Facebook’s improved AI isn’t preventing harmful content from spreading

Facebook claims it’s becoming better at detecting — and removing — objectionable content from its platform, despite the fact that misleading, untrue, and otherwise harmful posts continue to make their way into millions of users’ feeds.

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Facebook’s redoubled AI efforts won’t stop the spread of harmful content

Facebook says it’s using AI to prioritize potentially problematic posts for human moderators to review as it works to more quickly remove content that violates its community guidelines. The social media giant previously leveraged machine learning models to proactively take down low-priority content and left high-priority content reported by users to human reviewers.

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AI research finds a ‘compute divide’ concentrates power and accelerates inequality in the era of deep learning

AI researchers from Virginia Tech and Western University have concluded that an unequal distribution of compute power in academia is furthering inequality in the era of deep learning. They also point to the impact on academia of people leaving prestigious universities for high-paying industry jobs.

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Facebook Research: Unsupervised translation of programming languages

A transcompiler, also known as source-to-source translator, is a system that converts source code from a high-level programming language (such as C++ or Python) to another. Transcompilers are primarily used for interoperability, and to port codebases written in an obsolete or deprecated language (e.g. COBOL, Python 2) to a modern one. They typically rely on handcrafted rewrite rules, applied to the source code abstract syntax tree.

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Facebook Learning Landscapes for interaction exploration in 3D environments

Embodied agents operating in human spaces must be able to master how their environment works: what objects can the agent use, and how can it use them? We introduce a reinforcement learning approach for exploration for interaction, whereby an embodied agent autonomously discovers the affordance landscape of a new unmapped 3D environment (such as an unfamiliar kitchen).

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Facebook claims its proposed payments network is 7 times faster than Visa’s

As work continues on Novi, Facebook’s digital wallet, a paper coauthored by scientists at Facebook’s Novi division proposes a transaction settlement system called FastPay. In experiments, the team managed to achieve “intra-continental” confirmation of less than 100 milliseconds and over 80,000 transactions per second with as many as 20 different payment authorities.

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Facebook Research: Constraining dense hand surface tracking with elasticity

Many of the actions that we take with our hands involve self-contact and occlusion: shaking hands, making a fist, or interlacing our fingers while thinking. This use of of our hands illustrates the importance of tracking hands through self-contact… By extending recent advances in vision-based tracking and physically based animation, we present the first algorithm capable of tracking high-fidelity hand deformations through highly self-contacting and self-occluding hand gestures…

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Did Facebook prophet make Time Series Modeling too easy?

I recently chose inventory demand forecasting as my capstone project in a 10 month data science program I completed (at Flatiron School). I was excited to explore this topic, as I felt it could apply to a few different areas of career interest that I have. However, as I got to working on my project in applying Facebook prophet, I could help but feeling like it was way too easy.

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Constructive ways to take power back from Big Tech

Facebook launched an independent oversight board and recommitted to privacy reforms this week, but after years of promises made and broken, nobody seems convinced that real change is afoot. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to decide shortly whether to sue Facebook, sources told the New York Times, following a $5 billion fine levied last year.

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Facebook’s open source M2M-100 model can translate between 100 different languages

Facebook today open-sourced M2M-100, an algorithm it claims is the first capable of translating between any pair of 100 languages without relying on English data. The machine learning model, which was trained on 2,200 language pairs, ostensibly outperforms English-centric systems on a metric commonly used to evaluate machine translation performance.

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Access Now resigns from Partnership on AI due to lack of change among tech companies

International digital and human rights organization Access Now has resigned in protest from the Partnership on AI (PAI), citing a lack of meaningful change on the part of businesses associated with the group and their failure to incoporate positions held by civil society organizations.

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What’s at stake in Apple’s potentially apocalyptic IDFA changes

The Identifier for Advertisers, also known as IDFA, seems like an unlikely candidate for causing an apocalypse in mobile games, advertising, and the iPhone ecosystem. But the obscure tracking technology, which anonymously profiles a user, seems like Death riding in on a pale horse.

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U.S. Congress calls for antitrust reforms to limit powers of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Members of Congress investigating the activity of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google say antitrust law reform is needed to safeguard democracy and “ensure that our economy remains vibrant and open in the digital age.”

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Facebook uses AI to help people support each other

Facebook has deployed an AI system which matches people needing support with local heroes offering it. “United we stand, divided we fall” is a clichéd saying—but tackling a pandemic is a collective effort. While we’ve all seen people taking selfish actions, they’ve been more than balanced out by those helping to support their communities. Facebook…

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Facebook’s AI matches people in need with those willing to assist

Facebook says it has deployed a feature in its Community Help hub to make it easier for users to assist each other during the pandemic. As of this week, AI will detect when a public post on News Feed is about needing or offering help and will surface a suggestion to share it on Community Help.

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Synthetic media targets politics ahead of U.S. presidential election

‘Fundamentally flawed’ study describes facial recognition system designed to identify non-binary people

As the U.S. presidential election season swings into high gear, the amount of synthetic media targeting politicians is soaring. According to a new report from brand protection startup Creopoint, the number of manipulated videos shared online grew 20 times over the past year.

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Facebook gamifies data collection to boost conversational AI

Facebook once piloted a text-based fantasy role-playing game to improve the conversational models powering things like its chatbots and smart speakers. In a preprint paper, researchers at the company describe a game that iterates between collecting data and retraining models on the collected data, with a metric that evaluates and compares models using players’ continuation rates (i.e., how long they keep playing).

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Antitrust experts weigh in on breaking up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Gary Reback is perhaps best known as the lawyer who helped convince the U.S. Department of Justice to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in the 1990s.

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Antitrust hearing: Amazon, Facebook, and Google were questioned 2x more than Apple

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, the House Judiciary Committee questioned Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google over Webex.

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Facebook develops AI algorithm that learns to play poker on the fly

Facebook develops AI algorithm that learns to play poker on the fly

Facebook researchers have developed a general AI framework called Recursive Belief-based Learning (ReBeL) that they say achieves better-than-human performance in heads-up, no-limit Texas hold’em poker while using less domain knowledge than any prior poker AI.

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