…the survival rate of dark skinned people will decrease.
Awesome, not awesome.
“A team at DeepMind, based in London, created an algorithm… to enable a computer to analyse optical coherence tomography (OCT), a high resolution 3D scan of the back of the eye… [a]rtificial intelligence performed as well as two of the world’s leading retina specialists, with an error rate of only 5.5%. Crucially, the algorithm did not miss a single urgent case.” — Fergus Walsh, Medical correspondent Learn More from The BBC >
“We are being algorithmically sorted and controlled, and it’s often not even by consciously evil manipulators, which would at least give it dignity; it’s by dumb, corporate-owned AIs, tweaking algorithms to make us more anxious, so we will click on stuff that makes us more anxious, so that we will click on stuff that makes us MORE anxious, so that, ultimately, we will buy an ice cream or a new blusher or penile dysfunction medication, or something to take the edge off the crippling anxiety that we have been blindly pushed into by the algorithms.” — Julian Gough, Author Learn More from Unbound Worlds >
What we’re reading.
1/ As misinformation spread on Facebook leads to ethnic violence in Myanmar, the company begins testing an early version of its AI tech to solve a problem they helped create. Learn More from The Washington Post >
2/ Given the biased “historical perceptions of either women being melodramatic/malingering or of African-Americans as being… pain seeking,” medical algorithms trained on doctors’ notes could lead to worse medical care for both. Learn More from Motherboard >
3/ When a technology platform (like Facebook) grows large enough, people who never opt into using it can still be negatively affected by it. What affects will we be unwillingly subject to when “smart” algorithms power our phones, electric grids, cars, and homes? Learn More from Scientific American >
4/ If cancer-spotting AI algorithms are only trained on fair skinned people, people with dark skin will have a lower survival rate. Learn More from The Atlantic >
5/ Descartes Labs helps the the US military’s advanced research office use machine learning to manipulate satellite imagery to predict conflicts in the Middle East based on grain production. Learn More from Quartz >
6/ The only way to know all the affects machine learning will have on the economy is to “wait and find out.” Learn More from Bloomberg >
7/ If protests slow the adoption of AI tools by militaries in democratic countries, we can expect autocratic countries to pick up the slack. Learn More from MIT Technology Review >
Links from the community.
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