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“Machine learning can assess the effectiveness of mathematical tools used to predict the movements of financial markets, according to new Cornell research based on the largest dataset ever used in this area. The researchers’ model could also predict future market movements, an extraordinarily difficult task because of markets’ massive amounts of information and high volatility.” — Melanie Lefkowitz, Writer Learn More from Cornell Chronicle >

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“Hundreds of explicit deepfake videos featuring female celebrities, actresses and musicians are being uploaded to the world’s biggest pornography websites every month, new analysis shows. The non-consensual videos rack up millions of views and porn companies are still failing to remove them from their websites.” …


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“[AI in mental illness] is one of the most exciting new directions that we have. Because mental health problems, particularly depression but all across the board, are so important. They’re also understaffed in terms of capable counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health professionals in general. So the ability to quantify, in real time, a person’s state of mind is an extraordinary new development. Whether that’s how you strike a keyboard, the intonation of your speech, your breathing or all of the other parameters that can be assessed passively, without any effort…The field using AI in mental health care, while it’s still very underdeveloped and early, is one of the greatest opportunities going forward. Because there’s a terrible mismatch of the burden of mental health and the field’s ability to support people. I think the promise here is quite extraordinary. It’s using technology to enhance human mental health, which never tends to get the same respect as physical health.”


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“Reading minds has just come a step closer to reality: scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can turn brain activity into text. While the system currently works on neural patterns detected while someone is speaking aloud, experts say it could eventually aid communication for patients who are unable to speak or type, such as those with locked in syndrome. “We are not there yet but we think this could be the basis of a speech prosthesis,” said Dr Joseph Makin, co-author of the research from the University of California, San Francisco.”


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“AI is extremely good at finding patterns across multiple data types. For example, we’re now able to analyze patterns of human response to the pressures of the pandemic as measured through sentiments on social media, and even patterns in geospatial data to see where social distancing may and may not be working. And, of course, we are using AI to look for patterns in the genome of the virus and its biology to see where we can attack it.” — Russ Altman, Professor Learn More from Stanford >

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““Unless more companies using AI management technology also consider the dignity and needs of workers, working people — especially low-wage and non-union workers — will face greater risk of exploitation, economic instability, and other harms in the years to come,” Sanchez said. “At a bare minimum, [companies] should provide workers with the information and ability to contest and overturn determinations that technical systems are making about their livelihoods. Workers should have the right to collectively agree on workplace standards that are safe, fair, and predictable, including ones that address exploitative and invasive uses of AI in the workplace.”” — Kaye Loggins, Writer Learn More from Vice…

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