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The report looked at nine major data brokers: Acxiom, Corelogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, PeekYou, Rapleaf, and Recorded Future.
As Google’s then-CEO, Eric Schmidt, put it to The Atlantic's James Bennet in 2010: “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”
For the driverless car prototype, that approach involves … adorability.
How to protect your car, and all cars, against automatic license plate readers. Machine readable injection attacks. more.
I’ve color coded Google’s recent article, “Just press go: designing a self-driving vehicle,” to help understand the underlying logic behind the short, 406 word-long post. The release is accompanied with a video of mostly elderly folks (read: converted luddites) enjoying their incredibly tiny (read: safe/harmless/cute/fun) self-driving car.
Hopefully the colors help elucidate how Google plans on making driving your own car a thing of the past. Let me know what you see. I see a company trying to awkwardly rebrand one of America’s favorite activities (driving) as a burden; promising safety through experimentation (on your roads); and the glimpses of the first Stack to add a car to their long list of wares.
Look at the color coded article here.
For more ideas on how new technology enters society, read this incredibly essay, “Welcome to the Future Nauseous” right now
One reason there’s a backlash against Google glasses is that they try to bring the online rules into the offline world. Suddenly, anything can be recorded, and there’s the expectation (if the product succeeds) that everything will be recorded. The product is called ‘glass’ instead of ‘glasses’ because Google imagines a world where every flat surface behaves by the online rules. [The day after this talk, it was revealed Google is seeking patents on showing ads on your thermostat, refrigerator, etc.]
Well, people hate the online rules!
Google’s answer is, wake up, grandpa, this is the new normal. But all they’re doing is trying to port a bug in the Internet over to the real world, and calling it progress.
You can dress up a bug and call it a feature. You can also put dog crap in the freezer and call it ice cream. But people can taste the difference.
The Times’ dialect quiz was the most popular piece of content in the paper’s history with more than 21 million pageviews — but projects like that and Snow Fall are not easily replicable. “We have a tendency to pour resources into big one-time projects and work through the one-time fixes needed to create them and overlook the less glamorous work of creating tools, templates and permanent fixes that cumulatively can have a bigger impact by saving our digital journalists time and elevating the whole report. We greatly undervalue replicability.” They point out that competitors like Vox and BuzzFeed view innovating with their platforms as a key function and allow them to create products like BuzzFeed’s quizzes — incredibly popular, but also easy to create over and over again. “We are focused on building tools to create Snow Falls everyday, and getting them as close to reporters as possible,” said Quartz editor Kevin Delaney. “I’d rather have a Snow Fall builder than a Snow Fall.” (p. 36)
#YesAllWomen tweets reveal persistent sexism in science By Fiona MacDonald via ScienceAlert. | Image Credit: First three images via ScienceAlert via Twitter, fourth image via Twitter.
And if you’re a woman, you’ll be nodding along to nine out of 10 of them.
The hashtag started after it was revealed that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, lead suspect in the Isla Vista shooting, had shared extremely disturbing and misogynistic views in a video posted shortly before the attack.
Instead of flooding the internet with Rodger-specific fury, Twitter took the discussion to the next level and remind the world that sexism is still very much present across society, and #YesAllWomen experience it.
Among those tweets were many honest and confronting admissions of sexism from female scientists, students and communicators.
This isn’t the first time the issue of misogyny in science has been brought up, but it’s always sad and shocking to see certain opinions persist when females have come such a long way in the field.
As ScienceAlert is staffed almost entirely by women, we though we’d add a few of our own:
Because only 44 out of 835 Nobel Prize laureates are women.
Because senior scientists would still rather hire males, and pay them more.
Because people are still shocked when we tell them ScienceAlert is run by women.
Because that last tweet I screenshotted, via Hannah Hart, really hits home for myself and so many women I’ve talked to over the last few days [much less ever] when it comes to pointing out sexism in general, especially within the STEM world.
“Meanwhile, billions of dollars are being spent killing children overseas.”
"The issue, then, is not whether a given system works like the brain, but whether it does so in the ways that matter most. Which leads us to another ambiguity, to be explored in a future post: brain-like systems are built for many different purposes, but those motivating assumptions are rarely explicitly compared. For example, one aim of the Blue Brain project is to understand what has gone awry in various brain disorders. This line of research certainly requires greater biological fidelity than the computationally focused deep-learning architectures. At a high level, we must distinguish between what John Barnden terms engineering, psychological, and philosophical aims for AI systems. They’re all perfectly valid, but they lead to very different decisions.
So, the next time you see one of these “like the brain” headlines, push a bit further and ask yourself: what aspect of the brain is being replicated? And is that what matters to you — or is it just a distraction?”
"Are the faceless functionaries who keep Shonen Knife and Cosmo anti- feminism out of straying local hands going to allow access to the geography-smashing highways and byways of whatever the Internet is becoming? More important, will denial of such access, in the coming century, be considered even a remotely viable possibility by even the dumbest of policemen?"
- William Gibson, on Singapore for Wired
"David and his mom are now pulling into the first US nursing home staffed almost exclusively by robots. The brochure promised that at least one human will be present at all times, but didn’t promise anything more than that. The building looks like a very plain hospital, with very precisely manicured grounds surrounded by a tall black steel fence. “They’re going to take much better care of you here. I promise. This place is state of the art.” What a strange future, he thinks to himself.
She clutches Paro a little closer, which is making soothing animal noises and nuzzles her as they pull into the building’s drop-off zone. A large robot assistant with a white sheen surface emerges from the building to greet them and carry their bags.
“I guess it’s all we can afford anyway,” she replies.”
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"The cannon media - the tv show, the book, the video game, YouTube show, the whatever - isn’t really the most important part of the fan community. Rather it’s the bond between and excitement of the people in that community."
Fantastic round-up of wearable anti-tech fashion from @notrobwalker featuring Adam Harvey, (above) Leo Selvaggio, James Bridle, Aram Bartholl, and many more.
"In a few neighborhoods like this one, where you’re as likely to be shot and killed as go to college, there are small planes circling over our heads, always watching. It’s like Google Earth but live, and mostly just for spying on brown folks, as far as I can figure.
I’m not sure that if I could see or hear the plane it would stress me out more than the nagging fact that neither ever happens.”
Read my Medium piece on pervasive surveillance and the prison industrial complex.