According to NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell, Global Scout will have an immediate impact, with the league’s international basketball operations group using it to identify prospects for upcoming events and programs related to Basketball Without Borders and the NBA Academies. “It’s clear that at every level of basketball, teams are placing a larger emphasis on international scouting,” says Spruell. “For six straight seasons the NBA has had at least 100 international players on opening-night rosters, and it’s not just the quantity but also the quality of international players that has grown significantly in recent years. [This] provides a new, efficient way for players around the world to showcase their talent and be discovered for basketball opportunities.” … [Read more...] about This app is going to help the NBA find the next Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Transparency is great. But what if the data is flawed? In fact, it’s been reported that relying on historical data that powers algorithms like the release assessment itself perpetuates bias in the criminal justice system. “Those patterns are statistical correlations—nowhere near the same as causations. If an algorithm found, for example, that low income was correlated with high recidivism, it would leave you none the wiser about whether low income actually caused crime. But this is precisely what risk assessment tools do: They turn correlative insights into causal scoring mechanisms . . . the algorithm could amplify and perpetuate embedded biases and generate even more bias-tainted data to feed a vicious cycle,” wrote Karen Hao in Technology Review. Meanwhile, Science Friday reported that empirical risk assessments are “often inaccurate and based on flawed data.” … [Read more...] about The justice system is a black box. Can this redesign make it more transparent?
Similarly, planetesimals might have also collided with Mars in its rudimentary form, aeons ago. These collisions, the scientists believe, must have released “iron-loving” components to the planet’s soil. The materials such as platinum, gold, and tungsten then helped the planet crystallise really fast. … [Read more...] about Mars was formed much later than we thought: Study
“Glassdoor fights vigorously to protect and defend the rights of our users to speak freely and anonymously about their opinions and experiences at work, without fear of intimidation or retaliation,” the company said. “Glassdoor has litigated for many months to fight Kraken’s subpoena seeking to obtain the anonymous identities of users who left reviews about the company, and supports EFF’s efforts on behalf of its J. Doe client.” … [Read more...] about Every employee’s worst nightmare, getting outed on Glassdoor, could become a reality
Face search AR style Ultimately, what makes Clearview AI alarming isn’t so much its technology—which appears to be pretty straightforward—but the way the company has created a centralized face-search clearing house for use by law-enforcement agencies and security firms, without seeking the permission of anyone in the photos. That’s what has led to visions of a world in which there’s no such thing as going out in public and preserving any semblance of privacy. But face search based on similar technological underpinnings could resurface in a less threatening form. That’s because it’s complementary with another technology that could be a very big deal in the future—AR. … [Read more...] about ‘Face search’ creeps people out. But it still has a future—in AR