Limitations of Digital Technologies (20)

Describes limitations and shortfalls of current digital technologies, particularly when compared to human capabilities.

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  • Privacy
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  • Vox
  • 2020
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How Virtual Reality Tricks Your Brain

Even virtual realities with unrealistic yet believable graphics are able to fool the brain’s sense of perception into believing that the digital environment still operates under the same rules as the real world. Connecting the technologies directly to one’s senses is more immersive than looking at a screen; although human brains have been able to process flat images for a long time, the direct sight connection to two screens with virtual reality makes perception a bit more muddled.

  • Vox
  • 2020
  • 7 min
  • MIT Technology Review
  • 2020
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Tiny four-bit computers are now all you need to train AI

This article details a new approach emerging in AI science; instead of using 16 bits to represent pieces of data which train an algorithm, a logarithmic scale can be used to reduce this number to four, which is more efficient in terms of time and energy. This may allow machine learning algorithms to be trained on smartphones, enhancing user privacy. Otherwise, this may not change much in the AI landscape, especially in terms of helping machine learning reach new horizons.

  • MIT Technology Review
  • 2020
  • 4 min
  • VentureBeat
  • 2020
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Researchers Find that Even Fair Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased

A study on the engine of TaskRabbit, an app which uses an algorithm to recommend the best workers for a specific task, demonstrates that even algorithms which attempt to account for fairness and parity in representation can fail to provide what they promise depending on different contexts.

  • VentureBeat
  • 2020
  • 1 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2019
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Limitations of Biometrics

In an imagined future of London, citizens all across the globe are connected to the Feed, a device and network accessed constantly through a brain-computer interface. Eric is able to use Biometrics to keep Evelyn and Max hostage and get high-level access to the Feed hub. This highlights an example of how computerized security systems might not be able to pick up on hostage situations or forced activity. The Biometrics can recognize their faces, but is unable to pick up on the ‘distress’ visible on Max and Evelyn’s faces that indicate they are in trouble.

  • Kinolab
  • 2019
  • 5 min
  • CNN
  • 2010
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Why face recognition isn’t scary — yet

Algorithms and machines can struggle with facial recognition, and need ideal source images to perform it consistently. However, its potential use in monitoring and identifying citizens is concerning.

  • CNN
  • 2010
  • 15 min
  • Kinolab
  • 2017
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Digital Memory Projection and Walking Surveillance Cameras

Detective Shazia Akhand is assigned to investigate the case of a man who was hit by a pizza truck in the street to help him build a case. She uses a brain-computer interface to read the memories of both the man hit by the truck and other witnesses, where the vague, abstract images are projected onto a screen. One of these witnesses includes Mia, a serial killer whose former crimes are revealed during her interview. In order to erase any footage or evidence of her murders, Mia continues her killing spree by wiping out Shazia and her family. However, Mia is eventually caught through the memories of an unlikely source.

  • Kinolab
  • 2017
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