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Can Artificial Intelligence Combat Wildfires? Sonoma County Tests New Technology

 Originally published in Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2021. Sonoma County is adding artificial intelligence to its wildfire-fighting arsenal. The county has entered into an agreement with the South Korean firm Alchera to outfit its network of fire-spotting cameras with software that detects wildfire activity and then alerts authorities. The technology sifts through past and

Data Science for Marketing Optimization – Case Studies from Airbnb, Lyft, DoorDash

 Originally published in Blogboard Journal, Jan 7, 2021. In this article we’ll look at several case studies of data science being used to optimize marketing efforts at companies like Lyft, Airbnb, Netflix, Doordash, Wolt, Rovio Entertainment. In...

Algorithm Helps Artificial Intelligence Systems Dodge “Adversarial” Inputs

 Originally published in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 8, 2021.  Method builds on gaming techniques to help autonomous vehicles navigate in the real world, where signals may be imperfect. In a perfect world, what you see is...

He Got Facebook Hooked on AI. Now He Can’t Fix Its Misinformation Addiction

 Originally published in MIT Technology Review, March 11, 2021. The company’s AI algorithms gave it an insatiable habit for lies and hate speech. Now the man who built them can’t fix the problem. Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, a...

An AI is Training Counselors to Deal with Teens in Crisis

 Originally published in MIT Technology Review, Feb 26, 2021. Counselors volunteering at the Trevor Project need to be prepared for their first conversation with an LGBTQ teen who may be thinking about suicide. So first, they practice....

I Helped Build ByteDance’s Censorship Machine

 Originally published in Protocol, Feb 18, 2021. This is the story of Li An, a pseudonymous former employee at ByteDance, as told to Protocol’s Shen Lu. I wasn’t proud of it, and neither were my coworkers. But...

Institutionalizing Ethics in AI Through Broader Impact Requirements

 Originally published in Nature Machine Intelligence, Feb, 2021. Turning principles into practice is one of the most pressing challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) governance. In this Perspective, we reflect on a governance initiative by one of the...

Facebook Is Considering Facial Recognition For Its Upcoming Smart Glasses

 Originally published in BuzzFeed News, Feb 25, 2021. Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth told employees that the company is evaluating the legal and privacy issues around facial recognition for its upcoming wearable gadget. Facebook is discussing building...

Surge Pricing, Artificial Intelligence, and Responsibility

 On my first work trip to Jakarta 14 January 2016 for Grab, multiple terrorist bombs exploded a couple of miles from the GrabBike office where I had just arrived. People were fleeing cafes and restaurants around the attack site. My...

YouTube AI Blocked Chess Channel after Confusing ‘Black’ and ‘White’ for Racist Slurs

 Originally published in News18.com, Fe 20, 2021 Did YouTube block a chess channel over violation of community guideline and usage of racist language? Late last year, a YouTuber who produces popular chess videos found that his channel...

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