The Next Web: IBM teaches AI to debate humans by crowdsourcing arguments

The Next Web: IBM teaches AI to debate humans by crowdsourcing arguments. “‘Project Debater – Speech by Crowd,’ as IBM calls it, is a ‘new and experimental cloud-based AI platform for crowdsourcing decision support.’ It solicits arguments for and against a specific topic from as many humans as possible and then uses them to create debate speeches.”

CBR: IBM Weather Forecasting Crowd Sources Data Via Phones and Planes

CBR: IBM Weather Forecasting Crowd Sources Data Via Phones and Planes. “The Weather Company, a subsidiary of IBM, has unveiled the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF) which will provide hourly-updated weather forecasts with a high degree of accuracy. GRAF will gather data in a crowd source manner from millions of devices and sensors worldwide to build a dataset of constantly updating weather informatics.”

The Intercept: IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search By Skin Color

The Intercept: IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search By Skin Color. “While facial recognition technology, which measures individual faces at over 16,000 points for fine-grained comparisons with other facial images, has attracted significant legal scrutiny and media attention, this object identification software has largely evaded attention. How exactly this technology came to be developed and which particular features the software was built to catalog have never been revealed publicly by the NYPD. Now, thanks to confidential corporate documents and interviews with many of the technologists involved in developing the software, The Intercept and the Investigative Fund have learned that IBM began developing this object identification technology using secret access to NYPD camera footage.”

STAT News: IBM’s Watson supercomputer recommended ‘unsafe and incorrect’ cancer treatments, internal documents show

STAT News: IBM’s Watson supercomputer recommended ‘unsafe and incorrect’ cancer treatments, internal documents show. This article is paywalled. “Internal IBM documents show that its Watson supercomputer often spit out erroneous cancer treatment advice and that company medical specialists and customers identified ‘multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations’ as IBM was promoting the product to hospitals and physicians around the world.”

eWeek: IBM Addresses AI Bias with Massive Image Archive

eWeek: IBM Addresses AI Bias with Massive Image Archive. “IBM revealed that it will soon make available to the global research community a dataset of 1 million images to improve facial analysis system training; plus a dataset of 36,000 facial images that algorithm designers can use to evaluate bias in their own facial analysis systems.”

Futurism: IBM’s Debater AI Is Impressive, But It Won’t Conquer Humanity

Futurism: IBM’s Debater AI Is Impressive, But It Won’t Conquer Humanity. “We’re living in a strange time, when it’s increasingly difficult to distinguish a human from artificial intelligence. And, yes, it can be pretty uncanny. One recent example: Google’s demonstration of its Duplex technology, in which the software fooled an innocent (human) hairdresser into believing she was talking to a human on the phone. And now, IBM has taken things a step further by putting on a human-robot debate, setting its brand new Project Debater against Israeli professional debater Dan Zafrir.”