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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June 15, 2018 at 02:55PM Newswise — How you perceive someone who is multiracial matters. Historically, the answer to that question for someone who was black-white multiracial had repercussions for who that person could marry, what school he or Read more
People are Turning to ‘Socially Mediated Vigilante Justice’ to Right Perceived Wrongs, According to ASU Professor
June 15, 2018 at 02:54PM The internet loves creating villains: People get caught on camera or social media behaving badly, the post or video goes viral and anyone with a computer or smartphone piles on and fans the flames. Read more
June 15, 2018 at 02:53PM GitHub—a website that has become popular with scientists collaborating on research data and software—is to be acquired by Microsoft for US$7.5 billion. In the wake of the takeover announcement on 4 June, some scientists Read more
June 15, 2018 at 08:42AM Sarah T. Roberts is an assistant professor in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, a former assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, and a recipient of a Carnegie Fellowship Read more
June 14, 2018 at 02:23PM June 13, 2018, 7:01 p.m. But messaging apps are picking up the slack, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds in its 2018 Digital News Report. People are becoming disenchanted with Facebook Read more
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June 14, 2018 at 09:29AM Photo: BAE Systems BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to develop a new decision-making tool for potential use by U.S. warfighters, the company recently announced. The causal modeling for knowledge transfer, exploration and Read more
June 14, 2018 at 02:14AM The rise of cryptocurrency prices last year, including bitcoin, ethereum, and altcoins, could have been largely caused by price manipulation, according to a paper published today by researchers at the University of Texas at Read more
June 14, 2018 at 02:14AM Some months ago, Glen Weyl – a principal researcher at Microsoft Research with a liking for 19th century’s political economics – noticed that someone had been tweeting about him. A guy called Vitalik Buterin Read more
June 14, 2018 at 02:11AM The Trump administration strengthened its cybersecurity leadership ranks Tuesday with the confirmation of one top cyber leader at the Homeland Security Department and the appointment of another at the Energy Department. Chris Krebs, a Read more
June 14, 2018 at 02:08AM On May 31, the State Department released summaries of reports on deterrence and international engagement in cyberspace. In Executive Order 13800, President Donald J. Trump instructed federal agencies to produce a report on “options for deterring adversaries.” The order also instructed Read more
June 12, 2018 at 11:17PM The publication of Albert Einstein’s private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icon’s racist attitudes to the people he met on his travels, particularly the Read more
June 12, 2018 at 10:56PM Top story: Push to broaden FoI laws Hello – Warren Murray with you at the halfway point of the week. The government is being urged to adopt changes to freedom of information laws that Read more
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