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When thinking about machine learning, stop to ask who is doing the machine teaching.

Many people think of Google as just a public library or some type of public, trusted, vetted platform....that is somehow credible and fair and that it doesn't have any biases, but, in fact, we know that it is really an advertising platform.

Algorithms have no agency. They are heuristics deployed by people to automate tasks. By their nature, algorithms fail to replicate crucial nuances of human judgment.

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Can Facebook beat back the fake news in Ireland’s upcoming vote on abortion?

Can Facebook beat back the fake news in Ireland’s upcoming vote on abortion?

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April 20, 2018 at 09:37PM The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have Read more
A small family-run firm bought Flickr from Verizon and says it can bring back its glory days (VZ)

A small family-run firm bought Flickr from Verizon and says it can bring back its glory days (VZ)

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April 20, 2018 at 08:49PM Beck Diefenbach/Reuters
  • Flickr, which was owned by Verizon, has been acquired by photo sharing and image hosting site SmugMug.
  • SmugMug does not have any plans to lay off any employees nor fold Flickr Read more
US military looks to develop revolutionary machine-learning tool to address upsurge in suicides

US military looks to develop revolutionary machine-learning tool to address upsurge in suicides

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April 20, 2018 at 08:48PM IMAGE: Jessica Ribeiro, assistant professor of psychology, says current methods to detect suicide risk are not very accurate. “One of the most effective ways to accurately detect risk is using certain…
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How Deep Is Your Carbon Footprint?–Celebrate Earth Day with Data

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April 20, 2018 at 08:44PM How Deep Is Your Carbon Footprint?–Celebrate Earth Day with Data An infographic reveals the most effective ways to live more sustainably Credit: Jorg Greuel Getty Images Advertisement In honor of Earth Day it is Read more
China is building drone planes for its aircraft carriers

China is building drone planes for its aircraft carriers

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April 20, 2018 at 08:43PM The Chinese military is bringing its drone and aircraft carrier programs together, pulling unmanned aerial systems onto carriers as robotic wingmen for pilots. Shi Wen, the chief engineer of China Aerospace Science and Technology Read more
Facebook crisis- management lesson: What not to do

Facebook crisis- management lesson: What not to do

April 20, 2018 at 08:42PM Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer
  • Originally Published: March 22, 2018 6 a.m.
  • NEW YORK (AP) – The Read more
    The importance of Big Data in AI technologies

    The importance of Big Data in AI technologies

    April 20, 2018 at 06:02PM To say that AI is big data is to overstate things a bit. And yet, without big data, AI wouldn’t be where it is today. In the last few decades, the two technologies have advanced Read more
    WikiLeaks, Russia, Trump Jr. named in new DNC hacking lawsuit

    WikiLeaks, Russia, Trump Jr. named in new DNC hacking lawsuit

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    April 20, 2018 at 05:41PM Enlarge / Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, helped orchestrate this new lawsuit.
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    The Democratic National Committee has sued Russia, WikiLeaks, the Trump campaign, and a number of Read more
    Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans

    Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans

    April 20, 2018 at 05:41PM Facebook users in Europe are reporting that the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology. Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who Read more
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    Potholes, Rats and Criminals: How to Think about the Ethics of AI in Government

    April 20, 2018 at 05:15PM This guest post was written by Gretchen Greene of the AI and Governance Assembly, a collaborative initiative of the MIT Media Lab and Harvard Berkman Klein Center. This story was originally posted by Data-Smart City Read more
    Facebook crisis-management lesson: What not to do

    Facebook crisis-management lesson: What not to do

    April 20, 2018 at 01:40PM

    NEW YORK — The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, assume responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say Facebook is 0-for-4. Read more
    Facebook's drones unit is conducting a mysterious test in the desert near New Mexico's 'spaceport' (FB)

    Facebook’s drones unit is conducting a mysterious test in the desert near New Mexico’s ‘spaceport’ (FB)

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    April 20, 2018 at 12:55PM
    • Facebook’s drones unit is conducting tests of experimental wireless equipment in New Mexico.
    • The tests were revealed in FCC filings seen by Business Insider.
    • FCL Tech, which develops internet-enabled drones for the developing Read more
    Facebook’s News Feed changes appear to be hurting — not helping — local news

    Facebook’s News Feed changes appear to be hurting — not helping — local news

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    April 19, 2018 at 12:51PM More meaningful interactions! More love for local news! These were supposed to be some of the positive changes associated with the algorithm change Facebook announced early this year. But so far the local news Read more
    Lyft drivers’ lawsuit against Uber over ‘Hell’ program isn’t over

