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AI Software Creates "New" Nirvana Song "Drowned in the Sun" | Consequence of Sound - 0 views

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    "Over the Bridge hopes the project emphasizes exactly how much work goes into creating AI music. "There's an inordinate amount of human hands at the beginning, middle and end to create something like this," explained Michael Scriven, a rep for Lemmon Entertainment whose CEO is on Over the Bridge's board of directors. Scriven added, "A lot of people may think [AI] is going to replace musicians at some point, but at this point, the number of humans that are required just to get to a point where a song is listenable is actually quite significant.""
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Facebook says a breach that hit 533m is old news. Experts disagree | Facebook | The Gua... - 0 views

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    ""Even if the data is old, it's never really old because it will always be useful for data brokers," he said. "It helps them correlate related information that is new and dump them into these profiles, which they sell online for as little as 99 cents.""
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OpenAI's GPT-3 Algorithm Is Now Producing Billions of Words a Day - 0 views

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    "Machines, it would seem, are about to get an awful lot chattier. And we've got our work cut out for us to make sure the conversation's meaningful."
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Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords - The New Atlantis - 0 views

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    "Today we fear a different technological threat, one that centers not on machines but other humans. We see ourselves as imperiled by the terrifying social influence unleashed by the Internet in general and social media in particular. We hear warnings that nothing less than our collective ability to perceive reality is at stake, and that if we do not take corrective action we will lose our freedoms and way of life."
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Emojify - 0 views

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    "We want to start a conversation about emotion recognition technology. Explore the site, watch the video, play a game and add your thoughts to our research. Or turn on your camera to activate our very own emotion recognition machine...will it 'emojify' you? "
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Don't ask if artificial intelligence is good or fair, ask how it shifts power - 0 views

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    "When the field of AI believes it is neutral, it both fails to notice biased data and builds systems that sanctify the status quo and advance the interests of the powerful. What is needed is a field that exposes and critiques systems that concentrate power, while co-creating new systems with impacted communities: AI by and for the people."
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How beauty filters took over social media - 0 views

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    "They are subjects in an experiment that will show how the technology changes the way we form our identities, represent ourselves, and relate to others."
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Johnson - Whatever you tweet may be used against you | Books & arts | The Economist - 0 views

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    "But a newsroom rebellion ended her tenure before it began. A group of employees wrote a letter protesting against her appointment because of several tweets she had written ten years earlier, when she was herself a teen. In them Ms McCammond reported Googling how to avoid waking up with "swollen, Asian eyes". She complained about the lack of an explanation for a poor mark in chemistry: "thanks a lot stupid Asian T.A. [teaching assistant]". She had apologised for these comments in the past, but a killing in Georgia on March 16th, in which six of the eight victims were Asian women, made them look even worse. Two days later Ms McCammond took to Twitter again-to say that she had agreed to renounce the Teen Vogue job."
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People's Expensive NFTs Keep Vanishing. This Is Why - 0 views

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    "He never got the chance to find out. A week later, he opened up his digital "wallet," where the artwork would supposedly be available, and was faced with an ominous banner reading, "This page has gone off grid. We've got a 404 error and explored deep and wide, but we can't find the page you're looking for."  The artwork, which he expected to be on the page, had disappeared entirely. "There was no history of my ever purchasing it, or ever owning it," he said. "Now there's nothing. My money's gone.""
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How many anti-vaxxers does it take to misinform the world? Just twelve | Social media |... - 0 views

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    "How many conspiracy theorists does it take to change a lightbulb? QAnon won't let me tell you. I can, however, reveal that it takes only a dozen anti-vaxxers to spread dangerous misinformation to millions of people. According to a report from the NGO Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), up to 65% of anti-vaccine content on Facebook and Twitter can be traced back to just 12 people. Although Facebook has disputed the report's methodology, the 12 have been nicknamed the "disinformation dozen", and include Robert F Kennedy Jr, the nephew of John F Kennedy. A few of the 12 have been removed from at least one social media platform, but are still free to post on others."
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Looking up health symptoms online less harmful than thought, study says | Health | The ... - 0 views

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    "These findings suggest that medical experts and policymakers probably do not need to warn patients away from the internet when it comes to seeking health information and self-diagnosis or triage. It seems that using the internet may well help patients figure out what is wrong."
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An A.I. Training Tool Has Been Passing Its Bias to Algorithms for Almost Two Decades | ... - 0 views

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    ""I consider 'bias' a euphemism," says Brandeis Marshall, PhD, data scientist and CEO of DataedX, an edtech and data science firm. "The words that are used are varied: There's fairness, there's responsibility, there's algorithmic bias, there's a number of terms… but really, it's dancing around the real topic… A dataset is inherently entrenched in systemic racism and sexism.""
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Content Moderation Case Study: Facebook Removes A Picture Of A Famous Danish Mermaid St... - 0 views

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    "In 2016, Danish politician Mette Gjerskov used Facebook to post a link to her own blog post on the TV2 website, which included an image of the statue. Facebook automatically displayed the image with the link, leading the company to then take down the link. The explanation provided by Facebook was that the image had "too much bare skin or sexual undertones.""
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Why machine learning struggles with causality | VentureBeat - 0 views

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    "In a paper titled "Towards Causal Representation Learning," researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (Mila), and Google Research discuss the challenges arising from the lack of causal representations in machine learning models and provide directions for creating artificial intelligence systems that can learn causal representations."
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The hidden fingerprint inside your photos - BBC Future - 0 views

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    "When you take a photo, your smartphone or digital camera stores "metadata" within the image file. This automatically and parasitically burrows itself into every photo you take. It is data about data, providing identifying information such as when and where an image was captured, and what type of camera was used."
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Live Deep Fakes - you can now change your face to someone else's in real time video app... - 0 views

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    "The first thing that came into my mind when I first heard about Deep Fakes, is what would happen if we could create DeepFakes in realtime and not just for existing videos or photos? Suppose we can go online with someone else's face, would this be funny or would this push the ethical boundaries even further? I decided to see how much effort it would be to try it out."
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China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware | Facebook | Th... - 0 views

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    "Facebook has blocked a group of hackers in China who used the platform to target Uighurs living abroad with links to malware that would infect their devices and enable surveillance."
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'Remember the Internet': An Encyclopedia of Online Life - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "At the same time, the internet is constantly disappearing. It's a world of broken links and missing files-often because the people in charge cast things off on a whim. In 2019, MySpace lost 50 million music files and apologized for "the inconvenience." Around the same time, Flickr started deleting photos at random. Even though many of Vine's most unnerving or charming or "iconic" six-second videos have been preserved, its community was shattered when the platform was shut down. It doesn't help that the internet has no attention span and no loyalty: What isn't erased or deleted can still be quickly forgotten, buried under a pile of new platforms, new subcultures, and new joke formats. The feed refreshes, and so does the entire topography of the web."
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Can anyone become an NFT collector? I tried it to find out | Digital art | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Once the image was in my Ethereum wallet, I didn't particularly feel like I owned it any more than the other screenshots in my Images file. But I did feel a nihilistic rush - the thrill of abstract money moving around."
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Facebook leak underscores strategy to operate in repressive regimes | Facebook | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Facebook users are permitted to praise mass murderers and "violent non-state actors" in certain situations, according to internal guidelines that underline how the tech corporation is striving to operate in repressive regimes."
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