When Artificial Intelligence Knows Too Much (or Too Little) About You

“Know thyself.” Those were the words of advice offered up by philosopher, historian, and best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari during an on-stage conversation at Stanford University last week. The prolific writer (and agitator) has long been a critic of artificial intelligence applications that track, aggregate, and learn from our every move, gleaning insights about us […]

Eye on A.I.— Retail Has Big Hopes For Artificial Intelligence. But Shoppers May Have Other Ideas

Walmart has opened a store in Levittown, N.Y. that is intended to showcase the power of artificial intelligence. The store, announced last week, is packed with video cameras, digital screens, and over 100 servers, making it appear more like a corporate data center than a discount retailer. All that machinery helps Walmart automatically track inventory […]

Eye on A.I.— How to Fix Artificial Intelligence’s Diversity Crisis

In recent years, researchers and journalists have highlighted artificial intelligence technology sometimes stumbling when it comes to minorities and women. Facial recognition technology, to name just one, is more likely to become confused when scanning dark-skinned women than light-skinned men. Last week, AI Now, a research group at New York University, released a study about […]