    Lyft drivers’ lawsuit against Uber over ‘Hell’ program isn’t over

    April 19, 2018 at 11:42AM A class-action lawsuit led by a number of Lyft drivers against Uber regarding the alleged “Hell” spying program is moving forward in an amended way. The lawsuit, brought by Lyft driver Michael Gonzales on behalf Read more
    True scale of Bitcoin ransomware extortion revealed

    True scale of Bitcoin ransomware extortion revealed

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:49AM Ransomware is one of the more worrying types of malware to emerge in recent years. It works by restricting access to computer files until a ransom is paid. Victims have included the British National Health Read more
    How Thought Leadership Inspires Action With Ideas

    How Thought Leadership Inspires Action With Ideas

    April 19, 2018 at 10:49AM Denise Brosseau believes that leading in today’s complicated world requires clarity of intention, voice, and focus. In essence, it requires thought leadership. In Denise’s view, thought leadership isn’t just about being famous or being known, Read more
    Presto for Data Scientists

    Presto for Data Scientists – SQL on anything

    April 19, 2018 at 10:48AM

    By Kamil Bajda-Pawlikowski, CTO of Starburst Data   Initially developed by Facebook, Presto is an open source, distributed ANSI SQL query engine that delivers fast analytic queries against various data sources ranging Read more
    Professor Ivan Getting working in his laboratory.

    For GPS, Also Thank Ivan Getting; He Got “the Damn Thing Funded”

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    In 1991, I sat down with Ivan Getting, then age 79 and retired but still serving on the Read more
    Walmart launches ‘Check Out With Me’ for on-the-spot checkouts in hundreds of U.S. stores

    Walmart launches ‘Check Out With Me’ for on-the-spot checkouts in hundreds of U.S. stores

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:48AM Walmart announced on Thursday it’s beginning to test new technology that arms store staff with mobile devices for checking out customers from the floor. The devices will first be put into use in Walmart’s Read more
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    Let’s Admit It: We’re a Long Way from Using “Real Intelligence” in AI

    April 19, 2018 at 10:45AM


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    By John Harney, CTO/Co-Founder of DataScava For anyone worrying about machines taking over the world, I have reassuring news: The idea of artificial intelligence has been overcome by hype. I Read more
    Southwest passenger trolled for livestreaming stricken flight

    Southwest passenger trolled for livestreaming stricken flight

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:38AM (Reuters) – The first reaction of Southwest Airlines passenger Marty Martinez when an engine exploded on the plane on Tuesday was to live stream what he feared might be his last minutes of life. Read more
    'That complexity has a tendency to eat you alive': Technology companies face a massive challenge as they move into healthcare

    ‘That complexity has a tendency to eat you alive’: Technology companies face a massive challenge as they move into healthcare

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    The 6 most beautiful new libraries in the US

    The 6 most beautiful new libraries in the US

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:17AM Courtesy of the AIA The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced their picks for the best new libraries and library renovations of 2018. In addition to their stunning Read more
    The unlikely story of a 25-year-old Detroit native who just landed a big deal to bring competitive gaming to high schools across America

    The unlikely story of a 25-year-old Detroit native who just landed a big deal to bring competitive gaming to high schools across America

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:07AM PlayVS
    • Delane Parnell, a 25-year-old Detroit native, is bringing a competitive video gaming (or eSports) league to high schools across America.
    • His startup PlayVS is teaming up with the country’s leading governing body Read more
    Amazon will now let you customize your Echo to say personalized compliments and insults (AMZN)

    Amazon will now let you customize your Echo to say personalized compliments and insults (AMZN)

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:06AM Jeff Chiu/AP
    • You can now make customized Alexa skills for your Echo device.
    • The new feature lets you program your Echo to say personalized burns or compliments, trivia, quizzes, or leave instructions for Read more
    From pure science to participatory knowledge production? Researchers’ perceptions on science–policy interface in bioenergy policy

    From pure science to participatory knowledge production? Researchers’ perceptions on science–policy interface in bioenergy policy

    April 19, 2018 at 10:02AM Abstract There is a plea for dialogue and interaction between researchers and policymakers, particularly in relation to burning and complex societal problems. However, day-to-day science–policy interaction remains a challenge. By investigating researchers’ perspectives on challenges Read more
    Study: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople -- and sometimes more so

    Study: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople — and sometimes more so

    April 19, 2018 at 09:57AM IMAGE: Psychology professor Andrea Miller found that judges’ rulings are sometimes influenced by their own ideas about proper male and female gender roles.
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    Smartphone app successfully promotes child car seat safety

    Smartphone app successfully promotes child car seat safety

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    April 19, 2018 at 09:57AM (Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) A smartphone app designed to promote proper child car seat use among parents proved effective in a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Read more
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