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To Clean Up Comments, Let AI Tell Users Their Words Are Trash
It won’t solve everything, but a new study suggests real-time automated feedback could help make the internet a less toxic place.
Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’
The first big US city to prohibit private businesses from using the technology reflects rising skepticism of new tools and concerns about fairness.
The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter
Plus: Kevin Systrom’s app inspiration, the characteristics of successful CEOs, and Colorado’s disconcerting forecast.
A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech
Blyncsy wants states using Apple and Google technology to pay it $1 per resident. It may not win, but the patent tussle could deter others from adopting apps.
Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World
Combining the two chipmakers would unite leaders in two big tech trends—artificial intelligence and mobile computing.
FedEx Will Track Your Packages More Precisely Than Ever
A Bluetooth-based system coming this fall will be especially useful for high-value shipments, like medicines or vaccines.
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The Pronunciation Glitches of an AI
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The male news reader’s tortured diction and comical mispronunciation of nearly every proper noun are that of either an AI with a paltry learning dataset or a well-intentioned human who was never read-to as a child and who’s found a way to avoid consuming any audio or video news.