12 Feb 2017

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm

“What Hargrove has managed to do goes a few orders of magnitude beyond that. His innovation was to teach a computer to spot trends in unsolved murders, using publicly available information that no one, including anyone in law enforcement, had used before. This makes him, in a manner of speaking,

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10 Feb 2017

How a U.S. team uses Facebook, guerrilla marketing to counter ISIS

“Upon his arrival at the State Department early last year, Lumpkin was surprised to discover that much of the department’s counter-messaging was done in English, and without the kind of data analysis needed to test whether the approaches were working. Some campaigns were little more than running Twitter battles in

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10 Feb 2017

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

“‘One of the reasons I don’t like the discussions about superintelligence is that they’re a distraction from what’s real,’ says Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, who attended the conference. ‘As the poet said, have fewer imaginary problems and more real ones.’ At a time when

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04 Feb 2017

25% of CEOs’ Time Is Spent on Tasks Machines Could Do

“We found that half of the activities people are paid to do in the global economy have the potential to be automated using current technology. The most automatable activities involve data collection, data processing, and physical work in predictable environments like factories, which make up 51% of employment activities (not

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04 Feb 2017

China Gains on the U.S. in the Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

“‘Our goal is to send the machine to attend the college entrance examination, and to be admitted by key national universities in the near future,’ said Qingfeng Liu, Iflytek’s chief executive. The speed of the Chinese technologists, compared to United States and European artificial intelligence developers, is noteworthy. Last April,

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30 Jan 2017

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

“Kosinski and his team tirelessly refined their models. In 2012, Kosinski proved that on the basis of an average of 68 Facebook ‘likes’ by a user, it was possible to predict their skin color (with 95 percent accuracy), their sexual orientation (88 percent accuracy), and their affiliation to the Democratic

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30 Jan 2017

Bitcoin wallets get a key approval in Switzerland

” In Switzerland, at least, that matter is settled. Xapo has received ‘conditional approval’ for running its bitcoin wallet service from the country. It’ll have to participate in a self-regulatory organization and meet other unspecified terms, but it won’t have to secure a banking license. As of now, it’s classified

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26 Jan 2017

Fake News Is About to Get Even Scarier than You Ever Dreamed

“Perhaps the scariest part is that, one day soon, this sort of technology will transcend beyond the academies and institutions to the point where you or I will be able to create fake digital clips as easily as regular people created fake-news stories during this cycle. The technology out of

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25 Jan 2017

Google has banned 200 publishers since it passed a new policy against fake news

“Google kicked 200 publishers off one of its ad networks in the fourth quarter, partly in response to the proliferation of fake news sites. The company banned the publishers from its AdSense network, an ad placement service that automatically serves text and display ads on participating sites based on its

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25 Jan 2017

Smugglers use burner phones to guide illegal immigrants across Mexican border

“Take what US Border Patrol agents call ‘remote control.’ This is a border crossing tactic in which polleros guide pollos across the border over the phone. The polleros relay the instructions in real-time from Mexico, where they face less risk of arrest than they would if they set foot on

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