Slum dwellers in India get unique digital addresses

Slum dwellers in India get unique digital addresses

May 9, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Fourteen-year-old Neha Dashrath was ecstatic when the pizza arrived. It was the first time she’d ever ordered from a food delivery app. “I always felt shy when my friends talked about ordering food from apps,” she says. “Now I, too, can show off.”  Dashrath lives in Laxmi Nagar, a slum in Pune, Maharashtra, alongside some…

Cape Town fights for energy independence

Cape Town fights for energy independence

May 9, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Power outages are a way of life in Africa’s most industrialized country. Over the last decade, South Africa’s electricity grid has come apart at the seams and failed to deliver dependable power. As renewable energy gets cheaper, South African cities such as Cape Town have demanded the right to find their own sources.  The primary…

How to stop AI from recognizing your face in selfies

How to stop AI from recognizing your face in selfies

May 8, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Uploading personal photos to the internet can feel like letting go. Who else will have access to them, what will they do with them—and which machine-learning algorithms will they help train? The company Clearview has already supplied US law enforcement agencies with a facial recognition tool trained on photos of millions of people scraped from…

Why upholding Trump’s Facebook ban won’t break the cycle

Why upholding Trump’s Facebook ban won’t break the cycle

May 8, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The night before the Facebook Oversight Board decided to stand by the company’s decision to ban him from its platforms, former president Donald Trump announced—via an exclusive on Fox News—that he’d created a website. Called From the Desk of Donald Trump, it looked like a social media site but was really just a feed of…

We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.

We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.

May 5, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Over-the-counter home tests for covid-19 are finally here. MIT Technology Review obtained kits sold by three companies and tried them out. After buying tests from CVS and online, I tested myself several times and ended up learning an important lesson: while some people worry that home tests could miss covid cases, the bigger problem may…

Machine-learning project takes aim at disinformation

Machine-learning project takes aim at disinformation

May 5, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

There’s nothing new about conspiracy theories, disinformation, and untruths in politics. What is new is how quickly malicious actors can spread disinformation when the world is tightly connected across social networks and internet news sites. We can give up on the problem and rely on the platforms themselves to fact-check stories or posts and screen…

The tactics police are using to prevent bystander video

The tactics police are using to prevent bystander video

May 1, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Kian Kelley-Chung was wearing a black T-shirt with the logo of his documentary and art collective on the day last summer when he found himself filming the Washington, DC, police during a protest. It was August 13, 2020, and Kelley-Chung had been recording Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the city for a couple of months.…

New business models, big opportunity: Financial services

New business models, big opportunity: Financial services

May 1, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

By any measure, 2021 corporate planning isn’t business as usual. As the coronavirus pandemic grinds on, financial services institutions are coming out of crisis mode— addressing immediate cash management and operational challenges—with a renewed readiness for business growth. Fortunately, most businesses across industries are doing a good job of navigating the pandemic and its economic…

Computer vision in AI: The data needed to succeed

Computer vision in AI: The data needed to succeed

May 1, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Developing the capacity to annotate massive volumes of data while maintaining quality is a function of the model development lifecycle that enterprises often underestimate. It’s resource intensive and requires specialized expertise. At the heart of any successful machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) initiative is a commitment to high-quality training data and a pathway to quality data…

Some vaccinated people are still getting covid. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry.

Some vaccinated people are still getting covid. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry.

May 1, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Tens of millions of people in the United States have now been fully vaccinated against covid-19. These people are seeing friends, eating out, and—in rare cases—getting infected. But we shouldn’t panic: these kinds of “breakthrough infections” are entirely expected with any mass vaccine rollout.  According to new figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more…