The creation of the algorithm that made the first black hole image possible was led by MIT grad student Katie Bouman – TechCrunch

The development of the algorithm that made it possible to create the first image ever of a black hole was led by computer scientist Katie Bouman while she was still a graduate student at MIT. Bouman shared a photo on Facebook of herself reacting as the historical picture was processing. The algorithm, which Bouman named…

Democrats draw up bill that would require tech platforms to assess algorithmic bias – TechCrunch

Democratic lawmakers have proposed a bill to address the algorithmic biases lurking under the surface of tech’s biggest platforms. The bill, known as the Algorithmic Accountability Act, was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) will sponsor parallel legislation in the House. The bill is well timed. Over…

Teenagers are killing GameStop

A new survey of American teenagers reveals they’re turning more and more to digital stores for their games. Gone is the era of kids forking cash over countertops — now they’re increasingly turning to their parents’ credit cards in the Epic Games Store. The survey comes from Piper Jaffray’s annual Taking Stock With Teens survey,…