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Trust and Distrust in Online Fact-Checking Services

Communications of the ACM

While the internet has the potential to give people ready access to relevant and factual information, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made filtering and assessing online content increasingly difficult due to its rapid flow and enormous volume. To explore how social media users perceive the trustworthiness and usefulness of these services, we applied a research approach designed to take advantage of unstructured social media conversations (see Figure 3). While investigations of trust and usefulness often rely on structured data from questionnaire-based surveys, social media conversations represent a highly relevant data source for our purpose, as they arguably reflect the raw, authentic perceptions of social media users. To create a sufficient dataset for analysis, we removed all duplicates, including a small number of non-relevant posts lacking personal opinions about fact checkers.


AI will have an enormous impact on the future economy

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For the people most immersed in the tech sector, it's hard to think of a more controversial topic than the ultimate impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on society. In the below infographic, we look recent projections from PwC and Accenture regarding AI's economic impact, as well as the industries and countries that will be the most profoundly affected. According to PwC's most recent report on the topic, the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) will be transformative. Get rich, visual content on business and investing for free at the Visual Capitalist website, or follow Visual Capitalist on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn for the latest.


Moon trolls the sun on Twitter in NASA solar cyber spat

Daily Mail

After being mocked by NASA's official NASA Moon Twitter account (@NASAMoon), NASA Sun & Space's (@NASASun) response was swift: 'Uh EXCUSE me?!? #solareclipse2017,' tweeted @NASASun Tens of thousands of Twitter users liked the exchange between the NASA Sun and NASA Moon Twitter accounts, and many social media users responded with amusement. Windows introduces'Cortana': Your personal digital assistant Moon's shadow crosses from coast to coast during solar eclipse Fawn falls prey to eagle at Wisconsin's Lake Noquebay Hysterical woman is comforted'after watching Annabelle: Creation' The celestial event began in Oregon at just after 9am PDT, and by 10.20am, the sun was completely blocked out except for a halo-like solar corona plunging the area into twilight. Windows introduces'Cortana': Your personal digital assistant Moon's shadow crosses from coast to coast during solar eclipse Fawn falls prey to eagle at Wisconsin's Lake Noquebay Hysterical woman is comforted'after watching Annabelle: Creation'


Musk, tech experts want U.N. to ban killer robots

USATODAY

This file photo taken on July 19, 2017 shows Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, during the International Space Station Research and Development Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. A group of technology experts including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is warning the United Nations about the potential threat posed by autonomous weapons. In an open letter addressed to the U.N.'s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, 116 founders and CEOs of robotics and artificial intelligence companies want the "killer robot" weapons banned. The group of experts who signed the letter applauded the U.N. for creating a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) to consider lethal autonomous weapon systems.


How can Apple and autonomous systems help you?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) means we already have millions of connected devices. Wikipedia tells us an autonomous system relates to the complex network of networks that comprise the internet. These autonomous machines must be able to achieve all of this in real time, on real roads, no matter what random events may take place on those roads. But the things it doesn't do will be an opportunity for eagle-eyed entrepreneurs seeking a smart, highly secure, fragmentation-free market-trusted platform upon which to build autonomous systems for profitable verticals.


OKCupid bans white supremacist from dating service

USATODAY

OKCupid has banned white nationalist Christopher Cantwell from the dating service. And it's asking its members to report other OKCupid members who belong to hate groups. OKCupid joins a growing corporate backlash against neo-Nazis in the U.S. after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Technology companies that once tolerated white supremacists are now booting them from their services. While tech companies have removed accounts belonging to the Islamic State and other terrorist groups under growing political pressure, tech companies until now have not been as aggressive in policing hate groups in the U.S.


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FOX News

Looking to ever expand ways to deliver goods to its customers, Amazon has patented a way to allow its drones to deliver packages without ever having to land. The patent would not only provide a safe distance between the UAVs and the people receiving the packages, but also cut down on noise pollution, BizJournals noted. Bezos, now the world's third-richest man with an estimated fortune of $83.3 billion according to Forbes, first showed off Amazon's drone delivery unit in a Dec. 2013 interview on "60 Minutes." It recently filed patents for a beehive-like structure that would allow drones to pick up and drop off packages.


AI programs are learning to exclude some African-American voices

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If there aren't enough examples of a particular accent or vernacular, then these systems may simply fail to understand you (see "AI's Language Problem"). "If you analyze Twitter for people's opinions on a politician and you're not even considering what African-Americans are saying or young adults are saying, that seems problematic," O'Connor says. Solon Barocas, an assistant professor at Cornell and a cofounder of the event, says the field is growing, with more and more researchers exploring the issue of bias in AI systems. Shared Goel, an assistant professor at Stanford University who studies algorithmic fairness and public policy, says the issue is not always straightforward.


10 Examples of How Brands Are Using Chatbots to Delight Customers

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Fandango's Facebook Messenger bot lets you watch movie trailers, find local theaters, and see what's trending this week. Spotify's Facebook Messenger bot makes it easy for its customers to search for, listen to, and share music. Mastercard's Facebook Messenger bot makes it easy for customers to check on account transactions (e.g., just ask "how much did I spent on restaurants in May?"). Staples' Facebook Messenger bot can answer common customer questions, which tend to be about orders -- tracking and returns -- and whether specific items are in stock.