Multi-Level Marketing: If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

It is not uncommon for young girls with a decent following on Instagram to receive direct messages from strangers hoping to interest you in joining their business. In exchange, you become a “boss babe.” Often, these messages on various social media platforms do not even disclose the name of the business. These little indications are one of the many red flags multi-level marketing companies use that all social media users should be aware of.

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Could Facial Recognition Be Perpetuating Society’s Biases?

Research has found that certain facial-recognition software perpetuates society’s existing inequities based on race, class, and gender. Joy Buolamwini, an M.I.T. Media Lab researcher, discovered that the facial-recognition algorithm she was working on could not detect her face – until she put on a white mask. She soon realized that many artificial-intelligence programs are trained to identify patterns using data sets that skew light-skinned and male results. Buolamwini stated, “When you think of A.I, it’s forward-looking, but A.I. is based on data, and data is a reflection of our history.”

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