AI Research Is in Desperate Need of an Ethical Watchdog

About a week ago, Stanford University researchers (posted online)[https://osf.io/zn79k/] a study on the latest dystopian AI: They’d made a machine learning algorithm that essentially works as gaydar. After training the algorithm with tens of thousands of photographs from a dating site, the algorithm could, for example, guess if a white man in a photograph was […] Read more »

FTC seeks research help from DEF CON hackers

The Federal Trade Commission made an appeal at DEF CON in Las Vegas last week in hopes of getting hackers to help them crack down on manufacturers and service providers that leave customers vulnerable. Top of the list: ransomware, malvertising, networked cars and security for the internet of things. Of particular interest in the case […] Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg congratulates Google for ‘historic milestone in AI research’

Facebook cofounder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg today has some positive things to say about Google. The remarks come a few hours after Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) program beat Lee Sedol, a highly decorated player of the board game Go, in the third consecutive game of a five-game match in Sedol’s native South Korea. […] Read more »

Highly Cited Research Points To Nobel Prize Favorites

Beginning October 5, a select few will get the call of a lifetime. That’s when scientists who have been chosen to receive a Nobel Prize will start hearing from Stockholm. It’s a closely guarded secret as to who will land this coveted honor, but at Thomson Reuters, we’ve designed a way to show which researchers […] Read more »