AI medical chatbot having a conversation with a patient
AI & Society

GPT-3 Is No MD

The world’s most sophisticated language model won’t replace your doctor anytime soon. Researchers at Nabla, an AI-enabled healthcare platform, found that GPT-3 lacks the logical reasoning skills to be a useful medical chatbot.
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Example of disinformation detection system working on a news article about Syria
AI & Society

Propaganda Watch

The U.S. military enlisted natural language processing to combat disinformation. Primer, a San Francisco startup, is developing a system for the Department of Defense that sifts through news, social media, research, and reports to spot propaganda campaigns.
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Illustration of Frankenstein painting a billboard with the text "Bunnies are the real monsters"
AI & Society

AI Spreads Disinformation

Will AI promote lies that deepen social divisions? Propagandists will bait online recommendation algorithms with sensationalized falsehoods. People who snap at the clickbait will be reeled into opposing ideological silos.
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Illustration of two witches with half a pumpkin each and the moon behind them
AI & Society

The AI Community Splinters

Will international rivalries fragment international cooperation in machine learning? Countries competing for AI dominance will lash out at competitors.
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Illustration of a neighborhood haunted by an evil pumpkin and a black cat
AI & Society

Giant Models Bankrupt Research

What if AI requires so much computation that it becomes unaffordable?The fear: Training ever more capable models will become too pricey for all but the richest corporations and government agencies. Rising costs will
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Doctor holding candy and kid dressed as a ghost on a wheighing scale
AI & Society

Unfair Outcomes Destroy Trust

Will AI that discriminates based on race, gender, or economic status undermine the public’s confidence in the technology? Seduced by the promise of cost savings and data-driven decision making, organizations will deploy biased systems that end up doing real-world damage.
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The Black Box Has Dark Corners
AI & Society

The Black Box Has Dark Corners

Will we ever understand what goes on inside the mind of a neural network?The fear: When AI systems go wrong, no one will be able to explain the reasoning behind their decisions. Imperceptible changes to a model’s input
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Data related to a system that purportedly identified breast cancer
AI & Society

Pushing for Reproducible Research

Controversy erupted over the need for transparency in research into AI for medicine. Google Health introduced a system that purportedly identified breast cancer more accurately than human radiologists.
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Takes from Agence, an interactive VR project
AI & Society

RL Agents: SOS!

A new multimedia experience lets audience members help artificially intelligent creatures work together to survive. Agence, an interactive virtual reality (VR) project blends audience participation with reinforcement learning to create an experience that’s half film, half video game.
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Series of images related to a technology used to draw maps during a fight fire emergency
AI & Society

Mapping the Inferno

An AI-powered eye in the sky is helping firefighters control woodland blazes. California used maps drawn by neural networks to fight fires that threatened Yosemite National Park earlier this year.
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Screen captures of online platform Dynabench
AI & Society

Dynamic Benchmarks

Benchmarks provide a scientific basis for evaluating model performance, but they don’t necessarily map well to human cognitive abilities. Facebook aims to close the gap through a dynamic benchmarking method that keeps humans in the loop.
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Screenshots of some of the online registries storing algorithms for Amsterdam and Helsinki
AI & Society

Transparency for Smart Cities

Two European capitals launched public logs of AI systems used by the government. Amsterdam and Helsinki provide online registries that describe the algorithms that govern municipal activities, such as automated parking control and a public health chatbot.
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Excerpts of HBO documentary "Welcome to Chechnya"
AI & Society

Protected By Deepfakes

Documentary filmmakers often shield the identities of people who might be harmed for speaking out. But typical tactics like blurring faces and distorting voices can make it hard for audiences to connect emotionally. A new
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Makeup applied on female faces with the help of augmented reality
AI & Society

A Good Look for AI

Trying on new makeup is a hassle — apply, inspect, wash off, repeat. Not to mention the tribulation of visiting brick-and-mortar stores during the pandemic. Augmented reality is helping people try on all the makeup they want without leaving home.
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Forbidden sign over different potentially dangerous falsehood symbols
AI & Society

YouTube vs. Conspiracy Theorists

Facing a tsunami of user-generated disinformation, YouTube is scrambling to stop its recommendation algorithm from promoting videos that spread potentially dangerous falsehoods.
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