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Google channels Big Tobacco with dystopian research censorship

In the wake of the firing of Timnit Gebru and other notable AI researchers at Google, Alphabet’s circled the wagons and lawyered up. Reports flow out of Mountain View depicting teams of lawyers censoring scientific research and acting as unnamed collaborators and peer-reviewers. Most recently, Business Insider managed to interview several researchers who painted a startling and bleak picture of what it’s like to try and conduct research under such an anti-scientific regime. Per the article, one ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Mountain View, Google Alphabet, Neural


Conservatives say Twitter suppresses their voices. Twitter says it amplifies them

It’s tough being a conservative on Twitter. Everywhere you look, those damn liberals are censoring right-wingers for dropping truth bombs based on facts, not feelings. At least, that’s what I’ve heard from conservative pundits and politicians.  The reality, however, appears to be rather different. A new study by Twitter found that the platform’s algorithms actually amplify right-wing voices. The research revealed that tweets from right-wing politicians and news outlets are both amplified on Twit...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Insider, Neural, Rumman Chowdhury, Next Featured


Mailchimp wants to optimize your email campaigns using AI — here’s how

Earlier this month, Mailchimp released Content Optimizer, a new product that uses artificial intelligence to help improve the performance of email marketing campaigns. Thanks to its vast trove of data, Mailchimp is in a unique position to discover common patterns of successful marketing campaigns. Content Optimizer taps into that data and uses machine learning models and business rules to predict the quality of email campaigns and provide suggestions on how to improve content, layout, and imager...
Tags: Insider, Neural


Edward Snowden: ‘If you weaken encryption, people will die’

Our online privacy faces growing threats. Governments around the world are calling for encryption backdoors that would enable access to personal information. They argue that encryption protects criminals. But it also protects activists, dissidents, persecuted groups, and ordinary citizens. Edward Snowden is among the most prominent beneficiaries. The whistleblower’s first messages to journalists were made with encryption. They resulted in revelations that millions of Americans had been under ill...
Tags: Startups, Snowden, Afghanistan, Edward Snowden, Insider, Neural


Terrifyingly, Facebook wants its AI to be your eyes and ears

Facebook has announced a research project that aims to push the “frontier of first-person perception”, and in the process help you remember where you left your keys. The Ego4D project provides a huge collection of first-person video and related data, plus a set of challenges for researchers to teach computers to understand the data and gather useful information from it. In September, the social media giant launched a line of “smart glasses” called Ray-Ban Stories, which carry a digital camera an...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Insider, Neural, Next Featured, Terrifyingly Facebook


Social media’s ‘queer tax’ is exhausting, unfair, and unavoidable

A colleague recently sought my advice on covering a queer-related tech topic and I’m not ashamed to admit I advised them against it. I’m queer. I made the decision to come out in my professional life after a lot of consideration and long discussions with my family. In the time since, I’ve learned that millions of people who’ve never met me hate me. They despise me for existing. They think I should go away, shut up, and stop being who I am. I offend them. That’s not something I experienced before...
Tags: Startups, Science, Opinion, Social Media, Tech, Neural, Next Featured


Hey, space nerd! Here’s what Mars sounds like

We’ve long known what Mars looks like, but the Perseverance rover is finally teaching us how it sounds. The buggy shared the first audio of the Martian surface in February and has gone on to record five hours of the planet’s sounds. NASA this week released an array of audible delights captured by the six-wheeled spacecraft. The sounds of gusting winds, rattling wheels, and whirring motors provide a new perspective on Mars. They also play key a role in Perseverance’s science mission. Perseverance...
Tags: Startups, Nasa, Insider, Neural


How the laws of physics could prevent us from ever meeting aliens

Where are the aliens? Italian physicist Enrico Fermi posited the idea that aliens may not exist simply because, if they did, there should be some evidence for them. Fermi wasn’t a troll. You can believe in aliens and also recognize that science requires actionable data. But what if both Fermi’s paradox and the alien enthusiasts are correct? What if we posit a sort of Fermi’s Alien where, like Schrodinger’s Cat, the creature exists in two paradoxical states that are simultaneously true. Fermi’s A...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Fermi, Schrodinger, Enrico Fermi, Neural


How atomic time-travel could reveal the mysteries of dark matter and more

Physicists from the University of Colorado have created an atomic clock so precise it can measure gravitational time dilation over distances as small as one millimeter. This record-breaking measurement could have implications reaching as far as redefining exactly how long a second is or discovering where all the dark matter in our universe is hiding. Up front: Einstein figured out that time functions differently depending on how close to a “gravity well” the observer is. So, for instance, if you...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Earth, Einstein, University Of Colorado, Neural, Next Featured


Where are all the robotaxis and autonomous cars we were promised?

We’re a couple weeks away from All Hallows Eve and there are plenty of things that go bump in the night for us to fear this year. Things such as dumb cars that can’t figure out how cul-de-sacs work without a human operator. And Tesla FSD’s proclivity towards driving the wrong way down clearly-marked one-way streets, for example. Up front: Rumors of the advent of truly driverless cars have been, for the most part, widely exaggerated. Elon Musk’s now infamous 2019 claim that Tesla would have one m...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Tesla FSD, Next Featured


Facial recognition to eat lunch? Why stop there, you cowards!?

