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

December 27, 2018 The US government’s research arm for intelligence organizations, IARPA, is looking for ideas on how to detect “Trojan” attacks on artificial intelligence, according to government procurement documents. Here’s the problem the agency wants to solve: At a simple level, modern image-recognition AI learns from analyzing many images of an object....

U.S. Spies Want to Know How to Identify Compromised AI

December 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government’s research arm for intelligence organizations, IARPA, is looking for ideas on how to detect “Trojan” attacks on artificial intelligence, according to government procurement documents. Here’s the problem the agency wants to solve: At a simple level, modern image-recognition AI learns from analyzing many images of an object....

U.S. Spies Want To Know How To Identify Compromised AI

December 27, 2018 The U.S. government’s research arm for intelligence organizations, IARPA, is looking for ideas on how to detect “Trojan” attacks on artificial intelligence, according to government procurement documents. Here’s the problem the agency wants to solve: At a simple level, modern image-recognition AI learns from analyzing many images of an object....

This Year the World Woke Up to the Problems with AI Everywhere

December 23, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For all the money AI has made for big companies like Google and Facebook, this year companies have woken up to some of the pitfalls of the technology: It can easily become biased, there’s no set code of ethics for the technology, and putting research into the real world too...

Google Created a ‘Responsible Innovation Team’ to Check If Its AI Is Ethical

December 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The newest job at Google: checking its AI to make sure it’s ethical. The company has added a “formal review structure,” which consists of three groups to make big picture and technical decisions around the use of AI. That’s according to a blog post the company published Tuesday. Google instated...

The Future of Software Isn’t an App. It’s a Habit

December 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Smartphones apps, social media, and smart devices dominate our attention. But in a world full of infinite pings and notifications, software that makes itself a habit for the user is the only way to stay relevant, says Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. “The companies that...

Amazon And Microsoft Claim AI Can Read Human Emotions. Experts Say the Science Is Shaky

December 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facial recognition technology is being tested by businesses and governments for everything from policing to employee timesheets. Even more granular results are on their way, promise the companies behind the technology: Automatic emotion recognition could soon help robots understand humans better, or detect road rage in car drivers. But experts...

The Secret Service Is Testing Facial Recognition At The White House

November 29, 2018 Currently, Secret Service agents at the White House are shown pictures of people who might be a threat, and instructed to look out for them. But the Secret Service is looking to upgrade security to include facial recognition, which would be able to automatically detect people of interest using the...

The U.S. Navy Wants Electronic Weapons That 'Go To 11'

November 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Navy is courting proposals from defense contractors to design the next generation of electronic warfare technology. It’s looking for devices that can be used to jam enemy radar and missile systems and deceive hostile forces—and the service branch wants equipment that “goes to 11.” “The saying is, ‘He...

The U.S. Could Regulate AI in the Name of National Security

November 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Artificial intelligence technology has the capability to be the most impactful software advance in history and the U.S. government has no idea how to properly regulate it. The U.S. does know that it doesn’t want other countries using its own AI against it. A new proposal published Monday by the...