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Robots Love Gossip and Conspiracy Theories Too

First it was the failure of robot vacuums. Then Tesla's autopilot slammed into a truck in broad daylight. Now boosters of AI have to deal with another fiasco. The Washington Post reports that Facebook's shiny new algorithm for selecting trending topics is severely broken: As part of a larger audit of Facebook’s Trending topics, the Intersect logged every news story that trended across four accounts during the workdays from Aug.
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