AI Weekly Roundup
Is the tech industry using some of its most powerful tools to the detriment of its own users?
That’s the question probed by the FT, highlighting “dark patterns.” These are the clever tricks used on websites and in smartphone apps to nudge users into taking particular actions — leading people to buy more than they want on e-commerce sites, or encouraging them to spend more time on a social media site. Today machine learning is really perfecting dark patterns to maximum effect.
“Social media content selection algorithms, particularly those based on reinforcement learning, are guaranteed to manipulate people,” says Stuart Russell, a professor of AI at the University of California, Berkeley. But can we ever really know when we are being nudged towards a better outcome as opposed to being deceived?
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The Verge took Apple AirTags out for a spin, playing a game of hide-and-seek, to see if an AirTag is really good enough to reveal location when it’s lost. The video shows how this $29 location tracker works, how it protects your privacy, and whether or not it can do anything for Android users.
Read more (The Verge)
AI platform provider ASAPP has raised $120 million in Series C financing, coming to a final vaulation of $1.6Bn. This major development is a testament to how hi-tech AI software is driving productivity and preserving American talent in an industry that suffers from 40% annual turnover rates.
Read more (Reuters)
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