Cognitive computing impacts

Facebook Attempts to Minimize the Importance of Fake News & Filter Bubble Problems

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“The problem with Facebook’s influence on political discourse is not limited to the dissemination of fake news. It’s also about echo chambers. The company’s algorithm chooses which updates appear higher up in users’ newsfeeds and which are buried. Humans already tend to cluster among like-minded people and seek news that confirms their biases. Facebook’s research shows that the company’s algorithm encourages this by somewhat prioritizing updates that users find comforting.”

So writes Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North ...

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Pursuing AI Research in a Context of Human Ethics

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The New York Times is reporting an nascent effort on the part of leading commercial companies with AI research programs, including Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon, to work together in self-regulating the interactions of social and ethical considerations with AI research.

The Times report is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/technology/artificial-intelligence-ethics.html?ref=technology

The big 5 are discussing a collaboration to devise a framework to insure ethical research and development efforts, as artificial intelligence and cognitive computing systems increasingly enter into and in some cases direct decision ...

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Machines, Biology and the New Coding Era

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Veteran Boston-based radio host Christopher Lydon takes on the intersection of biotech and cognitive in a three-part series of shows on Radio Open Source. The first episode Apocalypse Now?: The Rise of the Machines, aired on August 4 and is available online at:

http://radioopensource.org/apocalypse-now-part-1-rise-machines/

The second episode, Apocalypse Now?: A Remade Man, dives into the biotech revolution and how new coding techniques are leading to a variety of breakthroughs in medicine and elsewhere. This show is available here:

http://radioopensource.org/apocalypse-now-remade-man/

The third episode ...

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Legal Issues: Can we depend on algorithms to make decisions?

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In the cognitive computing era, there are plenty of tough technical challenges. Their difficulty pales, however, when compared to the social and legal issues these new technologies raise. Increasingly, we rely on algorithms to help us sort through the complex factors that lead to making a decision. Often this reliance is not based on knowing whether the algorithm is dependable. Articles by Julia Angwin in the New York Times and ProPublica on Aug. 1st celebrate a decision by the Wisconsin ...

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Required reading: Only Humans May Apply

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I’ve been reading Only Humans May Apply, a new book by Tom Davenport and Julia Kirby.  This witty, well-researched and highly readable book makes a case for cognitive computing as augmentation for humans, rather than as a replacement for them through job automation.  Although it cites plenty of scary numbers about jobs that will be lost, that’s just a springboard for presenting five strategies for surviving the evolution to the cognitive computing era.  Each strategy forces you to consider what ...

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