Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself
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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

The Pentagon sees artificial intelligence as a way to outfox, outmaneuver, and dominate future adversaries. But the brittle nature of AI means that without due care, the technology could perhaps hand enemies a new way…

The Pentagon Scrubs a Cloud Deal and Looks to Add More AI
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The Pentagon Scrubs a Cloud Deal and Looks to Add More AI

Late in 2019, the Pentagon chose Microsoft for a $10 billion contract called JEDI that aimed to use the cloud to modernize US military computing infrastructure. Tuesday, the agency ripped up that deal. The Pentagon…

What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru
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What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru

In April 1998, two Stanford grad students named Larry Page and Sergey Brin presented an algorithm called PageRank at a conference in Australia. A month later, war broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea, setting off…

The All-Seeing Eyes of New York’s 15,000 Surveillance Cameras
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The All-Seeing Eyes of New York’s 15,000 Surveillance Cameras

A new video from human rights organization Amnesty International maps the locations of more than 15,000 cameras used by the New York Police Department, both for routine surveillance and in facial-recognition searches. A 3D model…

Twitter’s Photo Crop Algorithm Favors White Faces and Women
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Twitter’s Photo Crop Algorithm Favors White Faces and Women

Last fall, Canadian student Colin Madland noticed that Twitter’s automatic cropping algorithm continually selected his face—not his darker-skinned colleague—from photos of the pair to display in tweets. The episode ignited accusations of bias as a…

Black and Queer AI Groups Say They’ll Spurn Google Funding
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Black and Queer AI Groups Say They’ll Spurn Google Funding

Three groups focused on increasing diversity in artificial intelligence say they will no longer take funding from Google. In a joint statement released Monday, Black in AI, Queer in AI, and Widening NLP said they…