Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

Researchers Emilio Calvano, Giacomo Calzolari, Vincenzo Denicolò, Sergio Pastorello of the University of Bologna in Italy conducted an experiment where they let loose two simple reinforcement-learning-based pricing algorithms in a controlled environment. They learned that the these two completely autonomous algorithms actually responded to their mutual behavior.  Together, they started quickly to pull up the […]

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition Tech Is Being Used By The Justice Department, ICE, And The FBI

Clearview’s facial recognition AI is not only used by law enforcement; there is a large number of private companies that have Clearview accounts, like Kohl’s and Walmart and banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America. While most of these companies have no formal contracts with Clearview and appear to have used Clearview’s software on […]

The case for … ‘dumb’ cities instead of ‘smart’ ones

We’ve participated in SCEWC in Barcelona last year. The amount of technology that is supposed to makes a city smart is staggering. For monitoring ever movement in the city millions of sensors are positioned in cities. Some of them look like from some dystopian future. What’s missing are actuators that physically enforce some desired behavior […]

Most Deepfakes Are Porn, and They’re Multiplying Fast | WIRED

Two years ago, software was realeased that montaged faces of Hollywood actresses into pornographic video clips. This is now known as deepfakes and the technology has found a wide audience. While some of the manipulated videos are fun and mostly harmless like the picture above, a report by Deeptrace found 96% of deepfakes are pornographic. […]

The Fantasy of Opting Out | The MIT Press Reader

In a world where the cost of opting out is getting constantly higher, the pressure of not to opt out is mounting. Almost every platform tells users that by opting out from cookies, link and click tracking, personal information, etc. they won’t be able to fully benefit from the platform (services). Some platforms even go […]

Facebook’s Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users’ Heads—Literally | WIRED

Facebook purchased CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a company that allows uses to control computer interafaces with brainpower. They use a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to accomplish that. While they are not the only company that tries to do that, CTRL-Labs is considered to have a quite pragmatic approach to brain computer interfaces. Users […]

Always In — Real Life

Interesting article on how wireless headphones became augmented reality devices. Those devices are changing our behaviour: notice for example how people keep their AirPods on when they are talking to others. In doing so, wearers signal that they are not fully present and relegate the immediate environment to the background. By not having to look […]