Rise of the racist robots- how AI is learning all our worst impulses

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There is a saying in computer science: garbage in, garbage out. When we feed machines data that reflects our prejudices, they simulate them. Does a horrifying future await people forced to live at the compassion of algorithm? In May last year, a stunning report claimed that a computer program used by a US court for […]


Hear, boy? Pet translators will be on sale soon, Amazon says

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Retailer backs futurologists assert that devices conversing in canine will be available in, ruffly speaking, a decade Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah, as Dr Doolittle once sang what a neat achievement that would be. Well, Amazon has revealed that the animal-loving doctors ambition might not be entirely fantasy. Pet translators that […]


Algorithms outperformed us. But we still prefer human fallibility | Rafael Behr

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As technology becomes ever smarter, we cling to a comforting divide between people and machines, writes Guardian columnist Rafael Behr There are no monuments to Ned Ludd. This may be because there is no certainty that the man whose name was adopted by insurrectionary textile workers at the start of the 19 th century actually […]