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AI surveillance cameras to fine British "litter louts" | Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "AI software can now match footage of motorists throwing rubbish to their car's number plate and issue an automatic fine of £90. The first trial of the potentially controversial new system will begin in Maidstone in Kent in a few weeks with other councils expected to follow."
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China's 'Sharp Eyes' Program Aims to Surveil 100% of Public Space | by Dave Gershgorn |... - 0 views

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    "Through special TV boxes installed in their homes, local residents could watch live security footage and press a button to summon police if they saw anything amiss."
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'Facebook has a blind spot': why Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing | Faceb... - 0 views

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    "In the last year, Facebook adjusted some of the most fundamental rules about what gets posted on its platform, halting algorithmic recommendations of political groups, banning lies about vaccines and removing a number of high-profile figures for spreading misinformation and hate - including Donald Trump. But researchers say the social media platform is not enforcing those policies as effectively when it comes to misinformation in Spanish - a blind spot that may prove deadly as health lies spread through the most vulnerable populations during the global vaccine effort."
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TikTok urged to take action over Myanmar death threat videos | Global development | The... - 0 views

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    "TikTok has been urged to take action over a flood of videos shared in Myanmar that feature men in military uniform threatening to kill anti-coup protesters, at times while brandishing weapons. Myanmar's police and army have been widely condemned for using lethal force against peaceful protesters who have held mass rallies over recent weeks calling for the return of democracy. "
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SoundCloud announces overhaul of royalties model to 'fan-powered' system | Soundcloud |... - 0 views

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    "SoundCloud announced on Tuesday it would become the first major streaming service to start directing subscribers' fees only to the artists they listen to, a move welcomed by musicians campaigning for fairer pay. Current practice for streaming services including Spotify, Deezer and Apple is to pool royalty payments and dish them out based on which artists have the most global plays. Many artists and unions have criticised this system, saying it disproportionately favours megastars and leaves y little for musicians further down the pecking order."
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This AI Thrashes the Hardest Atari Games by Memorizing Its Best Moves - 0 views

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    "Learning from rewards seems like the simplest thing. I make coffee, I sip coffee, I'm happy. My brain registers "brewing coffee" as an action that leads to a reward. That's the guiding insight behind deep reinforcement learning, a family of algorithms that famously smashed most of Atari's gaming catalog and triumphed over humans in strategy games like Go. Here, an AI "agent" explores the game, trying out different actions and registering ones that let it win."
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GPT-3 medical chatbot tells suicidal test patient to kill themselves | Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "GPT-3 medical chatbot tells suicidal test patient to kill themselves"
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Nearly four in 10 university students addicted to smartphones, study finds | Health | T... - 0 views

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    "More than two-thirds (68.7%) of the addicts had trouble sleeping, compared with 57.1% of those who were not addicted to their device. Students who used their phone after midnight or for four or more hours a day were most likely to be at high risk of displaying addictive use of their device."
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Blockchain technology, used in Bitcoin, aids U.K. vaccine program - Marketplace - 0 views

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    ""Having a tamper-proof record-keeping system that can be shared across the vaccine supply chain is always important, but critically so here for the COVID vaccines," Harmon said. Hedera's chief executive believes that decentralized computer networks with hundreds or even thousands of participants can play an important role in other aspects of pandemic management - to combat vaccine counterfeiting, for example, and create unforgeable vaccination certificates."
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Twitter targets Covid vaccine misinformation with labels and 'strike' system | Twitter ... - 0 views

