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Dave Gershgorn

Dave Gershgorn covers artificial intelligence for Quartz.
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US Spies Want to Know How to Spot Compromised AI

What if you were training an AI, and an adversary slipped a few altered images into its study set?

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The Tech Companies That Are Eager to Sell AI to the Pentagon

The Pentagon’s AI shopping list is similar to a Silicon Valley company’s: fast data organization, predictive maintenance, and mitigation for threats.

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DEA and ICE are Hiding Surveillance Cameras in Streetlights

So far, the public doesn't know where or how the cameras are being installed.


In California, It’ll Be Illegal to Make Routers With Weak Passwords

A new law covering a wide range of devices will take effect in less than 15 months.


The ACLU Used Amazon’s Facial Recognition and it Labelled Congress Members as Criminals

Not only did the algorithm falsely match 28 members of Congress to criminal mug shots, but the false matches were more common for congresspeople of color.


This Is the Week that the Drone Surveillance State Became Real

Not only do local police now have access to drones, but footage from those flying cameras will be automatically analyzed by AI systems not disclosed to the public.


Google’s New Ethics Rules Forbid Using Its AI for Weapons

In the wake of an employee protest, the internet giant also vows not to use AI in surveillance tools that would violate “internationally accepted norms.”

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Tomorrow’s Robots Will Train in Simulators, Just Like Today’s Troops

Several firms are working on training environments like Star Trek’s Holodeck, but for machines.

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Software Used to Predict Crime Can Now Be Scoured for Bias

Predictive-policing startup CivicScape published its code online, allowing anyone to help ensure that the algorithm doesn’t unfairly target certain groups of people.