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How Germany’s Otto Uses Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning is trying to one-up just-in-time inventory with what can only be called
The Machine Learning Paradox
Mike Loukides explains why predictive algorithms must be imperfect (and error prone) in order to contend with real-world data.
If Google Teaches an AI to Draw, Will That Help It Think?
Alexis Madrigal considers the creative future of machine-generated sketches—and what it teaches us about how humans think, too.
“Algorithms Aren’t Racist. Your Skin Is Just Too Dark.”
Joy Buolamwini surfaces bias in facial recognition software—and responds to some screwed-up criticism.
No Need for Alarm About How Neural Nets Work
Albert Wenger says it doesn’t matter if we can’t understand or audit the logic of the algorithms that run our lives.
Not OK, Google
As Google tries to become more discerning about “authoritative” sources, the search giant reinforces its power and influence.
The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots
Bloomberg peeks in on the tedious worklife of humans pretending to be robots pretending to be humans.
Facebook’s Perfect, Impossible Chatbot
Facebook is prototyping its omniscient bot by powering it with people, the MIT Technology Review reports.
Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand
In Backchannel, David Weinberger considers the implications of machines constructing their own models for understanding data, quite divorced from our own (more simplistic) models.
Algorithm-Driven Design: How AI is Changing Design
Designer Yury Vetrov collected a wide-ranging set of design projects and tools where bots are the designers.
The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
MIT Technology Review covers the unknowable logic of our most sophisticated algorithms—and the implications of having no idea how they actually work.
Google Launches New Effort To Flag Upsetting or Offensive Content in Search
Search Engine Land reports that its 10,000 human reviewers will start flagging offensive content in an effort to train the algorithm what hate speech looks like.
Fact Check Now Available in Google Search and News
Google’s move to highlight fact-checking sites may be a promising step in identifying hostile information zones in search results.
It’s Not Their Pop Idol, but a Bot
A New York Times story about chatbots and the music industry uncovers a few promising signals about bots.
AMP: breaking news
Google’s AMP platform recklessly devalues the URL, aggravating the erosion of trust in the fourth estate.
Living with the Algorithm
Memories of a night in Siena remind me what we’ve gained—and what we’ve lost—in the era of the algorithm.
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