For Big Tech, There's No Winning This Round
Accountability is coming—not just because Congress had an impressive hearing this week, but because the confluence of crises now demand action. Source link Read more
MIT CSAIL’s system defers can defer to experts when making predictions
A new study from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) proposes a machine learning system that can examine X-rays to diagnose conditions including lung collapse and an enlarged heart. That’s not especially novel — computer vision in health care is a well-established field — but CSAIL’s system... Read more
How Facebook decides which ads to show you
In 2019, Facebook settled a lawsuit with civil rights organizations following the revelation that advertisers could use the targeting options on its platform to exclude many specific demographic groups from seeing its ads. It’s now more difficult for an unscrupulous advertiser to use Facebook’s platform to discriminate. However, even... Read more
Florida teen arrested, charged with being “mastermind” of Twitter hack
A Florida teen has been arrested and charged with 30 felony counts related to the high-profile hijacking of more than 100 Twitter accounts earlier this month. Federal law enforcement arrested Graham Ivan Clark, 17, in Tampa earlier today, the Office of Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said. The arrest... Read more
Galaxy Z Fold 2 rumors and leaks so far: Buh-bye, ugly screen notch
The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s screen could get a makeover. Ice Universe With less than one week left until the Aug. 5 Samsung Unpacked event, the rumor mill is abuzz with photo leaks. One recent leak confirms that Samsung’s follow-up to the Galaxy Fold will indeed be called the Galaxy... Read more
Technology Does Not Eliminate Cruelty
Science fiction author Arkady Martine holds a PhD in Byzantine history, which she puts to good use in her first novel A Memory Called Empire. The story is inspired by the historical figure Petros Getadarj, who surrendered part of Armenia to the Byzantines. “I got deeply fascinated by, ‘What’s... Read more
The DeanBeat: Did gaming peak in Q2? Nope. Maybe it just got started.
The NBA is back. So is Major League Baseball, sort of. Other sports may find their way back as well. As these demands on our entertainment time return, does it follow that video games that profited during the pandemic will hit their peak and start to go back down?... Read more
Facebook and Twitter fail to fact-check Trump’s latest claims about mail-in voting in the 2020 elections
Twitter and Facebook are not fact-checking factually unsupported claims about mail-in voting in the 2020 election posted by President Trump on both platforms Wednesday. The inaction has angered some critics, who say these companies allow the spread of dangerous misinformation to go unchecked online, harming the integrity of the... Read more
“This is a very dangerous situation”: Big Tech’s day on the Hill
Enlarge / Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies (remotely) before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power” in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 29, 2020. A bevy of tech’s biggest titans—Alphabet CEO... Read more
Best smart displays for 2020: Amazon Echo Shows, Google Nest Hubs and more
Thanks to coronavirus lockdowns, voice assistants are getting more use than ever before. In fact, according to Amazon, more people asked Alexa for cooking advice during one week this past April than the week of Thanksgiving 2019. And it’s not just speakers anymore. Smart displays offer visual and touch elements... Read more