YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos

YouTube appears to be trying to get ahead of any wider societal outcry over (yet more) algorithmically accelerated idiocy on its platform -- and is removing Tide Pod Challenge videos.

New York City moves to establish algorithm-monitoring task force

New York City may soon gain a task force dedicated to monitoring the fairness of algorithms used by municipal agencies. Formed from experts in automated systems and representatives of groups affected

Tumblr says it fixed the ‘Safe Mode’ glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content

Tumblr this week introduced a “safe mode” for its service, which combines the company’s previously available “safe search” functionality with a new filter that would hide

Algorithmic accountability

When Netflix recommends you watch “Grace and Frankie” after you���ve finished “Love,” an algorithm decided that would be the next logical thing for you to watch. And when Google shows yo

Algoriz lets you build trading algorithms with no coding required

Traders who have an idea for a money-making algorithm have two choices: learn to code themselves, or hire a great engineer. But neither of these two options are realistic, especially for part-time tra

Zuckerberg denies Facebook News Feed bubble impacted the election

In the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential election, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Techonomy16 to address concerns that the company didn’t do enough to stop the proliferatio

Facebook admits it must do more to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform

Facebook has responded to widespread criticism of how its Newsfeed algorithm disseminates and amplifies misinformation in the wake of the Trump victory in the US presidential election yesterday.


The Facebook bubble just popped. Half the country today is still in shock. Reality crashed down and many were presented with a world that didn’t match up with the one they’ve inhabited in th

The need for algorithmic accountability

There is a new generation of companies exerting such great influence on society that they’re essentially becoming utilities. Google, Amazon, Facebook and Uber are near monopolies that provide servic

The emerging Darwinian approach to analytics and augmented intelligence

Much has been made about the business implications of recent, rapid advancements in cognitive computing -- that is, the possibility of advanced analytics tools to help human knowledge workers glean ac

This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and asse

Oakland-based art and tech studio 💾🌵 takes critical look at A.I.

Sure, it’s technologically advanced, but it lacks a general understanding of what’s socially acceptable to say, the real world and the way humans interact. In the last couple of months, M

Apple’s Phil Schiller promises to address the issue of spammy apps being featured in the App Store

This weekend, Apple’s App Store head Phil Schiller responded to complaints that spam apps and rip-offs were appearing in the App Store’s “New” and “What’s Hot&#8221

Twitter May Introduce An Algorithmic Timeline And People Are Losing Their Minds

Remember Twitter? Or, at least, that would seem to be the sentiment from parts of Twitter that are now shocked that the company is considering switching to an algorithmic timeline, according to a Buz

How Much Technology Is Too Much Technology?

There are many visions of what our hyper-connected future might look like. We're packaged countless variants on the shiny-techie-future vision theme every day as marketing departments lay it on thick

Apple’s App Store Gets A Smarter Search Engine

A number of mobile app developers and industry observers recently noticed a significant change in the way the Apple App Store's search algorithms are returning results. Developers say that, following

Pew: Twitter And Facebook Users Being Exposed To More News

U.S. users of Twitter and Facebook are increasingly getting external news via the two services, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. "The share of Americans for whom Twitter and Facebo

There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

Something smells increasingly rotten in the state of social media. Facebook forcing users to download a separate messaging app if they want to carry on IMing their friends. Twitter polluting its users

A Most Dangerous Machine

Facebook's News Feed has decided that I like gruesome murders. Actually, senseless deaths and gruesome murders. I'm not exactly sure when the problem started, but I imagine it was around the time of o

Exactly What It Sounds Like, Sizem Made A Fit Calculator To Find Your Correct Bra Size

If you're a lady, you're probably well aware at this point that you're wearing the wrong bra size. Which is a bummer, because as women's magazines and lingerie companies will tell you, the right bra i
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