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AI’s many challenges must be thoughtfully addressed

In the future, personalized AI assistants will use knowledge of our behaviors to inform us of goings-on and do chores, and as we grow older, they’ll provide companionship and assistance when caregivers aren’t around. These assistants will not only chart our calendars and supply answers to questions, but will help administer medical treatments, assist us […]

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AI Weekly: Despite fears of job-stealing robots, AI did a lot of good this year

In case you somehow missed the dire predictions regarding artificial intelligence (AI): AI is coming for our jobs. Over 10 percent of positions currently occupied by humans will be eliminated by cheaper, more efficient automated replacements, and experts agree AI could make redundant as many as 75 million jobs by […]

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We DM’d a lot of strangers to ask why they use Drake lyrics on Instagram

Have you ever heard of a musical artist named Drake? Of course you have. Because he’s everywhere. We don’t shill. Check out TNW’s Hard Fork. These days, it’s hard to miss Aubrey Graham, the rapper and singer from Canada (eh). He recently released Scorpion, and the internet went nuts, as it always does for Aubrey. […]

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AI Weekly: For self-driving cars, the path to public acceptance is transparency and an abundance of caution

Self-driving cars have transformative potential. They’re poised to reduce traffic fatalities, ease congestion, and even decrease carbon emissions — not to mention cutting down on the amount of city space dedicated to parking. There’s just one problem: Most people are afraid of them. Two studies this week — one by the Brookings Institution and another […]

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Fake news tools helped us unravel a viral infidelity video

Viral videos are a funny thing. Thousands are uploaded every day, yet one good one has the ability to unravel your entire day’s work and take over your life. That’s what happened to me this week when my colleague sent me along the following video: NIGGA SAID HUBERT LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/TDWLu2hmd4 — Gluv. (@DefNotGluv) June 25, […]

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AI Weekly: The growing importance of clear AI ethics policies

A little over a week after the fervor surrounding Google’s involvement in the Department of Defense’s Project Maven, an autonomous drone program, showed signs of abating, another machine learning controversy returned to the headlines: local law enforcement deploying Amazon’s Rekognition, a computer vision service with facial recognition capabilities. In a letter addressed to Amazon CEO […]

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Burn your boat

There are roughly three types of innovation: Opportunity-based innovation Threat-based innovation Appearance-based innovation The first type is the most positive and has the most potential for success. It’s the kind of innovation where someone finds an opportunity and seizes it. They have nothing (or not much) to lose, and great things to achieve. The second […]

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Why Steel Tariffs Matter

Last week, President Trump announced that the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports he’d previewed in March would also affect Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. The move drew intense criticism from leaders abroad. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the tariffs “insulting,” while the EU trade commissioner favored the term “illegal.” The EU […]

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Family Values

On May 25, the Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to its constitution. The amendment “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn” and required the Irish state to defend that right. What that had meant in practice, in the 35 years since the amendment was passed, was that abortion was […]

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America’s Flooded Future

“Please don’t come to Ellicott City,” Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector tweeted on Sunday, minutes after a powerful flash flood rocked the Baltimore suburb. In the course of about three hours, eight inches of rain gutted roads, smashed windows, felled buildings, and killed at least one person. Emergency crews searched submerged cars for trapped passengers; […]

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Outside the Comfort Zone

In 2012, the artist Adrian Piper made an announcement. The news was posted on her archive’s web site, with a cheerful portrait of her, head tilted, eyes warm and open, smiling. The photo would look like an ordinary head shot if it were not for the unnatural coloring—Piper’s hairline is orange, and her skin is […]

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