Academic Disciplines

Google Fires Another Top Researcher on Its AI Ethics Team

Google Fires Another Top Researcher on Its AI Ethics Team

Google has fired another top artificial intelligence researcher, Margaret Mitchell, in the latest escalation of internal tensions at the company following December’s controversial ouster of Timnit Gebru, a Black AI ethicist. As if the PR fire with Google’s AI ethics team didn’t have enough fuel already.

I Can’t Believe I Actually Like the Alexa Shower Speaker

I Can’t Believe I Actually Like the Alexa Shower Speaker

I’m well aware that inviting Alexa — and therefore Amazon — into my shower is probably not-so-smart. Nevertheless, I love shower karaoke and my bathroom Bluetooth speakers weren’t cutting it. Some fell down off the tile wall because of their weak suction cups. Others sounded muffled because of the shower…

Think You Have It Bad? Try Living in Perth, Australia, Right Now

Think You Have It Bad? Try Living in Perth, Australia, Right Now

It’s looking apocalyptic Down Under. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in the state of Western Australia this week as wildfires tore through an area close to the city of Perth, right as the city began a strict lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.