“Fruit importing involves a surprising amount of diplomacy and technology.” Despite the great demand for the heavenly Pakistani mango varieties, the golden fruits are scarcely seen in American grocery stores. Why? The mangoes must fly in by plane, and then be transported to an irradiation centre, where they’re treated for pests. The whole process takes time, and time is the enemy of the Pakistani mango as they spoil quickly after harvest.
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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