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Why Dogs Now Play a Big Role in Human Cancer Research

Why Dogs Now Play a Big Role in Human Cancer Research

There’s a strong chance your aging dog will get cancer—but your pupper could also help humans survive it.Elena Lacey; Getty ImagesThe Cancer Moonshot initiative, launched under the Obama administration, was audacious by design: Supercharge cancer research to encourage innovation, with the mission “to end to cancer as we know it.”Cancer researchers avoid using the word…
The Human Cost Of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Kotaku

The Human Cost Of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Kotaku

Photo: ActivisionOne Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, the developers at Treyarch held a happy hour event to welcome the summer interns. There was pizza, beer, and jubilation for everyone at the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4—except the quality assurance testers, who had to leave shortly after they got there.“QA was told…
The Traces of Human Activity in the Burning Man Void

The Traces of Human Activity in the Burning Man Void

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Read more about how this works.Burning Man bills itself as the biggest "Leave No Trace" event in the world. This means that after revelers have dismantled the geodesic domes, giant duckies, and steampunk ships that form their…
Human dressed as TV trolls town by leaving TVs on people’s porches

Human dressed as TV trolls town by leaving TVs on people’s porches

“He wants to be known as the TV Santa Claus. I don’t know,” one homeowner told Virginia ABC affiliate WTVR-TV. So begins the tale of a human who literally stuck a giant television on his or her head so they could bring joy to the world in the form of unwanted TV sets. And just…
Why am I seeing this ad? AI, ML & human error in advertising

Why am I seeing this ad? AI, ML & human error in advertising

More posts by this contributor Ad platforms create equal opportunities for businesses but not equal outcomes. They’re mostly marketed as self-service and easy to use, however, there are new features added regularly and open-ended ways to set, structure and target. Meaning, countless ways to spend—creating winners and losers in advertising. This is where machines and…
Yep, human workers are listening to recordings from Google Assistant, too – The Verge

Yep, human workers are listening to recordings from Google Assistant, too – The Verge

A report from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS has revealed how contractors paid to transcribe audio clips collected by Google’s AI assistant can end up listening to sensitive information about users, including names, addresses, and details about their personal lives. It’s the latest story showing how our interactions with AI assistants are not as private…
“Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late

“Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late

Dr. Stuart Russell, a distinguished AI researcher and computer scientist at UC Berkeley, believes there is a fundamental and potentially civilization-ending shortcoming in the “standard model” of AI, which is taught (and Dr. Russell wrote the main textbook) and applied virtually everywhere. Dr. Russell’s new book, Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control,…
‘Human Side-Channels’: Behavioral Traces We Leave Behind

‘Human Side-Channels’: Behavioral Traces We Leave Behind

How writing patterns, online activities, and other unintentional identifiers can be used in cyber offense and defense.As we move throughout our digital lives, we unknowingly leave traces — writing styles, cultural references, behavioral signatures — that can be compiled to form a profile of our online personas. These identifiers are different from physical identifiers such…
When AI needs a human assistant

When AI needs a human assistant

For years, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) has been a kind of open secret in the tech world, a place where fledgling algorithms can hire human labor on the cheap. If you need a hundred people to trace the boundaries of an object or fill out a survey, it’s the single best place to make it…
Microsoft will continue human voice recording review and its privacy policy says so

Microsoft will continue human voice recording review and its privacy policy says so

Stay awhile and listen — It's in the same situation, but Microsoft is taking a different path on voice privacy. Anna Washenko - Aug 15, 2019 10:32 pm UTC Cortana integration lets Windows Phone users speak to the new Band.A wave of privacy scandals has led several major companies to end or pause their programs…

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Programming Algorithms: A Crash Course in Lisp

The introductory post for this book, unexpectedly, received quite a lot of attention, which is nice since it prompted some questions, and one of them I planned to address in this chapter. I expect that there will be two main audiences, for this book: people who’d like to advance in algorithms and writing efficient programs…

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