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Ashok Jhunjhunwala on the jobs that will define India’s future

Ashok Jhunjhunwala on the jobs that will define India’s future

The professor advocates for expertise across disciplines.
"Edge AI": encapsulating machine learning classifiers in lightweight, energy-efficient, airgapped chips

"Edge AI": encapsulating machine learning classifiers in lightweight, energy-efficient, airgapped chips

Writing in Wired, Boing Boing contributor Clive Thompson discusses the rise and rise of "Edge AI" startups that sell lightweight machine-learning classifiers that run on low-powered chips and don't
The bubbles in VR, cryptocurrency and machine learning are all part of the parallel computing bubble

The bubbles in VR, cryptocurrency and machine learning are all part of the parallel computing bubble

Yesterday's column by John Naughton in the Observer revisited Nathan Myhrvold's 1997 prediction that when Moore's Law runs out -- that is, when processors stop doubling in speed every 18 months
Wireheading: when machine learning systems jolt their reward centers by cheating

Wireheading: when machine learning systems jolt their reward centers by cheating

Machine learning systems are notorious for cheating, and there's a whole menagerie of ways that these systems achieve their notional goals while subverting their own purpose, with names like "model
Trying to land on some runways causes the Boeing 737's control screens to go black

Trying to land on some runways causes the Boeing 737's control screens to go black

The Boeing 737 Next Generation has a gnarly bug: on instrument approach to seven specific runways, the six cockpit display units used to guide the pilots to their landing go suddenly black and they
AI, machine learning, and other frothy tech subjects remained overhyped in 2019

AI, machine learning, and other frothy tech subjects remained overhyped in 2019

Rodney Brooks (previously) is a distinguished computer scientist and roboticist (he's served as as head of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and CTO of Irobot); two years
Neuroscientists Discover New Kind of Signal in the Human Brain

Neuroscientists Discover New Kind of Signal in the Human Brain

Scientists have uncovered a new kind of electrical process in the human brain that could play a key role in the unique way our brains compute.Read more...

The Emerging Disconnect Between Business and Academic Interests in A.I.

This year's NeurIPS conference shows the priorities of researchers and businesses are diverging.

The Emerging Disconnect Between Business and Academic Interests in A.I.

This year's NeurIPS conference shows the priorities of researchers and businesses are diverging.
AI Now's annual report: stop doing "emotion detection"; stop "socially sensitive" facial recognition; make AI research diverse and representative -- and more

AI Now's annual report: stop doing "emotion detection"; stop "socially sensitive" facial recognition; make AI research diverse and representative -- and more

Every year, the AI Now Institute (previously) publishes a deep, thoughtful, important overview of where AI research is and the ethical gaps in AI's use, and makes a list of a dozen urgent
Librecorps: an organization that connects student free/open source software developers with humanitarian NGOs

Librecorps: an organization that connects student free/open source software developers with humanitarian NGOs

Librecorps is a program based at the Rochester Institute for Technology's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) initiative that works with UNICEF to connect students with NGOs for paid co-op placements
Model stealing, rewarding hacking and poisoning attacks: a taxonomy of machine learning's failure modes

Model stealing, rewarding hacking and poisoning attacks: a taxonomy of machine learning's failure modes

A team of researchers from Microsoft and Harvard's Berkman Center have published a taxonomy of "Failure Modes in Machine Learning," broken down into "Intentionally-Motivated Failures" and "Unintended
Tiny alterations in training data can introduce "backdoors" into machine learning models

Tiny alterations in training data can introduce "backdoors" into machine learning models

In TrojDRL: Trojan Attacks on Deep Reinforcement Learning Agents, a group of Boston University researchers demonstrate an attack on machine learning systems trained with "reinforcement learning" in
How to recognize AI snake oil

How to recognize AI snake oil

Princeton computer scientist Arvind Narayanan (previously) has posted slides and notes from a recent MIT talk on "How to recognize AI snake oil" in which he divides AI applications into three
US Supreme Court holds innovation in the balance in Google v Oracle

US Supreme Court holds innovation in the balance in Google v Oracle

The US Supreme Court has agreed to review an epic dispute between Google and Oracle that could revolutionize the software industry.
Genetic Evasion: using genetic algorithms to beat state-level internet censorship

Genetic Evasion: using genetic algorithms to beat state-level internet censorship

Geneva ("Genetic Evasion") is a project from the University of Maryland's Breakerspace ("a lab dedicated to scaling-up undergraduate research in computer and network security"); in a paper presented
Tpmfail: a timing attack that can extract keys from secure computing chips in 4-20 minutes

Tpmfail: a timing attack that can extract keys from secure computing chips in 4-20 minutes

Daniel Moghimi, Berk Sunar, Thomas Eisenbarth and Nadia Heninger have published TPM-FAIL: TPM meets Timing and Lattice Attacks, their Usenix security paper, which reveals a pair of timing attacks
What Makes AI So Weird, Good, and Evil

What Makes AI So Weird, Good, and Evil

Artificial intelligence has changed the way we roam the internet, buy things, and in many cases, navigate the world. At the same time, AI can be incredibly weird, such as when an algorithm suggests