In the not too distant future, we might be able to get real-time, automated fact checks during political events. Squash, Duke University’s automated fact-checking platform, is certainly a step in the right direction; it’s able to listen to politicians’ claims, check their accuracy, and show its findings to viewers in seconds. However, it’s not without its faults. Its voice-to-text translations can be quite questionable; it once got the phrase “armpit sweat” from a statement about an Iowan storm.
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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