Tag Archives: Algorithm

Artificial intelligence carries a huge upside. But potential harms need to be managed

The increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in public decision making is raising critical issues around fairness and human rights. Getty Images Alison Gillwald, University of Cape Town and Rachel Adams, University of Cape Town Artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to contribute to the resolution of some of the most intractable problems of our time. …

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Facebook’s algorithms fueled massive foreign propaganda campaigns during the 2020 election – here’s how algorithms can manipulate you

Facebook has known that its algorithms enable trolls to spread propoganda. STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images Filippo Menczer, Indiana University An internal Facebook report found that the social media platform’s algorithms – the rules its computers follow in deciding the content that you see – enabled disinformation campaigns based in Eastern Europe to reach nearly half of all Americans in the …

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Why do I need anything other than Google to answer a question?

Scholars can be more reliable than search engines. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Cody Behles, University of Memphis Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do I need a scholar to answer a question if there is Google? – Harrison F., age 13, …

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Google’s scrapping third-party cookies – but invasive targeted advertising will live on

Ink Drop/Shutterstock Eerke Boiten, De Montfort University Google has announced plans to stop using tracking cookies on its Chrome browser by 2022, replacing them with a group profiling system in a move the company says will plot “a course towards a more privacy-friendly web”. The change is significant. Chrome commands some two-thirds of the web browser market. Third-party tracking cookies, …

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We must make moral choices about how we relate to social media apps

The Social Dilemma/Netflix Dion Forster, Stellenbosch University Recently a South African radio show asked, “If you had to choose between your mobile phone and your pet, which would choose?” Think about that for a moment. Many callers responded they would choose their phone. I was shocked… But to be honest, I give more attention to my phone than to my …

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