Safiya Noble Knew the Algorithm Was Oppressive

Safiya Noble Knew the Algorithm Was Oppressive

When Frances Haugen blew the whistle on Facebook, she thrust algorithm—a clunky Silicon Valley buzzword—into mainstream conversation. Facebook’s algorithm, the mathematical map for how the platform works, was intentionally insidious, Haugen said: It boosted divisive content to the top of users’ timelines to ensnare them…

AI Weekly: AI researchers release toolkit to promote AI that helps to achieve sustainability goals

AI Weekly: AI researchers release toolkit to promote AI that helps to achieve sustainability goals

While discussions about AI often center around the technology’s commercial potential, increasingly, researchers are investigating ways that AI can be harnessed to drive societal change. Among others, Facebook chief AI scientist Yann LeCun and Google Brain cofounder Andrew Ng have argued that…