Facial recognition has arrived in school canteens. Nine schools in Scotland have started taking lunch payments from schoolchildren by scanning their faces, the Financial Times reports. The system reportedly speeds up the lengthy payment process and is more Covid-secure than using cards and fingerprint scanners.  Of course, these issues could have been resolved by making school lunches free. But why invest in healthy meals for children when you can splurge on technosolutionism instead? In fact, f...
Tags: Startups, Scotland, Financial Times, Insider, Neural


Facebook wants you to believe its AI is working against hate speech

In the middle of the last decade, Facebook decided it needed to build AI to fight hate speech. While the technology did work in some cases, we’ve also seen glaring failures. After the Christchurch shooting, for example, Facebook wasn’t able to quickly remove the video. Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a new report indicating Facebook’s AI can’t identify first-person shooting videos and racist rants consistently. Plus, there was a bizarre incident where the algorithm wasn’t abl...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Wall Street Journal, Christchurch, Neural


9 reasons why you’ll never become a Data Scientist

Disclaimer: This story is not meant to discourage you. Rather, it should serve as a long hard look in the mirror. So you’re enthusiastic about Data Science, you’ve read a couple dozen blog posts and completed a few online classes. Now you’re dreaming of making this your career. After all, it’s the sexiest job of the 21st century, according to Harvard Business Review. But despite your enthusiasm, Data Science might not be for you. At this moment in time, you’re holding too many illusions and fals...
Tags: Startups, Harvard Business Review, Insider, Neural


Sorry former Pentagon expert, but China is nowhere near winning the AI race

Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s former Chief Software Officer, is on a whirlwind press tour to drum up as much fervor for his radical assertion that the US has already lost the AI race against China. Speaking to the Financial Times in his first interview after leaving his post at the Pentagon, Chaillan said: We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal. Chaillan’s departure from the Pentagon was preceded by a “blistering letter” where...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Opinion, China, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Pentagon, Financial Times, Neural, Nicolas Chaillan, Next Featured, Chaillan, Pentagon Chaillan


AI project brings the climate crisis to your home

Scientists have developed a novel way of making people care about climate change: flooding their homes. Not their real homes, of course; the destruction is merely a  simulation — for now. But projecting catastrophic consequences onto familiar places could generate awareness through empathy. “Shock is not the endgame here,” said study lead author Victor Schmidt, a PhD candidate at the Mila Quebec AI Institute in Montreal, Canada. “We want to trigger and leverage emotions towards actions.” Climate...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Montreal Canada, SCHMIDT, Neural, Next Featured, Victor Schmidt, Mila Quebec AI Institute


Artists create AI that predicts who the police will kill next

A new artwork has inverted the application of predictive policing. Instead of forecasting crimes committed by civilians, the project predicts which civilians will be killed by police. The future victims are memorialized on a website called Future Wake. None of them, however, are real people. Each identity and story is generated by AI. Yet the predictions about their deaths are based on historical events. The AI-generated victims explain how they died. Credit: Future Wakes. Future Wake was funded...
Tags: Startups, Mozilla, Insider, Neural


Scientists may have discovered a way to make us forget bad memories

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered a protein in the brain of mice that may act as a biomarker for malleable memories. In other words, they may be able to determine which memories we can erase and which we are, for whatever reason, stuck with. Up front: The researchers conditioned laboratory mice by simultaneously shocking them and making a clicking noise. The mice naturally associated the sound with the shock and, thus, developed a fear response. Because the mice remembered bein...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Cambridge University, Neural, Next Featured


IBM commits high-scale inference platform ModelMesh to open source

IBM today announced it has committed its ModelMesh inference service to open source. This is a big deal for the MLOps and DevOps community, but the implications for the average end-user are also huge. Artificial intelligence is a backbone technology that nearly all enterprises rely on. The majority of our coverage here on Neural tends to discuss the challenges involved in training and developing AI models. But when it comes to deploying AI models so that they can do what they’re supposed to do w...
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AI study: Climate crisis already impacts at least 85% of people

Human-made climate change may already be affecting at least 85% of the world’s population, according to a new AI analysis. Scientists produced the estimate by using the BERT language model to extract environmental assessments from research papers. Their algorithm was first trained on more than 2,000 hand-coded documents. It was then applied to a trove of studies published between 1951 and 2018. In total, the algorithm identified more than 100,000 papers documenting the effects of climate change....
Tags: Startups, Insider, Neural


Classical physics make time travel impossible. But what about ‘timeless’ travel?

