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What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru

She was a star engineer who warned that messy AI can spread racism. Google brought her in. Then it forced her out. Can Big Tech take criticism from within?One afternoon in late...

Don't End Up on This Artificial Intelligence Hall of Shame

A list of incidents that caused, or nearly caused, harm aims to prompt developers to think more carefully about the tech they create.When a person dies in a car crash in the...

Covid Forced America to Make More Stuff. What Happens Now?

A software entrepreneur pivoted to making masks at the start of the pandemic. The experience opened his eyes: “I thought, ‘Wow, the US really is behind.’”Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, in the...

It Began As an AI-Fueled Dungeon Game. It Got Much Darker

The game touted its use of the GPT-3 text generator. Then the algorithm started to generate disturbing stories, including sex scenes involving children.In December 2019, Utah startup Latitude launched a pioneering online...

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI. Technology companies like to portray artificial intelligence as a precise...

How Face Recognition Can Destroy Anonymity

Cameras are everywhere, and increasingly powerful software can pick an individual out of a crowd. Except sometimes algorithms get it wrong.Stepping out in public used to make a person largely anonymous. Unless...

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

Two academics changed plans to attend an invite-only conference this week; a third says he’ll no longer accept funding from the company.Monday morning, some of the world’s top minds in robotics and...

Microsoft-Led Team Retracts Disputed Quantum-Computing Paper

The 2018 report in Nature claimed to have found evidence of an elusive subatomic particle. A review found that the group had omitted key data.  A Microsoft-led team of physicists...

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