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Microsoft Says Building Tool to Spot Bias in AI Algorithms

The issue of bias will become crucial as more customers make use of these algorithms to take important decisions

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After Facebook announced its own tool to detect bias in an algorithm earlier this month, a new report suggests that Microsoft is also building a tool to automate the identification of bias in a range of different Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms.

The Microsoft tool has the potential to help businesses make use of AI without inadvertently discriminating against certain groups of people, MIT Technology Review reported on Friday.

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Although Microsoft’s new tool may not eliminate the problem of bias that may creep into Machine-Learning models altogether, it will help AI researchers catch more instances of unfairness, Rich Caruna, a senior researcher at Microsoft who is working on the bias-detection dashboard, was quoted as saying.

“Of course, we can’t expect perfection — there’s always going to be some bias undetected or that can’t be eliminated — the goal is to do as well as we can,” he said.

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The issue of bias will become crucial as more customers make use of these algorithms to take important decisions.

At its annual developer conference on May 2, Facebook announced its own bias-catching tool, called Fairness Flow, as the social network has found that the number of people using AI to make important decisions is increasing at the company. (IANS)

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Microsoft Announces To Bring Antivirus Software “Defender ATP” To Android, iOS

It recently made its unified Office experience combining the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps available for Android users worldwide

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The decision to bring its Defender software to mobile devices reflects Microsoft's growing focus on smartphone products. Pixabay

Microsoft has announced that it will bring its antivirus software Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to iOS and Android.

“Defender ATP offers preventive protection, post-breach detection and automated investigation and response for Windows and macOS. Today we’re announcing support for Linux and plans for iOS and Android as well,” Ann Johnson, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

The product is likely to help businesses prevent malware and phishing attacks, thereby helping employees to guard their usernames and passwords or other account information.

While the Microsoft blog post did not reveal the date or roll out of the product for mobiles, a report in CNBC said that it may be available later this year.

The decision to bring its Defender software to mobile devices reflects Microsoft’s growing focus on smartphone products.

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Microsoft has announced that it will bring its antivirus software Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to iOS and Android. Pixabay

It recently made its unified Office experience combining the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps available for Android users worldwide.

“Cybersecurity always comes down to people – good and bad. Our optimism is grounded in our belief in the potential for good people and technology to work in harmony to accomplish amazing things,” Johnson said in the blog post.

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“After years of investment and engineering work, the data now shows that Microsoft is delivering on the potential of AI (Artificial Intelligence) to enable defenders to protect data and manage risk across the full breadth of their digital estates,” Johnson added. (IANS)