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PlayStation 5 pre-orders: GameStop says it will offer more Friday

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Video game fans who missed out on pre-ordering a PlayStation 5 will get another chance Friday. Retailer GameStop revealed on Twitter on Thursday it will offer more pre-orders of Sony's PS5 on Friday, Sept. 25. GameStop didn't offer a specific time for when the pre-orders will open up to consumers. "We are pleased to announce that further quantities of PS5 consoles will be made available to pre-order," said GameStop in its tweet, noting they will be offered both online and at stores. Video game lovers have experienced a September scramble as pre-orders for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X launched.

Twitter's AI Has Racist Bias


On Saturday, a user tested out racial discrimination existing in Twitter's AI photo tools using two strips of photos. Twitter crops pictures attached to a tweet, only showing the entire picture after a user clicks on it, to allow the tweet to be concise. Taking two photos--one of Mitch McConnell, a white US senator, and the other of former US president Barack Obama, who is Black--attached on a strip of white, the user tried to see which photos the microblogging platform will display in the tweet. In all his attempts, the user found that the AI displayed McConnell's photo over Obama's, even after changing all secondary features that could affect the order.

05: Building AI and Machine Learning Infrastructure with @GMinks by Utilizing AI - The Enterprise AI Podcast • A podcast on Anchor


Stephen Foskett is joined by Gina Rosenthal, an expert on enterprise IT infrastructure and operations. Gina has made her career in enterprise IT infrastructure and has worked with many of the largest vendors. In this episode, she considers how vendors approach artificial intelligence, what applications they are delivering, and what this means in the enterprise. The conversation turns to ethics and risks of AI applications and how business should approach building AI models. As AI applications are deployed in the line of business, IT infrastructure organizations need to be prepared to handle the demands of these systems with next-generation cloud platforms. This episode features: Stephen Foskett, publisher of Gestalt IT and organizer of Tech Field Day. Find Stephen's writing at and on Twitter at @SFoskett Gina Rosenthal, Founder of Digital Sunshine Solutions. Find Gina on Twitter at @GMinks Date: 09/22/2020 Tags: @SFoskett, @GMinks

Top Data Science Influencers to Follow in 2020


Social Media and information sharing is something every internet user will know about. The presence and popularity of Twitter, LinkedIn, and many other platforms have made it convenient to spread knowledge all around the globe in a couple of clicks. It is because of the extensive usage of these networking sites by various Thought leaders, achievers, and change-makers that Data Science and AI knowledge has spread across the globe. IPFC online has recently come up with a list of Top 50 Digital influencers to follow out of which we are going to talk about the ones concerned with Machine Learning and AI. Additionally, we have provided some more influencers worth following.

NerdWallet Welcomes Lynee Luque as VP of People


NerdWallet's continued growth, recent international expansion, and focus on supporting employees during a challenging year, make the performance of its People team more important than ever. Luque will further the team's work by evolving NerdWallet's workplace culture and tackling key issues such as scaling culture and people operations in tandem with business growth, managing and supporting an increasingly distributed workforce, and advancing the company's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. "I'm excited to join NerdWallet because I see evidence of a strong and healthy culture rooted in doing what's right--for both Nerds and users," said Lynee Luque, VP of People at NerdWallet. "I'm proud to join a team that's come so far and thrilled at the opportunity to continue building from such a strong foundation." Luque brings more than 10 years of experience working with high-growth tech companies, focusing on defining and operationalizing company culture to support business growth.

Twitter probes alleged racial bias in image cropping feature

The Japan Times

New York – Social media giant Twitter said Monday it would investigate its image-cropping function after users complained it favored white faces over Black ones. The image preview feature of Twitter's mobile app automatically crops pictures that are too big to fit on the screen, selecting which parts of the image to display and which to conceal. Prompted by a graduate student who found an image he was posting cropped out the face of a Black colleague, a San Francisco-based programmer found Twitter's system would crop out images of President Barack Obama when posted together with images of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. "Twitter is just one example of racism manifesting in machine learning algorithms," the programmer, Tony Arcieri, wrote on Twitter. Twitter is one of the world's most popular social networks, with nearly 200 million daily users.

Another reminder that bias, testing, diversity is needed in machine learning: Twitter's image-crop AI may favor white men, women's chests


Concerns about bias or unfair results in AI systems have come to the fore in recent years as the technology has infiltrated hiring, insurance, law enforcement, advertising, and other aspects of society. Prejudiced code may be a source of indignation on social media but it affects people's access to opportunities and resources in the real world. It's something that needs to be dealt with on a national and international level. A variety of factors go into making insufficiently neutral systems, such as unrepresentative training data, lack of testing on diverse subjects at scale, lack of diversity among research teams, and so on. But among those who developed Twitter's cropping algorithm, several expressed frustration about the assumptions being made about their work. Ferenc Huszár, former Twitter employee, one of the co-authors of Twitter's image pruning research, and now a senior lecturer on machine-learning at University of Cambridge, acknowledged there's reason to look into the results people have been reporting though cautioned against jumping to conclusions about negligence or lack of oversight. Some of the outrage was based on a small number of reported failure cases. While these failures look very bad, there's work to be done to determine the degree to which they are associated w/ race or gender.

Machine Learning Research Engineer, Learning Methods


We are a community of Machine Learning Researchers and Engineers, working to help Twitter leverage ML through a range of systems such as recommendations, safety, abuse, content understanding, ads and more. We operate at scale whilst ensuring fair and ethical use of our models and data. We work collaboratively, often embedding among product teams, looking to apply the expertise of the individuals to improve our products and unlock new capabilities. We encourage publishing papers, but they are not the end goal, rather a by-product of us doing interesting work - the aim is to make a real-world impact! The Learning Methods Research Team, part of Cortex Applied Research, enables ML applications across our platform (e.g.

Yousefi to develop artificial intelligence to improve glaucoma research, diagnosis


IMAGE: Siamak Yousefi, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received two... view more He was awarded $180,000 from the Bright Focus Foundation to study the impact of glaucoma on certain retinal ganglion cells, as a path to uncover more information on glaucoma progression. The foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research on brain and eye diseases. "Glaucoma affects over 90 million people worldwide and its incidence is predicted to double over the next two decades," Dr. Yousefi said. "The costs of treatment of glaucoma increase sharply for later stages of the disease. Therefore, earlier detection of glaucoma and its progression could result not only in retaining vision, but also in significant financial savings. Effective monitoring and determining appropriate treatment strategies require reliable approaches that quantify disease-induced changes more accurately."

Biden town hall on CNN blasted for too many 'softball' questions

FOX News

Here's what you need to know as you start your day ... Biden town hall on CNN blasted for too many'softball' questions CNN hosted a Joe Biden town hall event at a Pennsylvania baseball stadium Thursday night, but critics said many of the questions made it seem the night's game was softball instead. The evening differed sharply from the grilling President Trump took during ABC News' town hall program two nights earlier, they said. "In the first moments, the contrast between what Trump was asked and what Biden is being asked is striking," Politico columnist Jeff Greenfield tweeted, later writing. "Biden is doing very well, yes. But this is not exactly getting him ready to face tough questions from a Chris Wallace or Jake Tapper (should he decide to do so)."