UN Calls Out AI
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UN Calls Out AI

Human rights officials called for limits on some uses of AI.What’s new: Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the organization’s member states to suspend certain

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Rules for Recommenders
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Rules for Recommenders

China moved toward a clamp down on recommendation algorithms.What’s new: China’s internet regulatory agency proposed rules that include banning algorithms that spread disinformation, threaten national security, or

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Risk Reduction for Elders
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Risk Reduction for Elders

Deep learning is helping to protect elderly people from potentially catastrophic tumbles.What’s happening: More than 2,000 senior living facilities across the U.S. use a diagnostic system called VirtuSense Balance to

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AI Engineers Weigh In on AI Ethics
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AI Engineers Weigh In on AI Ethics

Machine learning researchers tend to trust international organizations, distrust military forces, and disagree on how much disclosure is necessary when describing new models, a new study found.

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Dances With Robots
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Dances With Robots

Tesla unveiled its own AI chip and — surprise! — plans for a humanoid robot.What’s new: At Tesla’s AI Day promotional event, the company offered a first look at an upcoming self-driving

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Deep Unlearning
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Deep Unlearning

Privacy advocates want deep learning systems to forget what they’ve learned. What’s new: Researchers are seeking ways to remove the influence of particular training examples, such as an individual’s personal information,

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User Privacy Versus Child Safety
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User Privacy Versus Child Safety

Apple, which has made a point of its commitment to user privacy, announced that it will scan iPhones for evidence of child abuse.What’s new: The tech giant will include a machine learning model on the

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Invented By AI
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Invented By AI

An algorithm received a patent for its invention.What’s new: South Africa’s intellectual property office issued a patent that names an AI system as the inventor of a food container with unique

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Shots in the Dark
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Shots in the Dark

A crime-fighting AI company altered evidence to please police, a new investigation claims — the latest in a rising chorus of criticism.What’s new: ShotSpotter, which makes a widely used system of the same

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Olympic AI
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Olympic AI

Computer vision is keeping a close eye on athletes at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.What’s new: Omega Timing, a Swiss watchmaker and the Olympic Games’ official timekeeper, is providing systems that go far beyond measuring

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Meet the New Smart-Cities Champ
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Meet the New Smart-Cities Champ

Chinese researchers for the first time swept a competition to develop AI systems that monitor urban traffic. What’s new: Chinese universities and companies won first and second place in all five categories of the 2021 AI City Challenge,

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U.S. Lax on Face Recognition
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U.S. Lax on Face Recognition

A U.S. government watchdog agency called for stronger face recognition protocols for federal agencies.What’s new: An audit of federal agencies by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that, while many employ face recognition, they may not know

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When Algorithms Manage Humans
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When Algorithms Manage Humans

Some delivery drivers fired by Amazon contend that the retailer’s automated management system played an unfair role in terminating their employment. What’s new: Drivers in Amazon Flex, an Uber-like program that enables

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The New Space Race
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The New Space Race

I’ve been following with excitement the recent progress in space launches. Earlier this week, Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic team flew a rocket plane 53 miles up, earning him astronaut wings. Next week, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is

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Danke for the Interview
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Danke for the Interview

An independent test found flaws in AI systems designed to evaluate job applicants.What’s new: MyInterview and Curious Thing, which automate job interviews, gave a candidate who spoke only in German high marks on English proficiency, according to MIT Technology Review.

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