Google’s Jigsaw subsidiary is building open source AI tools to spot trolls

Can Google bring peace to the web with machine learning? Jigsaw, a subsidiary of parent company Alphabet is certainly trying, building open source AI tools designed to filter out abusive language. A new feature from Wired describes how the software has been trained on some 17 million comments left underneath New York Times stories, along with 13,000 discussions on Wikipedia pages. This data is labelled and then fed into the software — called Conversation AI — which begins to learn what bad comments look like. According to the report, Google says Conversation AI can identify abuse with “more than 92 percent certainty and a 10 percent false-positive rate” when compared to the judgements of a human panel. However, when Wired’s Andy Greenberg tested the tools out himself, the results are not completely…


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