When the underlying data they rely on is incomplete—and it often is—the growing use of machine learning tools in America's criminal justice system can have devastating effects.
A multi-institutional research team used the power of open-access databases to predict the conservation status of more than 150,000 plants.
Patrick Ball has advised nine truth commissions, four U.N. missions, and dozens of advocacy groups in more than 30 countries. And his non-profit, the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, "represents, without a doubt, the world's top people doing statistical work on human rights violations."
It sounds like the plot of science-fiction movie, but academics have long debated the possibility of conscious artificial intelligence.
We can learn more about our own internal decision-making processes through the language of mathematical algorithms used by AI machines.