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UniSA-Australia teams announced for men’s and women’s Tour Down Under

Matt de Neef

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The UniSA-Australia national team has revealed its line-up for both the 2020 men’s and women’s Santos Tour Down Under.

Reigning U23 national road champion Nicholas White (BridgeLane) will headline the men’s team in what will be his second Tour Down Under. He’ll be joined by 19-year-old BridgeLane teammate Tyler Lindorff, former U23 national champion Sam Jenner, Jarrad Drizners (who will race for Hagens Berman Axeon in 2020), and the Pro Racing Sunshine Coast trio of Kelland O’Brien, Cameron Scott and Sam Welsford.

Thirty-seven-year-old Rachel Neylan will spearhead the women’s line-up a year after finishing third in the 2019 edition. The six-rider line-up will also feature Neylan’s soon-to-be Casa Dorada Women Cycling teammate Josie Talbot, Macey Stewart, Georgie Whitehouse, Jessica Pratt, and Ruby Roseman-Gannon.

The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will be contested over four stages from January 16-19. The men’s race comprises a curtain-raiser criterium on January 19, followed by six stages from January 21-26.

UniSA-Australia men’s team

– Nicholas White
– Tyler Lindorff
– Samuel Jenner
– Jarrad Drizners
– Samuel Welsford
– Kelland O’Brien
– Cameron Scott

UniSA-Australia women’s team

– Rachel Neylan
– Jessica Pratt
– Ruby Roseman-Gannon
– Macey Stewart
– Georgie Whitehouse
– Josie Talbot

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To err is human – is that why we fear machines that can be made to err less? | John Naughton

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One of the things that really annoys AI researchers is how supposedly “intelligent” machines are judged by much higher standards than are humans. Take self-driving cars, they say. So far they’ve driven millions of miles with very few accidents, a tiny number of them fatal. Yet whenever an autonomous vehicle kills someone there’s a huge hoo-ha, while every year in the US nearly 40,000 people die in crashes involving conventional vehicles.

Likewise, the AI evangelists complain, everybody and his dog (this columnist included) is up in arms about algorithmic bias: the way in which automated decision-making systems embody the racial, gender and other prejudices implicit in the data sets on which they were trained. And yet society is apparently content to endure the astonishing irrationality and capriciousness of much human decision-making.

If you are a prisoner applying for parole in some jurisdictions, for example, you had better hope that the (human) judge has just eaten when your case comes up. A fascinating empirical study, conducted in 2011 and peer-reviewed by the Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, found that “the percentage of favourable rulings drops gradually from about 65% to nearly zero within each decision session and returns abruptly to about 65% after a break. Our findings suggest that judicial rulings can be swayed by extraneous variables that should have no bearing on legal decisions.” Since an AI doesn’t need lunch, might it be more consistent in making decisions about granting parole?

In judging the debate about whether human intelligence (HI) is always superior to the artificial variety (AI), are we humans just demonstrating how capricious and irrational we can be? Er, yes, says Jason Collins, a behavioural and data scientist who now works for PwC Australia. In a wickedly satirical article in the online journal Behavioral Scientist, he turns the question we routinely ask about AI on its head: “Before humans become the standard way in which we make decisions,” he writes, “we need to consider the risks and ensure implementation of human decision-making systems does not cause widespread harm.”

Collins outlines four basic principles that we should apply before allowing humans to make critical decisions. The first is to avoid bias. This is difficult for humans because we are subject to a wide range of cognitive biases. Second, human-made decisions should be transparent, explicable and accountable. Indeed, but guess what? Humans are often inscrutable and while they can “create the impression of transparency through the verbal and written explanations that they offer, there is strong evidence that these explanations cannot be trusted to provide the true basis for the decision”. We might accurately think of people as black boxes, but with a better bedside manner than their purely algorithmic counterparts. Who can explain, for example, what goes on in what might loosely be called Boris Johnson’s mind? Third, human decision-making should be at least as good as AI or machine-learning alternatives. Sometimes, it turns out it’s not.

And, finally, human decisions should be consistent. This, too, we struggle with, although human judges make the best available stab at it. Two different humans confronted with the same decision will often come to a different conclusion, says Collins. The same human confronted with a decision on different occasions will also often decide inconsistently. In comparison, machines would be relentlessly consistent, at least in principle.

And the implications of all this? “Before humans become the standard way in which we make decisions,” says Collins, “we need to consider the risks and ensure implementation of human decision-making systems does not cause widespread harm.”

This is all good knockabout stuff and a good source of belly laughs for AI enthusiasts, but actually there’s a serious edge to it. For example, although bias is intrinsic in all machine-learning systems – and is just as common as it is in human decision-making systems – nevertheless, biased algorithms may be easier to fix than biased people.

