computer science

Matthew Might created an algorithim to help doctors come up with an emergency treatment that saved his son Bertrand's life. He is photograhed here at home with his wife, Cristina, and with Bertrand, age 11.
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An artificial intelligence developer races against time to create a computer program that can save his son from the mysterious illness that seems to be killing him.

It sounds like the premise for a science fiction novel. But it’s a true story.

Deepfake techniques have brought us Elon Musk's face on a baby. Experts are concerned about more sinister uses.
The Fakening, YouTube, https://tinyurl.com/y5t58fvc

Doctored photos and videos are nothing new. But “deepfake” videos generated by artificial intelligence are causing a new wave of concern.

Cybersecurity expert Diana Burley says when it comes to cybersecurity, do the simple things first.
http://www.comparitech.com/

More and more of our lives are on-line now and keeping personal data private seems increasingly difficult with a new data breach every time you turn around. 

Kevin Werbach has written a book about how blockchain requires a new way of thinking about trust.
Crypto360, Cryptocurrency360.com/

Bitcoin, the online currency system, is no longer the domain of cutting-edge computer geeks. It’s become mainstream news, with the boom and bust in Bitcoin prices making major headlines this year.

Data for Asian patients had a high error rate, which could lead to inadequate care.
Eduardo García Cruz, https://tinyurl.com/y9unjco6

Algorithms and artificial intelligence are playing ever larger roles in our daily lives – from Google searches and Facebook feeds to self-driving cars and sentencing convicted criminals. And it’s increasingly clear that the decisions algorithms make are often biased, even outright racist and discriminatory.

Cathy O'Neil's book looks at the algorithms that impact our lives
Courtesy Crown Publishing Group

Last week, we learned that President Trump thinks that Google searches are biased against him and perhaps should be regulated.

Some scientists worry they will have less access to large data sets now that net neutrality is gone.
NOAA (http://bit.ly/2K0YcWE)

It’s official – the net neutrality rules put into place by the FCC in 2015 went away on April 23 after being repealed by the Trump Administration in December.