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    "Twitter is expanding its use of warning labels on tweets that contain misleading details about coronavirus vaccines. The move, announced in a blogpost on Monday, is designed to strengthen the social network's existing Covid-19 guidance, which has led to the removal of more than 8,400 tweets and challenged 11.5m accounts worldwide."
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Myanmar's Military Deploys Digital Arsenal of Repression in Crackdown - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "The software is made by BlackBag Technologies, an American company that was bought last year by Cellebrite of Israel. Both companies also make other sophisticated tools to infiltrate locked or encrypted devices and suck out their data, including location-tracking information."
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China Charges Ahead With a National Digital Currency - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "If the eCNY is successful, it will give the central bank new powers, including novel types of monetary policy to help the economy grow. In one possibility that economists have discussed, a central bank could program its digital currency to slowly lose value so that consumers are encouraged to spend it immediately."
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Ai-Da, the First Robot Artist To Exhibit Herself - 0 views

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    "The robot was named Ai-Da after the 19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace. According to its creators, it is capable of drawing real people using its camera eye and a pencil in hand."
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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021 | MIT Technology Review - 0 views

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    "A data trust is a legal entity that collects and manages people's personal data on their behalf. Though the structure and function of these trusts are still being defined, and many questions remain, data trusts are notable for offering a potential solution to long-standing problems in privacy and security."
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Rosamund Pike is right to call out digital 'tweaks' ... but aren't we all at it? | Barb... - 0 views

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    "It's fast getting to the point where it feels unreasonable to solely blame the famous and the industries that promote them. These days, people are going to plastic surgeons wanting to resemble their own modified avatars from selfies, rather than celebrities. If you like, the fiction of Hollywood perfection has been democratised. Indeed, it's interesting how, even as "improved" celebrities are mocked, or, as with Pike, call it out themselves, the modification of our own images continues unhindered, save for the occasional "#nofilter" humblebrag. It's gone beyond old-school catfishing (pretending to be someone else) to the point where people are essentially deep-faking themselves. And it's all just a bit of fun. Until it isn't. The desire to look better is all too human but are we inexorably moving towards the moment when we lose our grip on what we actually look like?"
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Facebook doesn't seem to mind that facial recognition glasses would endanger women | Ar... - 0 views

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    ""Face recognition … might be the thorniest issue, where the benefits are so clear, and the risks are so clear, and we don't know where to balance those things." Excuse me? What kind of benefits could possibly balance the risk of making life extremely easy for stalkers and creeps? Well, Bosworth later said on Twitter, it could help people with prosopagnosia, a neurological condition where you can't recognize people's faces. More generally, Bosworth said, it would be super handy when you run into someone at a party and can't remember their name. Ah yes, I can totally see how avoiding a little social awkwardness balances out the whole stalker thing!"
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E-mail Is Making Us Miserable | The New Yorker - 0 views

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    " "The longer one spends on email in [a given] hour the higher is one's stress for that hour," the authors noted. In another study, researchers placed thermal cameras below each subject's computer monitor, allowing them to measure the tell-tale "heat blooms" on a person's face that indicate psychological distress. "
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Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by 'entire countries' | Technology... - 0 views

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    "Bitcoin mining - the process in which a bitcoin is awarded to a computer that solves a complex series of algorithms - is a deeply energy-intensive process. "Mining" bitcoin involves solving complex math problems in order to create new bitcoins. Miners are rewarded in bitcoin. Earlier in bitcoin's relatively short history - the currency was created in 2009 - one could mine bitcoin on an average computer. But the way bitcoin mining has been set up by its creator (or creators - no one really knows for sure who created it) is that there is a finite number of bitcoins that can be mined: 21m. The more bitcoin that is mined, the harder the algorithms that must be solved to get a bitcoin become."
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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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I helped build ByteDance's censorship machine - Protocol - The people, power and politi... - 0 views

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    "My job was to use technology to make the low-level content moderators' work more efficient. For example, we created a tool that allowed them to throw a video clip into our database and search for similar content. When I was at ByteDance, we received multiple requests from the bases to develop an algorithm that could automatically detect when a Douyin user spoke Uyghur, and then cut off the livestream session. The moderators had asked for this because they didn't understand the language. Streamers speaking ethnic languages and dialects that Mandarin-speakers don't understand would receive a warning to switch to Mandarin."
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