Amazon’s New Algorithm Will Spread Workers’ Duties Across Their Muscle-tendon Groups

Amazon is often accused of treating employees like expendable robots. And like machines, sometimes they break down. A 2019 survey of 145 warehouse workers found that 65% of them experienced physical pain while doing their jobs. Almost half (42%)...
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Twitter Will Reveal How Its Algorithmic Biases Cause ‘unintended Harms’

Twitter has launched a new initiative called “Responsible ML” that will investigate the harms caused by the platform’s algorithms. The company said on Wednesday that it will use the findings to improve the experience on Twitter: This may...
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Instagram Apologizes After Algorithm Promotes Harmful Diet Content To People With Eating Disorders

Instagram has apologized for a “mistake” that led its algorithm to promote harmful diet content to people with eating disorders. The social network had been automatically recommending terms including “appetite suppressant,” which...
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Microsoft Goes All-in On Sha-2 For All Its Services

Microsoft has recently announced that all of its services would make the switch to the more secure SHA-2 algorithm next month. In other words, all Microsoft processes and services, including TLS certificates, code signing, and file hashing, would...
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Tracking The Economic Impacts Of Covid-19 One Ship At A Time

COVID-19 saw global maritime trade collapse by as much as 10% in the first eight months of 2020—leading to losses of up to $412 billion, reveals recently published Oxford research, which used sophisticated algorithms and tracking data to follow...

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Ai's Social Justice Problem: It's Amplifying Human Bias - Cnet

Coded Bias director Shalini Kantayya talked to CNET about the algorithms that are making society's most important decisions for us.

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Microsoft Will Start Using Sha-2 Exclusively From May 9, 2021

Microsoft today announced that it will start using Secure Hash Algorithm 2 (SHA-2) exclusively from May 9, 2021. All major Microsoft processes and services including TLS certificates, code signing, and file hashing will start using SHA-2 after this...
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Twitter Will Study ‘unintentional Harms’ Caused By Its Algorithms

Twitter announced a new plan to study the fairness of its algorithms with the "Responsible Machine learning Initiative."
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How Microsoft’s New $16b Acquisition Could Bring Ai To Your Doctor’s Office

The tech giant bought speech AI pioneer Nuance as part of a push into healthcare. But transformational speech transcription algorithms may still have a long way to go. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it had acquired Nuance Communications for $16...
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Neural Networks Give Astronomers Huge Boost In Identifying Galaxies: 27 Million Done, 600 Million...

AI algorithms in large-scale astronomy are mandatory, study says A neural network has helped astronomers catalog a whopping 27 million galaxies collected from one of the largest astronomical surveys probing the mysterious nature of dark energy.…
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People May Trust Computers More Than Humans

Despite increasing concern over the intrusion of algorithms in daily life, people may be more willing to trust a computer program than their fellow humans, especially if a task becomes too challenging, according to new research from data scientists.

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At Last! There’s An Algorithm That’s Closer Than Ever To Solving The Traveling Salesperson...

Computers are good at answering questions. What’s the shortest route from my house to Area 51? Is 8,675,309 a prime number? How many teaspoons in a tablespoon? For questions like these, they’ve got you covered. There are certain...

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Meet Nato’s New Alliance Ground Surveillance Technology

Kris Osborn Drones, World The program utilizes advanced computer algorithms to receive, pool, and organize relevant surveillance information. Here's What You Need to Know: The system will likely evolve toward new abilities to leverage AI-capable...
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Recommended Reading: Painful Memories The Algorithms Won't Let You Forget

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Duckduckgo Updates Its Plugin To Block Google’s Creepy Floc Profiling

Google is currently in the process of testing and refining its FLoC machine learning algorithm on millions of Chrome users. The system would profile users into groups based on their browsing history, and then offer this group ID to websites to...
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Artificial Intelligence Could 'crack The Language Of Cancer And Alzheimer's'

Powerful algorithms can 'predict' the biological language of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, scientists have found. Big data produced during decades of research was fed into a computer language model to see if artificial...
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Facebook Job Ads Algorithm Still Discriminates On Gender, Linkedin Not So Much

Gender bias found in employment adverts despite antisocial network giant's past promises Two years after Facebook settled five lawsuits claiming that its employment, housing, and credit ads illegally discriminate, researchers with the University of...
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In Peru, A Race To Vaccinate Dogs As Two Epidemics Collide

Reggaeton music, mobile clinics, and mathematical algorithms have all played a role in the implementation of a unique vaccination campaign in Peru's second-largest city.
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Novel Algorithm Reveals Birdsong Features That May Be Key For Courtship

Researchers have developed a new algorithm capable of identifying features of male zebra finch songs that may underlie the distinction between a short phrase sung during courtship, and the same phrase sung in a non-courtship context.

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