Today, we will start off our newsletter with some healing words during these challenging times from Dr.Timnit Gebru who was part of a stellar line up of over 35 speakers at the Women in AI Ethics annual event this past week. “Let’s take it easy. Let’s take care of ourselves. Take the night off. Turn the laptop off. Don’t have the world’s problems on your shoulders.”
You can read more of this heartfelt conversation with Dr.Gebru on AI, systemic injustices, and white fragility at #WAIE2020 reflection by Rebekah Tweed
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
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Do as I say, not as I do?
Google Offers to Help Others With the Tricky Ethics of AI
“After learning its own ethics lessons the hard way, the tech giant will offer services like spotting racial bias or developing guidelines around AI projects.”
So much for human in the loop
Facebook Executive Supported India’s Modi, Disparaged Opposition in Internal Messages
“A Facebook Inc. executive at the center of a political storm in India made internal postings over several years detailing her support for the now ruling Hindu nationalist party and disparaging its main rival, behavior some staff saw as conflicting with the company’s pledge to remain neutral.”
Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots
“There has been a huge upswell of Twitter bot activity since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, amplifying medical disinformation and the push to reopen America.”
Algorithms for good
Looking to Reopen, Colleges Become Labs for Coronavirus Tests and Tracking Apps
“Dr. Masel built in an algorithm that seeks to gauge how infectious a student was at the time contact was made with others — a determination made by looking at when symptoms first appeared.”
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