Artificial intelligence hates the poor and disenfranchised


The biggest actual threat faced by humans, when it comes to AI, has nothing to do with robots. It’s biased algorithms. And, like almost everything bad, it disproportionately affects the poor and marginalized. Machine learning algorithms, whether in the form of “AI” or simple shortcuts for sifting through data, are incapable of making rational decisions because they don’t rationalize — they find patterns. That government agencies across the US put them in charge of decisions that profoundly impact the lives of humans, seems incomprehensibly unethical. When an algorithm manages inventory for a grocery store, for example, machine learning helps humans do…

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This week’s best Android games to play instead of doing laundry


Welcome to our weekly column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device, released over the past week. Whether you’re into casual time wasters or hardcore shooters, you’ll find something in here to exercise your thumbs with. You really should do your laundry: Those shirts are starting to develop quite a funk. But we’re all prone to procrastination, and if you’re going to shirk your responsibilities, you might as well spend that time climbing the leaderboards on some hot new mobile games. Here’s what’s fresh and crisp on Google…

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Switzerland wants banks and cryptocurrencies to play nice


Switzerland is offering a leg up to fledgling blockchain businesses in an attempt to affirms itself as a global cryptocurrency hub. The European banking haven is facing an exodus of blockchain startups due to uncharacteristically tough banking conditions, Reuters reports. Today, the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) issued guidelines for the nation’s 250-plus banks to follow when doing business with cryptocurrency or blockchain-based startups. The guidelines outline a list of checks banks should carry out when opening accounts for blockchain businesses, whether or not they are participating in an ICO. “We believe that with these guidelines, we’ll be able to establish…

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Australian financial watchdog puts 5 ICOs ‘on hold’ for violating regulations


The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has flexed on cryptocurrency fraudsters. It has just released details of disciplinary action taken against misleading initial coin offerings (ICOs) operating in Australia. ASIC revealed it has put five different ICOs “on hold” until they comply with the new rules. Among other things, ASIC insists some of the startups in question would have to undergo “restructuring” in order to comply with regulatory requirements. The five ICOs were restricted from raising the capital of Australian investors without appropriate protections. “ASIC has taken action to stop several proposed initial coin offerings or token-generation events (together, ICOs),…

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Sublime Git is a clean code editor for merge conflicts


Sublime HQ – the folks behind the excellent text editor Sublime Text – has released a code editor for developers that focuses on a clean interface for coding and solving git merges. It’s called Sublime Git, and it’s available for free on macOS, Windows, and Linux. Sublime Git includes powerful features like an integrated git merge tool, the ability to search for specific commits, command line integration, code and file history, and syntax highlighting. It also lets you compare code side-by-side to resolve conflicts before merging changes. The app also allows for extensive customization, from key bindings to menus and…

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Honor Play review: Great for shooting bad guys, not photos


I wrote about my hands-on experience with the Honor Play when it launched last month, and I’ve tested it extensively since to see how it fares as a gaming phone. It’s unlike other devices aimed at gamers, because it looks just like any other Android handset on the market today, and it also costs a fair bit less. I’m happy to report that it indeed works well if you’re keen on testing your skills in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and other graphics-intensive titles. The cameras aren’t great, but they’re not terrible. Besides that, it breezes through most tasks. But before you hit…

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