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That broken tech/content culture cycle - 0 views

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    "That broken tech/content culture cycle"
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Facebook asked for nudes to help stop revenge porn and it worked. Can our culture chang... - 0 views

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    "Here's how the program, which has been developed in partnership with SWGfL, a UK-based non-profit behind the Revenge Porn Helpline, works. If you've shared an intimate image with someone and are worried that that person might do something nefarious with it, you can send the images to content moderators at Facebook to be "hashed"- essentially the image is assigned a digital fingerprint. If someone then tries to upload that image to Facebook it can be quickly identified and blocked. It's obviously not a silver bullet for stopping revenge porn, and it requires putting a lot of trust in Facebook and accepting that a random content moderator is going to be looking at your naked photos, but it gives people a little bit of control over their images."
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AI And The Copyright Problem. Making Sense Of Generative AI Copyright… | by P... - 0 views

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    "Just like Napster forced legal music streaming to advance, popular tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, and DALL-E2 will force us to establish AI best practices and ethical guidelines. The IP for Generative AI will continue to be debated in the culture and in the courts, and we will collectively come to agreements. The only issue is whether regulation will ever be able to keep up with the rapid pace of AI."
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AI and the American Smile. How AI misrepresents culture through a… | by jenka... - 0 views

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    "AI and the American Smile How AI misrepresents culture through a facial expression."
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Net ​nostalgia: the online museums preserving dolphin gifs and spinning Comic... - 0 views

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    "Scott is interested in conserving the stuff we have forgotten has value. Increasingly, our culture plays itself out on the internet, yet even now we have a tendency to view what we do on there as trivial. Or we make the mistake of assuming that digital means for ever."
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Letters: Protecting our children from porn | Culture | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "There is no quick technical fix that will protect children - it needs education, responsible parenting and more resources for enforcing the laws that already exist. Dr Martyn Thomas Institution of Engineering and Technology"
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Magical thinking about machine learning won't bring the reality of AI any closer | John... - 0 views

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    " Critics have pointed out that the old computing adage "garbage in, garbage out" also applies to ML. If the data from which a machine "learns" is biased, then the outputs will reflect those biases. And this could become generalised: we may have created a technology that - however good it is at recommending films you might like - may actually morph into a powerful amplifier of social, economic and cultural inequalities."
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Being human: how realistic do we want robots to be? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Anouk van Maris, a robot cognition specialist who is researching ethical human-robot interaction, has found that comfort levels with robots vary greatly depending on location and culture. "It depends on what you expect from it. Some people love it, others want to run away as soon as it starts moving," she says. "The advantage of a robot that looks human-like is that people feel more comfortable with it being close to them, and it is easier to communicate with it. The big disadvantage is that you expect it to be able to do human things and it often can't.""
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Algorithms outdo us. But we still prefer human fallibility | Rafael Behr | Opinion | Th... - 0 views

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    "Luddism refuses to die because each innovation creates a pool of people who feel economically or culturally dispossessed. The greater the leap forward, the wider the chasm of obsolescence. And the scale of the digital revolution defies hyperbole. No area of human activity is undisrupted. "
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Flim: a New AI-Powered Movie-Screenshot Search Engine | Open Culture - 0 views

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    "Described on its about page as "a constantly evolving database of HD screenshots," with a claim of 50,000 provided daily, Flim uses artificial intelligence to perform color analysis and detect "objects, clothes, characters, etc.""
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This Machine Was Built To Give You Nightmares | FiveThirtyEight - 0 views

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    "We seem to be safe for the moment, however - the MIT team said it has no interest in taking artificially intelligent horror machines to the next level or exploring their darker possibilities. "We wanted to playfully commemorate humanity's fear of AI, which is a growing theme in popular culture, but we currently have no plans to use the immense power of AI to scare people further," Yanardag said. "The world is already pretty scary!""
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Cops are playing music during filmed encounters to game YouTube's copyright striking - ... - 0 views

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    "The police are attempting to use YouTube's stringent copyright system to keep people from posting recordings of encounters with law enforcement. In a video posted Thursday by the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), a community organization dedicated to defunding the Oakland Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff's deputy David Shelby pulled out his phone and began playing Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" during an encounter. He openly admitted, "it can't be posted to YouTube.""
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How does Apple technology hold up against NSO spyware? | Apple | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The disclosure points to a problem security researchers have been warning about for years: that despite its reputation for building what is seen by millions of customers as a secure product, some believe Apple's closed culture and fear of negative press have harmed its ability to provide security for those targeted by governments and criminals. "Apple's self-assured hubris is just unparalleled," said Patrick Wardle, a former NSA employee and founder of the Mac security developer Objective-See. "They basically believe that their way is the best way. And to be fair … the iPhone has had incredible success. "But you talk to any external security researcher, they're probably not going to have a lot of great things to say about Apple. Whereas if you talk to security researchers in dealing with, say, Microsoft, they've said: 'We're gonna put our ego aside, and ultimately realise that the security researchers are reporting vulnerabilities that at the end of the day are benefiting our users, because we're able to patch them.' I don't think Apple has that same mindset.""
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John Oliver on exploitable voting machines: 'We must fix this' | Culture | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Oliver also pointed to a Finnish man who once found "one of the most severe security flaws ever discovered in a voting system" in US machines and alerted their manufacturers, who released a patch to fix the problem in 2006. The state of Georgia, however, never installed it, and the Senate report noted their machines hadn't been updated since at least 2005. "They'd essentially been hitting the 'remind me tomorrow' button on a critical security update for over a decade," Oliver explained, "meaning Georgia's election systems operate on the same level of technical proficiency as Every Dad"."
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Chess's cheating crisis: 'paranoia has become the culture' | Sport | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Chess has enjoyed a huge boom in internet play this year as in-person events have moved online and people stuck at home have sought new hobbies. But with that has come a significant new problem: a rise in the use of powerful chess calculators to cheat on a scale reminiscent of the scandals that have dogged cycling and athletics. One leading 'chess detective' said that the pandemic was "without doubt creating a crisis"."
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Inside the Making of Facebook's Supreme Court | The New Yorker - 0 views

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    "This kind of muddy uncertainty seemed inevitable. The board has jurisdiction over every Facebook user in the world, but intuitions about freedom of speech vary dramatically across political and cultural divides. In Hong Kong, where the pro-democracy movement has used social media to organize protests, activists rely on Facebook's free-expression principles for protection against the state. In Myanmar, where hate speech has contributed to a genocide against the Rohingya, advocates have begged for stricter enforcement. "
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