A.I.’s Hidden Biases Are Continuing to Bedevil Businesses. Can They Be Stopped?

Bias will continue to be a fundamental concern for businesses hoping to adopt artificial intelligence software, according to senior executives from IBM and Salesforce, two of the leading companies selling such A.I.-enabled tools. Companies have become increasingly wary that hidden biases in the data used to train A.I. systems may result in outcomes that unfairly—and […]

Game, Set, Machine Learning: How IBM Is Fine-Tuning Its Wimbledon Tech

Simona Halep’s Wimbledon dreams were in trouble. On Tuesday, the Romanian player, currently ranked seventh in the world, was struggling in her quarter final match against the Shuai Zhang, a Chinese player ranked 50th. Zhang, who had bested Halep in two of their three previous meetings, was up four games to one in the first […]

Why Blockchain ‘Hype’ Needs to Stop

Hype–tons if it–has long infiltrated the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, and IBM blockchain general manager Marie Wieck, for one, would like it to end. “Stop the hype” with blockchain, she said at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Finance conference in Montauk, N.Y. on Thursday. Instead, she said, focus on the value proposition it brings to the table. “The […]

What Divides America? Job Skills, Says IBM CEO

These are times of great division, as the political climate in the U.S. and abroad makes clear. Not coincidentally, these are also times of great economic and technological disruption. Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, chief executive of IBM, sees these trends as fundamentally linked, stemming from an underlying cause. “I believe so much of the division in […]

Eye on A.I.— Why Standards Are Critical to Improving Artificial Intelligence

Improving artificial intelligence to help prevent heart attacks doesn’t just depend on innovation. It also hinges on creating standards, the wonky underpinnings of the technology agreed to by companies and government agencies. For example, the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts the annual CES tech show in Las Vegas, recently created an A.I. working group made […]

How a Boston Startup Could Revolutionize Weather Forecasting

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Aaron in for Adam this morning. You’ve no doubt heard about the “Internet of Things”–maybe you’ve even heard too much–but Shimon Elkabetz wants you to start thinking about the […]

Date Sheet–How a Boston Startup Could Revolutionize Weather Forecasting

Aaron in for Adam this morning. You’ve no doubt heard about the “Internet of Things”–maybe you’ve even heard too much–but Shimon Elkabetz wants you to start thinking about the “Weather of Things.” While the government and most private weather forecasters rely on satellites and a network of weather stations and radars scattered around the country, […]

Amazon Gave Jobs to DOD Staff Working on Cloud Bid, Lawsuit Claims

At least two Pentagon employees were offered jobs at Amazon.com Inc. while working on the Defense Department’s $10 billion cloud contract, a lawsuit filed by Oracle Corp. alleges. The amended complaint, made public on Tuesday, claims Deap Ubhi, a former employee at a high-level Defense Department technology unit, helped design the cloud contract in a […]

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 […]