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The real test of an AI machine is when it can admit to not knowing something | John Naughton



Mark Zuckerberg and Brussels both have ideas on AI regulation, but it’s a Cambridge statistician who has produced something intelligibleOn Wednesday the European Commission launched a blizzard of proposals and policy papers under the general umbrella …

Quick, cheap to make and loved by police – facial recognition apps are on the rise | John Naughton



Clearview AI may be controversial but it’s not the first business to identify you from your online picsWay back in May 2011, Eric Schmidt, who was then the executive chairman of Google, said that the rapid development of facial recognition technology h…

Hypocrisy is at the heart of Facebook’s refusal to ban false political advertising | John Naughton



Executive Andrew Bosworth’s handwringing about the company’s stance should not blind us to the fact that doing nothing is extremely lucrative for itOn 20 December last, Andrew Bosworth, a long-time Facebook executive and buddy of the company’s supreme …

We’re approaching the limits of computer power – we need new programmers now | John Naughton



Ever-faster processors led to bloated software, but physical limits may force a return to the concise code of the pastWay back in the 1960s, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, observed that the number of transistors that could be fitted on a silico…

The smartphone tracking industry has been rumbled. When will we act? | John Naughton



Shadowy firms collect detailed data on where we go and who we meet through our apps. Yet where is the protest that would fuel change?When the history of our time comes to be written, one of the things that will puzzle historians (assuming any have surv…

To err is human – is that why we fear machines that can be made to err less? | John Naughton



Algorithmic bias can be fixed more easily than the prejudices of people – so why do we still have a problem with it?One of the things that really annoys AI researchers is how supposedly “intelligent” machines are judged by much higher standards than ar…

Think your iPhone is safe from hackers? That’s what they want you to think…



Forget Apple’s much-vaunted iOS safeguards – attackers have been quietly breaking and entering for yearsWhenever there’s something that some people value, there will be a marketplace for it. A few years ago, I spent a fascinating hour with a detective …

Why we should be very scared by the intrusive menace of facial recognition | John Naughton



When even Microsoft starts calling for government regulation, you know the technology is a problemOn 18 July, the House of Commons select committee on science and technology published an assessment of the work of the biometrics commissioner and the for…

The robots are definitely coming and will make the world a more unequal place | John Naughton



New studies show that the latest wave of automation will make the world’s poor poorer. But big tech will be even richerSo the robots are coming for our jobs, are they? Yawn. That’s such an old story. Goes back to Elizabeth I and the stocking frame, if …