That, at any rate, is the conclusion of a couple of empirical studies of racial bias in recruitment and healthcare published in the American Economic Review and Science. It turned out that uncovering algorithmic bias was relatively easy – it’s basically a statistical exercise. “The work was technical and rote, requiring neither stealth nor resourcefulness,” a researcher wrote. The humans in the system, on the other hand, were a different story. The researchers found them “inscrutable”, and discovered that “changing people’s hearts and minds is no simple matter”. Changing biased algorithms was “easier than changing people: software on computers can be updated; the ‘wetware’ in our brains has so far proven much less pliable”.

None of this should come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about human nature. Our politics tell us that some people would rather die than change their minds. There’s something distinctively human about inconsistency, cognitive dissonance and sheer cussedness. And maybe that’s really why we fear AI: because it would be all the things that we are not.

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Down with democracy
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When Larry met Sergey
Nick Carr’s blog Larry and Sergey: A Valediction is a living obituary of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who have stepped down from managing the monster they created.

Go slow, wunderkinds
Guess what? Young people don’t make the best entrepreneurs. A heartening article, for oldies anyway, by Jeffrey Tucker on the website of the American Institute for Economic Research.

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Louisiana Man Charged With Rigging Bingo Games and Winning Over $10,000 Before His Luck Ran Out

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(MONROE, La.) — The luck has ran out for a Louisiana man allegedly caught rigging bingo games to win more than $10,000.

John Cook, 43, was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Facility on Friday on a felony theft charge and two counts for failing to appear multiple times following his June 29 arrest, according to a Monroe Police warrant obtained by news outlets.

Police say Cook was recorded on video at a bingo parlor manipulating a “Bonanza Bingo” game by handpicking the balls he wanted to play and then hiding the winner until he was ready to end the game. The warrant says Cook did this four times and won thousands for three people, including his sister.

One of the winners was captured speaking with Cook before the drawing, and two winners were seen giving Cook money after the game, the warrant states.

He’s in jail on an $11,000 bond.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is striking back at critics who say innovation in the smartphone industry has peaked (AAPL)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t think the smartphone industry is anywhere near reaching its peak.

"I know of no one who would call a 12-year-old mature," Cook said when speaking with Nikkei Asian Review, apparently referencing the 12 years since the first iPhone debuted — a milestone launch that’s largely perceived to have kicked off the smartphone era. "Sometimes these steps are humongous, sometimes these steps are smaller. But the key is to always make things better, not just change for change’s sake." 

His comments come as iPhone sales have declined in recent quarters and smartphone shipments across the industry have slowed over the past several quarters. In its fiscal fourth quarter earnings results, Apple revealed that iPhone revenue had fallen by 9% year-over-year during that period, continuing a streak that’s persisted for several consecutive quarters.

And more broadly, the smartphone industry is only just starting to recover after facing a wave of declines. Global smartphone shipments grew by 0.8% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2019, according to the International Data Corporation, signalling the first sign of growth after seven quarters of declines. 

The industry-wide slump has in some cases been attributed to the notion that many new flagship smartphones only offer minor upgrades over their predecessors, making it more difficult for smartphone makers like Apple to convince consumers to upgrade every year or two. Taken together, these trends have contributed to the notion that the modern smartphone has peaked.  

Even before the company unveiled its iPhone 11 and 11 Pro in September, some Wall Street analysts had said this year’s new Apple smartphones would likely offer incremental updates over 2018’s iPhone XS and XS Max. 

But those analysts also think next year’s iPhone, which is expected to support 5G connectivity and may feature a new design and 3-D cameras, could bring iPhone revenue back to growth. 

Apple too believes iPhone sales will begin to trend upward again starting in 2020, as Bloomberg reported in October. Estimates from Strategy Analytics suggest that Apple could lead the 5G smartphone market in 2020, even despite the fact that it’s late to the market compared to rivals like Huawei and Samsung. 

"The ethos and DNA of the company have never been stronger on the innovation front," Cook also said to Nikkei Asian Review. "The product line has never been stronger." 

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Popeyes debuts a chicken-inspired ugly Christmas sweater

Now, the Louisiana chain can add “ugly Christmas sweater” to the list.

That’s right. A Popeyes holiday sweater exists now, and it’s bestrewn with stitched sandwiches.

It’s available on UglyChristmasSweater.com, though

as far as ugly Christmas sweaters go

, this one is fairly tame.

The knit runs $44.95, roughly what it would cost you to buy 14 of the sandwiches with some change for fries.

So the choice is yours — would you rather devour the golden, buttermilk goodness or rep it?

In case you haven’t been following the

meal’s meteoric rise

, it was released to great fanfare in August. It was so addictive, that crispy patty nestled between two brioche buns, that customers lined up around the store and out the door for hours just to score the sandwich.

It’s

sold out multiple times

, but the droughts have only fueled demand — and hunger.

May 2019 henceforth be known as the year the Chicken Sandwich Wars were won, not with violence but with

brand fights on Twitter

and food-inspired holiday garb.

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