Articles by Olivia Carville and Jacqueline Davalos

Short-Term Rental Sites Combat Party Houses, Complaints as COVID Shuts Nightclubs

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down bars and concert halls in March, a new phenomenon was born: the vacation-rental nightclub. Professional party promoters started scanning Airbnb, Vrbo and other short-term rental sites for mansions and luxury condos for hire. Tickets …

IBM Calls For Rules to Curb Bias in Artificial Intelligence

IBM called for rules aimed at eliminating bias in artificial intelligence to ease concerns that the technology relies on data that bakes in past discriminatory practices and could harm women, minorities, the disabled, older Americans and others. As it seeks …

Airbnb Stresses Safety, Accountability in Governance Changes

Airbnb Inc. is laying the groundwork for a public market debut later this year, announcing a new corporate governance strategy that values safety, sustainability, diversity and accountability. The home-share startup has said it will track guest safety incidents, verify all …

Rebranded Crime App Aims for ‘People-Powered Public Safety Net’

One afternoon in late October 2017, hundreds of students from the elite Avenues private school in Manhattan were loaded onto buses, ready to head home. Suddenly, school principal Abby Brody got a disturbing smartphone alert. The crime-tracking app Citizen buzzed …

Project Owl Wi-Fi Network for Natural Disaster Connections Wins IBM-Backed Contest

From a cramped living room in Brooklyn, New York, a handful of young computer nerds has developed a new way to use technology to help save lives in natural disasters. They have designed tiny electronic nodes inside baseball-sized rubber casings …

Whew! Human Beats IBM’s AI Machine in Debate

International Business Machines Corp. fell short in its latest attempt to prove machines can triumph over man. But it came close. The tech giant’s six-year-old artificial intelligence debating system, affectionately dubbed “Miss Debater,” went head-to-head with one of the world’s …

As Deaths, Injuries Pile Up, So Do Claims Against Electric Scooter Firms

A lawsuit targeting electric scooter-sharing companies seizes on the dangers of zipping around town on two wheels and brings gory detail to one of the more polarizing technology trends to emerge over the last year. Nine people who were injured …

Carolinians Must Wait for Flood Waters to Recede to Assess Florence’s Damage

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, 9:55 am — Record-setting, still-rising floods covering much of eastern North Carolina are preventing companies, regulators and environmental groups from making a comprehensive assessment of damage from Hurricane Florence. On Monday, bucketing rains and tornado warnings …

Florence’s Winds Slow But Serious Floods Continue; Death Count Rising

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, 1:57 pm —The still-potent remnants of Hurricane Florence marched through the Carolinas on Sunday and as the winds weakened the flood grew only stronger. New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington, where the storm breached …