EU unveils AI rules to temper Big Brother fears

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The EU unveils a plan Wednesday to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at making Europe a leader in the new tech revolution while reassuring the public against "Big Brother"-like abuses. "Whether it's precision farming in agriculture, more accurate medical diagnosis or safe autonomous...

Researchers studying how to make online arguments productive

UW researchers surveyed people about online disagreements and then developed potential design interventions that could make these discussions more productive and centered around relationship-building. Credit: Conscious Design/Unsplash The internet seems like the place to go to get into fights. Whether they're with a family member or a complete stranger, these...

Zuckerberg urged to nix kids’ version of Instagram

Instagram, which is owned by social media giant Facebook, is exploring the launch of a version for children under 13 Advocates for children from around the world urged Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday to ditch plans for a version of Instagram geared toward pre-teens. Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood...

Reuters website to go behind paywall

The Thomson Reuters building in New York's Times Square, pictured in 2008 Reuters News announced Thursday that it is to start charging for access to its website as part of a new digital subscription strategy designed to attract business professionals. The agency, one of the largest news organizations in the...

Google goes international with vaccine-finding feature

Google goes international with vaccine-finding feature

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Google on Thursday went international with tools designed to help people find COVID-19 vaccination locations, as the US internet titan ramps up efforts to fight the pandemic. The internet titan also plans to launch a cloud-based "virtual agent" that people can use to schedule vaccination appointments...

Twitter unveils algorithmic fairness initiative

Twitter says it will seek to implement greater algorithmic fairness and transparency as part of its "responsible machine learning" initiative Twitter said Wednesday it was launching an initiative on "responsible machine learning" that will include reviews of algorithmic fairness on the social media platform. The California messaging service said the...

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