Regulators look at how "big data" may contribute to racial bias in insurance rates

Nov 30, 2021
Some advocates say the industry needs to move more quickly to address the issue.
While many insurance companies leverage big data and artificial intelligence to calculate insurance rates, advocates say it can produce disparities between urban and suburban residents. Above, a suburban neighborhood in Richmond, California, viewed from an Amtrak train.
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You do want fries with that: Wendy's and Google bet on drive-thru AI

Oct 12, 2021
The deal could include voice-recognition software, mapping apps and other digital tools to improve the drive-thru experience.
Artificial intelligence may be coming to a Wendy's drive-thru near you, thanks to a new pairing with Google Cloud.
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U.S., U.K. and Australia form AUKUS, a pact to counter China

Sep 16, 2021
The three nations have an economic interest in an alliance that focuses on countering China. And they have a defense interest, too.
From left to right, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, Foreign Minister Marise Payne, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pose for a group photograph in Washington, D.C., following the announcement of AUKUS.
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Robots have started to share the bike lane in Austin to deliver pizza

Jul 9, 2021
Some cyclists aren't happy about the new arrangement, but others say it may put a new focus on bicycle infrastructure.
Riley Pakes, with Refraction AI robotics company, monitors a REV-1 delivery robot on South Congress Avenue in Austin, TX on June 16, 2021.
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The human labor behind artificial intelligence

May 4, 2021
Behind every artificial intelligence project is lot of intensive human labor. Marketplace speaks to data labelers in central China.
Data labeling firms like this one in Henan province are the new factory floor of the digital age.
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Biden wants to nearly double U.S. spending on science

Mar 29, 2021
The president says he'd like to increase spending to about 2% of the country's GDP — closer to what it was in the 1960s.
Artificial intelligence, like the AI used in these robots, is one of the main areas of scientific research this spending would go towards.
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Hyundai reportedly buying robot-maker Boston Dynamics

Dec 10, 2020
If the deal goes through, it would be the third time in seven years that Boston Dynamics has been bought.
People take pictures and videos of Spot, Boston Dynamics' robot dog, during a presentation on the last day of the Web Summit in Lisbon in 2019.
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Are businesses automating at a faster rate thanks to COVID-19?

Oct 21, 2020
A forced digitization is taking place, as is a rethinking of how business should get done.
A bartender makes drinks at an event promoting AI in London last year.
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An algorithm determines gig workers' pay — and they don't like it

Jul 13, 2020
Gig workers' livelihoods are increasingly ruled by mysterious — and unpredictable — software.
Drivers protest Uber and Lyft pay policies at LAX in 2019.
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Robots use game theory to understand how we think

Apr 30, 2020
Robots are doing their part in this pandemic — and they're using behavioral economics.
Robots are helping hospital staff manage the influx of COVID-19 patients. Pictured: An Indonesian technician listens to a robot known as Amy during a simulation on assisting medical teams.
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