Invoice Gates’ new local weather plans, and an AI bug bounty


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A bias bounty for AI will assist to catch unfair algorithms sooner

What’s occurring: Whereas AI techniques are deployed on a regular basis, it might take months and even years till it turns into clear whether or not, and the way, they’re biased. Immediately, a bunch of AI and machine-learning specialists are launching a brand new bias bounty competitors, which they hope will pace the method of uncovering embedded prejudices.

What’s up first? Taking inspiration from bug bounties in cybersecurity, the primary bias bounty competitors goes to give attention to biased picture detection. The winner will take dwelling a $6,000 prize dedicated by Microsoft and startup Strong Intelligence, which has been hailed as a robust incentive for the machine studying neighborhood to winkle out bias. Learn the total story.
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Ought to we consider in—and even need—immortality?

Twenty years have handed since author Jonathan Weiner first met Aubrey de Gray, the person with the Methuselah beard. Again then, Aubrey was already a True Believer within the quest for immortality. However he wasn’t well-known, or infamous, but; he wasn’t Aubrey!, as he would quickly grow to be to his followers within the anti-aging crowd. And he wasn’t but a person in shame.

Weiner first met Aubrey in 2002, when Aubrey was nonetheless working as a pc programmer within the Division of Genetics on the College of Cambridge, in England. He quickly grew to become a secular guru, a prophet of immortality—to the extreme annoyance of a lot of the scientists within the getting old discipline. However Aubrey’s eagerness to persuade believers they may dwell for hundreds of years, millennia, and even longer, in the event that they have been fortunate, raises pertinent questions on what it’s to need one thing we might not even consider in. Learn the total story.

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