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California's primary firefighting body, Cal Fire, is harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect wildfires early. Through a constellation of 1,039 HD cameras, the system is trained to spot the first signs of wildfires, enabling quicker firefighter responses. In its initial phase, this cutting-edge AI system detected 77 wildfires even before 911 centers got wind of them, boasting an impressive 40% success rate, as reported by The New York Times.
The rise of artificial intelligence is revealing a concerning pattern: biases in AI training translate to real-world discrimination. From AI recruitment tools sidelining women to missteps with ChatGPT's biases, the repercussions are widening. Alarmingly, facial recognition errors by the police predominantly misidentify Black individuals.
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