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This Technique Uses AI to Fool Other AIs

Artificial intelligence has made big strides recently in understanding language, but it can still suffer from an alarming, and potentially dangerous, kind of algorithmic myopia. Research shows how AI programs that parse and analyze text can be confused and deceived by carefully crafted phrases. A sentence that seems straightforward to you or me may have a strange ability to deceive an AI algorithm. That’s a problem as text-mining AI programs increasingly are used to judge job applicants, assess medical claims, or process legal documents. Strategic changes to a handful of…

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The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The internet is an ocean of algorithms trying to tell you what to do. YouTube and Netflix proffer videos they calculate you’ll watch. Facebook and Twitter filter and reorganize posts from your connections, avowedly in your interest—but also in their own. New York entrepreneur Brian Whitman helped create such a system. He sold a music analytics startup called The Echo Nest to Spotify in 2014, bolstering the streaming music service’s ability to recommend new songs from a person’s past listening. Whitman says he saw clear evidence of algorithms’ value at…

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Tumblr says it fixed the Safe Mode glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content

Tumblr this week introduced a safe mode for its service, which combines the companys previously available safe search functionality with a new filter that would hide sensitive content from the sites main Dashboard, using an overlay. However, Tumblr quickly came under fire for hiding sensitive content that was anything but instead, noted many users, Tumblr was seemingly filtering out innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content, for no apparent reason. This wouldnt be the first time that LGBTQ+ content got caught up in an algorithmic filter of some kind. YouTube this week…

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