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In New York City, more than 30 different automated decision systems help government agencies analyze DNA, assess inmates’ risk of recidivism, determine where police should look for crimes and more. The rise of the machine extends into the civil justice system as well: According to the AI Now Institute, a research group focused on the social implications of artificial intelligence, New York also relies on automation to evaluate potential child neglect, detect the abuse of public benefits and determine Medicaid eligibility, among other tasks. As algorithms like those used in the Big Apple become increasingly prevalent across the country, journalists, researchers and advocacy groups have rai... Full story

23 April