A pair of scientists from the UK recently published a pre-print research paper discussing the theory of a universe with no beginning. Imagine it: our universe has always existed. The Big Bang either never happened or it was simply another event in the infinite history of… itself. On the surface it sounds counter-intuitive. According to the researchers, a quantum physics paradigm called a “causal set” structure makes it possible for the universe to exist beyond its perceived origin. Per the duo’s...
Tags: Startups, Space, UK, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured


Scientists use AI, X-rays, and 3D printing to reveal a hidden Picasso

The Blind Man’s Meal is among the most important artworks of Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period, but it also shares a canvas with a more mysterious painting. Underneath the oil paint lies a portrait of a naked woman in the shape of a heart. Picasso had painted over the picture, which wasn’t unusual for the artist when money was tight. The painting had been concealed since 1903, but a combination of AI, stereoscopic imaging, and 3D printing has peeled back the cover. Dubbed The Lonesome Crouching Nude, ...
Tags: Startups, Pablo Picasso, Picasso, Insider, Neural


Why can’t Google’s algorithms find any good news for queer people?

If you’re interested in reading about the global suffering of queer people I’ve got just the place for you. It’s called “Google News.” Today’s actually an off day for the product. Typically, if you take a gander at the “LGBTQ+” topic in Google News you’ll find that about 90% of the stories surfaced by the platform’s algorithms are negative. But today is “Coming Out Day,” so there’s a handful of non-negative pieces in the feed right now taking up slots that are typically filled with negative ones...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Google News, Neural, Next Featured


AI can now design slicker sneakers than Kanye West

As someone who’s bought the same model of sneakers three times in a row (Reebok Classics with the gum sole FYI), I’ve fallen slightly behind the fashion curve. But my footwear could soon evolve from passé to trendsetting. A new website flaunts thousands of unique sneakers that would make me a style trailblazer. There is one small problem, however: none of the shoes actually exist. Each is merely the product of AI’s imagination. The designs are displayed on a website called This Sneaker Does Not ...
Tags: Startups, Kanye West, Insider, Reebok, Neural, Stan van der Vossen


Programming in ‘natural’ language is coming sooner than you think

Sometimes major shifts happen virtually unnoticed. On May 5, IBMannounced Project CodeNet to very little media or academic attention. CodeNet is a follow-up to ImageNet, a large-scale dataset of images and their descriptions; the images are free for non-commercial uses. ImageNet is now central to the progress of deep learning computer vision. CodeNet is an attempt to do for Artificial Intelligence (AI) coding what ImageNet did for computer vision: it is a dataset of over 14 million code samples,...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Insider, ImageNet, Neural, Next Featured


How to protect your machine learning models against adversarial attacks

Machine learning has become an important component of many applications we use today. And adding machine learning capabilities to applications is becoming increasingly easy. Many ML libraries and online services don’t even require a thorough knowledge of machine learning. However, even easy-to-use machine learning systems come with their own challenges. Among them is the threat of adversarial attacks, which has become one of the important concerns of ML applications. Adversarial attacks are diff...
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All Pythonistas should switch to Go… or okay, maybe just half

Your average software engineer is still in love with Python. Married, even. But not those at Google, Uber, Dropbox, Soundcloud, Slack, and Medium. The programmers at top corporations have long fallen for the language with the cute mascot. That’s not to say that Python is no good. It’s great! But whether it’s for APIs, web services, or data processing — while most developers are still using Python, top-performers are adopting Golang, or Go, more and more. Because it rocks. Go was invented by an a...
Tags: Google, Python, Startups, Golang, Neural, Robert Griesemer


Codifying humanity: Why robots should fear death as much as we do

Welcome to “Codifying Humanity.” A new Neural series that analyzes the machine learning world’s attempts at creating human-level AI. Read the first article: Can humor be reduced to an algorithm? World-renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that AI will be “a billion times more capable” than biological intelligence within the next 20-30 years. Kurzweil’s predicted the advent of over 100 technology advances with a greater than 85% success rate. But, given the current state of cutting-edge artific...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil, Neural, Next Featured


What happens if quantum physicists can prove reality isn’t real?

You’re probably not reading this right now. That’s not a philosophical statement about the number of non-readers a given news article has. It’s a declaration of the literal. This article might not exist. You, me, TNW’s Neural vertical for artificial intelligence news and analysis, our offices in Amsterdam, your favorite T-shirt: it’s quite possible that none of these things actually exist. Or that they all exist but the reality they exist in doesn’t. It’s complicated. But it’s not as counter-int...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Amsterdam, Neural, Next Featured


Google AI recreates Gustav Klimt paintings destroyed during WWII

Gustav Klimt created some of the world’s most expensive masterpieces, but around 20% of his artworks have been lost. Among them are the so-called Faculty Paintings: Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. The three pieces are believed to have been destroyed in a fire during World War Two. Only black and white photos of the artworks remain. The original paintings may never be seen again, but machine learning has come close to bringing them back to life. Using AI and the artistic expertise of Vie...
Tags: Google, Startups, Vienna, Insider, Gustav Klimt, Klimt, Neural, Belvedere Museum the Google Arts Culture Lab


How consumer-facing ‘AI as a service’ is remaking the world of smart gadgets

Amazon’s Echo Dot is on its fourth generation. And within each of those generations there are myriad iterations and variations on the basic design. And that’s just the Dot. In all, there are dozens of different “Echo” devices. And each one is either a newly-introduced product or an iteration of a previous generation. And there will be more next year and more the year after that. That’s what the status quo looks like in smart gadgets. If you got a smart TV for your birthday last year, you can pro...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured