What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI

What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI

When the Boston public school system announced new start times last December, some parents found the schedules unacceptable and pushed back. The algorithm used to set these times had been designed by MIT researchers, and about a week later, Kade Crockford, director of...
Why WhatsApp Became a Hotbed for Rumors and Lies in Brazil

Why WhatsApp Became a Hotbed for Rumors and Lies in Brazil

WhatsApp has been in the news recently almost as much as its corporate parent, Facebook. During the recent Brazilian presidential campaign, a group of wealthy supporters of eventual winner Jair Bolsonaro purportedly paid for an army of WhatsApp shills to spread...
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Is a Terrible Houseguest

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Is a Terrible Houseguest

If Julian Assange of WikiLeaks denies the Ecuadorian government’s stinging charge that he’s a disgusting houseguest, he’d do well not to deny that charge “categorically.” As a category, crimes against hospitality are one of Assange’s many fortes. Assange, of course,...
Julian Assange: The Real Houseguest of the Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange: The Real Houseguest of the Ecuadorian Embassy

If Julian Assange of WikiLeaks denies the Ecuadorian government’s stinging charge that he’s a disgusting houseguest, he’d do well not to deny that charge “categorically.” As a category, crimes against hospitality are one of Assange’s many fortes. Assange, of course,...
Algorithms Can Be a Tool For Justice—If Used the Right Way

Algorithms Can Be a Tool For Justice—If Used the Right Way

Stacia L. Brown, a writer and podcaster, was scrolling through Netflix’s recommendations and noticed a poster for Like Father, a summer release starring Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell—except that the poster she saw featured two lesser-known actors, Blaire Brooks and...