Facebook announced changes to how it asks users for permission to collect their personal information, in order to comply with strict new European privacy rules. But critics say Facebook’s new offerings seem designed to encourage users to make few changes and share as much information as possible.
The European rules … require that consumers give informed consent to how their data is being collected and used. Critics, however, say the consent process Facebook outlined relies on design tricks that encourage users to share their personal information widely.
A new kind of doctor has entered the exam room, but doesn’t have a name. In fact, these doctors don’t even have faces. Artificial intelligence has made its way into hospitals around the world. Those wary of a robot takeover have nothing to fear; the introduction of AI into health care is not necessarily about pitting human minds against machines. AI is in the exam room to expand, sharpen, and at times ease the mind of the physician so that doctors are able to do the same for their patients.
Tomorrow’s Teachers Robots will replace teachers by 2027.
That’s the bold claim that Anthony Seldon , a British education expert. Seldon may be the first to set such a specific deadline for the automation of education, but he’s not the first to note technology’s potential to replace human workers. Whether the “robots” take the form of artificially intelligent (AI) software programs or humanoid machines, research suggests that technology is poised to automate a huge proportion of jobs worldwide, disrupting the global economy and leaving millions unemployed.
Bitcoin is having a moment — really, it’s had a year. No matter if you think it’s a bubble about to burst, or hope your investments will pay back big in the long run, there is one clear takeaway: Cryptocurrency is changing the future of finance. What’s not yet clear is how the technology behind bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies like it, will alter our national and global financial systems.
Photo illustration by Slate . Photo by iStock. You’re here because Facebook really wants you here. Are Facebook and other social media companies intentionally exploiting people’s psychological vulnerabilities to keep them addicted? You bet, says Sean Parker, who made a fortune as an early Facebook investor and its first […]
More than a decade after the first iPhone was released, it suddenly dawned on us that we could be addicted to our smartphones. We’d certainly developed quite the habit: Almost 50 percent of people say they couldn’t live without their phones , which we check every 12 minutes and […]
Jeff Dean, who joined Google in 1999 when the company was a startup, is now head of Google’s artificial-intelligence efforts. Google’s heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company’s software write music and beat humans at complex board games . What unlikely feats could be next? The company’s […]
Illustrations by Zohar Lazar I. The Bumper The trip to Delaware was only supposed to last a day. David Pokora, a bespectacled University of Toronto senior with scraggly blond hair down to his shoulders, needed to travel south to fetch a bumper that he’d bought for his souped-up Volkswagen […]
The Atlantic piece “ The Binge Breaker ” explores Tristan Harris’s plan to stop smartphone addiction. He’s a former Google employee and the founder of Time Well Spent, an advocacy group that wants the world to disengage more easily from devices. In this interview with PBS Newshour, Harris explains […]
Photo illustration by Derek Brahney. Source photo: J.R. Eyerman/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images. In September, Michal Kosinski published a study that he feared might end his career. The Economist broke the news first, giving it a self-consciously anodyne title: “Advances in A.I. Are Used to Spot Signs of Sexuality.” […]