Jeff Wise - When machines go rogue | The Outline
What’s happening inside our algorithms? What happens when those algorithms control our cars and planes? Pretty soon, we may have no idea.
algorithms  automation 
29 days ago
Artificial intelligence runs wild while humans dither
A study published last month in the research journal Plos One, analysing the use of bots on Wikipedia over a decade, found that even those designed for wholly benign purposes could spend years duelling with each other.

In one such battle, Xqbot and Darknessbot disputed 3,629 entries, undoing and correcting the other’s edits on subjects ranging from Alexander the Great to Aston Villa football club.

The authors, from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Alan Turing Institute, were surprised by the findings, concluding that we need to pay far more attention to these bot-on-bot interactions. “We know very little about the life and evolution of our digital minions.”
AI  algorithms  public_sphere 
7 weeks ago
How the UK government can hack your personal data
In short, it forces internet companies to keep bulk records of all the websites you visit for up to a year and allows the UK government to coerce tech companies to hand over your web history with a retention notice and remove encryption, upon request.
uk  surveillance  hjd 
9 weeks ago
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down - Motherboard
a then little-known British company based in London sent out a press release: "We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communication has played such an integral part in President-elect Trump's extraordinary win," Alexander James Ashburner Nix was quoted as saying. Nix is British, 41 years old, and CEO of Cambridge Analytica. He is always immaculately turned out in tailor-made suits and designer glasses, with his wavy blonde hair combed back from his forehead. His company wasn't just integral to Trump's online campaign, but to the UK's Brexit campaign as well.
fakenews  trump  brexit  hjd  CambridgeAnalytica 
10 weeks ago
Solutions that can stop fake news spreading - BBC News
or social media sites to recognise that website was only created two weeks ago, therefore it's probably likely that this is a less trustworthy site," says Claire Wardle of j
fakenews  hjd 
12 weeks ago
#OER17
pls include list of conferences in digest
conferences 
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