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Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent ‘weaponised’ web

March 19th, 2018 at 7:12 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee: ‘What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms.’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has called for large technology firms to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”. The web can […]



Platform power is crushing the web, warns Berners-Lee

March 17th, 2018 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

On the 29th birthday of the world wide web, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has sounded a fresh warning about threats to the web as a force for good, adding his voice to growing concerns about big tech’s impact on competition and society. The web’s creator argues that the “powerful weight of a few dominant” […]



Dawn of the techlash

February 21st, 2018 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Once seen as saviours of democracy, tech giants are now viewed as threats to truth. But how did our faith in all things digital turn into an erosion of trust, particularly in the arena of information and politics? Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Facebook was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open […]



Google and others are building AI systems that doubt themselves

January 19th, 2018 at 8:45 am » Comments Off

AI will make better decisions by embracing uncertainty.



What Amazon’s Alexa economy pays the people building its skills

January 14th, 2018 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

Who’s creating Alexa skills? Indie developers and marketing companies looking to profit from voice-controlled computing. Some cash in, and some don’t.



An AI accurately guessed voters race and voting record by counting cars on Google street view

January 2nd, 2018 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

A robust, timely census is vital to democracy. Censuses sketch the changing face of our nation by charting both political and demographic shifts, including changes in wealth and neighborhood transitions. Most crucially, they influence how resources and political power are doled out: Cities use census data to set budgets and the Constitution mandates a national […]



Google’s artificial intelligence built an AI that outperforms any made by humans

December 4th, 2017 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

Google’s AutoML project, designed to make AI build other AIs, has now developed a computer vision system that vastly outperforms state-of-the-art-models. The project could improve how autonomous vehicles and next-generation AI robots “see.”



Building A.I. that can build A.I.

November 8th, 2017 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

Google and others, fighting for a small pool of researchers, are looking for automated ways to deal with a shortage of artificial intelligence experts.



Google Photos now recognizes your pets

October 22nd, 2017 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Google Photos has announced that it can now detect photos of your pet, automatically grouping them together the way it does with people. This means you will no longer have to type in words like “dog” or “cat,” as the algorithm will sort them for you.



Amazon’s Alexa can now recognize different voices and give personalized responses

October 13th, 2017 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Your Echo just got smart enough to tell you apart from the people you live with.



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