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Dr. King’s Message is Universal

Accountability and responsibility in the digital age were the central themes of a conversation in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  on Thursday at Northeastern. In the discussion, hosted by Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern,  Patricia J. Williams, University Distinguished Professor of law and humanities, said the digital…
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Published On: January 17, 2020 |
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The G7 wants to regulate artificial intelligence. Should the US get on board?

With the introduction of new export controls on artificial intelligence software last week, the White House appealed to lawmakers, businesses, and European allies to avoid overregulation of artificial intelligence. It also maintained its refusal to participate in a project proposed by the Group of Seven leading economies, which seeks to establish shared principles and regulations…
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Published On: January 14, 2020 |
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A call to action on artificial intelligence

Preparing employees for jobs of the future will require leaders in business, government, and higher education to work together. That was a major takeaway from a conference at Northeastern’s Toronto campus to discuss the results of a Northeastern-Gallup poll on attitudes toward artificial intelligence in the U.S., the U.K and Canada. “We have to do…
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Published On: December 20, 2019 |
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Facebook changed its ad tools, but the results are still biased. What’s going on?

In settling five different lawsuits at once, Facebook earlier this year promised to change the way it manages the advertisements for housing, employment, and credit that run on its platform. Advertisers would no longer be able to target an audience by gender, race, or age, in order to prevent against discrimination of legally protected groups….
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Facebook has already decided how you’re going to vote

Facebook is wielding significant power over political discourse in the United States, thanks to an ad delivery system that reinforces political polarization among users, according to new research from a team of computer scientists. The study, published this week by researchers from Northeastern University, the University of Southern California, and the nonprofit technology organization Upturn,…
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Published On: December 12, 2019 |
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Twitter has banned political ads. Is Facebook next?

It was the announcement everyone wanted to hear from Mark Zuckerberg, but instead it came from Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey: There will be no more political advertising promoting candidates or hot-button policy issues. To boot, Dorsey’s announcement that Twitter would stop allowing political ads was timed to coincide with Facebook releasing its earnings…
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Published On: November 1, 2019 |
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Here’s what you might have missed during Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing

When Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this month, he was grilled on a whole host of topics. Members of Congress interrogated the Facebook CEO about the company’s plan for cryptocurrency; whether Facebook was violating antitrust laws; and its rules about political advertising. Buried within the five hours of testimony was another important question: Does Facebook’s…
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Published On: October 29, 2019 |
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‘The internet of things is a flaming dumpster fire’

On the sixth floor of Northeastern’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, you’ll find an apartment outfitted with cutting-edge smart devices. But don’t be fooled by these shiny appliances. As these researchers warn, the toaster could do more harm than burn your toast. In this episode, we talk to Christo Wilson (associate professor in the Khoury…
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Published On: October 25, 2019 |
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‘What do we want out of artificial intelligence? And, how do we get there?’

The rapid pace of artificial intelligence development and the impact it has had on our lives has been simultaneously ‘amazing’ and ‘terrifying,’ said Shawn Ramirez, the head of data science and engineering at Insight Data Science in Seattle. From the cars that we drive to the products and systems that we use daily, intelligent systems…
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Published On: October 4, 2019 |
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Northeastern University launches Institute for Experiential Artificial Intelligence

Researchers and policymakers have warned that if the autonomous systems we’re increasingly integrating into our lives are not carefully designed, there could be serious repercussions. But there are also opportunities to ensure that human values stay at the center of new advances in artificial intelligence. At this critical moment, Northeastern is launching the Institute for…
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Published On: October 3, 2019 |
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