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Tech retailer Newegg finally scraps 15-year ban on the name 'Mohammad'

Mashable

Newegg users can now give their name as "Mohammad" when leaving reviews, because apparently they couldn't do that before. The online tech retailer is revising its language filter after it was called out for banning one of the most popular names in the world -- for 15 years. The issue was brought to light by Mohammad Al-Tayyar, a government worker in Kuwait, who discovered it after attempting to review one of the products on Newegg's website. "I was writing a review @Newegg and the system marked my name (Mohammad) as: "UNACCEPTABLE WORDS USED -- offensive language," Al-Tayyar tweeted on Wednesday, sharing a screenshot of the error message. "Is my name offensive @Newegg?" Other users were quickly able to duplicate this, indicating that Al-Tayyar's experience wasn't just an unfortunate bug. "Just verified this - I guess @Newegg wants your reviews unless you have the most common first name on Earth," tweeted game developer Rami Ismail. I was writing a review @Newegg and the system marked my name (Mohammad) as: "UNACCEPTABLE WORDS USED - offensive language". Is my name offensive @Newegg? Speaking to Mashable via DM, Al-Tayyar said he'd been trying to review a laptop and NAS storage he'd purchased for his 6-year-old daughter, who was using them for remote learning. He was shocked to see Newegg flag his name as potentially offensive "in a big red alert all in caps." For Al-Tayyar, the alert was yet another example of the damaging, pervasive nature of Islamophobia. Fear and hatred of Arab and Muslim people has caused even the most innocent elements of their culture to be regarded with suspicion, inflicting undeniable harm to these communities. "Every time I see a movie in the media or the video games...[a]ll the Arab/Muslims [are] displayed as the bad, evil, stupid thieves," said Al-Tayyar, noting that Arab people are often negatively depicted as "in the desert with the camels." "Now the system [is] telling me I have to change my name?" Our team looked into the list of words and looks like it was added in 2006. Words were added when used inappropriately on our site, so likely there was an incident back then that led to this. Regardless, we feel this is wrong and are updating the list as we speak. Al-Tayyar told Mashable he emailed Newegg about this issue, but has not yet received a response. However, Newegg did quickly respond on Twitter, apologising and stating that "Mohammad" has now been removed from its list of prohibited words. According to Newegg, the name had been on its banned list since it was first added in 2006. The company stated it had banned religious terms that were being misused, including "Jesus" and "God." "Words were added when used inappropriately on our site, so likely there was an incident back then that led to this," wrote Newegg's official Twitter account. "Regardless, we feel this is wrong and are updating the list as we speak.


Machine learning expert Jordan bemoans use of AI as catch-all term - AI News

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A pioneer in machine learning has argued that the technology is best placed to augment human intelligence and bemoaned'confusion' over the meaning of artificial intelligence (AI). Michael I. Jordan, a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science, and department of statistics, at the University of California, Berkeley, told the IEEE that while science-fiction discussions around AI were'fun', they were also a'distraction.' "There's not been enough focus on the real problem, which is building planetary-scale machine learning-based systems that actually work, deliver value to humans, and do not amplify inequities," said Jordan, in an article from IEEE Spectrum author Kathy Pretz. Jordan, whose awards include the IEEE John von Neumann Medal, awarded last year for his contributions to machine learning and data science, wrote an article entitled'Artificial Intelligence: The Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet', first published in July 2019 but last updated at the start of this year. With various contributors thanked at the foot of the article – including one Jeff Bezos – Jordan outlined the rationale for caution.


Am I arguing with a machine? AI debaters highlight need for transparency

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Can a machine powered by artificial intelligence (AI) successfully persuade an audience in debate with a human? Researchers at IBM Research in Haifa, Israel, think so. They describe the results of an experiment in which a machine engaged in live debate with a person. Audiences rated the quality of the speeches they heard, and ranked the automated debater's performance as being very close to that of humans. Such an achievement is a striking demonstration of how far AI has come in mimicking human-level language use (N.


Why machine learning, not artificial intelligence, is the right way forward for data science

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We bandy about the term "artificial intelligence," evoking ideas of creative machines anticipating our every whim, though the reality is more banal: "For the foreseeable future, computers will not be able to match humans in their ability to reason abstractly about real-world situations." This is from Michael I. Jordan, one of the foremost authorities on AI and machine learning, who wants us to get real about AI. "People are getting confused about the meaning of AI in discussions of technology trends--that there is some kind of intelligent thought in computers that is responsible for the progress and which is competing with humans. We don't have that, but people are talking as if we do," he noted in the IEEE Spectrum article. Instead, he wrote in an article for Harvard Data Science Review, we should be talking about ML and its possibilities to augment, not replace, human cognition. Jordan calls this "Intelligence Augmentation," and uses examples like search engines to showcase the possibilities for assisting humans with creative thought.


Blockchain & AI - Convergence - IntelligentHQ

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Blockchain & AI are the major architecture techs of our time. Its convergence is a key factor for the present & future of tech. These emerging & foundation technologies deal with data, value storage creation and lead the digital transformation of the 4IR. The history of Artificial Intelligence AI began in antiquity, with the power of imagination – myths, stories, rumours making artificial beings endowed with intelligence or consciousness by master craftsmen, magic. The History of Blockchain & Ledgers start when the first recorded ledgers systems were found in Mesopotamia, today's Iraq, 7000 years ago.


AI Summary - Trending News About Artificial Intelligence

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Dubai Police used Artificial Intelligence technology to identify 'The Ghost,' reveals official

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… discovered through Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and police field follow-up, which majorly contributed in the success of the arrest operation.


Stop Calling Everything AI, Machine-Learning Pioneer Says - Michael I. Jordan explains why today's artificial-intelligence systems aren't actually intelligent

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I work on HR systems, so I deal with HR a lot and hear a lot of stories. They hate dealing with employees as much as employees hate dealing with them. There are a lot more behind the scenes work they'd rather be doing. The only people I hear bitching about HR in the workplace are 1) the ones that HR has to handhold through forms (government or benefits vendor required, forms aren't for fun, ever) or 2) constantly causing issues in the workplace (and it's never the employees fault - "everyone else is the issue"). I'm sure I'll get downvoted because there are a lot of those #2s on Reddit.


Decision Trees, Random Forests & Gradient Boosting in R

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Would you like to build predictive models using machine learning? That s precisely what you will learn in this course "Decision Trees, Random Forests and Gradient Boosting in R." My name is Carlos Martínez, I have a Ph.D. in Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. I have presented my research at some of the most prestigious academic conferences and doctoral colloquiums at the University of Tel Aviv, Politecnico di Milano, University of Halmstad, and MIT. Furthermore, I have co-authored more than 25 teaching cases, some of them included in the case bases of Harvard and Michigan. This is a very comprehensive course that includes presentations, tutorials, and assignments. The course has a practical approach based on the learning-by-doing method in which you will learn decision trees and ensemble methods based on decision trees using a real dataset.


Madison Cawthorn wants to get the GOP on Twitch. Will it work?

Washington Post - Technology News

The U.S. Army endured a chilly reception when it commenced a streaming effort around its esports team. Jordan Uhl, an activist who handles Twitch streaming for the progressive advocacy group MoveOn, made headlines by getting banned from the Army's Twitch channel when he posted a question in the chat asking viewers about their favorite U.S. war crime. The Army's Twitch channel was then accused of violating Uhl's First Amendment right to political speech, while they in turn claimed Uhl was breaking Twitch Community Guidelines by harassing them. Afterward, Ocasio-Cortez called for banning the military from recruiting on Twitch. Her proposal was voted down with bipartisan support.