A shadowy operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign heavily influenced the result of the EU referendum. Is our electoral process still… Open at source
~16 min read · Aug 3rd · The long read: To every age dogged with pollution, accidents and congestion, the transport solution for the next generation seems obvious – but the same problems keep coming back
4 min read · Aug 1st · Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft all reported record-breaking profits but recent Biden administration moves suggest US tech’s easy ride is over
The coronavirus shook the world economy to its core but for the US tech giants it has proven a bonanza of historic proportions.
In back-to-back corporate earnings releases Google, Apple and Microsoft all reported record-breaking quarterly sales and profits. Facebook doubled its profits and reported its fastest growth in five years. In the last three months alone the US’s five largest tech companies made combined profits of over $68bn.
We are looking at a Blade Runner future, a world where a handful of companies will dominate all economic activity,
5 min read · Jul 14th · Up for discussion in the first Guardian tech newsletter: can artificial intelligence enhance rather than replace us … internet age verification … plus Google’s €500m French fine
Sometimes there’s a story that just sums up all the hopes and fears of its entire field. Here’s one.
The vast majority of what we call AI today isn’t coded but trained: you give it a great pile of stuff, and tell it to work out for itself the relationships between that stuff.
That’s great if the problem is a simple programming task. It’s less good if the prompt for autocomplete is, say, secret credentials that you use to sign into user account.
2 min read · Aug 10th · Company pays $3,500 to Bogdan Kulynych who demonstrated flaw in image cropping software
I use the phrase ‘life imitating art imitating life’. We create these filters because we think that’s what ‘beautiful’ is, and that ends up training our models and driving these unrealistic notions of what it means to be attractive.