Google seeks to censor the damage caused by technology

News 12/23/20, 16:12

Google requires its scientists to refer to "sensitive subjects," such as the damage that technology can cause by adjusting to its parameters, where negative references must be avoided. These regulations are derived from internal communications and interviews with researchers involved in the work, according to Reuters of Dec. 23. Before addressing issues ...

Trump administration to invest over $1 billion in quantum institutes and AI

News 08/27/20, 15:16

The Trump administration announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in quantum institutes and artificial intelligence (AI) to technologically support economic development and national security. Parallel to AI, work will be done on quantum information science (QIS), 5G Internet communications, and other related emerging technologies, the U.S. Office of ...

Lawmakers warn doctored videos pose national security threat

Politics 06/13/19, 20:01

Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election. The technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos — known as "deep fakes" — that appear genuine. The House Intelligence Committee chairman says it allows "malicious ...

Facebook’s Zuckerberg is the focus of latest doctored video

Tech 06/12/19, 20:30

Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It's the latest flap over deviously altered "deepfake" videos as Facebook ...

Google’s privacy promises don’t sway many experts

Tech 05/08/19, 02:09

Google announced new privacy tools Tuesday intended to give people more control over how they're being tracked on the go or in their own home, part of a broader effort by big tech companies to counter increasing scrutiny of their data collection practices..Trouble is, few experts appear ready to celebrate ...

Google expected to show off new hardware, AI at annual event

Tech 05/06/19, 23:50

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to showcase much-anticipated updates to the company's hardware lines and artificial intelligence Tuesday during his keynote at the company's annual I/O conference for software developers.Google will also likely address privacy updates as concerns about data sharing continue to plague the tech industry. Facebook dedicated ...

Google’s AI Assistant aims to transcend the smart speaker

Business 05/06/19, 20:29

When Google launched its now distinctive digital assistant in 2016, it was already in danger of being an also-ran.At the time, Amazon had been selling its Echo smart speaker, powered by its Alexa voice assistant, for more than a year . Apple's Siri was already five years old and familiar ...

I robot? Ian McEwan tells android tale in ‘Machines Like Me’

Entertainment 04/23/19, 09:40

Ian McEwan is fascinated by artificial intelligence.A central character in the British writer's new novel, "Machines Like Me," is a lifelike android with access to all human knowledge who writes haiku poetry.The book, published in the U.S. on Tuesday by Doubleday, looks at the messy relationship between human minds and ...

YouTube’s Notre Dame-9/11 flub highlights AI’s blind spots

U.S. 04/16/19, 14:43

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.As people around the world Monday turned to YouTube to watch Notre Dame Cathedral burn in Paris, an automated system attached background information about the Sept. 11 terror ...

Democrats want feds to target the ‘black box’ of AI bias

Business 04/10/19, 13:00

Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the "black box" of tech companies' artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks. One proposal introduced Wednesday and co-sponsored by a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, would require big companies to ...

Real or artificial? Tech titans declare AI ethics concerns

Business 04/07/19, 12:40

The biggest tech companies want you to know that they're taking special care to ensure that their use of artificial intelligence to sift through mountains of data, analyze faces or build virtual assistants doesn't spill over to the dark side. But their efforts to assuage concerns that their machines may be ...

Face recognition researcher fights Amazon over biased AI

Tech 04/03/19, 14:06

Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life — from your photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots — when Joy Buolamwini noticed a serious glitch: Some of the software couldn't detect dark-skinned faces like hers.That revelation sparked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher to launch a project ...

President Trump says Google is committed to US not Chinese military

Politics 03/27/19, 16:42

Amid growing concern about the risks of Google and other U.S. companies doing business in China, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the CEO of Google has "strongly stated" that he is "totally committed" to the American, not Chinese, military. The president wrote on Twitter: "Just met with SundarPichai, President of ...

Artificial intelligence pioneers win tech’s ‘Nobel Prize’

Science 03/27/19, 06:37

Computers have become so smart during the past 20 years that people don't think twice about chatting with digital assistants like Alexa and Siri or seeing their friends automatically tagged in Facebook pictures.But making those quantum leaps from science fiction to reality required hard work from computer scientists like Yoshua ...

First artificial intelligence Google Doodle features Bach

Entertainment 03/21/19, 10:27

Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle.Thursday's animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody.Google says the Doodle uses machine learning ...

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