For decades, Democrats in power and in opposition have traded away labor laws and rules that protected unions in order to gain short-term advantages in political horse-trades, and now, with union membership down from 26 to 10.7% since the Reagan years, districts that formed Democrats’ “blue wall” have been poverty-struck and have flipped forRead More
University of Western Australia Law professor Camilla Baasch Andersen has helped businesspeople draft legally binding contracts that take the form of simple comic-strips, arguing that their simplicity not only promotes understanding, but also insulates companies from the risk of courts finding their contracts unenforceable because they were too confusing (an Australian court hasRead More
A study published this year traces policing outcomes in Las Vegas between Sept 2014 and Oct 2015, comparing the conduct of 200 officers who wore bodycams and 200 who did not.
The study, conducted for the National Institute of Justice by UNLV and the Center for Naval Analyses, found that bodycams correlatedRead More
Three researchers from Kyushu University have published a paper describing a means of reliably fooling AI-based image classifiers with a single well-placed pixel.
It’s part of a wider field of “adversarial preturbation” to disrupt machine-learning models; it’s a field that started with some modest achievements, but has been gaining ground ever since.
The Simulation Hypothesis holds that alien races (or future versions of humanity) will eventually get the computing power and programming techniques to simulate the whole universe and that when they do, they will probably do so millions of times, meaning that most universes are simulations, and thus the odds that this universe is notRead More
Ants are cultural signifiers of busy industriousness, but a new paper in Plos One reveals that, across species, about 40% of “worker” ants spend most of their days doing nothing.
The researchers hypothesize that the “lazy” ants form both a reservoir of genetic material and a reserve workforce that serves as aRead More
Robot law pioneer Ryan Calo (previously) has published a “roadmap” for an “artificial intelligence policy…to help policymakers, investors, technologists, scholars, and students understand the contemporary policy environment around AI at least well enough to initiative their own exploration.”
Calo cites a lot of our favorites, like Cathy O’Neil and Julia Angwin, and neatlyRead More