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Twitter’s misinformation problem is much bigger than Trump. The crowd may help solve it.

The presidential election is over, but the fight against misinformation continues. The latest volley in that effort comes from Twitter, which on Monday announced Birdwatch, a pilot project that uses crowdsourcing techniques to combat falsehoods and misleading statements on its service. The pilot, which is open to only about 1,000 select users who can apply […]

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Teachable AI will help Alexa users set up preferences

The cutting-edge computer architecture that’s changing the AI game Learn about the next-gen architecture needed to unlock the true capabilities of AI and machine learning. Register here Amazon today detailed a capability coming to Alexa called Teachable AI that will enable the assistant to ask questions to fill gaps in its understanding. First announced during […]

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A.I. teaching assistants could help fill the gaps created by virtual classrooms

Alistair Berg/Getty Images There didn’t seem to be anything strange about the new teaching assistant, Jill Watson, who messaged students about assignments and due dates in professor Ashok Goel’s artificial intelligence class at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her responses were brief but informative, and it wasn’t until the semester ended that the students learned […]

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MediaTek wants to help education-focused tablet makers beat the iPad

Maintain your employer brand in a pandemic Read the VentureBeat Jobs guide to employer branding Download eBook When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, educational institutions shifted so rapidly to remote learning that students and teachers were barely prepared: Some schools asked parents to use paper instructions and workbooks, while others loaned out Chromebooks […]

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Google Duplex’s haircut-booking feature could help short-handed businesses

Nearly two years after first demonstrating it onstage at Google I/O 2018, Google has quietly rolled out haircut appointment booking for Google Duplex, its AI chat agent. Now, VentureBeat has discovered that users with supported devices can have Google Assistant call barbershops, hairstylists, and salons to reserve appointments on their behalf without having to place […]

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Google offers to help others with the tricky ethics of AI

Enlarge Yuchiro Chino | Getty Images Companies pay cloud-computing providers like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google big money to avoid operating their own digital infrastructure. Google’s cloud division will soon invite customers to outsource something less tangible than CPUs and disk drives—the rights and wrongs of using artificial intelligence. The company plans to launch new AI […]