Googles AI Experts Try to Automate Themselves

Just before 9 am last Thursday, an unusual speed dating scene sprang up in San Francisco. A casually dressed crowd, mostly male, milled around a gilt-edged Beaux Arts ballroom on Nob Hill. Pairs and trios formed quickly, but not in search of romance. Ice breakers were direct: What’s your favorite programming language? Which data analysis framework are you most expert in? More delicately, conversations drifted toward rankings on Kaggle.com, a site that has turned data science into a kind of sport. The more than 200 attendees, drawn from the site’s top echelons, formed teams for an eight-and-a-half-hour data-crunching challenge. It was part of an event called Kaggle Days, organized by Warsaw startup LogicAI to give some of the site’s devotees …

The UK’s Tech Backlash Could Change the Internet

British officials took a swipe at global internet giants Monday, suggesting rules that would require the companies to proactively remove content the government views as illegal or “harmful,” and giving the government the right to shut down offending sites. The proposals, contained in a 102-page white paper, are aimed at combating the spread of disinformation, hate speech, online extremism, and child exploitation. If enacted as described, they would constitute some of the most stringent and far-reaching restrictions on internet speech by a major western democracy. But critics said the proposals fail to balance curbing harmful speech with free expression. Under current UK law, social media platforms and other online companies are shielded from liability for potentially illegal content posted by …

How Robert Kraft became a billionaire

New York (CNN Business)Robert Kraft bought the New England Patriots in 1994 from an owner who wanted to move the team to St. Louis and call them the Stallions. And the Patriots today are worth $3.7 billion, the sixth most valuable pro franchise in the world, and Kraft is worth $6.6 billion, according to Forbes. He is the 79th wealthiest person in America. On Friday, Kraft, 77, was making headlines for other reasons. He was facing charges of soliciting prostitution, stemming from a raid on a day spa in Florida. A spokesperson for Kraft denied that he had committed a crime. Lee Igel, an associate professor at NYU’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport, said Kraft transformed the Patriots into a …