Tom Simonite

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The Government Wants to Boost Its Tech—Starting With Workers

Robin Carnahan, head of the agency that manages the federal government's offices and IT, is revamping job descriptions and pushing remote work. The General Services Administration is among the lesser-known arms of US...

A True Story About Bogus Photos of People Making Fake News

A photographer set out to capture the misinformation producers in a small town in Macedonia. He wound up revealing uncomfortable truths about his own profession.The photographic elite gathered in Perpignan, France, on...

A New Formula May Help Black Patients’ Access to Kidney Care

The prior algorithm adjusted calculations for Black patients—making it harder for them to qualify for transplants and other treatments.For decades, doctors and hospitals saw kidney patients differently based on their race. A...

These Deepfake Voices Can Help Trans Gamers

Players of online games can be harassed when their voices don't match their gender identity. New AI-fueled software may help.Fred, a trans man, clicked his mouse, and his tenorful tones suddenly sank...

Are These the Hidden Deepfakes in the Anthony Bourdain Movie?

Pindrop, which makes software to identify synthetic audio, found three clips totaling 50 seconds in the nearly 2-hour movie.When  Roadrunner, a documentary about late TV chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain, opened in...

Now That Machines Can Learn, Can They Unlearn?

Privacy concerns about AI systems are growing. So researchers are testing whether they can remove sensitive data without retraining the system from scratch.Companies of all kinds use machine learning to analyze people’s...

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.New workplace technologies often start life as both status symbols and productivity aids. The first car phones and...

These Algorithms Look at X-Rays—and Somehow Detect Your Race

A study raises new concerns that AI will exacerbate disparities in health care. One issue? The study’s authors aren’t sure what cues are used by the algorithms. Millions of dollars are being spent...

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