CNET: Facebook and NYU want to use AI to make MRI exams faster. “MRI scans may some day be available for a lot more people in need. Facebook on Monday said it’s teaming up with NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology to launch ‘fastMRI,’ a collaborative research project that aims to use artificial intelligence to make MRI — magnetic resonance imaging — 10 times faster.”
RNZ: Consulting with Dr Google can be a good idea – study. “Far from convincing people they have contracted an exotic disease or terminal illness, a new study shows googling their symptoms allows patients to ask better questions and that they are more likely to understand what their doctor tells them.”
Nieman Lab: Does your Google News change based on whether you’re conservative or liberal?. “How much do algorithms encourage echo chambers? We know that the information people receive can be very different depending on the terms they Google — and that can lead to fears about people with different political leanings receiving very different news. A small study that will be published in Computers in Human Behavior, however, provides some reassuring news.”
New Scientist: This AI will draw whatever you want – but it’s utterly terrible. “Step aside, Picasso. This AI can draw pictures of anything you dream up – but they won’t always be recognisable. The algorithm, created by Tao Xu at Microsoft Research and his colleagues, works similarly to other AIs that generate art or pictures. It is trained on a database of photographs and descriptions, so it matches certain words to particular colours, textures, and shapes. And like other AIs, it is not always spot-on and the images don’t always make sense.” Wonderfully bizarre.
Medium: Plan for Publishing CRS Reports Falls Short. “In March, new legislation from Congress required the Library of Congress publish all non-confidential Congressional Research Service reports online by September 19th of this year. That deadline is rapidly approaching and while congressional and civil society concerns about the library’s implementation plan remain unaddressed, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Hayden, declined a direct request from Rep. Lofgren for the Librarian to meet with civil society about improving the website.”
The Outline: Let’s All Go Back To Tumblr. “Maybe you’re familiar with the many reasons why people hate Twitter. It’s a time sink, it enables the spread of fake news and bigotry, it encourages white hot anger predicated on context collapse, it’s allowed mildly clever people to build careers on a foundation of bullshit, and so on. The memes are good, and the animal GIFs too (and the political solidarity and the righteous signal boosting and all of the other legitimately positive things, please don’t tell me about them) but increasingly there is a sense — or rather, a range of senses — that much of this fussing around is not exactly healthy, for ourselves or society or anyone else.”
Julia Reda: Out-of-control censorship machines removed my article warning of out-of-control censorship machines . “A few days ago, about a dozen articles and campaign sites criticising EU plans for copyright censorship machines silently vanished from the world’s most popular search engine. Proving their point in the most blatant possible way, the sites were removed by exactly what they were warning of: Copyright censorship machines. Among the websites that were made impossible to find: A blog post of mine in which I inform Europeans about where their governments stand on online censorship in the name of copyright and a campaign site warning of copyright law that favors corporations over free speech.”