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Democrats Want Feds to Target the 'Black Box' of AI Bias

Democrats Want Feds to Target the 'Black Box' of AI Bias

| By Matt O'Brien | Apr 11
Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the "black box" of tech companies' artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks.

Before India's Election, Voters Feed on False Information

Before India's Election, Voters Feed on False Information

| By Rishabh R. Jain | Apr 11
Before the world's largest democracy starts voting Thursday in a phased election carried out over six weeks, this attitude is posing a problem for election officials seeking to combat the spread of fake news.

Capitol Hill Hearing on Online Hate Sees It Firsthand

Capitol Hill Hearing on Online Hate Sees It Firsthand

| By Barbara Ortutay, Marcy Gordon, and Rachel Lerman | Apr 10
A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments.

Real or Artificial? Tech Titans Declare AI Ethics Concerns

Real or Artificial? Tech Titans Declare AI Ethics Concerns

| By Matt O'Brien and Rachel Lerman | Apr 9
"Ethical AI" has become a new corporate buzz phrase, slapped on internal review committees, fancy job titles, research projects and philanthropic initiatives.

Telemedicine Tied to More Antibiotics for Kids, Study Finds

Telemedicine Tied to More Antibiotics for Kids, Study Finds

| By Mike Stobbe | Apr 9
Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor's office or clinic, according to a new study.

UK Plan Steps Up Global Crackdown on Social Media

UK Plan Steps Up Global Crackdown on Social Media

| By Danica Kirka | Apr 8
The U.K. for the first time on Monday proposed direct regulation of social media companies, with senior executives potentially facing fines if they fail to block damaging content such as terrorist propaganda or images of child abuse.

New Zealand Official Calls Facebook 'Morally Bankrupt'

New Zealand Official Calls Facebook 'Morally Bankrupt'

| By Rod McGuirk | Apr 8
New Zealand's official privacy watchdog on Monday described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence.

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Emulate Human Behaviors — Soon It Will Be Dangerously Good

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Emulate Human Behaviors — Soon It Will Be Dangerously Good

| Apr 7
When artificial intelligence systems start getting creative, they can create great things — and scary ones.

AP Explains: How Strict Australian Social Media Law Works

AP Explains: How Strict Australian Social Media Law Works

| By Rod McGuirk | Apr 6
Australia hopes its new laws that threaten prison and major fines for social media executives who fail to quickly remove streamed violence from their platforms will become a model for other countries.

S. Korea Launches 5G Smartphone Networks Ahead of Schedule

S. Korea Launches 5G Smartphone Networks Ahead of Schedule

| Apr 5
South Korea's telecommunications carriers turned on super-fast 5G mobile internet networks abruptly ahead of schedule in an attempt to ensure the country becomes the first in the world to launch the services.

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