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AI & Society

The Hammer Drops

The U.S. government punished an app vendor for building an algorithm based on ill-gotten data. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. agency in charge of consumer protection, ruled that an app developed by WW International (formerly Weight Watchers) violated data-collection laws.
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AI & Society

Animal Animations From Video

A video game studio is looking to machine learning to cut the effort and expense of populating three-dimensional scenes with animated animals.
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AI & Society

Native Processing

A group of media and technology experts is working to give AI a better understanding of indigenous peoples. IVOW is a consultancy that aims to reduce machine learning bias against cultures that are underrepresented in training data by producing knowledge graphs and other resources.
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AI & Society

Know When to Fold ’Em

Lose too much money at Texas hold ’em, and you may get an AI-generated warning. Casinos and gaming websites are using machine learning to flag gamblers who show signs of addictive behavior.
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AI & Society

Barnyard Sentiment Analysis

Neural networks may help farmers make sure their animals are happy. Researchers led by Elodie Briefer and Ciara Sypherd at University of Copenhagen developed a system that interprets the moods behind a pig’s grunts and squeals.
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AI & Society

AI for President

A deepfake of South Korea’s new president helped propel him into office. Yoon Suk-yeol, who won the country’s March 9 election, campaigned using videos that featured an AI-generated likeness of himself answering voters’ questions.
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AI & Society

Algorithms for the Aged

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that elders may not receive the full benefit of AI in healthcare. It highlights sources of bias in such systems and offers recommendations for building them.
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AI & Society

Clues to the Secret Identity of Q

Machine learning algorithms may have unmasked the authors behind a sprawling conspiracy theory that has had a wide-ranging impact on U.S. politics.
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AI & Society

The Global Landscape of AI Power

China is poised to become the dominant national power in AI, new research suggests. The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public-policy think tank, assessed which of 50 countries are best positioned to become AI powerhouses.
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AI & Society

Scam Definitely

Robocalls slip through smartphone spam filters, but a new generation of deep learning tools promises to tighten the net. Research proposed fresh approaches to thwarting robocalls. Such innovations soon could be deployed in apps.
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AI & Society

Robots Don’t Want Human Jobs

Research challenges long-held assumptions about how automation will affect employment. Studies in various countries found that automation is associated with more jobs, fewer working hours , and higher productivity.
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AI & Society

No Hardhat Required

Workers can operate a forklift in their pajamas and never leave their bedrooms, thanks to a new generation of AI-assisted robots. Companies are pairing semi-autonomous vehicles with remote human operators to execute tasks that the vehicles can’t handle on their own.
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AI & Society

A Kinder, Gentler Language Model

OpenAI unveiled a more reliable successor to its GPT-3 natural language model. InstructGPT is a version of GPT-3 fine-tuned to minimize harmful, untruthful, and biased output. It's available via an application programming interface.
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Questionnaire for evaluating AI system vendors
AI & Society

Standards for Hiring Algorithms

Some of the world’s largest corporations will use standardized criteria to evaluate AI systems that influence hiring and other personnel decisions.
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AI & Society

How to Overcome Societal Obstacles

The top artificial intelligence companies include many people who earned degrees at elite educational institutions and started their employment with prior work experience. Yet the world is full of people from nontraditional backgrounds.
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