Drew Harwell

Drew Harwell


Washington Post human covering AI and the algorithms changing our lives. Open DMs; drew.harwell@protonmail.com

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Really enjoyed @JanelleCShane 's "You Look Like a Thing and I Love You." Read it if you have any interest in learning about AI at its most exciting and most absurd.

@Smerity  @mer__edithThe  number of Ring-police partnerships has more than doubled since then: By my count earlier this month, they're up to nearly 900 agencies across 44 states

"The establishment seems to know as much about electability as a donkey knows about calculus. We always get it wrong. ... The voters are going to tell us who’s electable"

"Facial recognition is generally applied by those who already have power—like employers, landlords and the police—to surveil and in some cases oppress those who don’t"

New: AI baby monitors that send crying / face-covering / vomiting alerts are being sold to anxious parents. Pediatricians question their infant safety claims. But one company strategy chief told me, "Fear is the quickest way to get people’s attention"

The baby-monitor companies trained computer-vision AI on newborns' faces and cries. Each new baby helps train the model even further. But where does all that data go, and "what’s it going to be used for later?"

@LorraineNam  @audgevalboH  @clareramirez_ow  to solve an AI model's accuracy problems with darker skin? One baby-monitor company turned black families into test subjects: "I need black babies, man "

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New: ICE has unlimited access for facial-recognition searches of Maryland driver's-license photos. Immigration advocates are livid: The state was one of the first to grant licenses to the undocumented. "A betrayal of immigrants' trust" w/ @ErinatTheSun 

@ErinatTheSun  Maryland's ICE access is hugely unrestricted, even compared to other states that run face-scan searches for FBI / ICE: . State Sen. : “They have a wide-open @ClarenceLamMD  door to be able to search through anything "

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The New Zealand massacre was livestreamed on Facebook, announced on 8chan, reposted on YouTube, commentated about on Reddit, and mirrored around the world before the tech companies could even react.

Amazon has gamified its warehouses: Work faster so you can beat your colleagues' virtual dragon, win company Swag Bucks and keep your job @GregBensinger 

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New: Colleges are tracking students' location to enforce attendance, analyze their behavior and assess their mental health. One company calculates a student's “risk score” based on factors such as whether she is going to the library enough

A group tested Amazon's facial-recognition software on Denver City Council members. Nine of them were falsely identified as sex offenders, and in some cases the system was 92% confident they were a match @JPorter_News 

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New: TikTok says sorry, admits some fault re: removing viral video about China's detention camps. But @x_feroza  isn't convinced: "TikTok is trying to cover up this whole mess. I won’t let them get away with this" @TonyRomm 

Wow: A health algorithm used in hospitals dramatically underestimated the medical needs of black patients, reducing the care they could get. "Correcting the bias would more than double the number of black patients flagged as at risk" by @Carolynyjohnson 

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New: Three mass shootings this year began with hateful rants on 8chan. Its founder told me the site is a haven for "domestic terrorists" and that its owner "should do the world a favor and shut it down"

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