Fake images spread fast on Facebook—and its AI filters are missing them
There’s a weapon of mass manipulation that Facebook is reportedly struggling to overcome: Photoshop.
- Herbert Spencer from the Noun Project
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Why productivity growth slowed—and how we could turn things around
A perfect storm of economic and technological factors has produced America’s historically low productivity gains. So says new research by the consultancy firm McKinsey, which also offers some ideas for getting things back on track.
Economics 101: When… Read more
- US Ruscal
AR still doesn’t have a killer app, but Google’s ARCore is here to help
You may not have a real Porsche in your driveway, but augmented reality will now let you plonk a virtual one there using a smartphone—and take it for a simulated spin.
That experience was created using ARCore, a set of software tools from Google that...Read the full story →
SpaceX has launched its first internet satellites
Elon Musk has taken his first step toward building a global broadband network in space.
The Big Apple is getting tough on biased AI
New York City has a new law on the books demanding “algorithmic accountability,” and AI researchers want to help make it work.
Background: At the end of 2017, the city’s council passed the country’s first bill to ban algorithmic discrimination in city… Read more
- George Hodan | Public Domain Pictures
Personalized mini-tumors could predict when cancer drugs will work
Researchers used cells taken from 71 patients with colon and rectal cancer and grew miniature 3-D tumors that were specific to each person.
What they did: Scientists tested 55 different drugs—some currently available and others experimental—on all the… Read more
- Nicola Valeri
Turns out we have no idea how tech affects our kids
We think our children are addicted to phones—but are we right to be worried about the fallout?
- Pan Xiaozhen | Unsplash
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s a reasonable question—some of our picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the...Read the full story →
It might be time to kill off trending topics on social media
Sites are trying to crack down on awful content, but fakes just keep rising to the top.
The news: On Wednesday YouTube briefly put an inaccurate conspiracy video, claiming that a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting was an actor,… Read more
- Mike Ashley for Noun Project
Retraining may be the best way to ease impending tech-driven job losses
It’s inevitable that automation will put some people out of work—but our attention may be best focused on helping those individuals, not slowing the march of tech. So says a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think… Read more
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