Computing

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Britain’s hidden online ‘microworkers’ paid less than £4 an hour
Call to name and shame firms paying below the minimum wage for gig economy tasks like data entry

Mattha Busby

25, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Microsoft limits access to facial recognition tool in AI ethics overhaul
Company also restricts use of custom neural voice technology owing to deepfake concerns

Alex Hern UK technology editor

22, Jun, 2022 @12:30 PM

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I am not a robot: iOS verification update marks end of ‘captchas’
Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past

Alex Hern Technology editor

21, Jun, 2022 @9:47 AM

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Palantir: Trump-backer’s data firm that wants a big NHS deal
Company co-founded by Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel has been criticised for US defence and immigration contracts

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

21, Jun, 2022 @9:20 AM

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From Trump Nevermind babies to deep fakes: DALL-E and the ethics of AI art
A neural network that can transform a text phrase into an artwork is transforming our understanding of creative thinking, but it opens new issues

Josh Taylor

18, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Why is Google so alarmed by the prospect of a sentient machine? | John Naughton
The tech giant seems to be running scared over an engineer’s claim that its language model has feelings

John Naughton

18, Jun, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Is ‘fake data’ the real deal when training algorithms?
The use of synthetic data is a cost‑effective way to teach AI about human responses. But can it help eliminate bias and make self‑driving cars safer?

Laurie Clarke

18, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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TechScape: why you shouldn’t worry about sentient AI … yet
A researcher says Google has created an AI being with smarts and soul, but my own attempt reveals the truth behind those claims. Plus, the latest crypto crash

Alex Hern

15, Jun, 2022 @10:45 AM

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Microsoft to retire Internet Explorer browser and redirect users to Edge
Company says decision to disable desktop app comes as web developers less likely to make sites compatible with browser, which first graced computers in 1995

Josh Taylor

15, Jun, 2022 @2:56 AM

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Human-like programs abuse our empathy – even Google engineers aren’t immune | Emily M Bender
Consumers need transparency about how such systems are used, says professor of linguistics Emily M Bender

Emily M Bender

14, Jun, 2022 @4:57 PM

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Labelling Google’s LaMDA chatbot as sentient is fanciful. But it’s very human to be taken in by machines | Toby Walsh
We need more safeguards in place to prevent us from mistaking machines for humans

Toby Walsh

14, Jun, 2022 @6:57 AM

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Google engineer says AI bot wants to ‘serve humanity’ but experts dismissive
Blake Lemoine claims of sentience for artificial intelligence bot described as ‘ball of confusion’ by Steven Pinker

Edward Helmore

13, Jun, 2022 @3:15 PM

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