…xed-race marriage, Black Lives Matter, and LGBTQ rights, our country’s cultural fabric is shifting. The white male Christian, America’s financial and cultural top dog since at least 1776, can feel his crown slipping. And here comes Trump in all his racist, misogynistic, egotistical glory, repping an America where the Christian white man remains king.
…* that it’s been to work at a place filled with as much creativity and brilliance as the Media Lab. But I’m also aware that privilege can be blinding, and can cause people to ignore situations that should be simple matters of right and wrong. Everyone at the Media Lab is going through a process of figuring out how they should react to the n…
…ompanies are moving instead towards using a decentralized model approach called Federated Learning. Using Federated Learning, the Machine Learning model is trained on the data source and its output is then moved on the cloud for further analysis. This means that companies like Google and Apple no longer need to access their user's data to improve their services but instead can just use the output of the Machine Learning model trained locally (without breaking the user privacy).
Generally, global differential privacy can lead to more accurate results compared to local differential privacy, while keeping the same privacy level. On the other hand, when using global differential privacy, the people donating their data need to trust the dataset curator to add the necessary noise to preserve their privacy.
…riment with different approaches in order to identify which is best to preserve the user’s privacy. By knowing our data privacy level we can then quantify the likelihood that someone might be able to leak sensitive information from the dataset and how much information can be leaked at most.
The stakes are extremely high. The use of AI for social control and oppression is already emerging, even in the face of developers’ best of intentions. We have a short window in which to act, to build in real guardrails for these systems, before AI is built into our infrastructure and it’s too late.
I don’t for a second fault Andrew for not having a perspective beyond his peer group. But I do fault both the tech elite and journalists for not thinking critically through what he posted and presuming that a single person’s experience can speak on behalf of an entire generation. There’s a reason why researchers and organizations like Pew Research are doing the work that they do — they do so to make sure that we don’t forget about the populations that aren’t already in our networks. The fact that professionals prefer anecdotes from people like us over concerted efforts to understand a demographic as a whole is shameful. More importantly, it’s downright dangerous. It shapes what the tech industry builds and invests in, what gets promoted by journalists, and what gets legitimized by institutions of power. This is precisely why and how the tech industry is complicit in the increasing structural inequality that is plaguing our society.