AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

To protect the cognitive autonomy of individuals and the political health of society at large, we need to make the function and application of algorithms transparent, and the FDA provides a useful model.

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s. Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency

There’s been growing support from both consumers and retailers to move away from cash in favor of digital payment options . It’s one thing for luxury brands to self-select their customers on the basis of price point, but it’s another for a retailer to deny access to a person trying to buy a pack of gum.

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Any serious policy response to global warming needs to transfer some of the costs from voters to the fossil fuel interests, where they belong. To fight global warming, we need to organize a broad public counterweight against the sectoral interests that are trying to block action.

To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries

To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries

Unlike student loans, ISAs mitigate the risk of pursuing post-secondary education by aligning the economic incentives of school and student. But unlike student loans, if regulated responsibly, ISAs power a risk-averse path to higher education.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parents' explicit consent before collecting the personal information of children under 13.

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Over the first half of the BRAIN initiative, scientists and engineers have developed technologies to discover and catalog the unique electrical properties of brain cells and to begin to reveal how they work together to generate sensations and movements.

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

In fact, college students can learn about these issues in a wide range of existing fields: Science & Technology Studies (STS), communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, cognitive science, and digital humanities, to name a few.

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I could see a public API endpoint that was returning the data for this feed, meaning that anyone could make a GET request (like a simple page load) to see the latest 20 transactions made on the app by anyone around the world.

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

The United States, however, has made zero mid-band spectrum available at auction for the 5G economy. For the United States to have secure 5G service available to everyone, everywhere, we need to stop going at it alone with millimeter wave spectrum.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Terrorists should not feel free to upload terrible images of slaughter, but neither should they be empowered to empty people’s bank accounts or to tap the phones of presidents and prime ministers.“But,” people say, “What if only legitimate requests can get into the protected communications?” Weaknesses in computer systems are discovered by attackers all the time.

Spend Part of the $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan on Robots

Spend Part of the $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan on Robots

Machine learning software systems are learning to predict code violations, safety incidents, mechanical failures and natural disasters, directing robotic or human resources to intervene. Advances in robotics, hardware and artificial intelligence have combined to make a new vision possible for how infrastructure maintenance and repair is carried out.

When Coding Is Criminal

When Coding Is Criminal

That same year, the SEC filed its first charges against a blockchain company, related to the issuance of an ICO.In Chicago, the case against Thakkar hinged largely on the testimony of Navinder Sarao, the British futures trader blamed for the 2010 crash.

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

According to the Puerto Rican government's recovery plan, the lack of 911-compliant addresses "makes it difficult for emergency responders to locate homes and businesses." So it is unsurprising that Puerto Ricans are resisting exclusively using a geocode addressing system, no matter what problems it can solve from a technical perspective.

In Automation, the Last Motion Will Come Before the Last Mile

In Automation, the Last Motion Will Come Before the Last Mile

If we want to see robots create economy-scale effects in the short term, we should skip the “last mile” and look to what I call the “last motion.” These are the short task sequences between previously automated streams of work in highly structured environments, where humans currently handle various uncertainties involving physical inputs, control actions, and outputs.

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

Earlier this month the University of Nottingham published a study in PloSOne about a new artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to predict the risk of premature death, using banked health data (on age and lifestyle factors) from Brits aged 40 to 69.

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

Noisy Quantum Computers Could Be Good for Chemistry Problems

However, for chemistry simulations, the noise would be representative of the physical environment in which both the chemical system (e.g., a molecule) and the quantum device exist.

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Rather than wait for court action, Utah legislators passed this latest privacy law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant with probable cause in order to access any electronic data held by a third party, at least in most cases.

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair Vadim Zhakupov/Getty Images "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." As an advocate, organizer, and campaigner for preschool access, tax fairness, plastic pollution and other causes for the last 14 years, I’ve heard this saying many times.

The Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

The Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

These overdue moves illustrate the companies’ ability to identify and police false content, and they undercut a notion widely embraced in the social media industry that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube shouldn’t be “arbiters of the truth.” WIRED OPINION ABOUT Paul M.

Have We Reached Peak Big?

Have We Reached Peak Big?

If and when the political class and plutocrats get concerned enough about the pitchforks coming out , maybe Big Tech will be broken up or regulated and taxes on the rich will rise. The issues with Big Medicine and Big Science will likely need to be solved via changes in policy.

The Life-Threatening Consequences of Overhyping AI

The Life-Threatening Consequences of Overhyping AI

The Life-Threatening Consequences of Overhyping AI On February 11, The New York Times published a story with the headline “AI Shows Promise Assisting Physicians .” While the article focused on a scientific paper showing how an artificial intelligence system could help doctors diagnose certain conditions, it missed a key part of the AI story: Accuracy does not equal impact.

The Piracy Wars Are Over. Let's Talk about Data Incumbency

The Piracy Wars Are Over. Let's Talk about Data Incumbency

The EU copyright proposals reflect the view that the main problem for artists is still Internet “piracy” in different forms, such as the notional “ value gap ” between what the recording industry gets paid for licensed music by YouTube and other platforms, and what it thinks it should get paid.

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

If you’re someone who seeks out graphic images of self-harm, or even if you just follow users who candidly talk about their depression, these recommendation systems will fill your feeds with suggestions, reshaping how you experience your own mental health.

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

As the CEO of an artificial intelligence research institute , I am calling on him to include a special visa program for AI students and experts to help us win this race for the sake of both economic vitality and national security.

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

To protect the public interest and their own businesses, these companies should set up a robust self-regulatory organization along the lines of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an SRO that derives its authority from the Securities and Exchange Commission. FINRA provides a valuable blueprint for how a self-regulatory organization for the search and social media industry might work.

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

The accidental brilliance of the newspaper business model is it commoditized all those information needs to an audience that, pre-internet, had no other choice. Rebuilding local media starts with figuring out what people truly want and need from their news, now that the excess has been stripped away.

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

The dilemma raises several questions: How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree?

It’s Not Quite Doomsday o’Clock—But It Should Be

It’s Not Quite Doomsday o’Clock—But It Should Be

Each January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists greets the new year with a readout of its Doomsday Clock, an allegorical timepiece created in 1947 to illustrate our species’ proximity to the apocalypse.

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