The Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest were masters of animal husbandry; arguably the most important of the animals they raised was the wool dog, an extinct breed known for its extroadinarily long white fur. The Indigenous peoples valued the fur as a material so much so that they kept the dogs on islands to prevent interbreeding with other dogs. But if their fur was so important, why did they go extinct?
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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