To test a particular algorithm, O’Neil creates what she calls an “ethical matrix”: a complete list of the company’s concerns, like profit, efficiency, and data quality, as well as the concerns of anyone who the algorithm could impact, whether that’s people of different races, genders, and abilities. Then, she methodologically tests the algorithm for each concern and color-codes the matrix: Green means all good, yellow means there could be a problem, and red means that harm is being done in some capacity. Once she’s had a conversation with the company’s leaders about the ethical matrix and where they stand, O’Neil works with the company’s coders and data scientists to adjust its algorithms in such a way that removes the red boxes from the matrix. The length of time it takes to certify an algorithm depends on how many people it impacts; one recent client took four months. O’Neil says she charges reasonable hourly consulting … [Read more...] about This logo is like an “organic” sticker for algorithms
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Goyal, who is here to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit, met European Union trade commissioner Phil Hogan, former US Vice President Al Gore, renowned economist and Nobel laureate Michael Spence, and Singapore's Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations S Iswaran, among others. … [Read more...] about Piyush Goyal meets WTO chief, EU trade commissioner, others
The World Health Organization (WHO) which has met early this week is yet to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. WHO cited as limited number of cases abroad and banking on the preventative measures adopted by China to contain the spread of the outbreak. … [Read more...] about Pharma wrap: Coronavirus outbreak, time to be on high alert
But sequestering carbon is complicated. Living forests are already excellent carbon sinks. Half of a tree’s weight is just sequestered carbon, according to the Forestry Service. Some scientists argue that leaving forests alone is a better way to store carbon than farming them to replace steel and concrete. “Keeping the trees in the forest is far more valuable for carbon storage alone–than any value derived from logging,” says Mike Garrity, the Montana-based executive director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the natural ecology of the region. Garrity argues that the timber industry is pushing assumptions about the sustainability of timber that haven’t been proven by science. … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?
It’s no coincidence that Apple, the most profitable technology company in the world, also maintains the most famously design-centric organization. But even traditional laggards have caught up. Microsoft was once best known for clunky hardware and “Clippy,” the anthropomorphic virtual paperclip that infuriated Office users. Now it makes software that is easy to understand and devices that are legitimately beautiful. At the time of this writing, its market capitalization is $1.2 trillion. … [Read more...] about Software ate the world. Now it’s design’s turn