Category: Technology

A look at NIST’s Facial Recognition Vendor Test program for facial recognition algorithms, which influences purchasing decisions of US agencies and business (Tom Simonite/Wired)

Tom Simonite / Wired: A look at NIST’s Facial Recognition Vendor Test program for facial recognition algorithms, which influences purchasing decisions of US agencies and business  —  LAST YEAR, CHINESE police arrested a man at a pop concert after he was flagged as a criminal suspect by a facial recognition system installed at the venue.

It’s time to disrupt nuclear weapons

Beatrice Fihn Contributor Share on Twitter Beatrice Fihn is the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. “Atomic bombs are primarily a means for the ruthless annihilation of cities.” Those are the words of Leo Szilard, one of the scientists who pushed for

Interview with Sen. Warren on her plan to break up big tech, including Apple, which she says shouldn’t compete against devs in the App Store with its own apps (Nilay Patel/The Verge)

Nilay Patel / The Verge: Interview with Sen. Warren on her plan to break up big tech, including Apple, which she says shouldn’t compete against devs in the App Store with its own apps  —  Under Warren’s plan, Amazon would not be able to sell Amazon Basics products on the Amazon retail store, Google would

The sharing economy, once touted as community-building, sustainable, and a salvation from capitalism, has in fact only ushered in a precarious economic future (Susie Cagle/OneZero)

Susie Cagle / OneZero: The sharing economy, once touted as community-building, sustainable, and a salvation from capitalism, has in fact only ushered in a precarious economic future  —  ‘Sharing’ was supposed to save us.  Instead, it became a Trojan horse for a precarious economic future. from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2HoNJCy https://ift.tt/gaIxo5

AI-based emotion detection has become a $20B industry, but some experts say the foundational science behind the tech is flawed and can adversely affect society (Oscar Schwartz/The Guardian)

Oscar Schwartz / The Guardian: AI-based emotion detection has become a $20B industry, but some experts say the foundational science behind the tech is flawed and can adversely affect society  —  Machines can now allegedly identify anger, fear, disgust and sadness.  ‘Emotion detection’ has grown from a research project to a $20bn industry from Techmeme

Facebook’s former chief of security says its privacy pivot is ‘punting’ on its hardest issues

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a bombshell announcement earlier this week that his company would pivot to a “privacy-focused communications platform” that prioritizes encrypted private messaging and groups over the public-facing posts and the algorithm-driven News Feed. According to the company’s former security chief, Alex Stamos, the move could mean that some of Facebook’s toughest
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