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Constructing Deep Learning Models Is Still A Bespoke Process

Far from general purpose learning systems that can be dropped in to replace any human, deep learning algorithms have become…

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So Much Of Our Lives Have Been Exposed Through Breaches We Have No Privacy Left

Our relentless focus on social media privacy and behavioral and interest-based profiling is misplaced given that far more intimate data…

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Uncovering The Language Defining Each Day: A Decade Of Television News Through Ngrams

Using the power of the cloud, a decade of television news coverage can be analyzed in a matter of seconds…

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Why Doesn't Social Media Reward Reading Rather Than Merely Speaking?

Social platforms have devoted all of their efforts to rewarding publishing. Perhaps it is time to start examining the consumption…

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What If Social Media Platforms Were More Like Libraries?

Rather than accepting today's social platforms as the inevitable form of global communication, it is worth thinking what might happen…

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The Challenges Of The Digital World Are Not New

The challenges we see today as uniquely digital are in fact merely reincarnations of the challenges societies have long faced…

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Social Media Platforms Will Increasingly Define 'Truth'

As private companies increasingly define "truth" we are heading towards a frighteningly Orwellian world in which a handful of unelected…

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Deep Fakes Are Merely Today's Photoshopped Scientific Images

Far from a hopeless world of undetectable falsification, the rise of deep fakes is likely to mirror the rise of…

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A Small Number of Fact-Checkers Now Define Our Reality

Social media platforms have come to define the modern digital world — and the real world it's meant to represent….

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Reverse Image Search Could Halt Misleading Amazon Fire Photos

Reverse image search could not completely rid the world of misleading imagery, but it could restore context and provenance to…

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The 30th Anniversary Of The 'Baltic Way' Reminds Us Of What We Can Accomplish Without Social Media

The ability of traditional organizing and especially radio to mobilize the populations of three entire countries reminds us that many…

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Our Digital Assistants Must Do More Than Semantic Matching

Today's digital assistants are like the rest of the deep learning world: magical at first, but in the long term…

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The Focus On Silicon Valley And Killer Robots Is Misplaced

The outsized attention paid to Silicon Valley masks the fact that much of the most actionable work is happening in…

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How Do We Stop Driverless Cars And Autonomous Delivery Drones From Becoming Weapons?

As we race towards our autonomous future and pour all of our efforts into building self-driving and self-flying vehicles, we…

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We Can't Stop Harmful AI So We Must Find Ways To Counteract It

We must accept that we cannot stop harmful applications of deep learning and instead must focus our efforts on countering…

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What If Social Media Companies Forced Us To Read Articles Before Sharing Them?

What if social media platforms instead required us to read articles before sharing them? Read The Full Article.

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What If Social Media Users Had Expertise Badges?

Social media represents an anarchistic free-for-all in which all voices are equal and wild unfounded rumors can be published just…

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Gatekeeping Is Not The Same As Censorship

Both social platforms and society at large must recognize the clear distinction between the dangers of censorship and the benefits…

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Ranking the 2020 Democratic Candidates by Media Coverage

As the 2020 presidential race moves toward the fall, how do the candidates who appeared in the second Democratic debate…

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Explainable AI Could Help Us Audit AI Startup Claims

As "explainable AI" approaches become steadily more robust, what if companies were asked to subject their AI creations to algorithmic…

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As Search Engines Increasingly Turn To AI They Are Harming Search

As search engines depreciate traditional raw "search" in favor of AI-assisted navigation, the concept of informational access is being harmed…

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From Company Doctors To Fitness Trackers And Big Data

As companies increasingly turn to fitness trackers, data brokers and other sources to monitor their employees' health in real-time, Silicon…

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It Is Only A Matter Of Time Before Governments Control Our Smart Homes

Once our homes are fully wired and remote controllable, it is almost inevitable that regulators will push for the ability…

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From Infallible Computers To Infallible AI & Data As Truth

The dawn of the digital era brought with it the public idea of computers as infallible data processing machines. Today…