The world’s most prolific writer is an algorithm

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“Inflatable duck baby pool with canopy.” “Hot selling colourful temporary full arm tattoo for men.” “Splendid reusable dog pee pad (minimum order: 500).” Load up the homepage for e-commerce giant, Alibaba – a wholesale shopping site that’s more or less China’s answer to eBay – and you’ll find images and descriptions of anything you could wish to… Read more »

Deepfakes are coming. Is Big Tech ready?

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Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been moving recently to deal with the threats posed by misinformation and meddling that they didn’t see coming, but now they face an emerging form of disinformation they know is on the horizon: Deepfakes — doctored videos that will eventually fool even the sharpest eyes. As the technology to create… Read more »

Fortnite characters on laptops A French marketing agency is inviting applicants for an internship to discuss the opportunity over a game of Fortnite. Candidates are asked to add Dare.Win on the Playstation Network, which is one of its clients, and then be interviewed while playing the video game. Dare.Win says the game-play fits with its entertainment-focused brand. Source: BBC Technology News Date: August 14th, 2018 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45184151 Discussion 1) “Successful candidates would work on content for brands including Spotify, PlayStation, Bacardi and YouTube”. Why does it makes sense to interview for a marketing position in this way? 2) Why does it make no sense to interview for a marketing position in this way?

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A French marketing agency is inviting applicants for an internship to discuss the opportunity over a game of Fortnite. Candidates are asked to add Dare.Win on the Playstation Network, which is one of its clients, and then be interviewed while playing the video game. Dare.Win says the game-play fits with its entertainment-focused brand. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »

Google tracks users who turn off location history

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Google records users’ locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested. The issue could affect up to two billion Android and Apple devices which use Google for maps or search. The study, verified by researchers at Princeton University, has angered US law-makers. Google said in response… Read more »

Send us your naked photos to help block revenge porn, Facebook invites users

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Facebook wants its users to send them their naked photos. The social network is rolling out the measure to crack down on revenge porn, the non-consensual sharing of explicit images. The catch is you need to share those photos with the company first. Source: CBC News Date: June 6th, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/facebook-revenge-porn-measures-1.4687659 Discussion 1) Here’s how this works: “Using a form… Read more »

University of Toronto researchers developing tool to jam facial recognition software

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While your selfie might get lots of “likes” on social media, companies and perhaps even fraudsters may like your face even more — because they can profit from it. But a University of Toronto researcher has found a way for internet users to opt out by very slightly distorting images, and he’s working on an app that will help them do just… Read more »

Facebook Discloses It Shared Data With Chinese Device Makers

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Facebook Inc. said it had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese consumer-device makers, including Huawei Technologies Co., escalating concerns that the social network has consistently failed to tell users how their personal information flows beyond Facebook. The disclosure came after Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said earlier Tuesday that he saw… Read more »

YouTube stars’ fury over algorithm tests

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Some of YouTube’s most popular stars have criticised the website for “experimenting” with how their videos are delivered to their fans. Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users’ subscription feeds. The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media. One YouTube star said it was… Read more »

Microsoft launches $25M program to use AI for disabilities

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Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company’s latest ventures in… Read more »