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What a Machine Learning Tool That Turns Obama White Can (And Can’t) Tell Us About AI Bias

 Originally published in The Verge, June 23, 2020 A striking image that only hints at a much bigger problem. It’s a startling image that illustrates the deep-rooted biases of AI research. Input a low-resolution picture of Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, into an algorithm designed to generate depixelated faces, and

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

 Originally published in Wired.com, June 18, 2020 Facing criticism over workplace safety, the company is using cameras, sensors, and augmented reality to warn employees when they’re too close to one another. Covid-19 sent Amazon scrambling to adapt...

What I Learned From Looking at 200 Machine Learning Tools

 Originally published in Chip Huyen Blog, June 22, 2020 To better understand the landscape of available tools for machine learning production, I decided to look up every AI/ML tool I could find. The resources I used include:...

An Algorithm That ‘Predicts’ Criminality Based on a Face Sparks a Furor

 Originally published in Wired.com, June 24, 2020 Its creators said they could use facial analysis to determine if someone would become a criminal. Critics said the work recalled debunked “race science.” In early May, a press release...

Big Tech Companies Back Away From Selling Facial Recognition to Police. That’s Progress.

 Originally published in Vox, June 11, 2020. After IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft upend their facial recognition businesses, attention turns to federal lawmakers. Microsoft president Brad Smith announced on Thursday that his company did not sell facial recognition...

New Facial Recognition Tech Only Needs Your Eyes and Eyebrows

 Originally published in OneZero, May 7, 2020 You won’t be able to hide behind a mask The term “facial recognition” typically refers to technology that can identify your entire face. How that recognition happens can vary, and...

Here’s How Amazon Alexa Will Recognize When You’re Frustrated

 Originally published in OneZero, Sept 27, 2019 OneZero spoke to Rohit Prasad, chief scientist for Alexa, about the new tone-detecting feature. Amazon knows that Alexa doesn’t get everything right, so the virtual personal assistant is picking up...

Specification Gaming: The Flip Side of AI Ingenuity

 Orginally published in Deep Mind, April 21, 2020. Specification gaming is a behaviour that satisfies the literal specification of an objective without achieving the intended outcome. We have all had experiences with specification gaming, even if not...

8 Things That Algorithms Can Do Better Than Humans

 We humans like to think that we are at the top of the evolutionary hierarchy. However, it is increasingly becoming clear that algorithms can execute some tasks better and more judiciously than humans can, or ever will...

With Questionable Copyright Claim, Jay-Z Orders Deepfake Audio Parodies off YouTube.

 Originally published in Waxy, April 28, 2020 On Friday, I linked to several videos by Vocal Synthesis, a new YouTube channel dedicated to audio deepfakes — AI-generated speech that mimics human voices, synthesized from text by training...

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