algorithms

Hacking

Google Thought My Phone Number Was Facebook’s and It Ruined My Life

A quirk in Google’s search algorithm turned me into Facebook’s customer support.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.9.19
security

‘They Would Go Absolutely Nuts’: How a Mark Cuban-Backed Facial Recognition Firm Tried to Work With Cops

Suspect Technologies tried to convince police to hand over a database of driver license photos, and pitched a product that would scan for people of a certain ethnicity.
Joseph Cox
5.6.19
YouTube

Why Did YouTube Mass Recommend That People Watch News Footage of the 9/11 Attacks?

Thousands of people say that a years-old CNN news feed from the morning of the September 11th attacks has been resurfaced by YouTube's recommendation algorithm.
Rob Dozier
1.18.19
algorithms

An AI Analyzed My Twitter Feed and Discovered I’m a Shithead

DeepSense says it can analyze tweets to see if someone is a good employee. I'm going to need to make better tweets.
Derek Mead
9.21.18
Tech

This AI Creates Horrifying Images Based On Your Words

Yay, researchers trained an algorithm to turn your captions into (nightmarish) images.
Sarah Emerson
8.17.18
deepfakes

There Is No Tech Solution to Deepfakes

Funding technological solutions to algorithmically-generated fake videos only puts a bandage on the deeper issues of consent and media literacy.
Samantha Cole
8.14.18
Facebook

Facebook Added Balloons and Confetti to Posts About the Earthquake in Indonesia

A spokesperson told Motherboard the company “regrets that it appeared in this unfortunate context.”
Kaleigh Rogers
8.7.18
anthropunk

Amazon Wants You to Shop at Amazon as Long as You Follow the Rules It Doesn't Tell You About

Amazon has swallowed retail, and now has begun banning and threatening to ban what it deems to be problematic customers.
S.A. Applin
5.29.18
Interviews

Jenny Hval Has Something to Tell You

We spoke to the experimental artist about algorithms, being "chill," and why her new 'Long Sleep' EP is an avant-garde reawakening.
Andrea Domanick
5.25.18
doomed

AI Can Generate 'Doom' Levels Now

Algorithms that can make video game levels humans want to play can automate aspects of game design.
Wajeeh Maaz
5.11.18
Opinion

We Need Bug Bounties for Bad Algorithms

In the age of algorithmic decision-making, we need to incentivize algorithmic auditors to become our new immune system.
Amit Elazari Bar On
5.3.18
Art

A Teenager Used AI to Generate Bizarre, Surreal Nude Portraits

We're honestly not sure if Robbie Barrat's strange creations are NSFW.
Peter Slattery
3.30.18
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