Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

A neural net takes to heart the old, silly saying: ‘On the internet, men are men, women are men, and children are FBI agents’

The creators of a controversial tool that attempted to use AI to predict people’s gender from their internet handle or email address have shut down their service after a huge backlash.…

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Face masks hamper the spread of coronavirus. Know what else they hamper? Facial-recognition systems (except China’s)

Uncle Sam tests AI models with pics of immigrants, travelers. Wait, what?

Face masks worn to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus typically decrease the accuracy of commercial facial recognition algorithms by up to 50 per cent, according to an investigation by America’s technical standards watchdog, NIST.…

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Is that croaky voicemail of your CEO just a Fakey McFake Fake – or does he normally ask you to wire him $1m?

Plus: AI finance software house reportedly outsourced paperwork processing to… humans

In brief  An infosec biz has shared an audio clip of what may be a software-generated voicemail message, designed to impersonate a CEO to trick a company employee into unwittingly committing fraud.…

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Amazon’s auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers

Want your AI assistant to shout obscenities or hate speech at your child? There’s a program for that

Amazon claims it reviews the software created by third-party developers for its Alexa voice assistant platform, yet US academics were able to create more than 200 policy-violating Alexa Skills and get them certified.…

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51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

I am not a …. {NASA nightmare brought to life by AI}

On the 51st anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, MIT boffins have given an insight into an alternative history, one where US president Richard Nixon paid tribute to the astronauts who would not be returning from the Moon.…

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Don’t want AWS training its AI systems from your pics, text, audio, code? It’s now easier to opt out of the slurp

And you’ve told your users their info may be harvested by Amazon, right? Across regions, yeah?

Did you know if you upload pictures, text, audio, code, and other content to some Amazon Web Services’ AI systems for processing, the internet giant may quietly keep your data to retrain and improve its current and future technology?…

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Privacy watchdogs from the UK, Australia team up, snap on gloves to probe AI-for-cops upstart Clearview

Investigation follows Canada’s decision to give image-scraping biz the boot

Following Canada’s lead earlier this week, privacy watchdogs in Britain and Australia today launched a joint investigation into how Clearview AI harvests and uses billions of images it scraped from the internet to train its facial-recognition algorithms.…

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FYI: You do all know that America’s tech giants, even Google, supply IT to the US military, right?

They’re more than happy to take Uncle Sam’s coin no matter the protests from some corners of Silicon Valley

Despite all those protests, internal and external, by tech workers against their employers’ selling AI to the US military, the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JIAC) this week said the biggest names in IT are lining up to supply Uncle Sam.…

Brilliant article on the data behind this too

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Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time

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Plus: Experts back a national cloud for ML research

In brief  Cops in Detroit have admitted using facial-recognition technology that fails to accurately identify potential suspects a whopping 96 per cent of the time.…

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