Looking Closer at AI #115

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Deepnews Digest #115

Looking Closer at AI

Editor: Christopher Brennan
Normally each week I select a topic that is trending in the news and look for articles using Deepnews’s quality scores so that readers can compare the pieces they see on social media with the wealth of reporting available when you use AI to look for something different. Given that many of our Digest readers are interested in AI, however, this week takes a meta approach and gathered articles you might have missed on artificial intelligence itself. All gathered and scored by Deepnews.

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An addition to the Digest in recent weeks has been a weekly show on Clubhouse at The Talk club, where we normally chat with reporters who have written an article that appears here. This week, in keeping with our theme of focusing on AI, we will be speaking with MIT’s Curtis Northcutt, who has done interesting research into all the errors that exist in the data that many AI practitioners are using. Today’s (link below) is at 17:15 CET/11:15 EST and we would love to see you there.

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The New Yorker

The Limits of Political Debate

We need A.I. to be more like a machine, supplying troves of usefully organized information. It can leave the bullshitting to us.

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Score: stars image Confidence: 99%

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Rolling Stone

In Computero: Hear How AI Software Wrote a ‘New’ Nirvana Song

Computer-generated artificial tracks by Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison highlight a new project that helps bring attention to mental illness

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Editor’s Note:

Image recognition and text get a lot of attention, but another place where AI is advancing is sound. Here Rolling Stone covers an effort aimed at drawing awareness to depression. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


Score: stars image Confidence: 95%

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The Economist ($)

A byte to eat: will AI super-tasters disrupt food?

Human tasters still hone the flavour of most manufactured foodstuffs. Now the machines want a go

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Score: stars image Confidence: 93%

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WSJ ($)

How Can Government Attract the AI Talent It Needs?

So, how does Washington attract — and keep — the people it needs to develop this new technology?

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Score: stars image Confidence: 76%

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ArtNews

Artificial Stupidity

Cory Arcangel’s art used to be fun. From familiar media properties — Super Mario Bros., Seinfeld, Kelly Clarkson — he isolated beautiful fragments and flaws in a nerdy, analytical way. Those early works can induce a tingling sensation: warm, goofy nostalgia and cool aesthetic appreciation, both at once.

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Score: stars image Confidence: 70%

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The Daily Beast

Meet the World’s First AI Robot Rapper Who Sells NFTs

FN Meka has more than 9 million TikTok followers, released three songs, and recently sold a Lamborghini porta-potty NFT for $6,500.

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Score: stars image Confidence: 69%

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The Conversation

Why is AI mostly female?

In the race to out-compete other companies- artificial intelligence (AI) design is lacking a deep understanding of what data about humans mean and its relation to equity. Two Drexel University sociologists suggest we pay greater attention to the societal impact of AI, as it is appearing more frequently than ever before.

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STAT News

Heralding a ‘societal transformation’ in health care, Mayo Clinic launches two companies to harness patient data

Mayo Clinic is forming a pair of companies to collect and analyze data from remote monitoring devices and diagnostic tools, a move that comes as part of a broader bid to harness patient data to deliver continuous care guided by artificial intelligence.

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Israel 21C

AI helps zap mosquito larvae before they become a problem

Image of mosquito larvae in stagnant water by James Gathany of the CDC in PLoS Biology, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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Editor’s Note:

A couple of the articles this week deal with health. Here Israel 21C covers an AI focused on insects and its potential impact on fighting malaria. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


Score: stars image Confidence: 99%

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Just Security

One Thousand and One Talents: The Race for A.I. Dominance

The March 2016 defeat of “Go” world champion Lee Sedol by DeepMind, Alphabet’s artificially intelligent AlphaGo algorithm, will be remembered as a crucial turning point in the U.S.-China relationship. Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute branded the event China’s “Sputnik moment”: a moment of realization among its political and military leaders that artificial intelligence (A.I.) could be China’s key to achieving global hegemony and dominance over the United States.

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Score: stars image Confidence: 98%

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Universe Today

Galileo Sunspot Sketches Versus Modern ‘Deep Learning’ AI

What exactly did the Sun look like, centuries ago? What would we see, if astronomers back in the time of Kepler and Galileo had modern technology monitoring the Sun across the electromagnetic spectrum, available to them?

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Score: stars image Confidence: 98%

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South China Morning Post

Communist Party should not be overreliant on big data, academic says

A digital chasm exists between urban and rural party members, professor at East China University of Political Science and Law says

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Score: stars image Confidence: 98%

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University of Pennsylvania – Wharton

How Can Financial Institutions Prepare for AI Risks? – Knowledge@Wharton

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies hold big promise for the financial services industry, but they also bring risks that must be addressed with the right governance approaches, according to a white paper by a group of academics and executives from the financial services and technology industries, published by Wharton AI for Business.

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Score: stars image Confidence: 98%

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Governing

Algorithmic Redlining Is Real. Why Not Algorithmic Greenlining?

These powerful tools of artificial intelligence can reflect a history of systemic bias. But they could be used to promote equity and help close the nation’s yawning racial wealth gap.

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Score: stars image Confidence: 98%

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The Verge

The EU is considering a ban on AI for mass surveillance and social credit scores

If the draft proposal is adopted, it would see the EU take a strong stance on certain applications of AI, setting it apart from the US and China. Some use cases would be policed in a manner similar to the EU’s regulation of digital privacy under GDPR legislation.

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Editor’s Note:

Another aspect of AI is of course the politics and regulations that it encoutners. Here the Verge reports off of a leaked document from the EU. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


Score: stars image Confidence: 97%

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