The LinkedIn Fairness Toolkit launched to measure fairness in large-scale AI apps

LinkedIn wants to address bias in large-scale AI apps. The company introduced the LinkedIn Fairness Toolkit (LiFT) and shared the methodology it developed to detect and monitor bias in AI-driven products.  LiFT is a Scala/Spark library that enables the measurement of fairness, according to a multitude of fairness definitions, in large-scale machine learning workflows. It […]

AI analysis finds that in-app ad issues are fixed faster on Android than iOS

A new study finds evidence that in-app ad issues with popular Android apps on Google Play are addressed more quickly than their iOS counterparts on the App Store. In what the authors claim is a first-of-its-kind survey, a team investigated the ads in 32 cross-platform apps that rank in the App Store’s and Google Play’s […]

Top 10 performance tuning techniques for Amazon Redshift

Customers use Amazon Redshift for everything from accelerating existing database environments, to ingesting weblogs for big data analytics. Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale, massively parallel data warehouse that offers simple operations and high performance. Amazon Redshift provides an open standard JDBC/ODBC driver interface, which allows you to connect your existing business intelligence (BI) […]

How to manage the risk of cloud sprawl with centralised management

The public cloud is designed to enable agility, scalability, and adaptivity. The result is a massive proliferation of public cloud services and APIs offered by cloud platform providers, which help organisations increase the rate of innovation far beyond they could in the private data centre. While these new cloud services deliver attractive benefits, they also […]

AI Weekly: Facebook’s discriminatory ad targeting illustrates the dangers of biased algorithms

This summer has been littered with stories about algorithms gone awry. For one example, a recent study found evidence Facebook’s ad platform may discriminate against certain demographic groups. The team of coauthors from Carnegie Mellon University say the biases exacerbate socioeconomic inequalities, an insight applicable to a broad swath of algorithmic decision-making. Facebook, of course, […]

Musk's Neuralink venture promises to reveal a 'working' brain-computer device

By Tina Bellon (Reuters) – Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink on Friday is expected to detail its latest innovations for implanting minuscule computer chips in human brains, fueling expectations among scientists who closely watch the company. Co-founded by Musk in 2016, Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces that include thousands of electrodes […]

The First Smartphone for Free-Ranging Kids

The First Smartphone for Free-Ranging Kids In an earlier article, we took a look at smartphone alternatives for free-ranging kids. Next up is the follow-on conversation … the time you give them their first, fully functional smartphone—and how to manage having it in your lives. For children, learning to use a first smartphone is just […]

ProBeat: Amazon Halo is surveillance capitalism in a $100 fitness wearable

Amazon this week walked into the health gadget market with a $100 fitness wearable and a $4 per month subscription service. Amazon Halo stands out not for the lack of a screen, but rather its two “innovative” features: Body and Tone. The former uses computer vision, machine learning, and “a suite of algorithms that can […]

Santander hit by online banking outage ahead of holiday weekend

Image copyright Getty Images Santander UK customers were unable to access their online accounts for several hours from Friday morning until mid-afternoon. “We are currently experiencing issues with customers logging in to Online Banking,” the lender told customers via Twitter. It comes ahead of a bank holiday weekend and monthly salary payments for millions of […]