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Some essential reading and research on race and technology

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At this extraordinary moment in U.S. history, the evils of racism are on full display. It's no secret that technology has played a role in enabling racism to foment and spread. This is an ideal time to read, listen, and learn. Below are many resources -- research, articles, and books -- that speak to the intersection of race and bias in technology, particularly in the field of AI. These are a starting point for the education that all responsible citizens should acquire.


AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist

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A researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria used open-source artificial intelligence software to mimic classical symphonies. Ali Nikrang, who works at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria, is using open-source artificial intelligence (AI) software to mimic classical symphonies. Nikrang debuted the program at the recent Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, which aims to highlight connections between science, art, and technology. During the festival, a traditional orchestra performed Gustav Mahler's unfinished Symphony No. 10, which was immediately followed by six minutes of "Mahleresque" music written by the MuseNet software. The software used the first ten notes from Mahler's Symphony No. 10 and produced four suggested segments.


Children praised for being smart are more likely to cheat

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Parents and teachers commonly use praise to reward children, but when used in the wrong way it can backfire, according to new research. A study found that children praised by their parents for being smart are more likely to cheat in tests. The researchers claim that when children are praised for being smart, they feel pressure to perform well in order to live up to others' expectations, even if they need to cheat to do so. Children praised by their parents for being bright are more likely to cheat, new research has found. The researchers say that children respond better to praise for their performance than they do to being told they are clever.


Igor Moiseyev ballet performs for the first time in Qatar

Al Jazeera

Russia's famous Moiseyev ballet is performing in Doha, capital of Qatar, for the first time as part of a cultural exchange, marking the start of Qatar-Russia 2018 Year of Culture.


AAA Warns Pedestrian Detection Systems Don’t Work When Needed Most

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New research from AAA found that automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection perform inconsistently, and proved to be completely ineffective at night. New research from AAA reveals that automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection perform inconsistently, and proved to be completely ineffective at night. An alarming result, considering 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. The systems were also challenged by real-world situations, like a vehicle turning right into the path of an adult. AAA's testing found that in this simulated scenario, the systems did not react at all, colliding with the adult pedestrian target every time.