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Couple's Amazon Device Recorded Private Conversation, Sent To Friend « CBS Bo... - 0 views

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    ""The person on the other line said, 'unplug your Alexa devices right now,'" Danielle told KIRO. "'You're being hacked.'" The couple had reportedly placed Amazon devices in every room of their house to control the heat, lights, and security system. All of the gadgets were pulled out after their colleague proved they had received the unauthorized recording."
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Tastemakers: can a robot really know what we'll want to eat? | Life and style | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "An algorithm has no tastebuds; a neural net never gets the munchies. So can a robot brain really tell us what we'll want to eat? The question is whether AI systems will be able to excel in the sensual, creative work of tasting and developing new foods - and what we stand to gain or lose by inventing foods that really have our number."
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MIT trains self-driving cars to change lanes like human drivers do - 0 views

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    "MIT researcher's at CSAIL have developed a lane-changing algorithm for self-driving cars. the algorithm allows for aggressive lane changes much like the kind only real drivers would be capable of.

     

    it works by computing 'buffer zones' around autonomous vehicles and reassessing them on the fly. MIT uses a mathematically efficient approach which calculates new buffer zones if the default buffer zones lead to performance that's far worse than a human's driver."
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Efail: can email be saved? / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The revelation that encrypted email is vulnerable to a variety of devastating attacks (collectively known as "Efail") has set off a round of soul-searching by internet security researchers and other technical people -- can we save email?

    One way to think about Efail is that it was caused by a lack of central coordination and control over email-reading programs -- the underlying protocols are strong and robust, but they can be implemented in ways that create real problems. In particular, the ability to show HTML inside a message makes email very hard to secure:"
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Here's How Scientists Are Using Machine Learning to Predict the Unpredictable - 0 views

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    "More than just a poetic metaphor, the butterfly effect says that there are some things that even the most advanced science can never predict. Well, that list of things just got a lot shorter. Scientists from the University of Maryland have used machine learning to predict chaos."
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Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal, say experts | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, privacy experts have said, as new rules over data privacy come into force at the end of this week."
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Tech firms can't keep our data forever: we need a Digital Expiry Date | Opinion | The G... - 0 views

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    "This Digital Expiry Date offers companies the benefits of getting your data, personalizing results and still making profits, while putting some control in the user's hands. You will not have to worry about governments or companies in the future mishandling years' worth of information - which would limit the damage they could do. A Digital Expiry Date would maintain online innovation and profitability, while helping to prevent any future privacy disasters."
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Inside Shanghai's robot bank: China opens world's first human-free branch | Cities | Th... - 0 views

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    "Xiao Long, or "Little Dragon", is not your typical employee - she's a robot at China's first fully automated, human-free bank branch.

    As guardian of the bank, she talks to customers, takes bank cards and checks accounts (she comes complete with a PIN pad) and can answer basic questions. After a quick initial chat with Xiao Long, customers pass through electronic gates where their faces and ID cards are scanned. On future visits, facial recognition alone is enough to open the gates and call up customer information."
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The economics of artificial intelligence | McKinsey & Company - 0 views

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    " The machine's doing the prediction, making the distinct role of judgment in decision making clearer. So as the value of human prediction falls, the value of human judgment goes up because AI doesn't do judgment-it can only make predictions and then hand them off to a human to use his or her judgment to determine what to do with those predictions."
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In Sri Lanka, Facebook's dominance has cost lives | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But there is another set of Facebook stories that shines even more glaring light on the company's mismatch of power and responsibility. A good place to start is Sri Lanka: one of many countries where "fake news" is not the slightly jokey notion regularly played up by Trump, but sometimes a matter of life and death."
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Welsh police wrongly identify thousands as potential criminals | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "However, according to data on the force's website, 92% (2,297) of those were found to be "false positives".

    South Wales police admitted that "no facial recognition system is 100% accurate", but said the technology had led to more than 450 arrests since its introduction. It also said no one had been arrested after an incorrect match."
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"The Biology of Disinformation," a paper by Rushkoff, Pescovitz, and Dunagan / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Already, artificially intelligent software can evolve false political and social constructs highly targeted to sway specific audiences. Users find themselves in highly individualized, algorithmically determined news and information feeds, intentionally designed to: isolate them from conflicting evidence or opinions, create self-reinforcing feedback loops of confirmation, and untether them from fact-based reality. And these are just early days. If memes and disinformation have been weaponized on social media, it is still in the musket stage."
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In just 7 months, the US public domain will get its first infusion since 1998 / Boing B... - 0 views

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    "In 1998, the US Congress retroactively extended the copyright on US works, placing public domain works back into copyright and forestalling the entry into the public domain of a great mass of works that were soon to become public domain; now, 20 years later with no copyright term extension in sight, the US public domain is about to receive the first of many annual infusions to come, a great mass of works that will be free for all to use. "
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5 Real World Problems That Are Straight Out Of Black Mirror - 0 views

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    "Thanks to a map that shows the jogging habits of the 27 million people who use Fitbits and the like, we can see splotches of activity in otherwise dark areas, like Iraq and Syria. Some of those splotches are known American military sites full of exercising soldiers, and some, by extrapolation, are sites that the military would rather keep unknown. One journalist saw a lot of exercise activity on a Somalian beach that was suspected to be home to a CIA base. Someone else spotted a suspected missile site in Yemen, and a web of bases in Afghanistan were also revealed."
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An algorithm for detecting face-swaps in videos / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "So they trained a deep-learning neural net on tons of examples of deepfaked videos, and produced a model that's better than any previous automated technique at spotting hoaxery. (Their paper documenting the work is here.)"
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Flat-pack heaven? Robots master task of assembling Ikea chair | Science | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In the meantime, Pham is keen to see if robots can learn to build the chair using only an image of the assembled product as a guide. Will the technology ever help humans who struggle with the task? "I don't think it is in Ikea's business model to have robots assemble their chairs," he said. "In the next 10 to 20 years, people will still be sweating over flat-pack furniture.""
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Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in battle against Telegram app | World news | Th... - 0 views

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    "The "battle for Telegram" pits one of Russia's most popular messaging apps - with more than 13 million users - against the internet censor Roskomnadzor, in a public cat-and-mouse game to block traffic that has put the agency's reputation on the line.

    Telegram is widely used by the Russian political establishment, and prominent politicians and officials have openly flouted or criticised the ban. Data from the app showed several Kremlin officials had continued to sign in on Tuesday evening, four days after a court ordered the service to be blocked over alleged terrorism concerns."
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Chinese Police Say Face Recognition Identified Suspect Out Of Crowd Of 50,000 | Gizmodo... - 0 views

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    "Chinese police say they used facial recognition to identify, then arrest a man attending a crowded concert in Nanchang, China's third largest city. South China Morning Post reports that security cameras equipped with the software pinpointed the man out of the estimated 50,000 other people also in attendance at the concert. "
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