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Facebook AI has announced Ego4D, a project that is trying to give AI the ability to understand and interact with the world from a first-person perspective (the way that humans do). AI typically learns from photos and videos captured in third-person, but next-generation AI will need to learn from videos that show the world from the center of action. Continue Reading →

Stick it in your ear!

Apple is studying ways to make AirPods into a health device, including for enhancing hearing, reading body temperature and monitoring posture, according to a new report. Continue Reading →
I have often said, "Technology is neither good nor bad; that distinction is for people." Most of the exceptions to this statement are technologies specifically designed to cause harm. Is the robotic sniper dog good or bad? Continue Reading →
Facebook is proposing a new cryptocurrency called Diem. Backed by U.S. Dollars, Euros, and other hard currencies, Diem will be a stablecoin tied to a permissioned blockchain (that one day may become permissionless). Continue Reading →

Fixing Facebook

Facebook Broken
If you were Mark Zuckerberg and you wanted to get ahead of potential government regulation of your business, what would you fix first? Would you try to curtail social media addiction, protect privacy, reduce mental health risks, reduce weaponized information, eliminate hate speech, flag misinformation, deal with data governance, or address some other seemingly intractable problem? Here's what I'd fix first. Continue Reading →
Let me get this straight. I'm about to get into a Twitter war on a topic such as women's reproductive rights, politics, taxes, music, sports, race relations, #MeToo, or any other topic that might inspire me to comment or state my case, and Twitter thinks that letting me know that there are very strong feelings on display will be news to me or be helpful in any way? Perhaps the people at Twitter missed that day at Twitter school. Continue Reading →
In the face of overwhelming evidence that "something must be done," my fear is that they are going to do something. It will be a political knee-jerk reaction to a problem so complex that the most informed people in the world cannot come to a consensus about a regulatory strategy, let alone a tactical regulatory roadmap. Continue Reading →
60 Minutes ran one of its typical one-sided hit pieces last night as it featured the “big reveal” of the Facebook whistleblower. This time, they have “hard evidence” that Facebook works as designed. How is any of this a surprise? Continue Reading →

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