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Our weird behaviour during the pandemic is messing with AI models

The pandemic is causing hiccups for the algorithms of AI models that run behind the scenes in inventory management, fraud detection, marketing, and more. Trained on normal human behaviour, machine-learning models are now finding that the normal itself has changed, and some are no longer working as they should.
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By Will Heaven In the week of April 12-18, the top 10 search terms on Amazon.com were: toilet paper, face mask, hand sanitizer, paper towels, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, mask, Lysol, masks for germ protection, and N95 mask. People weren’t just searching, they were buying too —and in bulk. The majority of people looking for masks ended up
remain hidden. If we are looking for a silver lining, then now is a time to take stock of those newly exposed systems and ask how they might be designed better, made more resilient. If machines are to be trusted, we need to watch over them. ( Copyright 2020 Technology Review, Inc. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
By Will Heaven In the week of April 12-18, the top 10 search terms on Amazon.com were: toilet paper, face mask, hand sanitizer, paper towels, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, mask, Lysol, masks for germ protection, and N95 mask. People weren’t just searching, they were buying too —and in bulk. The majority of people looking for masks ended up remain hidden. If we are looking for a silver lining, then now is a time to take stock of those newly exposed systems and ask how they might be designed better, made more resilient. If machines are to be trusted, we need to watch over them. ( Copyright 2020 Technology Review, Inc. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

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