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In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons

HONG KONG — The police officers wrestled with Colin Cheung in an unmarked car. They needed his face. They grabbed his jaw to force his head in front of his iPhone. They slapped his face. They shouted, “Wake up!” They pried open his eyes. It all failed: Mr. Cheung had disabled his phone’s facial-recognition login […]

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Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, was tearing up. For half an hour, we had been sitting in a conference room at Facebook’s headquarters, surrounded by whiteboards covered in blue and red marker, discussing the technical difficulties of removing toxic content from the social network. Then we brought up an episode […]

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Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress

Supported by Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress ImageSundar Pichai, an engineer who rose through Google’s ranks to become its leader three years ago, faced more than three hours of questions from the House Judiciary Committee.CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York Times By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Cecilia Kang Dec. 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — Google’s […]