Voting & Elections


The Washington Post's robot reporter has published 850 articles in the past year - Digiday

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Robo reporting can expand the audience In its first year, the Post has produced around 850 articles using Heliograf. The AP estimated that it's freed up 20 percent of reporters' time spent covering corporate earnings and that AI is also moving the needle on accuracy. "In the case of automated financial news coverage by AP, the error rate in the copy decreased even as the volume of the output increased more than tenfold," said Francesco Marconi, AP's strategy manager and AI co-lead. Jury's out on local news impact … Robo reporting can serve a lot of niche audiences that, added up, can increase a news outlet's reach in a meaningful way.


10 signs you're ready for AI -- but might not succeed

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Then you could predict blouse sales in Miami as a percentage of national sales (let's say it's 3%), and independently predict blue short-sleeved blouse sales as a percentage of total blouse sales (let's say it's 1%). You can look at all monthly sales of navy blue clothing and predict annual fashion trends, and perhaps fold that into your machine learning models. Like statistical methods, machine learning models work best when there are similar numbers of rows for each possible state, which may mean reducing the number of the most popular states by random sampling. For example, an analysis of Trump and Clinton campaign contributions done in Cortana ML shows how to prepare a dataset for machine learning by creating labels, processing data, engineering additional features and cleaning the data; the analysis is discussed in a Microsoft blog post.



Recommended Reading: Meet the brothers behind 'Stranger Things'

Engadget

Netflix darling Stranger Things returns for a second season this fall and the hype is already building. Vulture caught up with the Duffer brothers, the twins who created the nostalgic series that's equal parts horror and adventure. The duo chats seasons 2 and 3, including details of how they plan to end the show at the conclusion of the fourth season. The Outline offers a backstory, including the site's focus in the aftermath of the 2016 election.


Trust and Distrust in Online Fact-Checking Services

Communications of the ACM

While the internet has the potential to give people ready access to relevant and factual information, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made filtering and assessing online content increasingly difficult due to its rapid flow and enormous volume. To explore how social media users perceive the trustworthiness and usefulness of these services, we applied a research approach designed to take advantage of unstructured social media conversations (see Figure 3). While investigations of trust and usefulness often rely on structured data from questionnaire-based surveys, social media conversations represent a highly relevant data source for our purpose, as they arguably reflect the raw, authentic perceptions of social media users. To create a sufficient dataset for analysis, we removed all duplicates, including a small number of non-relevant posts lacking personal opinions about fact checkers.


The use of AI in politics is not going away anytime soon

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The next level will be using artificial intelligence in election campaigns and political life. This highly sophisticated micro-targeting operation relied on big data and machine learning to influence people's emotions. Typically disguised as ordinary human accounts, bots spread misinformation and contribute to an acrimonious political climate on sites like Twitter and Facebook. For example, if a person is interested in environment policy, an AI targeting tool could be used to help them find out what each party has to say about the environment.


Has AI Taken Over Our Elections Forever?

International Business Times

The next level will be using artificial intelligence in election campaigns and political life. This highly sophisticated micro-targeting operation relied on big data and machine learning to influence people's emotions. Typically disguised as ordinary human accounts, bots spread misinformation and contribute to an acrimonious political climate on sites like Twitter and Facebook. For example, if a person is interested in environment policy, an AI targeting tool could be used to help them find out what each party has to say about the environment.


How artificial intelligence conquered democracy

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The next level will be using artificial intelligence in election campaigns and political life. This highly sophisticated micro-targeting operation relied on big data and machine learning to influence people's emotions. Typically disguised as ordinary human accounts, bots spread misinformation and contribute to an acrimonious political climate on sites like Twitter and Facebook. For example, if a person is interested in environment policy, an AI targeting tool could be used to help them find out what each party has to say about the environment.


How artificial intelligence silently took over democracy

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In the 2016 election, it's claimed that Pro-Trump bots infiltrated Twitter hashtags and Facebook pages used by Hillary Clinton supporters to spread automated content. Bots were also deployed at a crucial point in the 2017 French presidential election, throwing out a deluge of leaked emails, from candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign team on Facebook and Twitter. The information dump also contained what Macron says was false information about his financial dealings. The aim of #MacronLeaks was to build a narrative that Macron was a fraud and a hypocrite – a common tactic used by bots to push trending topics and dominate social feeds.


Searching for kindness on the interwebs – Microsoft Design – Medium

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The day before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, when tensions ran high, my husband of 3 months got into it on Facebook with the aunt of my first husband. After he ended the exchange (at my urgent request), she immediately messaged me, apologizing profusely, hoping that she hadn't offended either him or me, and oh my, weren't my boys getting big. I reassured her that no feelings had been hurt -- that it was a stressful time. We both agreed it would be nice once the election was over and things could get back to normal.