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‘hanging out the dirty linen’ to delve into the ethics of IT’s role in society.

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Magical thinking about machine learning won’t bring the reality of AI any closer | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian ” Critics have pointed out that the old computing adage “garbage in, garbage out” also applies to ML. If the data from which a machine “learns” is biased, then the outputs will reflect those […]

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The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids – Richard Freed – Medium Tags: ITGS, social media, persuasive technology, smartphone, psychology, addiction, people and machines AI system looks at faces and rates them for responsibility, happiness, aggression, attractiveness, weirdness, and emotional stability / Boing Boing Tags: ITGS, facial recognition, authenticity, system, peopleandmachines, anonymity, reliability Posted from […]

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You Don’t Understand Bitcoin Because You Think Money Is Real “The bitcoin blockchain was created, in part, to address this historical weakness. After the 21 millionth bitcoin is mined, in around 2140, the system will produce no more.” Tags: ITGS, bitcoin, security, authenticity, people and machines – By dr tech Singapore healthcare provider breached, personal […]

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Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian “About 70% of the world’s online traffic is reckoned to pass through Loudoun County. But there is a big problem, centred on a power company called Dominion, which supplies the vast majority of Loudoun County’s electricity. According to […]

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Hacker fakes German minister’s fingerprints using photos of her hands | Technology | The Guardian “It’s an old cliché of security researchers: fingerprints might appear more secure than passwords. But if your password gets stolen, you can change it to a new one; what happens when your fingerprint gets copied?” Tags: ITGS, security, biometrics, system […]

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The GPS app that can find anyone anywhere | Technology | The Guardian “The algorithm behind what3words took six months to write. Sheldrick worked on it with two friends he had grown up with. Mohan Ganesalingham, a maths fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Jack Waley-Cohen, a full-time quiz obsessive and question-setter for Only Connect. […]

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Rise of the machines: has technology evolved beyond our control? | Books | The Guardian “In October 2016, algorithms reacted to negative news headlines about Brexit negotiations by sending the pound down 6% against the dollar in under two minutes, before recovering almost immediately. Knowing which particular headline, or which particular algorithm, caused the crash […]

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The Matchmaking Algorithm That Lets Zoos Swipe Right on Animals “The animal matchmaking program isn’t just for gorillas, and it takes some things into consideration that probably aren’t on Tinder’s radar. It scores every animal on a variety of traits (and when we say “every” animal, we mean there’s an entry for each flamingo in […]

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‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale | South China Morning Post “Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is just one example of the large-scale application of brain surveillance devices to monitor people’s emotions and other mental activities in the workplace, according to scientists and companies involved in the […]

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Tech firms can’t keep our data forever: we need a Digital Expiry Date | Opinion | The Guardian “This Digital Expiry Date offers companies the benefits of getting your data, personalizing results and still making profits, while putting some control in the user’s hands. You will not have to worry about governments or companies in […]

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