“There were no possible chances to live up to the hype.” Dan Kois, a former literary agent-turned-journalist, blames himself for the fall of the Segway. How? By being careless, book proposals detailing the development of a secret technology ー the Segway, called “IT” ー were leaked into the world, generating hype on absurd levels. Described as world-changing, speculations ran wild regarding the nature of “IT”, dooming it to fail because the glorified scooter couldn’t live up to expectations.
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An artificial intelligence model built by Ishanu Chattopadhyay and his colleagues analysed crime data in Chicago from 2014 to 2016 and managed to predict future levels of crime down to the nearest 300 metres, a week before they actually happened. While extremely useful, this artificial intelligence has been shown to expose racial prejudice in law enforcement. Hopefully, as the study’s data and methodology have been made available for others to evaluate, these prejudices can be avoided in the next iteration. Read full article here