If it’s Thursday it means tech time with Mark Starling and the crew at First News 570. This week, we talk about AIs that discriminate, Twitter acknowledging Russian meddling two years, too late, and the technology industry’s latest ridiculous gadget. You can always listen LIVE to me and Mark each Thursday at 6:43 am Eastern.
NOT SURPRISING ANYONE AT ALL, AMAZON AI IMMEDIATELY DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN
People might not think so, but the people who are writing the algorithms truly make a difference. AIs should not be allowed to make human decisions. That needs to be repeated. AIs should not be allowed to make human decisions. Amazon gave artificial intelligence a try by using a program to assist in rating job candidates. Last year, the stopped using the tool because it was discriminating against women. There are no silver bullets. Amazon thought they could build a tool that would sift through a hundred resumes and hire the top 5. The problem? Amazon tuned the AI to prefer candidates based upon the past batch of successfully hired candidates. Candidates who are mostly male, and probably mostly white. Amazon created an AI that trained itself to prefer male candidates. To me, that doesn’t sound like artificial intelligence.
A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT: TWITTER PUBLISHES RUSSIAN AND IRAN TROLLING
First, I think social media sucks and its hard for me to state its a public good. And yes, I know I’m tweeting the link to this article. I don’t know if I should be hard on the Internet public for being so gullible, or the social networks for giving dog whistles and bull horns to any nutter, state, or troll who can type. Twitter published 360GB of tweets from Russian and Iranian, state-sponsored troll farms that are suspected of meddling with the 2016 US election and Brexit. Twitter shared more than 10 million tweets so that researchers can study how the platform has been used to influence the public. The numbers are truly interesting. 4,570 accounts were involved with the trolling. Everyone was duped. Trump supporters, Hillary supporters, Black Lives Matter supporters…humans will never learn. Any meaningful information published on the Internet isn’t sensational enough for the public to consume.
IF IT WORKS FOR HORSES IT CAN WORK FOR HUMANS PANASONIC MAKES BLINDERS
It’s true, it’s true it can be hard to concentrate at some times. Because humans can’t block out the outside world, and other humans can’t help but tap you on the shoulder, Panasonic has unofficially launched a crowd sourcing campaign to make human blinders, similar to the ones used on horses to keep them on track. Panasonic’s ‘Wear Space’ product consists of a wrap around fabric material that houses Bluetooth headphones. Wear Space blocks 60% of the wearers field of vision, helping the user to keep their shifty eyes inside and the embarrassingly large fabric device communicates to the outside world, “I’m a dweeb who doesn’t have enough control to stay focused. LEAVE ME ALONE.”