Awesome, not awesome.
“…[R]esearchers are working on ways to let AI learn from large amounts of medical data while making it very hard for that data to leak…“The whole notion of doing computation while keeping data secret is an incredibly powerful one,” says David Evans, who specializes in machine learning and security at the University of Virginia. When applied across hospitals and patient populations, for instance, machine learning might unlock completely new ways of tying disease to genomics, test results, and other patient information.” — Will Knight, Editor Learn More from MIT Technology Review >
“[China] has been using a wide-ranging, secret facial recognition system to track and control the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority, The Times reported. The advanced system is integrated into China’s growing network of surveillance cameras and is constantly tracking where Uighurs come and go. “If you make a technology that can classify people by an ethnicity, someone will use it to repress that ethnicity…”” — Niraj Chokshi, Reporter Learn More from The New York Times >
What we’re reading.
1/ Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer comes to terms with the limits of using artificial intelligence to keep graphic violence off the platform. Learn More from The New York Times >
2/ People willingly give away their data to tech companies, not realizing that it can be used to anything from building military weapons to surveillance systems. Learn More from The Atlantic >
3/ Big tech companies that use artificial intelligence depend on the labor of grossly underpaid “labelers” to make their products tick. Learn More from Axios >
4/ In an effort to beat the market, quantitative stock traders are designing mathematical processes that help machine learning algorithms generate investing ideas. Learn More from Bloomberg >
5/ Algorithms that can be used to discriminate against hiring people with certain diseases are being built, and there aren’t proper legal safeguards in place to protect the public. Learn More from Axios >
6/ A prominent Tech journalist fears that the US may accidentally stumbled into becoming a surveillance state as smart camera technology proliferates, and privacy laws are nowhere to be found. Learn More from The New York Times >
7/ A new AI algorithm can show the future impact that rising sea levels caused by climate change can have on our homes — hopefully it will be used to move people to action. Learn More from MIT Technology Review >
Links from the community.
“The Perceptron — A Building Block of Neural Networks” by Ani Karenovna K. Learn More from Noteworthy >
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