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#75 - Facial recognition for lunch?

15 mins | Oct 19, 2021

Today's episode from 19th October 2021. A few schools in the UK have begun using facial recognition on children to take payments for lunches. More efficient and more COVID safe, say those behind the idea. But is this another example of tech first and due diligence an afterthought? We look at the arguments for a change in the laws to give back power to the people over the algorithms. Then later, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are already fans of his. We explore the latest book by psychologist Steven Pinker, which is all about rational thinking. White House science advisers are proposing a Bill of Artificial Intelligence Rights, including the right to challenge flawed decisions, whilst the UK government is considering removing data regulations which include the right to a human review of AI decisions. From the Financial Times, Anjana Ahuja argues that an AI global agreement is crucial in funnelling the tech's power productively and safely. Rationality: what it is, why it seems scarce and why it matters. Issues such as vaccine, taxes and climate change us have caused a range of institutions and individual to chain themselves to unreason to pursue power. What can we do to combat these issues? From the Washington Post, Nick Romeo explores how Steven Pinker’s new book on rationality shows how greater mastery of the concept’s tool can improve decision-making in an abundance of contexts in which we must act on uncertain and shifting information. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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