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Artificial intelligence helping prevent bad word choices in the workplace – KGO-TV


The Oakland Unified School District this week issued an apology for sending out a survey that included a historically racist term for people of Asian descent. However, a movement is underway to prevent bad word choices. "I think that words do matter, so I think that you do have to be very mindful of the words that you use," says Jaye Bailey, Valley Transportation Authority's head of civil rights and employee relations. Whether it's a transit agency like VTA or a private company, attention to messaging has never been greater as a result of the social justice movement. RELATED: Oakland Unified School District apologizes after'historically racist' term used in survey "You really work hard to normalize the language within your organization so that everybody is aware of it so that it becomes second, second nature," she added.

The US has a good record on fighting monopolies. Now it's Google's turn

The Guardian

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet, Google's parent company, is a mild-mannered software engineer who is not good at games of verbal fisticuffs with US politicians. He received a drubbing last month during the "big tech" congressional hearing. Pichai can, however, summon lawyers and lobbyists galore as soon as the game gets more serious, which it definitely has. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) last week launched a huge and historic antitrust case against Google, accusing the tech company of abusing its position to maintain an illegal monopoly over internet searches and search advertising. In response, Kent Walker, Google's chief lawyer, published an indignant blogpost that signalled how the firm will fight this.

Pimloc gets $1.8M for its AI-based visual search and redaction tool – TechCrunch


U.K.-based Pimloc has closed a £1.4 million ( $1.8 million) seed funding round led by Amadeus Capital Partners. Existing investor Speedinvest and other unnamed shareholders also participated in the round. The 2016-founded computer vision startup launched a AI-powered photo classifier service called Pholio in 2017 -- pitching the service as a way for smartphone users to reclaim agency over their digital memories without having to hand over their data to cloud giants like Google. It has since pivoted to position Pholio as a "specialist search and discovery platform" for large image and video collections and live streams (such as those owned by art galleries or broadcasters) -- and also launched a second tool powered by its deep learning platform. This product, Secure Redact, offers privacy-focused content moderation tools -- enabling its users to find and redact personal data in visual content.

Six Ways Machine Learning Threatens Social Justice « Machine Learning Times


When you harness the power and potential of machine learning, there are also some drastic downsides that you've got to manage. Deploying machine learning, you face the risk that it be discriminatory, biased, inequitable, exploitative, or opaque. In this article, I cover six ways that machine learning threatens social justice – linking to short videos that dive deeply into each one – and reach an incisive conclusion: The remedy is to take on machine learning standardization as a form of social activism. When you use machine learning, you aren't just optimizing models and streamlining business. In essence, the models embody policies that control access to opportunities and resources for many people.

Raising the Bar on Contract Management With AI


Contract life cycle management systems have been around for decades, but the latest generation of AI-enabled tools can help elevate the contracting function. In recent years, organizations that have struggled to understand and manage the entirety of their obligations to customers and suppliers have shown increasing interest in their company's contract life cycle management (CLM). Specifically, organizations seem to be focused on CLM operating models, processes, and enabling technologies to manage these critical obligations. That appetite has increased in the wake of COVID-19, as many companies wrestle with a lack of visibility into their contracts across the enterprise. In the past, some organizations have standardized their processes within certain silos or even implemented CLM technology.

Estimating Amazon Carbon Stock Using AI-based Remote Sensing

Communications of the ACM

Forests are the major terrestrial ecosystem responsible for carbon sequestration and storage. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest tropical rainforest encompassing up to 2,124,000 square miles, covering a large area in South America including nine countries. The majority of that area (69%) lies in Brazil. Thus, Amazonia holds about 20% of the total carbon contained in the world's terrestrial vegetation.1,5,7 But the rampant deforestation due to illegal logging, mining, cattle ranching, and soy plantation are examples of threats to the vast region.

It Is Time for More Critical CS Education

Communications of the ACM

We live in uncertain times. A global pandemic has disrupted our lives. Our broken economies are rapidly restructuring. Climate change looms, disinformation abounds, and war, as ever, hangs over the lives of millions. And at the heart of every global crisis are the chronically underserved, marginalized, oppressed, and persecuted, who are often the first to befall the tragedies of social, economic, environmental, and technological change.3

Using Data and Respecting Users

Communications of the ACM

Transaction data is like a friendship tie: both parties must respect the relationship and if one party exploits it the relationship sours. As data becomes increasingly valuable, firms must take care not to exploit their users or they will sour their ties. Ethical uses of data cover a spectrum: at one end, using patient data in healthcare to cure patients is little cause for concern. At the other end, selling data to third parties who exploit users is serious cause for concern.2 Between these two extremes lies a vast gray area where firms need better ways to frame data risks and rewards in order to make better legal and ethical choices.

Council Post: Lack Of Cybersecurity Consideration Could Upend Industry 4.0


Industry 4.0 signifies a seismic shift in the way the modern factories and industrial systems operate. They consist of large-scale integration across an entire ecosystem where data inside and outside the organization converges to create new products, predict market demands and reinvent the value chain. In Industry 4.0, we see the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) at scale. The convergence of IT/OT is pushing the boundaries of conventional corporate security strategies where the focus has always been placed on protecting networks, systems, applications and processed data involving people and information. In the context of manufacturing industries with smart factories and industrial systems, robotics, sensor technology, 3D printing, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data platforms work in tandem to deliver breakthrough efficiencies.

Massachusetts man charged with kidnapping, assaulting woman he met on Tinder

FOX News

Tinder, the most popular dating app in the world, has banned teens under the age of 18 but it's not stopping them from signing up. A Massachusetts man is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman he met on Tinder, threatening to kill her and her child if she went to the cops, authorities said. Peter Bozier, 28, was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in Sudbury after the victim told investigators she was severely beaten and strangled while being held against her will at Bozier's home, police said. The victim said the harrowing ordeal began a day earlier, police spokesman Lt. Robert Grady told the MetroWest Daily News. Grady said the woman managed to "release herself from the situation" and then went to a hospital in Burlington, where hospital staffers contacted police, the newspaper reported.