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AddThis is a social sharing platform using big social data to create tools that enable publishers and brands to weave a more personal and social web. The company's social plugins and real-time analytics enable site owners to drive traffic and increase engagement.

AddThis (acquired by Clearspring) Headquarter Location

1595 Spring Hill Rd. Suite 300

Vienna, Virginia, 22182,

United States


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Tyrant in the code

Jan 19, 2017

Cyrus Radfar is a founding engineer of AddThis , which was acquired by Oracle. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Mankind has a complex relationship with the notion of Artificial Intelligence. Tinged with both fear and fascination; the timeline for AI development is punctuated by cultural and historical events that have brought with them new speculation and theories. Mechanical men and artificial beings were a prevalent feature of Greek myth, including the golden robots of Hephaestus and Pygmalion’s Galatea; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein introduced generations of readers to a terrifying idea of non-human intelligence; and, in more recent times, the dialogue has included the idea of computerized tech becoming a threat to the existence of our species. These recent concerns culminated in the 2015 “Open Letter on Artificial Intelligence”, signed by over 150 people including Professor Stephen Hawking, and have been perpetuated by Elon Musk’s occasional ominous remarks. In 2014, the entrepreneur billionaire wrote on Twitter that “We need to be super careful with AI”, and that it is “Potentially more dangerous than nukes”; less than a year later, Musk donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute towards research into how mankind can keep a handle on AI; and in June of this year, he expressed a concern over tech giants, Facebook and Google, leaning closer towards intelligent robotics. However, the concerns of Hawking, Musk and other influential technocrats and academics are not as far-flung in the future as you might think. In fact, AI is already deeply ingrained in our society in a far more subtle and sinister way. The latest outburst in our ongoing relationship with AI occurred in the aftermath of Trump’s election. News outlets reported on the “Facebook bubble” – an echo chamber of personalized news feeds that shielded users from opposing views and exposed them to a stream of content that reinforced their existing beliefs. The criticism was that Facebook failed to allow for a meaningful discourse between different political factions. And while the claim was denied by Mark Zuckerberg, there were similar complaints in the United Kingdom after the surprising Brexit referendum result. At its most benign, this bubble corrupted the pollsters’ predictions; at its worst, it impacted the results of two of the most important political decisions of the century in the Western world. Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at the supposed bias of the technology we interface with on a daily basis, and ask some serious questions about what its implications are, and will potentially be, in the future. 3D render of a robot trying to solve a wooden cube puzzle Machine Learning and the “Sea of Dudes” The current problems faced by AI come down to the age-old, complex relationship between creator and creation. If we are creating a system of machine learning that plays a fundamental role in all aspects of society, then the danger is that we run the risk that the systems’ creators will pass on their own inherent and natural biases onto these machines. A tech-based society has often been heralded as the future’s solution to prejudice and inequality. H.G. Wells imagined machine-run utopias where the human inhabitants were free to explore their passions and politically liberal pursuits; likewise, Edward Bellamy’s novel, Looking Backward, envisioned a libertarian socialist system built on the foundations of technological advances. Even in more recent times, digital technologies have kept up a sheen of utopian promise and were seen as a real and tangible key to unlocking universal social justice. Professor B.C. Mahapatra claimed that “Computerized education will reduce prejudice as no other system can” due to the suggestion that computers lack “prejudice, bias, or bigotry.” However, the idea that technology might end prejudice is coming under increasing scrutiny and appearing more and more spurious. Instead, questions have been raised in the public sphere about the extent of tech’s bias, particularly in the algorithms that run through social media and search engine sites. Even before media and the public began questioning Facebook’s supposed “news bubble” in the aftermath of Brexit and the election, the US Senate demanded an official explanation from Zuckerberg about the platform’s perceived liberal bias concerning trending topics. And again Facecbook denied the accusation that it was manipulating content and somehow tailoring the news that its users were sharing . Google has also come under fire for a seemingly biased gremlin in the machine. Recently, graphic designer Johana Burai’s research into pictures of “hands” showed that almost all the searches yielded by Google were white, and that searches for “black hands” or “African hands” tended to show images in questionable contexts i.e. a white hand reaching out to offer help to a black one, or hands working in the earth. In June, a tweet went viral where a gentleman compared the image search results from “three black teenagers” vs “three white teenagers.” YOOOOOO LOOK AT THIS —

  • Where is AddThis (acquired by Clearspring)'s headquarters?

    AddThis (acquired by Clearspring)'s headquarters is located at 1595 Spring Hill Rd., Vienna.

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    AddThis (acquired by Clearspring)'s latest funding round is Acquired.

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    Investors of AddThis (acquired by Clearspring) include AddThis.

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    Competitors of AddThis (acquired by Clearspring) include Buffer.

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