Even more impressive, it can explain its choices. Explain yourself: The black box has long been a challenge in artificial intelligence. This refers to the tendency of algorithms to spit out results without explaining what went into them–and it can make weeding out bias difficult.
The news: In a paper released in Nature Medicine yesterday, DeepMind researchers described an AI system that can identify more than 50 diseases, refer them to a specialist, and, most important, indicate which portion of a medical scan prompted the diagnosis.
Why it matters: Explainability is crucial if AI is to see increased use in medicine. “Doctors and patients don’t want just a black box answer, they want to know why,” Ramesh Raskar, an associate professor at MIT, told Stat. “There is a standard of care, and if the AI technique doesn’t follow that standard of care, people are going to be uncomfortable with it.”
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You might think you have turned off the search giant’s ability to learn your location, but there’s a good chance the company still knows where you are. Some background: An Associated Press report out today revealed that Google applications can still collect location data even when you have the “location history” feature turned off. Stop it: If you want to rescind Google’s permission to monitor your phone’s location in any circumstances, you will need to turn off both “location history” and “web and app activity.” To do this, you can follow these steps:
1. Open “settings” on your Android device. 2. Search for “location” under “data & personalization.” 3.
Select to turn off location history for your account and/or your devices. 4. Visit the “activity controls” page for your Google account. 5. Switch “web and app activity” off.
This will prevent information, including location data, from any devices from being saved to your account.
Turn it off or keep it on? Keeping location and data tracking on can enable more features in Google, included automated commuting estimates and more ads related to your area.
But turning it off will help protect your privacy and keep more of your data for you, and you alone.
The company may be forced to remove its claim of one-day delivery in the UK. It all started last Christmas: Amazon faced hundreds of angry last-minute shoppers in 2017 that did not receive their packages in time for the big holiday. The news: The Advertising Standards Authority is reportedly planning to announce this week that the tech giant will need to strike all instances of its “unlimited one-day delivery” phrasing in ads.
It will be required to clearly indicate which products are eligible for the fast shipping times. A big deal: Amazon’s promise of one- or two-day delivery is a major draw for customers. Losing their trust in that feature could cause major damage to the company, which has a slew of competitors nipping at its heels.
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