CNET: Amazon to fund $10M to improve fairness in AI research

CNET: Amazon to fund $10M to improve fairness in AI research. “Amazon is giving money to broaden AI acceptance. The e-commerce giant on Monday said it’s working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to commit up to $10 million each in research grants over the next three years to help improve fairness in artificial intelligence.”

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation. “Amazon is removing from its online marketplace ‘autism cure’ books that unscientifically claim children can be cured of autism with pseudoscientific methods such as ingesting and bathing in a potentially toxic form of bleach and taking medication meant to treat arsenic and lead poisoning.”

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook. “Warren’s proposal includes a plan to pass legislation designating platforms with more than $25 billion in revenue as ‘platform utilities,’ which would be barred from owning both the platform and ‘participants’ on the platform at the same time. Smaller companies would not face the same requirements. A law like that would have immediate effects on the digital economy, the proposal continues, as Google is forced to spin off Search and Amazon spins off Marketplace.”

Wired: How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore

Wired: How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore. “Once relegated to tabloids and web forums, health misinformation and conspiracies have found a new megaphone in the curation engines that power massive platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Search, trending, and recommendation algorithms can be gamed to make fringe ideas appear mainstream. This is compounded by an asymmetry of passion that leads truther communities to create prolific amounts of content, resulting in a greater amount available for algorithms to serve up … and, it seems, resulting in real-world consequences.”

CNN: Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories thrive on Amazon

CNN: Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories thrive on Amazon. “Amid a growing measles outbreak in the United States, the role of powerful tech companies like YouTube and Facebook in spreading vaccine misinformation is under heavy scrutiny. But there is another massive platform offering spurious anti-vaccination content to people seeking information, a review by CNN Business reveals: Amazon, the world’s largest online marketplace.”