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Microsoft apologises after Bing translates 'Daesh' into 'Saudi Arabia' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Najjar told the Huffington Post that the error was most likely due to Bing's use of crowdsourced translations. The service can promote alternative translations to the top spot if they receive suggestions from about 1,000 people, which means that without manual correction it is possible to manipulate the system and substitute the correct translation for an alternative."
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Discrimination by algorithm: scientists devise test to detect AI bias | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Concerns have been growing about AI's so-called "white guy problem" and now scientists have devised a way to test whether an algorithm is introducing gender or racial biases into decision-making."
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Reclaim the Internet research reveals huge scale of social media misogyny | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "To coincide with the launch, the campaign has released research by Demos revealing the huge scale of social media misogyny. The study monitored the use of the words "slut" and "whore" by UK Twitter users over three weeks from the end of April. It found that 6,500 individuals were targeted by 10,000 aggressive and misogynistic tweets in that period."
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Computer science class fails to notice their TA was actually an AI chatbot - 0 views

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    "Meanwhile, Goel plans on bringing the chatbot to more schools and classes. While he doesn't see Jill completely replacing professors and assistants, he thinks giving more students the opportunity for one-on-one interactions - even if with an AI - will help keep them engaged in the coursework."
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Smart 3D modeling lets you mess with faces in videos - 0 views

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    " In other words: get ready for an era when even the most plausible videos aren't safe from a little computer trickery."
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How Bitcoin's Blockchain Is Making the World More Secure - 0 views

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    "But the blockchain looks set to change that. Right now, there are a number of startups that are working on tools to record ownership of a property (intellectual or physical) onto the blockchain, like Tieron, Monegraph, Colu, and Ascribe."
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The Everything is a Remix theory of creativity - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    Great video to watch...
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Can Machines Keep You Safer at Airports Than Humans? - 0 views

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    "An automated process is better-suited for a variety of other machine-readable forms of identification, said Vahid Motevalli, a professor at Tennessee Tech University and a flight security expert. For example, a person can't read bar codes, but even if they could, they wouldn't be as efficient as an automated process. A machine can almost always check in more people per hour than a security official, meaning security lines would move much faster."
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Taught by the web: tomorrow's doctors are being educated online | Education | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "Sophie Bishton, a junior doctor, was "fed up with traditional learning and being talked at all the time" and so founded the Twitter finals revision group (known as twitfrg) in October 2012. Users are invited to participate in a scenario in real time. Prior to the event, revision notes related to the case are made available online. At a prearranged time, a tweet is sent marking the beginning of the scenario. "
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How low-paid workers at 'click farms' create appearance of online popularity | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "There's just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand "likes" at his "click farm". Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year."
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UK censorwall will also block "terrorist content," "violence," "circumvention tools," "forums," and more - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    Huge chunks of the Internet will be effectively unreachable, and which sites go into the censorship bucket will be decided upon in secret, by unelected employees of big corporations, like China's Huawei. Sure, you can untick the box if you want, but as David Cameron's advisors will tell you, defaults are powerful and most users never change them.
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Tech Terms Censored Online in China - 0 views

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    "A new study released this month in First Monday uncovers more than 4,000 unique keywords censored over the last year and a half on Chinese instant messaging platforms. Focusing on Skype and the microblogging service Sina Weibo, the researchers cultivated their keyword list using reverse-engineering techniques such as packet sniffing, which captures and analyzes packets of data as they pass through a network."
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Who protects reputation for the Bolibourgeoisie? | Setty's notebook - 0 views

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    " Some search engines, including Bing and DuckDuckGo, give an entire first page of spurious results (see image in upper left). Most of the results are for pages obviously designed to obfuscate, throwing banal dust into the eyes of the search engine and leaving a casual searcher with the incorrect impression that there's nothing to see here. "
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Brazil and India Lead the Way in Everyday Use of Biometrics | Singularity Hub - 0 views

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    "For now, the cost and difficulty of stealing fingerprints or maps of palm veins in any usable format keep most fraudsters away. But as biometrics serve as a guardhouse for more money and other valuables, the systems will become more appealing targets. That means that research into anti-spoofing safeguards will be a critically important factor in the mainstream adoption of biometric systems, according to Ross."
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3D Printer Bot Creates Perfect Replicas of Classic Paintings | Urbanist - 0 views

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    "The 3-D imaging method used to create the prints yields an enormous depth map while also capturing exact color. The resulting print has a resolution of 50 microns, easily fooling the average observer into thinking it's an original."
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Scanner for ebook cannot tell its 'arms' from its 'anus' | Books | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Scanner for ebook cannot tell its 'arms' from its 'anus' A technical problem with optical character recognition software creates some awkward moments in romantic novels"
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Were Luis Suárez's bite marks Photoshopped? | Football | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "The response on Twitter was predictably splenetic. Suárez's supporters claimed the images were manipulated, their argument promoted by a rather well-done diptych which did the rounds. The left-hand image - which had been photoshopped to remove the marks - purported to be the "real" unaltered version, while the right hand side - Gentile's original image - was labelled the fake."
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