Data fundamentalism, China’s AI ambitions and dire warnings from a new climate report. Our round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities…

Who audits the algorithms?

The Harvard Business Review looks at the concept of data fundamentalism and why we need to audit algorithms. Elsewhere The New York Times reports on how cheap labour is helping to drive China’s artificial intelligence ambitions, while the MIT Technology Review delves into why one of the fathers of AI is worried about its future. The publication also looks at why professional services firms see huge potential in machine learning.

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Playing politics

The Guardian reports on the US Climate Assessment report that was released over the Thanksgiving weekend, while the World Economic Forum outlines how global businesses are stepping up the fight against climate change. Over at the BBC, it asks: “Can 12 billion tonnes of carbon be sucked from the air?”. It also has an interactive map which highlights just how hot the weather has been in 2018 – a hint: the Nordics and the Arctic have seen some of the highest temperatures on record.

The World Economic Forum also explains how it might be possible to think locally about global technology companies. The Harvard Business Review delves into the gender politics at play within leadership roles and explores the double bind women still face and how they are dealing with it.

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Controversial science

Nature examines a presentation by the controversial Chinese CRISPR-baby scientist, He Jiankui, which it believes fails to satisfy his critics, while the BBC also reports on a satellites-based early warning system to help African farmers prevent their crops from being devastated by pests.

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