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Mysterious algorithms, black-box AI recruiters are binning our résumés

Analysis When you submit a résumé for a position at a large company, you may or may not be contacted for further information or an interview. Either way, you probably won't know why. Applicant tracking systems (ATS), the software used by employers to manage employment applications, are not generally open to public scrutiny. "Unless …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2016

Twitter CEO Jack's off to the settings page, adds robot-sorted tweets

It's official – Twitter is slightly moving away from being a hosepipe of real-time wittering. It will use an algorithm to sort tweets into some arbitrary order. However, twits will still be able to sort tweets by time and date as per normal, so there's no need to panic. Rumors of the switch to robot-promoted-tweets have had …
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2016
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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

Google’s European woes continued on Thursday as the French senate voted to force the search monster to expose its algorithm and highlight rivals on its welcome page. The amendment, proposed by Catherine Morin-Desailly, which would force Google to offer at least three competing search engines on its homepage and explain how …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Apr 2015
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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

Facebook has apologised to a bloke who moaned about the free-content ad network's recent "Year in Review" feature, after the firm's clumsy algorithms tastelessly inserted painful, personal highlights from 2014. The latest creepy function offered by the Mark Zuckerberg-run company offered a cheap-looking clip art album for …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Dec 2014

NASA to programmers: Save the Earth and fatten your wallet

NASA is teaming up with the asteroid-mining wannabes at Planetary Resources to offer $35,000 in prizes in a contest to develop algorithms to detect Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) – asteroids – with the goal of spotting those that might threaten the Earth. Actually, saving our planet from destruction is but one goal of the Asteroid …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2014

Network sniffing algorithm could have fingered 9/11 suspects

A group of researchers has come up with a new algorithm that they say can be used to snoop information networks to trace rumor leaks, locate the source of disease epidemics, and even potentially stop terror attacks. According to Pedro Pinto and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the new …
Neil McAllister, 13 Aug 2012

How one bad algorithm cost traders $440m

Knight Capital, a firm that specialises in executing trades for retail brokers, took $440m in cash losses Wednesday due to a faulty test of new trading software. This morning reports were calling it a trading “glitch", which isn’t nearly as accurate as the term I’d use: “f**king disaster". The broad outline of the story is …
Dan Olds, 3 Aug 2012

Amazon algorithms price bio book at over $23m

An algorithmically induced pricing spiral drove up the price for a popular biology reference work on to an astronomical $23.7m. Amazon allows third-party retailers to set their prices using algorithms that take into account what other booksellers are charging for the same title. In this case, the title was The …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Apr 2011
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Data-mining technique outs authors of anonymous email

Engineers and computer scientists say they have devised a novel method for identifying authors of anonymous emails that's reliable enough to be used in courts of law. In a series of papers published over the past few years, the researchers from Concordia University in Montreal have described what they say is the first ever data …
Dan Goodin, 15 Mar 2011
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Google adds tool to block shabby, dirty, vulgar sites from search results

Google has switched on a tool that allows web surfers to block searches for sites they don't want to see pop up on the results page. The stealth algorithm rejig is the latest in a series of changes the Mountain View Chocolate Factory has recently made to its lucrative search estate. "Now there’s yet another way to find more …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2011
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Google gins search formula to favor its own services

A noted Google-watcher has assembled a convincing argument that the site's search results highly favor Google-owned services, despite repeated company claims that they are algorithmically generated and never manipulated. Harvard professor Ben Edelman and colleague Benjamin Lockwood found that Google's algorithm links to Gmail, …
Dan Goodin, 19 Jan 2011

Feds arrest man who juiced Google's 'just be evil' search

Federal authorities on Monday arrested a website operator accused of selling counterfeit eyeglasses who subjected customers to foul-mouthed tirades when they complained about the quality of the goods. “GO FUCK YOURSELF COCKSUCKER ... I pee on your negative [comments]” Vitaly Borker, 34, of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly wrote …
Dan Goodin, 6 Dec 2010
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Google leaves sites in dark over October demotions

Google reserves the right to update its search algorithms whenever it likes. As it should. The trouble is that outsiders have little to no insight into why Google makes a change — or even if a change was made at all. To an outsider, a change looks no different than a bug, On October 22, some sort of flaw in Google's search …
Cade Metz, 11 Nov 2010
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Spanish Army builds ant-colony AI conquistador algorithm

Spanish computer researchers and army officers say they have developed an algorithm based on the behaviour of ant colonies which can plot "the best path" through battlefields for manoeuvring troops. The general-ware has apparently been tested in a "mini-simulator" developed by modifying the computer game Panzer General. The AI …
Lewis Page, 9 Nov 2009
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Japanese algorithm 'can tell if you're about to die'

Apparently respectable programmers in Japan claim to have developed an algorithm which can tell, merely by listening to a person briefly, whether or not they are about to die. The revolutionary doomsniffer software was developed by Kenji Ohshige and a crack team of boffins at the Yokohama City University. It was developed not …
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2009
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Knee X-ray biometrics plan to fight spoofing

US federal eggheads have proposed a novel method of preventing biometric ID systems being spoofed by the use of such things as contact lenses, fake fingerprints etc. Instead of easily-fooled systems of this sort, people should instead be identified using X-ray photographs of their knees. Lior Shamir of the US National …
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2009
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Google's Hot Trends shafted by strap-on

NSFW It appears that Google Trends' advanced algorithm which "filters out spam and removes inappropriate material" from the search monolith's analysis of "broad search patterns" has been shafted by horny teens, as today's hot tips demonstrate: Google's Hot trends for 05.06.08 showing offending listing in second spot Interest in " …
Lester Haines, 5 Jun 2008

Japanese boffin designs glasses for the absent minded

Finding your misplaced possessions may soon become a problem of the past. Boffins at a Japanese university have invented a pair of smart specs that recognise objects and record their locations to help you find them later. Image_recog_glasses Prof. Kuniyoshi's glasses remind you where you left things Image courtesy of The …
James Sherwood, 14 Mar 2008

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