February 12, 2018
Steve Lohr writes for the New York Times about graduate student Joy Buolamwini’s findings on the biases of artificial intelligence in facial recognition. “You can’t have ethical A.I. that’s not inclusive,” Buolamwini said. “And whoever is creating the technology is setting the standards.”
Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson discusses the lack of economic measurement of free web services on the BBC World Service podcast, Tech Tent. The ability to measure the impact of technological advances might help us “understand that the last 10 years had not been as bad as we thought for our incomes,” explains BBC presenter Rory Cellan-Jones.
Ucare.ai, which was cofounded by MIT alumnus Neal Liu, is applying AI to the healthcare system in an effort to better serve “patients, health providers and those who pay the bills,” writes Jon Russell for TechCrunch. The company uses “deep learning and neural network algorithms” to predict patterns in an effort to “reduce preventable hospitalization, and, in turn, save on costs and hassles.”
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) took its first picture of the stars as it moved toward its final orbit, reports Brooks Hays of United Press International. “The plethora of stars in the image -- at least 2,000 of them -- showcases the broad perspective provided by TESS's four cameras,” writes Hays.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau stressed the importance of investing in artificial intelligence at the MIT Solve conference, reports the Associated Press. Trudeau noted that “leaders also have a responsibility to shape the rules and principles to guide the development of artificial intelligence.”
Julian Goldman writes for Gizmodo about the growing popularity of knitting among e-textile makers. “Knitting has this exquisite control that you get along with the [full] garment capability,” explains Prof. Yoel Fink. “There’s many more degrees of freedom in knitting in terms of being able to build structures.”
An international research team led by postdoctoral fellow Carl Rodriguez has found that within a group of star clusters, black hole collisions can actually create larger black holes, writes Nola Taylor Redd for Fox News. A simulation showed that these black holes “should grow to be more than 50 times as massive as Earth's sun if they collide with other black holes.”