Mainstream media is the biggest amplifier of White House disinformation

The president is running a disinformation campaign, and too many people won’t call it what it is. “The simplest disinformation is explicitly false or misleading information disseminated for political ends,” says Yochai Benkler, a Harvard law professor who led a team that recently dissected the way disinformation is amplified.  Take President Trump’s claim that voting by…

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A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit for a week and no one noticed

Busted: A bot powered by OpenAI’s powerful GPT-3 language model has been unmasked after a week of posting comments on Reddit. Under the username /u/thegentlemetre, the bot was interacting with people on /r/AskReddit, a popular forum for general chat with 30 million users. It was posting in bursts of roughly once a minute. Fooled ya—again: It’s…

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Covid-19 has led to a worrisome uptick in the use of electronic ankle monitors

As covid-19 began to spread earlier this year, it soon became clear that prisons and jails are particularly susceptible to outbreaks. In response, criminal justice systems around the world started looking for alternatives to incarceration.  Many turned to electronic ankle monitors as a solution. They used this technology to quickly relocate people from secure custody…

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The future of mobile AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to expand to power everything from security and facial recognition software to autonomous vehicles and mobile apps. In “Women leading the future of mobile AI,” a video series sponsored by Qualcomm Technologies, MIT Technology Review CEO Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau explores the latest AI advances on software tools, mobile platforms, and algorithmic advancements…

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