AI is sending people to jail--and getting it wrong

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AI might not seem to have a huge personal impact if your most frequent brush with machine-learning algorithms is through Facebook's news feed or Google's search rankings. But at the Data for Black Lives conference last weekend, technologists, legal experts, and community activists snapped things into perspective with a discussion of America's criminal justice system. There, an algorithm can determine the trajectory of your life. At the end of 2016, nearly 2.2 million adults were being held in prisons or jails, and an additional 4.5 million were in other correctional facilities. Put another way, 1 in 38 adult Americans was under some form of correctional supervision.


Artificial Intelligence Is Already Sending People To Jail -- And Getting It Wrong

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As machine-learning algorithms, big data methods and artificial intelligence are increasingly used in the toolkit of U.S. law enforcement agencies, many are worrying that the existing biases of the criminal justice system are simply being automated – and deepened. Police departments are increasingly relying on predictive algorithms to figure out where to deploy their forces by blanketing cities with a mesh of human-based and computerized surveillance technology including, but not limited to, data-mining, facial recognition, and predictive policing programs. This comes despite the flaw in such tools. Facial recognition software have often held a bias toward darker-skinned individuals, including mistaking members of Congress for criminal suspects. In essence, racial profiling has become automated while allowing law enforcement agencies to claim that the computers are race-neutral tools.


Saville Assessment - Spotlight: AI and Assessment

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A common topic in the assessment space right now is Artificial Intelligence (AI); but how are assessment providers building it in to their solutions in a way which adds true value to their clients? This short piece shares how Saville Assessment uses AI in our suite of tools to improve the assessment experience for organizations we partner with. Artificial Intelligence is where technology, systems and software are able to interpret their environment in order to take actions that maximize the chance of successfully achieving goals or outcomes. Saville Assessment has been at the forefront of the use of intelligent computer mechanisms in assessment. While many popular assessments were designed before they could capitalize on the capacity of the internet, our suite of assessment tools has allowed for artificial/computational interaction.


How Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Oil And Gas

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Artificial intelligence, or rather things like machine learning and automation, which are often wrongly called artificial intelligence, is a big thing in oil and gas right now. The hype around AI spreads a lot further than the oil and gas industry, but in it, the technology is making the first splashes and it looks like they are fast multiplying. While "AI"--or more accurately predictive and analytic algorithms, and automation--in the upstream segment of the industry has garnered some attention already, there is a somewhat surprising part of the oil and gas industry that may be as ripe as exploration and production for some software help: permitting and environmental assessment. Researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund are working on a system using Natural Language Processing that could streamline what is now a very complex process to the benefit of all stakeholders involved. Here's how one of the researchers, Evan Patrick, puts it: "Natural Language Processing pulls out information similar to how humans get information from reading.


How Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Oil And Gas SafeHaven.com

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Artificial intelligence, or rather things like machine learning and automation, which are often wrongly called artificial intelligence, is a big thing in oil and gas right now. The hype around AI spreads a lot further than the oil and gas industry, but in it, the technology is making the first splashes and it looks like they are fast multiplying. While "AI"--or more accurately predictive and analytic algorithms, and automation--in the upstream segment of the industry has garnered some attention already, there is a somewhat surprising part of the oil and gas industry that may be as ripe as exploration and production for some software help: permitting and environmental assessment. Researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund are working on a system using Natural Language Processing that could streamline what is now a very complex process to the benefit of all stakeholders involved. Here's how one of the researchers, Evan Patrick, puts it: "Natural Language Processing pulls out information similar to how humans get information from reading.