How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate

AI algorithms can solve hard problems and learn incredible tasks, but they can't explain how they do these things. If researchers can build explainable AI, it could lead to a flood of new knowledge.

Forest Agostinelli, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of South Carolina • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Thousands of ocean fishing boats could be using forced labor – we used AI and satellite data to find them

Forced labor is a widespread problem in fisheries on the high seas. Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 100,000 people may have been victims of forced labor on thousands of different boats.

Gavin McDonald, Senior Project Researcher, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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It takes a lot of energy for machines to learn – here's why AI is so power-hungry

Training neural networks burns through a lot of energy. As the AI field grows, it's working to keep its carbon foot print from growing with it.

Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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What is a neural network? A computer scientist explains

Neural networks today do everything from cameras to translations. A professor of computer science provides a basic explanation of how neural networks work.

Tam Nguyen, Assistant Professor, University of Dayton • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Refugees are at risk from dystopian 'smart border' technology

Fears over the sinister side of artificial intelligence have become reality

Emre Eren Korkmaz, Researcher, University of Oxford • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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An AI tool can distinguish between a conspiracy theory and a true conspiracy – it comes down to how easily the story falls apart

Computational methods could help identify conspiracy theories as they emerge.

Timothy R. Tangherlini, Professor of Danish Literature and Culture, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~10 min

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The Matrix is already here: Social media promised to connect us, but left us isolated, scared and tribal

Remember what life was like before social media took over? Now that the election is over, it might be a good time to take back our lives.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~9 min

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If a robot is conscious, is it OK to turn it off? The moral implications of building true AIs

Philosophers say now is the time to mull over what qualities should grant an artificially intelligent machine moral standing.

Anand Vaidya, Associate Professor of Philosophy, San José State University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~10 min

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What is an algorithm? How computers know what to do with data

A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.

Jory Denny, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Richmond • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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The threat of 'killer robots' is real and closer than you might think

Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.

Ingvild Bode, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern Denmark • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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