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I Insist You Play em Mass Effect /em as a Woman

Slate

Now that Mass Effect Legendary Edition, the remaster of BioWare's groundbreaking space trilogy, is out, the video game series likely to reach a whole lot of first-time players--especially considering the current drought in new game releases. You're in for an incredible RPG experience packed with adventure, gunfights, telekinesis, ethical quandaries, space politics, and romanceable aliens. In Mass Effect, your choices have real consequences on the story, and you should feel free to experiment accordingly. But here's one choice you absolutely shouldn't make: Do not, under any circumstances, play the protagonist as a guy. Look, there's nothing wrong with men. It's totally okay to be a man, and in most circumstances, it's perfectly okay to choose to play a male character in a video game when given multiple gender options.


Google I/O 2021: Here's everything Google just announced

ZDNet

We had a pretty good idea of what to expect at Google I/0 2021 before the event kicked off Tuesday morning. Most of the developer conference centers around announcements for tools and software that developers will soon have access to. For example, Google we expect Google to show us a preview of Android 12, which features a revamped interface and privacy features that are sure to make everyday users happy. Here's everything Google announced during I/O 2021. Keep refreshing this page, I'm updating it in real-time as announcements are made. The keynote started with the mantra Building a more helpful Google for everyone.


Google I/O 2021: How to watch and what developers can expect

ZDNet

Google's I/O 2021 conference kicks off this week and the focus will be on Android 12, machine learning, and perhaps some hardware but there are a few broad developer themes and opportunities worth tracking. Google I/O is entirely virtual this year and free to attend. The opening keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET on May 18. You can watch it via the video embedded above. Google has also published an official schedule for keynotes and breakout sessions.


Senior Software Engineer, Data Infrastructure

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Doximity is transforming the healthcare industry. Our mission is to help doctors be more productive, informed, and connected. Achieving this vision requires a multitude of disciplines, expertises and perspective. One of our core pillars have always been data. As a software engineer focused on the infrastructure aspect of our data stack you will work on improving healthcare by advancing our data capabilities, best practices and systems.


Machine Learning Engineers

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Machine learning engineers with impressive records of academic and professional achievements sought to join our interdisciplinary team in New York City. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with our chemists, biologists, and computer scientists to expand the group's efforts applying machine learning to drug discovery, biomolecular simulation, and biophysics. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated expertise in developing deep learning techniques, as well as strong Python programming skills. Relevant areas of experience might include molecular dynamics, structural biology, medicinal chemistry, cheminformatics, and/or quantum chemistry, but specific knowledge of any of these areas is less critical than intellectual curiosity, versatility, and a track record of achievement and innovation in the field of machine learning. D. E. Shaw Research is an independent research group focusing primarily on molecular simulations of proteins and other biological macromolecules with the long-term goal of transforming the process of drug discovery.


Adopting AI: balancing automation with risk management

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has already found its way into many mainstream business applications -- redefining the modern workplace and unleashing the power of data and automation across a broad range of functions. Many companies in all industries are now adopting variations of AI to remain agile and competitive in areas such as customer service, training, human resources and security. At times, companies may also have implemented AI technology without even knowing it, as software solutions adopt and embed AI as part of their own solutions. However, although AI can play a crucial role in businesses' cyber security defences, it also has a dark side. As a result, organisations must understand both the opportunities and the risks presented by these technologies as they look to embrace them as an essential part of everyday business.


Agencies extend comment period on artificial intelligence RFI

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Five federal financial regulatory agencies, including NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced Monday they will extend the comment period on the request for information on financial institutions' use of artificial intelligence (AI) until July 1, 2021. The agencies are seeking information from the public on how financial institutions use AI in their activities, including fraud prevention, personalization of customer services, credit underwriting, and other operations. More specifically, the RFI seeks comments to better understand the use of AI, including machine learning, by financial institutions; appropriate governance, risk management, and controls over AI; and challenges in developing, adopting, and managing AI. The agencies extended the comment period to allow stakeholders more time to coordinate and prepare their comments, which were originally due by June 1, 2021.


The Academic Story of African American English Has Been Wrong All Along

Slate

How someone talks is complicated. It depends on where they're from, where they spent their formative years, if they moved around, and whether they're consciously trying to alter how people perceive them. But beneath it all are the regional roots of a person's speech--those patterns of pronunciation, shaped by long histories of settlement and migration, that can pin an individual down to a surprisingly small patch of the map. Despite this, however, for decades the study of American English left a big territory unexplored on the map. Even as researchers divided northern New Jersey from southern New Jersey, or the inland South from the Gulf Coast, linguistics held as conventional wisdom that African American English was a single entity, regardless of place. But a growing body of research says otherwise. Taylor Jones, a quantitative social scientist who recently got his doctorate in linguistics, wrote a thesis that investigates regional differences in African American English. As an Army kid who moved every couple of years, Jones said, he knew that what he heard in real life contradicted the official story that Black people in America are a linguistic monolith.


Washington DC dismantles its secretive facial recognition system

Engadget

Last fall, we learned that Washington, DC police used a previously-undisclosed facial recognition system to identify a protester who allegedly punched a law enforcement officer during the June 2020 Lafayette Square riots. Privacy advocates will be happy to know that the system, which was used by 14 federal and local agencies, is being shut down soon. As reported by The Washington Post, the National Capital Region Facial Recognition Investigative Leads System (NCRFRILS) will no longer be used thanks to a new Virginia state law that goes into effect on July 1st. The law is putting tighter restrictions on how local law enforcement agencies can use facial recognition; specifically, it requires agencies to get approval from the state legislature before using any facial recognition system. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments described it as a pilot program that won't continue as it "depended on regional participation and financial support."


Flying taxi designed for long commutes is science fiction made real

Mashable

In'The Jetsons', a popular cartoon show from the 1960s, a man flies a with his family. Each member then zips off to go about their day. That old sci-fi utopia seems to be how Velocopter envisions our near future with its four-seater air taxi designed for longer commutes into the city.