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  • facial recognition – wasp-style

    A study of facial recognition, but not AI algorithms but rather paper wasps. Turns out they have evolved to recognize faces of other wasps. From the phys.org article: “The really surprising conclusion…

  • ring ring

    Should we even be surprised at this point? Turns out the Ring doorbell shares your personal info. I am reminded of the scene from Casablanca when Captain Renault closes down Rick’s

  • Instagram now flags manipulated images

    As reported by PetaPixel, Instagram is now using a combination of AI and humans to flag manipulated images. Photoshop has been a verb for quite some time, but the move into the “post-evidence”…

  • 21st Century Manhattan Project

    That was the term I used for virtual humans back in 2013 during a TedX talk “Analog Soul – Digital World.” I argued that avatars would progress to the point where their…

  • plugging in the brain

    The goal of brain-to-digital interfaces has been the stuff of science fiction for decades, but is edging closer to science fact. The recent use of high-density electrocorticography (ECoG) to achieve ~60% success rates in…

  • laying blame

    The current situation in Hong Kong may be one of the turning points for global security. The Chinese government is blaming the US for the protests. People I know with ties to…

  • will trade secrets kill the 6th amendment?

    As we move into an increasingly AI-influenced world, we will have to continually revisit our governance structures and approaches to figure out what freedoms still exist, what are at risk, and what…

  • dark patterns

    No doubt you’ve been on a web site and clicked on something that you thought was part of the “content”, but instead was either an ad or something unexpected. Those of us…

  • once upon a time…

    Life used to be simple. You got up, you went to work, you came home, you ate dinner, you watched TV. On the weekends you’d go to the movies. There was a…

  • the ugly side of tech

    While the news is awash in various Facebook mis-steps (Cambridge Analytica being the most recent driver), the latest “smoking gun” is a memo written by Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth in 2016 talking…

  • triple Uber failure

    photo by Uber We knew this day would come. The Tesla autopilot incident a few years back was a harbinger, but since a human was still “in control” it really wasn’t the…

  • reality has always been mixed

    While there is plenty of hype around “mixed reality” and how new the technology is, in fact reality has *always* been mixed. Perception is reality, and that has never been absolute. But…