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Twitter offers $3,500 'bounty' to users who find algorithmic bias, like cropping out Black people

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Twitter is offering a cash reward to users who can help it weed out bias in its photo-cropping algorithm. The social-media platform announced'bounties' as high as $3,500 as part of this week's DEF CON hacker convention in Las Vegas. 'Finding bias in machine learning models is difficult, and sometimes, companies find out about unintended ethical harms once they've already reached the public,' Rumman Chowdhury and Jutta Williams of Twitter's Machine-Learning, Ethics, Transparency and Accountability (META) project said in a blog post. 'We want to change that.' The challenge was inspired by how researchers and hackers often point out security vulnerabilities to companies, Chowdhury and Williams explained.

In Las Vegas, "driverless" cars arrive via remote control


A new ride-hailing service in Las Vegas is targeting people who are curious about autonomous vehicles but aren't yet ready to climb into the back seat and let a robot drive. Why it matters: Electric AVs promise to make urban transportation safer, more affordable and more accessible, potentially easing congestion and cutting carbon emissions. What's happening: In the Phoenix suburbs, people can summon a driverless Waymo minivan, but only in certain neighborhoods. Within a year or so, other companies, including Cruise and Argo AI, could have limited robotaxi services operating in parts of San Francisco and Miami. How it works: Riders use the Halo app to summon electric Kia Niro SUVs.

AWS DeepRacer League Update #20 June Finale Special – AWS DeepRacer Community Blog


Here we go again, sixteen racers clash to fight for three places in the championships during the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. This month it was even more competitive than in May. The difference between the first and sixteenth racer was less than 5 seconds this month. The track encouraged some fast racing but then fast bots in the main race were quite a bit of a nuisance and could easily block the car from going faster. Udacity and AWS invite you to participate in the scholarship program where you can be given access to a Machine Learning NanoDegree teaching various aspects of working with machine learning and deploying it in production. Registrations have been extended till 12th of July. All you need to do is create a new community race in the AWS DeepRacer Console and select "LIVE race" as the format. Just note that the race is available for four hours only and shuts down after that time.

Robotaxi app: Las Vegas pilot program sends an electric car to you without a driver

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Autonomous vehicle tech company Halo and T-Mobile plan a pilot program in Las Vegas to send driverless electric cars to consumers via a mobile app.

Remote-controlled driverless car service wants to eliminate parking


That's the future the team at Halo wants you to imagine with its new app-based rideshare service, which delivers a car to the user, lets them drive where they need to go, and then spirits the car away via remote control. The T-Mobile-backed company announced plans Thursday to launch in Las Vegas later this year. Its system of nine cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors will be built into a fleet of modified Kia Niro EVs. So far, the remote-controlled cars have been testing on Las Vegas streets. Halo's technology is different from other autonomous car platforms like Waymo, Cruise, and Zoox.

A US Air Force pilot is taking on AI in a virtual dogfight -- here's how to watch it


An AI-controlled fighter jet will battle a US Air Force pilot in a simulated dogfight next week -- and you can watch the action online. The clash is the culmination of DARPA's AlphaDogfight competition, which the Pentagon's "mad science" wing launched to increase trust in AI-assisted combat. DARPA hopes this will raise support for using algorithms in simpler aerial operations, so pilots can focus on more challenging tasks, such as organizing teams of unmanned aircraft across the battlespace. The three-day event was scheduled to take place in-person in Las Vegas from August 18-20, but the COVID-19 pandemic led DARPA to move the event online. Attend the tech festival of the year and get your super early bird ticket now!

An 11-Minute Flight To Space Was Just Auctioned For $28 Million

NPR Technology

Participants sit a Blue Origin space simulator during a conference on robotics and artificial intelligence in Las Vegas on June 5, 2019. On Saturday, Blue Origin announced that an unidentified bidder will pay $28 million for a suborbital flight on the company's New Shepard vehicle. Participants sit a Blue Origin space simulator during a conference on robotics and artificial intelligence in Las Vegas on June 5, 2019. On Saturday, Blue Origin announced that an unidentified bidder will pay $28 million for a suborbital flight on the company's New Shepard vehicle. Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is going into space on July 20 on a reusable rocket made by his space exploration company, Blue Origin.

What Happens When Our Faces Are Tracked Everywhere We Go?


When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit -- and blew the future of privacy in America wide open. In May 2019, an agent at the Department of Homeland Security received a trove of unsettling images. Found by Yahoo in a Syrian user's account, the photos seemed to document the sexual abuse of a young girl. One showed a man with his head reclined on a pillow, gazing directly at the camera. The man appeared to be white, with brown hair and a goatee, but it was hard to really make him out; the photo was grainy, the angle a bit oblique. The agent sent the man's face to child-crime investigators around the country in the hope that someone might recognize him. When an investigator in New York saw the request, she ran the face through an unusual new facial-recognition app she had just started using, called Clearview AI. The team behind it had scraped the public web -- social media, employment sites, YouTube, Venmo -- to create a database with three billion images of people, along with links to the webpages from which the photos had come. This dwarfed the databases of other such products for law enforcement, which drew only on official photography like mug shots, driver's licenses and passport pictures; with Clearview, it was effortless to go from a face to a Facebook account. The app turned up an odd hit: an Instagram photo of a heavily muscled Asian man and a female fitness model, posing on a red carpet at a bodybuilding expo in Las Vegas. The suspect was neither Asian nor a woman. But upon closer inspection, you could see a white man in the background, at the edge of the photo's frame, standing behind the counter of a booth for a workout-supplements company. On Instagram, his face would appear about half as big as your fingernail. The federal agent was astounded. The agent contacted the supplements company and obtained the booth worker's name: Andres Rafael Viola, who turned out to be an Argentine citizen living in Las Vegas.

Council Post: Future Focused: The 2021 Cybersecurity Landscape


Paul Lipman has worked in cybersecurity for 10-plus years. The onset of Covid-19 necessitated a work-from-home environment on an unprecedented scale. Large and small companies raced to reframe and reevaluate cybersecurity measures within a massive BYOD environment and amid increased Covid-19-related phishing scams and cyberattacks like the recent ransomware attacks against the Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas and United Health Services. Regulations like GDPR and CCPA helped make the collection of consumer data and privacy a matter of law instead of just good practice. However, consumers remain skeptical of businesses that continue to put profit ahead of privacy after breaches, like Facebook, TikTok and YouTube.

Stupid CES gadgets my home doesn't need… but I must have them


Every year, I see people swarm the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- usually held in Las Vegas -- along with tweets, videos, and articles about weird but fascinating gadgets. I've never been to the CES in person, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be virtual this year, and I could'attend' the event for the first time. While CES is all about new gadgets with new standards such as Wi-Fi 6 and mini-LED, it's also about crazy home devices. I got to explore a lot of these devices through pitches in my inbox, a few articles, and tweets going around. So, here's a list of devices, I don't really need, but still want in my home.