Fighter pilot in action
AI & Society

Phantom Menace

A fighter pilot battled a true-to-life virtual enemy in midair. In the skies over southern California, an airman pitted his dogfighting skills against an AI-controlled opponent that was projected onto his augmented-reality visor.
Screen captures of AI Incident Database, a searchable collection of reports on the technology’s missteps
AI & Society

Cataloging AI Gone Wrong

A new database tracks failures of automated systems including machine learning models. The Partnership on AI, a nonprofit consortium of businesses and institutions, launched the AI Incident Database, a searchable collection of reports on the technology’s missteps.
Graphs with data related to AI use cases
AI & Society

Washington Wrestles with AI

The U.S. government’s effort to take advantage of AI has not lived up to its promise, according to a new report. Implementations of machine learning systems by federal agencies are “uneven at best, and problematic and perhaps dangerous at worst".
Screen capture of a Semantic Scholar search with TLDR summaries generated by AI
AI & Society

Very Short, Did Read

A new summarization model boils down AI research papers to a single sentence. TLDR from Allen Institute for AI creates at-a-glance summaries of scientific research papers. It’s up and running at Semantic Scholar, a research database, where searches now return its pithy precis.
Collage of self portraits
AI & Society

Unsupervised Prejudice

Social biases are well documented in decisions made by supervised models trained on ImageNet’s labels. But they also crept into the output of unsupervised models pretrained on the same dataset.
Data related to AI patents in the U.S.
AI & Society

Charting the AI Patent Explosion

A new study used AI to track the explosive growth of AI innovation. Researchers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deployed natural language processing to track AI’s increasing presence in four decades of patent data.
Person choosing answers from a poll
AI & Society

AI Versus Voters

Major polling organizations took a drubbing in the press after they failed to predict the outcome in last week’s U.S. elections. At least one AI-powered model fared much better.
Security cameras with face recognition inside a building in Argentina
AI & Society

That Kid Looks Like a Criminal

In Argentina, a municipal face recognition system could misidentify children as suspected lawbreakers. Authorities in Buenos Aires are scanning subway riders’ faces to find offenders in a database of suspects but the system mixes criminal records with personal information about minors.
Face recognition system identifying cops
AI & Society

Face Recognition Face-Off

Private citizens are using AI-driven surveillance to turn the tables on law enforcement. Activists are using face recognition to identify abusive cops, according to The New York Times.
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.
Example of disinformation detection system working on a news article about Syria
AI & Society

Propaganda Watch: U.S. Military Uses NLP to Combat Disinformation

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.
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.
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.
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
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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