A police officer “said he discovered hidden webpages that had a unique address. It acted as an identifier, which was unique to him. This so-called pseudonymous marker, when combined with cookies, can help track user activity across the web, he claims.” Should Google be allowed to anonymously track everything you do?
Alarmed by the rise of realistic fake videos created with artificial intelligence, Facebook is funding a competition to find ways to automatically detect these counterfeits.
The competition, called the Deepfake Detection Challenge, will be overseen by the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group whose members include many leading technology companies, non-governmental organizations, and research bodies. Microsoft will also be working on the project along with researchers from several well-known universities, according to a blog Facebook posted Thursday.
Walmart’s relationship with Instacart deepened today with an expansion of their partnership across Canada for grocery delivery. Walmart Canada had previously run a 17-store pilot program with Instacart, starting last September, in both the Greater Toronto area and Winnipeg. With the expansion, Walmart Canada will offer same-day grocery delivery from nearly 200 Walmart stores nationwide.
Canadian Walmart shoppers can now shop online via Instacart’s website or mobile app, select their city and store, then add items to a grocery cart, check out and choose their delivery window. The delivery can arrive in as fast as one hour, or it can be scheduled as much as five days in advance.
Agripredict, led by young founder and CEO Mwila Kangwa, helps identify and stop the crop diseases that have ravaged Zambia’s farms in past seasons. Using Agripredict’s phone application, the 22,000 Zambian farmers in the company’s pilot program can get detailed information on plant diseases and weather patterns that would before have come only from skilled agronomists. This has helped farmers cut costs and run their farms more efficiently, and also enabled older, non-tech-focused farmers access to reliable data – even if they cannot afford smartphone plans.
In today’s installment of “the future is 100% subscription-based,” Toronto-based startup Rover is testing out subscriptions for its parking marketplace. Rover lets users list their unused parking spots for on-demand rental by others on the service, giving them a passive way to earn some income while hopefully increasing the utilization rate of parking spaces at the same time.
” the future is 100% subscription-based” I currently have a subscription with HP where I pay for a certain number of pages that I can print each month (100) for a subscription ($4.99) paid each month. It matters not whether I print a page with just a single word on it, or a full page full colour photo. HP sends me new ink cartridges when the printer says it needs them. So instead of paying for ink, which I don’t really need, I am paying for pages printed, which I do need. What subscription services do you currently have?
What other things (unused parking spaces, in this article) could be sold on a subscription basis via an app?
Google announced Thursday that it had disabled 210 YouTube channels that were uploading videos “in a coordinated manner” about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.The announcement came three days after Twitter and Facebook announced they had shut down a network of hundreds of accounts that were posting content aimed at undermining pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Some of the accounts posed as news organizations and independent entities but in fact had links to the Chinese government, both companies said.
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (Google) shut down accounts “aimed at undermining pro-democracy protesters…” Should companies be allowed to make decisions about the content that is shared across their platforms?
How might Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (Google) have determined, in a reliable, repeatable process, that an account is “undermining pro-democracy”?
Four billion people lack internet access. Satellite internet could change that. But will the jobs created be good ones?
More than half the world is still unconnected to the internet. While coverage is rising in the regions mentioned above, installing cables and mobile phone masts to hook up the remaining 4 billion people would be a very slow process. The distances involved are huge. But now a handful of companies are planning something different – the internet, from space.
Let’s rewind a decade. It’s 2009. Vancouver, Canada.
Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game. Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot. This time, Butterfield would make it work.
To make his dreams a reality, he joined forces with Flickr’s original chief software architect Cal Henderson, as well as former Flickr employees Eric Costello and Serguei Mourachov, who like himself, had served some time at Yahoo after the acquisition. Together, they would build Tiny Speck, the company behind an artful, non-combat massively multiplayer online game.
Scammers who use dating sites to trick people into handing over cash can be spotted using artificial intelligence, research suggests.
A neural network has analysed profiles, messages and images from real dating data to get better at spotting fakes.
It sampled age, gender and ethnicity as well as the language people use to describe themselves.
The system proved accurate at spotting scammers and fakes in 93% of cases, the researchers said.
Source: BBC Technology NewsDate: May 29th, 2019Link:https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48472811Discussion
The article says that AI was used, but the article also seems to suggest that this was just a textual analysis (finding which words get used most). What is AI?
Why do news reports, and companies selling technology, use terms like AI in their press releases?