Escobar: The Deep State Vs. WikiLeaks

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The Made-by-FBI indictment of Julian Assange does look like a dead man walking. No evidence. No documents. No surefire testimony. Just a crossfire of conditionals…

But never underesti…

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Racist, Sexist “Diversity Disaster” Looming In AI Thanks To White Male Programmers

Sorry white males, you’ve done it again. 

According to new research by New York University’s AI Now Institute, we may be in for a future of racist, mansplaining, sexist AIs which are “at risk of replicating or perpetuating historical biases and power imbalances,” reports The Guardian

Examples cited include image recognition services making offensive classifications of minoritieschatbots adopting hate speech, and Amazon technology failing to recognize users with darker skin colors. The biases of systems built by the AI industry can be largely attributed to the lack of diversity within the field itself, the report said. –The Guardian

“The industry has to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and admit that its existing methods have failed to address these problems,” said report author Kate Crawford. “The use of AI systems for the classification, detection, and prediction of race and gender is in urgent need of re-evaluation.

As the report notes, over 80% of AI professors are men, while ‘progressive’ Silicon Valley’s super-sexism isn’t helping either. Facebook’s AI research team, for example, is only 15% women. Microsoft’s stands at 10%. Nevermind that women comprise just 18% of computer science majors – which is the exact percentage of authors presenting their work at leading AI conferences. 

Via Wired

Big tech’s ‘overt racism’ is also on display – as just 2.5% of Google’s workforce is black, while Facebook and Microsoft are each at 4%. Could this be why Microsoft’s AI, Tay, turned into a raging Holocaust denier after “machine learning” from the internet over the span of 24 hours

“Tay” went from “humans are super cool” to full nazi in pic.twitter.com/xuGi1u9S1A

— gerry (@geraldmellor) March 24, 2016

Why is this happening? According to the report, it’s not the fact that far fewer women are entering computer science despite nearly 20 years of encouraging women to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors. It’s issues with “the pipeline” – i.e. the industry (dominated by liberals) is racist and sexist. 

Despite many decades of ‘pipeline studies’ that assess the flow of diverse job candidates from school to industry, there has been no substantial progress in diversity in the AI industry. The focus on the pipeline has not addressed deeper issues with workplace cultures, power asymmetries, harassment, exclusionary hiring practices, unfair compensation, and tokenization that are causing people to leave or avoid working in the AI sector altogether. –AI Now Institute

What recommendations does NYU have to save the world from mansplaining AI that don’t respect “historical imbalances”? 

1. Publish compensation levels, including bonuses and equity, across all roles and job categories, broken down by race and gender.

2. End pay and opportunity inequality, and set pay and benefit equity goals that include contract workers, temps, and vendors.

3. Publish harassment and discrimination transparency reports, including the number of claims over time, the types of claims submitted, and actions taken.

4. Change hiring practices to maximize diversity: include targeted recruitment beyond elite universities, ensure more equitable focus on under-represented groups, and create more pathways for contractors, temps, and vendors to become full-time employees.

5. Commit to transparency around hiring practices, especially regarding how candidates are leveled, compensated, and promoted.

6. Increase the number of people of color, women and other under-represented groups at senior leadership levels of AI companies across all departments.

7. Ensure executive incentive structures are tied to increases in hiring and retention of underrepresented groups.

8. For academic workplaces, ensure greater diversity in all spaces

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And remember, AI industry: 

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Pushing Marijuana Legalization Across The Finish Line

Authored by Paul Armentano via Counterpunch.org,

After nearly a century of cannabis criminalization, U.S. voters — and a growing number of high-profile politicians — are demanding that marijuana policy move in a different direction.

One in five Ame…

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Beto O’Rourke Campaign Loses Top Adviser And Her Deputy

Beto O’Rourke’s is down two aides – one of whom was a self-described “central part of” his 2020 campaign for president, according to BuzzFeed. 

According to BuzzFeed News:

A top adviser to Beto O’Rourke, Becky Bond, has split with his campaign, an…

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How To Explain Bitcoin To Your Friends & Family

Authored by Len Ruggiero via The Burning Platform blog,

Introduction: 

EVERY new technological development throughout mankind’s recorded history has been met initially with derision, protest, incarceration, torture, death, and sometimes war. From the…

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Visigoth Reparations & ‘Karate-Chopped’ Testicles

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Every week we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:

Cory Booker introduces reparations bill

Get ready for a slippery s…

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It’s A Mad World…

“…the systems are failing…are you lost in the world like me?”

“…the video is about our increasing dependence on technology and about human interaction today, or a certain lack of it. It focuses on the way tech is changing us – how we have beco…

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Top Heavy Oil Markets Continue To Rally

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil managed to eke-out a small gain for the holiday-shortened week, but the volatile, two-sided price action indicated cracks may be developing in the bullish narrative. Crude Oil Gai…

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The Unique Device Generating Power From Snow

A team of researchers from the University of California Los Angeles have created a unique device that can generate electricity from snowfall, science media report, citing a paper published in the journal Nano Technology. The device is basically a vastl…

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Exodus: Baltimore Sees Biggest Population Drop Since 2001

Via ZeroHedge Earlier this month, we reported that Baltimore was dubbed the ‘most robbed’ city in America, and also mentioned its population continues to collapse. “Thousands of people are fleeing the city each year as total population plummets to 100-year lows. There are about 46,000 vacant rowhomes scattered throughout the area, or roughly 15% of … Continue reading “Exodus: Baltimore Sees Biggest Population Drop Since 2001”

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Permian Oil Now Selling At A Discount

Gulf Coast refiners are having trouble swallowing up all of the ultralight oil coming out of the Permian. The Permian continues to add production, even as drilling activity slows down in Texas and elsewhere. According to the EIA, the Permian could add …

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Trump’s Oil Waiver Decision Is A Double-Edged Sword

Tokyo is still trying to prevent being caught in the geopolitical cross-fire between Washington and Tehran. On Friday, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) Hiroshige Seko said that his country remains committed to avoiding any harmfu…

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‘Total’ demolition of Aetas, says City Hall

The contractor who will be selected to demolish the Aetas Hotel and Residence in Bangkok’s Pathumwan district must knock down the entire structures, not just the high-level floors, said a senior official at City Hall.

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BoT mulls new methods to curb debt service ratio

The Bank of Thailand has floated the idea of curbing the debt service ratio (DSR) by requiring lenders to change the computation method based on a borrower’s overall debt repayment ability instead of each lending product as a means to control household…

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The Oil Giant Focusing Only On Africa

The state oil company of OPEC member Angola, Sonangol, plans to sell off stakes in dozens of joint ventures and cut jobs in order to focus on its core exploration and production business in Africa, Sonangol’s chairman Carlos Saturnino said on Friday. “…

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The Oil Giant Focusing Only On Africa

The state oil company of OPEC member Angola, Sonangol, plans to sell off stakes in dozens of joint ventures and cut jobs in order to focus on its core exploration and production business in Africa, Sonangol’s chairman Carlos Saturnino said on Friday. “…

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