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Ian Forrester

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staff who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps."
Ian Forrester

TV plots altered by our individual data - our viewing future? | Reuters.com - 0 views

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    Lancaster University researchers say their 'Living Room of the Future' is not just a peek at what could await us as the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution gathers pace.
Ian Forrester

"I Agree": Visualizing terms of service with long scrolls of colored paper / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    " "I Agree" is an art installation that prints the terms of service for common apps on scrolls of colored paper, creating a bar chart of the fine print that neither you, nor anyone else in the history of the world, has ever read. "
Ian Forrester

AI Principles - Future of Life Institute - 0 views

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    These principles were developed in conjunction with the 2017 Asilomar conference
Ian Forrester

South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible | TechCrunch - 0 views

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    "This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word, including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that's exactly what happened. If someone watched that episode of South Park in the same room as an Echo, their Amazon shopping list was filled with random, gross items. This example shows the potential danger of having a voice-activated shopping assistant. It's easy to imagine a potential rogue advertisement, online or elsewhere, that could, in theory, say the right words to order a particular product - like a South Park box set."
Ian Forrester

Troy Hunt: What Would It Look Like If We Put Warnings on IoT Devices Like We Do Cigaret... - 0 views

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    A couple of years ago, I was heavily involved in analysing and reporting on the massive VTech hack, the one where millions of records were exposed including kids' names, genders, ages, photos and the relationship to parents' records which included their home address. Part of this data was collected via an IoT device called the InnoTab which is a wifi connected tablet designed for young kids; think Fisher Price designing an iPad... then totally screwing up the security.
Ian Forrester

[1607.06520] Man is to Computer Programmer as Woman is to Homemaker? Debiasing Word Emb... - 0 views

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    The blind application of machine learning runs the risk of amplifying biases present in data. Such a danger is facing us with word embedding, a popular framework to represent text data as vectors which has been used in many machine learning and natural language processing tasks. We show that even word embeddings trained on Google News articles exhibit female/male gender stereotypes to a disturbing extent. This raises concerns because their widespread use, as we describe, often tends to amplify these biases. Geometrically, gender bias is first shown to be captured by a direction in the word embedding. Second, gender neutral words are shown to be linearly separable from gender definition words in the word embedding. Using these properties, we provide a methodology for modifying an embedding to remove gender stereotypes, such as the association between between the words receptionist and female, while maintaining desired associations such as between the words queen and female. We define metrics to quantify both direct and indirect gender biases in embeddings, and develop algorithms to "debias" the embedding. Using crowd-worker evaluation as well as standard benchmarks, we empirically demonstrate that our algorithms significantly reduce gender bias in embeddings while preserving the its useful properties such as the ability to cluster related concepts and to solve analogy tasks. The resulting embeddings can be used in applications without amplifying gender bias.
Ian Forrester

New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph - 1 views

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    An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions
Ian Forrester

Scientists Are Just as Confused About the Ethics of Big-Data Research as You | WIRED - 0 views

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    "When a rogue researcher last week released 70,000 OkCupid profiles, complete with usernames and sexual preferences, people were pissed. When Facebook researchers manipulated stories appearing in Newsfeeds for a mood contagion study in 2014, people were really pissed. OkCupid filed a copyright claim to take down the dataset; the journal that published Facebook's study issued an "expression of concern." Outrage has a way of shaping ethical boundaries. We learn from mistakes."
Ian Forrester

CDT and Fitbit Report on Best Privacy Practices for R&D in the Wearables Industry | Cen... - 1 views

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    Wearable sensor technology has the potential to transform health care and our understanding of our own bodies and habits. The investigation and testing of these sensors in the commercial sector offer an unprecedented opportunity to leverage biometric data, both to improve individual health through the development of better products and to advance the public good through research. However, research with wearable sensor data must be done in a manner that is respectful of ethical considerations and consumer privacy
Ian Forrester

Databox Project - EPSRC Project on Privacy-Aware Personal Data Platform - 0 views

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    Databox project is a new £1.5M EPSRC project led by Dr. Hamed Haddadi (QMUL) in collaboration with Dr. Richard Mortier (University of Cambridge) and Professors Derek McAuley, Tom Rodden, and Andy Crabtree (University of Nottingham) who will explore the development of the Databox as means of enhancing accountability and giving individuals control over the use of their personal data.
Ian Forrester

About the project | Charting the Digital Lifespan - 1 views

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    "EPSRC-funded research project, we use the concept of the 'Digital Lifespan' to investigate how digital identities are created and managed across the human lifespan by UK citizens"
Ian Forrester

Immersive journalism: The future of reporting or an ethical minefield? | Alphr - 0 views

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    Virtual reality is coming to the newsroom and bringing with it questions about presence and empathy
Ian Forrester

Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "Facebook's News Feed-the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone-is not a perfect mirror of the world. But few users expect that Facebook would change their News Feed in order to manipulate their emotional state."
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