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San Francisco says it will use AI to reduce bias when charging people with crimes

San Francisco is announcing a "bias mitigation tool" that uses basic AI techniques to automatically redact information from police reports that could identify a suspect's race. It's designed to be a way to keep prosecutors from being influenced by racial bias when deciding whether someone gets charged with a crime.

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Opinion | Japan's fate could be everyone else's, too

If you want a peek at the future, try looking at Japan. It's a sobering exercise. Here's how economist Timothy Taylor, managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, describes the country's outlook: "[Japan] is facing a situation of a declining population and workforce, and the share of the population that is elderly is on the rise.

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Nation's first hydrogen fuel cell ferry to cart commuters across San Francisco Bay in early 2020

ALAMEDA - Creators of the nation's first hydrogen fuel cell ferry always dreamed that if they built the zero-emission vessel, commercial interest would soon follow. It didn't take long. SW/TCH (pronounced "Switch"), a New York-based investment company, announced Wednesday - two months before the boat even touches the San Francisco Bay - it would be the first to test the technology in commercial, commuter service beginning as early as 2020.

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