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The first step to ethical artificial intelligence is teaching the computer to explain its decision making, something known in the field as explainable AI.
Why it matters: Right now many deep learning algorithms don't make it clear how they arrived at their predictions or conclusions. That lack of visibility into the data, steps and calculations that went into an outcome makes it hard to root out bias or other algorithmic errors that could impact results like who gets a loan or how much a factory should produce.
What's happening: Explainable AI, also sometimes called transparent AI, has become a top priority for nearly all the big companies in the AI field, including Microsoft, Google, Intel, IBM and Oracle. The topic is also expected to come up inn today's White House meeting on AI.
Dive deeper: Read my full story here.
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House lawmakers are just now releasing the thousands of Facebook ads Russian operatives used to sow division in the U.S. before and after the 2016 election, ranging from blatant political messages to lighthearted memes.
The gritty details: Axios' David McCabe describes how the release of more than 3,500 ads, which appeared on both Facebook and Instagram, shows in sweeping detail what the campaign looked like and how it targeted unsuspecting Americans.
Why it matters: Americans have heard for months about the Russian ad campaign — from political leaders, the media and the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller — but they haven’t been able to see its full breadth until now.
Go deeper: David has more here.
Walmart’s purchase of Flipkart, India's online retail giant, is yet another example of Amazon competitors teaming up.
The bottom line: Fear of Amazon is creating both strange bedfellows as well as new opportunities for companies that offer an alternative to Amazon.
Which brings us back to Flipkart. Lots of people have pointed out that Microsoft was an investor in Flipkart, which is true. But Microsoft is also the Indian retailer’s cloud and AI provider.
We talked about it in yesterday's Login, but you really need to hear for yourself the phone call between Google's AI and a hair salon. The ethics of a robot not disclosing itself on a phone call are debatable, but the fact it managed to make a reservation without being detected is truly a technological breakthrough.
The lowdown: The demo takes place at about 1:55 into the keynote and runs for about two minutes, but here is a direct link.
Plus: Google appears to be coming around to the idea that it has an obligation to disclose when a robot is calling. The tricky part there, as we mentioned yesterday, is people will probably behave far differently when they know they are talking to a computer, making it tougher to train said computer.
A Pennsylvania gynecologist has won a years-long trademark battle with rapper Dr. Dre and can keep using the name Dr. Drai.