AIs seem to be much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries

Artificial intelligence seems to be much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries. This could have a negative impact on a variety of systems that can rely on AI, including driverless cars. Terrance DeVries and colleagues at Facebook AI Research took six standard image recognition systems and showed them photos of 135 different types of objects. The AIs were less effective at recognising household items from non-Western and … Continue reading AIs seem to be much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries

How Nasa failed female astronauts and built space travel for men

In mid-March 2019, astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch were readying themselves to make space history. Later that month, the pair were scheduled to conduct the first ever all-female spacewalk, when they stepped outside the International Space Station to install new batteries on the craft’s solar arrays. But McClain never made it outside the ISS for her landmark spacewalk. Instead, her place was taken by … Continue reading How Nasa failed female astronauts and built space travel for men

Later today, Israel’s Beresheet craft will touch down on the Moon

A piece of metal the size of a washing machine is currently orbiting the Moon. It’s been there since April 4, after leaving Earth on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in February, and it’s about to make history. On Thursday April 11 at 21:00 BST, Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is all set to touch down on the Moon’s Mare Serenitatis. If successful, it will become the first privately funded … Continue reading Later today, Israel’s Beresheet craft will touch down on the Moon

Opinion: I’m not surprised Nasa scuppered the first all-female spacewalk

Today Nasa postponed its first all-female spacewalk because they didn’t have the right spacesuits. While the headlines makes this situation sound almost laughable, what it highlights is a long-running problem regarding getting women into space. This Friday, on 29 March, two astronauts were set to make history by becoming the first all-women crew to walk in space. Instead of Anne McClain and Christina Koch however, the … Continue reading Opinion: I’m not surprised Nasa scuppered the first all-female spacewalk