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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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House Passes Bill to Open Government Data About Opioid Abuse

House Passes Bill to Open Government Data About Opioid Abuse

June 15, 2018 at 05:06PM The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would make government data on the opioid epidemic more widely available and accessible to groups fighting drug abuse around the country. The Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl and Opioids Act Read more
Black + White = Not White

Black + White = Not White

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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

People are Turning to ‘Socially Mediated Vigilante Justice’ to Right Perceived Wrongs, According to ASU Professor

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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
Microsoft's Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy

Microsoft’s Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy

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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
Geosciences students again dominate at Imperial Barrel Award Competition

Geosciences students again dominate at Imperial Barrel Award Competition

June 15, 2018 at 02:52PM UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State students again finished near the top worldwide in the Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) Competition, which pits more than 100 teams against one another in an exercise to assess the Read more
The EPA might change the way it weighs human health against industry profit

The EPA might change the way it weighs human health against industry profit

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June 15, 2018 at 02:52PM The public has until July 13 to comment on how the Environmental Protection Agency balances it checkbooks to decide how regulations that protect public health stack up against industry costs, a process known as Read more
New Chips From AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm Make PCs Exciting Again

New Chips From AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm Make PCs Exciting Again

June 15, 2018 at 02:23PM Personal computers have not elicited many thrills of late. They’ve gotten cheaper, sure, and a little faster. But despite some wild promises the gap between the actual and the possible has remained expansive. This week, Read more
Meet the people who scar themselves to clean up our social media networks - Macleans.ca

Meet the people who scar themselves to clean up our social media networks – Macleans.ca

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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
The eyes have it: DeepFakes outed by unblinking gaze

The eyes have it: DeepFakes outed by unblinking gaze

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June 15, 2018 at 07:03AM In the last year or so convincing fake videos known as DeepFakes – the product of deep learning-driven facial image manipulation – have been condemned as a threat to democracy, or what’s left of Read more
After years of growth, the use of social media for news is falling across the world

After years of growth, the use of social media for news is falling across the world

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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
Google releases first diversity report since the infamous anti-diversity memo

Google releases first diversity report since the infamous anti-diversity memo

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June 14, 2018 at 02:18PM Google has released its first diversity report since the infamous James Damore memo and the fallout that resulted from it. Those are both long stories but the TL;DR is that Damore said some sexist Read more
Facebook’s longtime head of policy and comms steps down

Facebook’s longtime head of policy and comms steps down

June 14, 2018 at 02:16PM A prominent figure that helped shape Facebook public perception over the course of the last decade is on the way out. In a Facebook post today, Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications and public Read more
Could Artificial Intelligence Take the Art out of Medicine?

Could Artificial Intelligence Take the Art out of Medicine?

June 14, 2018 at 09:39AM It has been said that the practice of medicine is both an art and a science. For example, different patients react differently to the same medication for the treatment of anxiety, and what works for Read more
Microsoft is developing its own cashierless store technology, says report

Microsoft is developing its own cashierless store technology, says report

June 14, 2018 at 09:36AM Amazon may be facing new competition from Microsoft on its cashierless, automated store technology, according to a new report from Reuters out this morning. The report claims Microsoft is in the process of developing Read more
Data Lake – the evolution of data processing

Data Lake – the evolution of data processing

June 14, 2018 at 09:35AM

By Nebojsa Arezina, SmartCat. In recent years, rapid technology advancements have led to a dramatic increase in information traffic. Our mobile networks have increased coverage and data throughput. Landlines are being slowly Read more
The Drone Surveillance System witnesses a variety of violent behaviors.

AI Drone Learns to Detect Brawls

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June 14, 2018 at 09:35AM


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Snapchat lets third-party apps use its AR camera, Bitmoji and more

Snapchat lets third-party apps use its AR camera, Bitmoji and more

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June 14, 2018 at 09:35AM Snap is bringing the walls of its closed gardens tumbling down, as it’s opened up a rumored developer platform to let third-party creators use Snapchat features in other apps, and bring their own tools Read more
App Maker, Google’s low-code tool for building business apps, comes out of beta

App Maker, Google’s low-code tool for building business apps, comes out of beta

June 14, 2018 at 09:34AM It’s been a year and a half since Google announced App Maker, its online tool for quickly building and deploying business apps on the web. The company has mostly remained quiet about App Maker Read more
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The only way is ethics: UK.gov emphasises moral compass amid deluge of data plans

June 14, 2018 at 09:34AM The UK government has released a guide to help civil servants figure out how to use and procure data science tools ethically as public opinion on slurping continues to circle the drain.
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AI's lack of transparency triggers a debate over ethics

AI’s lack of transparency triggers a debate over ethics

June 14, 2018 at 09:33AM Alexa may be up to more tricks than just unnerving us with her creepy laugh. The artificial intelligence technology that drives Amazon’s digital assistant and others like it is being used in an ever-growing list Read more
Online information on vaccines and Autism not always reliable, study shows

Online information on vaccines and Autism not always reliable, study shows

June 14, 2018 at 09:30AM Research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) has found that information available online can provide unreliable information based on old, ‘weak’ scientific studies. The study ‘Fake news or weak science?‘ is published in open-access Read more
BAE Systems Tapped to Develop New Decision-Making Software

BAE Systems Tapped to Develop New Decision-Making Software

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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
Bitcoin’s rise might be linked to price manipulation, study indicates

Bitcoin’s rise might be linked to price manipulation, study indicates

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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
This economist wants to abolish private property using blockchain

This economist wants to abolish private property using blockchain

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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
Trump Administration Adds to Top Cyber Ranks

Trump Administration Adds to Top Cyber Ranks

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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
Facebook knows exactly how many times you’ve searched for your ex

Facebook knows exactly how many times you’ve searched for your ex

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June 14, 2018 at 02:08AM Facebook knows a lot about you—including every time you’ve searched for an ex, a crush, or any other person on the platform. This little tidbit is part of a 225-page document which includes hundreds Read more
The State Department’s New Cyber Reports Miss the Point Entirely

The State Department’s New Cyber Reports Miss the Point Entirely

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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
Einstein's travel diaries reveal 'shocking' xenophobia

Einstein’s travel diaries reveal ‘shocking’ xenophobia

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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
Wednesday briefing: 'The general public has a right to know'

Wednesday briefing: ‘The general public has a right to know’

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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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