“What if robots could be as easy to use as computers are today? The Intrinsic team has been developing software and AI tools that use sensor data from a robot’s environment so that it can sense, learn from, and quickly adapt to the real world. The team hopes that by making industrial robots easier to use, they can enable people to make products and build businesses that we can only just begin to imagine.”
“Facebook’s internal documents reveal just how far its AI moderation tools are from identifying what human moderators were easily catching. Cockfights, for example, were mistakenly flagged by the AI as a car crash. “These are clearly cockfighting videos,” the report said. In another instance, videos livestreamed by perpetrators of mass shootings were labeled by AI tools as paintball games or a trip through a carwash. If the situation sounds grim in the US or among English-speaking countries, it appears far worse elsewhere. In Afghanistan, for example, the company said in reports that it lacks a dictionary of slurs in the country’s various languages. As a result, Facebook estimates that it identified just 0.23 percent of hate speech posted on the platform in Afghanistan.”
“A total of 113 white supremacist organizations and groups had a presence on Facebook, sometimes more than one. One user-generated page that has been active for over a decade had 42,000 likes. Ten other pages and one group had more than 1,000 likes each.Much of Facebook’s moderation system relies on artificial intelligence to flag potential violations for human moderators, a system that appears to be easily thwarted. Simple misspellings of words—whether by adding vowels or using $ in place of S, for example—have been enough to foil algorithmic moderation.”
“C’est l’Union américaine pour les libertés civiles (ACLU) qui a appris l’engagement de Spot par la police. L’organisation a exigé des détails des autorités, qu’elle a en partie obtenus. Boston Dynamics a prêté plusieurs chiens-robots à la police de l’Etat du Massachusetts d’août à début novembre. Les machines ont notamment été testées par des équipes de déminage. La police s’est refusée à donner davantage d’informations, se contentant de dire que Spot avait été engagé sur le terrain lors de deux opérations réelles.”
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“After training our agents for an additional week, we played against MaNa, one of the world’s strongest StarCraft II players, and among the 10 strongest Protoss players. AlphaStar again won by 5 games to 0, demonstrating strong micro and macro-strategic skills. “I was impressed to see AlphaStar pull off advanced moves and different strategies across almost every game, using a very human style of gameplay I wouldn’t have expected,” he said. “I’ve realised how much my gameplay relies on forcing mistakes and being able to exploit human reactions, so this has put the game in a whole new light for me. We’re all excited to see what comes next.”
“In a world where surveillance technology is being deployed everywhere from airports and stadiums to public schools and hotels and raising a plethora of privacy concerns, it’s perhaps inevitable that farms on land and at sea would find ways to exploit it to improve productivity. Just this year, American agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. said it was working with an Irish tech start-up on a facial-recognition system to monitor cows so farmers can adjust feeding regimens to enhance milk production. Scanners will allow them to track food and water intake and even detect when females are having fertile days. Salmon farming may be next in line. As fish vies with beef and chicken as the global protein food of choice, exporters like Norway, the world’s biggest producer of the pinkish-orange fish, have become the focal point for radical marine-farming methods designed to help the $232 billion aquaculture industry feed the world.”
“The group created 500 computer models focused on specific job functions and locations. They taught each to recognize some 50,000 terms that showed up on past candidates’ resumes. The algorithms learned to assign little significance to skills that were common across IT applicants, such as the ability to write various computer codes, the people said. […] With the technology returning results almost at random, Amazon shut down the project.”
“Après avoir initialement rejeté le texte, le Parlement européen a finalement adopté, mercredi 12 septembre, la directive qui doit adapter le droit d’auteur à l’heure du numérique. Le texte — approuvé par 438 voix contre 226 — constitue une revanche pour les industries culturelles et des médias après le camouflet infligé au début de l’été. En adoptant l’essentiel des amendements présentés par le rapporteur du texte, l’eurodéputé allemand Axel Voss du Parti populaire européen (PPE), la copie rendue par le Parlement reste, en effet, très proche du texte qui avait été retoqué en juillet”.
“Il y a beaucoup de gens qui pensent que Trump a utilisé les réseaux sociaux pour influencer le vote des citoyens, et que c’est comme ça qu’il a gagné. Je n’y crois pas du tout. Trump et l’extrême droite se sont servis des réseaux sociaux pour peser, de manière très forte, sur les sujets abordés par les grands médias, ce qui a eu une influence sur le vote. Ce qui devrait concentrer notre attention, c’est ce double jeu qui permet à des théories conspirationnistes de passer dans l’espace public médiatique”.