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Algorithms Identify People with Suicidal Thoughts - IEEE Spectrum - 0 views

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    "Brain scans, however, are quite telling, especially when analyzed with an algorithm, Brent and his colleagues discovered. "We're trying to figure out what's going on in somebody's brain when they're thinking about suicide," says Brent. 

    These scans, taken using fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging, show that strong words such as 'death,' 'trouble,' 'carefree,' and 'praise,' trigger different patterns of brain activity in people who are suicidal, compared with people who are not. That means that people at risk of suicide think about those concepts differently than everyone else-evidenced by the levels and patterns of brain activity, or neural signatures."
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Surveillance used to be a bad thing. Now, we happily let our employers spy on... - 0 views

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    "This RFID-enabled device allowed its proud new owners to do things such as log into their computer, open doors and purchase food in the office cafeteria with a flick of the wrist. Nearly half of the company's 85 workers had the device implanted when the firm held a "chip party".
    YIKES!
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On Facebook, even Harvard students can't be too paranoid | Tim Dowling | Opinion | The ... - 0 views

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    "The other day I noticed that the little green light next to the camera built into my computer screen was on. It's perfectly possible that I had recently used some app that required the camera, and forgotten about it; but I couldn't find a way to turn it off. It's unlikely anyone was really watching me pretend to work, but my computer definitely was."
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Rise of the machines: who is the 'internet of things' good for? | Technology | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "So, yes: the internet of things presents many new possibilities, and it would be foolish to dismiss those possibilities out of hand. But we would also be wise to approach the entire domain with scepticism, and in particular to resist the attempts of companies to gather ever more data about our lives - no matter how much ease, convenience and self-mastery we are told they are offering us."
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JetBlue is the latest to use facial recognition technology in airports - 0 views

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    "However, there is some concern about how accurate these new procedures will be. Apparently the facial recognition technology doesn't recognize all people will the same accuracy. White women and black people aren't as easily recognized as white men, meaning there could be some mismatching of identities. Some are also concerned that this is crossing the line in terms of passenger privacy."
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Internet-connected teddy bear leaked kids' data online / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, "represents the nexus" of the problem with internet-connected appliances and toys: children being recorded, data being leaked, and the technical possibility of surreptitious access to children through networked toys. "The best way to understand what these guys do is to simply watch the video [advertisement for the toy].""
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Real life CSI: Google's new AI system unscrambles pixelated faces | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Google's neural networks have achieved the dream of CSI viewers everywhere: the company has revealed a new AI system capable of "enhancing" an eight-pixel square image, increasing the resolution 16-fold and effectively restoring lost data.

    The neural network could be used to increase the resolution of blurred or pixelated faces, in a way previously thought impossible; a similar system was demonstrated for enhancing images of bedrooms, again creating a 32x32 pixel image from an 8x8 one."
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The Real Name Fallacy - The Coral Project - 0 views

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    "Yet the balance of experimental evidence over the past thirty years suggests that this is not the case. Not only would removing anonymity fail to consistently improve online community behavior - forcing real names in online communities could also increase discrimination and worsen harassment."
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Admiral to price car insurance based on Facebook posts | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Admiral Insurance will analyse the Facebook accounts of first-time car owners to look for personality traits that are linked to safe driving. For example, individuals who are identified as conscientious and well-organised will score well.
    Facebook forces Admiral to pull plan to price car insurance based on posts
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    The insurer will examine posts and likes by the Facebook user, although not photos, looking for habits that research shows are linked to these traits. These include writing in short concrete sentences, using lists, and arranging to meet friends at a set time and place, rather than just "tonight"."
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Why the FBI's NGI Biometrics Database Should Worry You - 0 views

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    "Citizens would no longer have the right to get information about their records. The Privacy Act states that anyone can request their record from a government database so it can be reviewed and any errors corrected. That right would be eliminated if the database were exempted, meaning no one would ever know what information the FBI had on them."
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6 Reasons Why Biometrics Are NOT the Way of the Future - 0 views

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    "While biometrics may not be the long term alternative to passwords, they are safer to use. Rather than seeing them as separate methods to identify that you are who you say you are, they should instead be viewed as complementary methods that can be used together to verify an individual."
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Facewatch 'thief recognition' CCTV on trial in UK stores - BBC News - 0 views

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    ""The people who are on the list are not guilty until they've been prosecuted and taken to court, and the system makes that very clear", Simon says - and under the Data Protection Act "if anyone misuses that data there are very significant fines".

    Simon is also sanguine about the risk of misidentification. Images from the watch list will be sent with alerts so staff can check that there's a good match, he says. "
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My Stolen Life - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "In some ways, losing access to your home and documents is worse than having your home and documents physically destroyed."
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A Smile Detector and Other Apps You Need to Be Using | WIRED - 0 views

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    "RECHO DOES ONE very simple, little thing: It lets you leave a voice message tied to a location. When other people using the app hit those coordinates, Recho will tell them there's something to listen to. You can use the app to discover different "rechoes" around you, if you actively want to listen in on someone's location-aware thoughts. You can also share interesting soundbytes with your Recho followers. It's a little weird and novel, but ultimately a new way to think about digital exploring a place."
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Penn News | Penn Study: Americans Give Up Personal Data for Discounts, They Believe Mar... - 0 views

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    "The survey found that more than half of Americans say they do not want to lose control over their information but also believe this loss of control has already happened. Turow argues that marketers misrepresent Americans' behaviors by categorizing their acceptance of company discounts in exchange for personal data as rational acceptance of "tradeoffs."
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