Apple’s new anti-child sexual abuse initiative, whilst serving an important purpose, has raised worries over the loss of whatever privacy we have left. In the future, Apple phones will scan your files without your permission, under the guise of protecting children. “The hard part is getting customers to accept client-side scanning in the first place,” says Kyle Rankin, who warns that Apple’s move could inspire other tech companies to violate your privacy by packaging it as an anti-crime measure.
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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