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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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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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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Springer ditches paper from research tome, boffins rail against junk science

Updated  Springer Nature has decided against publishing a paper describing a neural network supposedly capable of detecting criminals from their faces alone. Word of this decision comes as top boffins signed a letter branding the study harmful junk science.…

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