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U.S. warns of discrimination in using artificial intelligence to screen job candidates

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Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke speaks at a news conference on Aug. 5, 2021. The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor their productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke speaks at a news conference on Aug. 5, 2021. The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor their productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities. The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws.



Part of the reason people love video game Elden Ring is because it's so hard to play

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Elden Ring is the most talked-about video game of 2022, despite -- or perhaps because of -- its immense difficulty and complexity.


Researchers explore an unlikely treatment for cognitive disorders: video games

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A screenshot of Neurogrow, which tests a patient's memory and reaction time as an experimental treatment for cognitive decline. A screenshot of Neurogrow, which tests a patient's memory and reaction time as an experimental treatment for cognitive decline. The neurologist said Pam Stevens' cognitive impairment couldn't be treated. She and her husband, Pete Stevens, were told to give up hope. "On two separate occasions, over a two-year period, the neurologist said there was nothing we could do," said Pete Stevens.


Here's how Americans view facial recognition and driverless cars

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A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology at the Horizon Robotics exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas on Jan. 10, 2019. A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology at the Horizon Robotics exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas on Jan. 10, 2019. In recent years, the proliferation of artificial intelligence has given the world technology like Siri, Netflix recommendations and chat customer support. But a new survey shows Americans are still torn about how it may continue to impact society. The nonpartisan Pew Research Center surveyed more than 10,000 adults and found that their support of artificial intelligence varied, depending on its use.


A.I. has mastered 'Gran Turismo' -- and one autonomous car designer is taking note

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The Gran Turismo Sophy A.I. does a lap of the course. The Gran Turismo Sophy A.I. does a lap of the course. An artificial intelligence program has beaten the world's best players in the popular PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo Sport, and in doing so may have contributed towards designing better autonomous vehicles in the real world, according to one expert. The latest development comes after an interesting couple of decades for A.I. playing games. It began with chess, when world champion Garry Kasparov lost to IBM's Deep Blue in a match in 1997.


The IRS is allowing taxpayers to opt out of facial recognition to verify accounts

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The Internal Revenue Service says it's giving taxpayers with individual accounts a new option to verify their identity: a live virtual interview with tax agents. This comes after the IRS backed away from a planned program to require account holders to verify their ID by submitting a selfie to a private company, a proposal that drew criticism from both parties in Congress and from privacy advocates. The agency says account holders can still choose the selfie option, administered by ID.Me. But if they'd rather not, the agency says, taxpayers will have the option of verifying their identity "during a live, virtual interview with agents; no biometric data – including facial recognition – will be required if taxpayers choose to authenticate their identity through a virtual interview." The IRS announced the new option on Monday. It says that ID.Me will destroy any selfie already submitted to the company, and that those selfies now on file will also be permanently deleted "over the course of the next few weeks."


Will Activision Blizzard workers unionize? Microsoft's deal complicates things

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Raven Software helps develop the popular Call of Duty franchise for Activision Blizzard. Recently, workers there staged a weeks-long walkout to protest layoffs. Raven Software helps develop the popular Call of Duty franchise for Activision Blizzard. Recently, workers there staged a weeks-long walkout to protest layoffs. Go back to LiveJournal (LiveJournal!), and read one of the earliest and most infamous accounts of working conditions at a large video game company -- a 2004 post written by the spouse of an Electronic Arts (EA) employee -- and you'll find in the comments a healthy debate about whether or not a union would work at a video game company.


Texas sues Meta, saying it misused facial recognition data

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FILE photo - Texas sued Meta on Monday over misuse of biometric data, the latest round of litigation between governments and the company over privacy. FILE photo - Texas sued Meta on Monday over misuse of biometric data, the latest round of litigation between governments and the company over privacy. Texas sued Facebook parent company Meta for exploiting the biometric data of millions of people in the state - including those who used the platform and those who did not. The company, according to a suit filed by state Attorney General Ken Paxton, violated state privacy laws and should be responsible for billions of dollars in damages. The suit involves Facebook's "tag suggestions" feature, which the company ended last year, that used facial recognition to encourage users to link the photo to a friend's profile.


Lack of diversity in AI development causes serious real-life harm for people of color

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Kelsey Snell asks Black Women in A.I. founder Angle Bush about the consequences of the lack of diversity in artificial intelligence development.