Four short links: 25 July 2017
AI Sentencing, AI Vocabulary, Soft U2F, and Encrypted Email
- Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing — Duke researchers building a (socially) better algorithm. CORELS makes it possible for judges and defendants to scrutinize why the algorithm classifies a particular person as high or low risk. […] None of the research team’s models rely on race or socioeconomic status.
- Agents that Imagine and Plan — the relentless appropriation of terms from cognition and psychology bugs me. But I can’t figure out whether I’m long-term wrong, i.e. whether the future will look on the distinction between software and wetware (Ai and human intelligence) as irrelevant.
- Soft U2F — Authenticators are normally USB devices that communicate over the HID protocol. By emulating a HID device, Soft U2F is able to communicate with your U2F-enabled browser, and by extension, any websites implementing U2F. Improves site security by preventing phishing. (The magic numbers intercepted for one site can’t be reused on another)
- Magma — The magma server daemon is an encrypted email system with support for SMTP, POP, IMAP, HTTP and MOLTEN. Additional support for DMTP and DMAP is currently in active development.