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Joi Ito interviews Barack Obama for Wired: machine learning, neurodiversity, basic research and Star Trek

Joi Ito (previously) — director of MIT Media Lab, former Creative Commons chief, investor, entrepreneur, and happy mutant — interviewed Barack Obama for a special, Obama-edited issue of Wired. The two covered the ethical implications of machine learning, diversity in tech, neurodiversity, the collapse of funding for basic research, precision medicine, high-speed trading, cybersecurity, robots taking our jobs, internet regulation, space travel, and …

Though crime happens everywhere, predictive policing tools send cops to poor/black neighborhoods

Researchers from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (previously) obtained a copy of the Predpol predictive policing system that police departments around America have spent a fortune on in order to find out where to set their patrols, and fed it Oakland’s 2010 arrest data, then asked it to predict where the crime would be in 2011. Predpol munged the arrest data, then …

Automated transcription of a fax machine that called the wrong number

Automated transcription of a fax machine that called the wrong number / Boing Boing E.J. Brennan reported that a fax machine called his voice number. Twilio, his phone provider, provided a useful transcription of the message it left him. It’s an old tweet (from 2013) but it checks out. report this ad After a careful analysis of millionaire Republican Donald Trump’s social media …

Bioscience meets AI — Dr. Jackie Hunter of Benevolent AI to speak at Disrupt London

TechCrunch Disrupt in London is on December 5-6. It is the one place where you can hear from global leaders in technology and immerse yourself in a truly authentic tech ecosystem. It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Jackie Hunter, CEO of Benevolent AI, will be joining us as one of our featured speakers. Dr. Jackie Hunter leads Benevolent AI, a company at the …

Not OK, Google

At its hardware launch event in San Francisco yesterday, Alphabet showed the sweeping breadth of its ambition to own consumers’ personal data, as computing continues to accelerate away from static desktops and screens, coalescing into a cloud of connected devices with the potential to generate far more data — and data of a far more intimate nature — than ever before. Along with two new ‘Google designed’ flagship Android smartphones (called Pixel), the first Androids …

Machine-learning photo-editor predicts what should be under your brush

In Neural Photo Editing With Introspective Adversarial Networks, a group of University of Edinburgh engineers and a private research colleague describe a method for using “introspective adversarial networks” to edit images in realtime, which they demonstrate in an open project called “Neural Photo Editor” that “enhances” photos by predicting what should be under your brush. We present an interface,shown in Figure 1, …

US endorses self-driving cars, with a catch: Feds want to control tech approval, not states

Lexus SUV Google prototype autonomous vehicle in Mountain View, 2015. REUTERS Federal auto safety regulators today said that self-driving cars “will save time, money and lives,” but also sent a clear signal that they want the power to inspect and approve technology before it hits the highways, rather than each U.S. state setting its own safety standards. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on …

Machine learning system can descramble pixelated/blurred redactions 83% of the time

A joint UT Austin/Cornell team has taught a machine learning system based on the free/open Torch library to correctly guess the content of pixellated or blurred redactions with high accuracy: for masked faces that humans correctly guess 0.19% of the time, the system can make a correct guess 83% of the time, when given five tries. Redaction errors have plagued data-releases since the …

Deep dreaming at the grocery store

Take one trip to the grocers, add a couple passes through Google’s psychedelic Deep Dreaming AI-based apophenia algorithm, and voila! You’ve materialized the extraordinary latent in the mundane. (via Beyond the Beyond) report this ad Evidently someone at Syfy is just as fond as I am of googling images for hyperdontia, in which subjects grow lots of supernumerary teeth; “The Tooth Child is …

Forget Skynet: AI is already making things terrible for people who aren't rich white dudes

Kate Crawford (previously) takes to the New York Times’s editorial page to ask why rich white guys act like the big risk of machine-learning systems is that they’ll evolve into Skynet-like apex-predators that subjugate the human race, when there are already rampant problems with machine learning: algorithmic racist sentencing, algorithmic, racist and sexist discrimination, algorithmic harassment, algorithmic hiring bias, algorithmic terrorist watchlisting, algorithmic racist …