Media & Entertainment

Can You Trust Your Trusted Sources?

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Whether it’s because of schadenfreude, morbid curiosity, or simple human nature, the journalistic trope “If it bleeds, it leads” never disappoints. And because anyone who creates content – which is now everyone – is in a never-ending battle for everyone else’s attention, the enduring misalignment of incentives and outcomes raises the question: Whom can you trust?

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Deepfakes 2.0: The Sequel Is Even Scarier

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For about 200,000 years, we have relied on our eyes and ears to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction. Even if we ignore the rise of fake news, technology is on the verge of making it impossible to know if what we are seeing and hearing is real or fake. Here’s a roundup of what’s new, what’s next, and what you can expect in time for the 2020 election.

The YouTubers Union is demanding change. That's nothing new for Google

The YouTubers Union is demanding change. That’s nothing new for Google

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The YouTubers Union, a very homegrown movement from the looks of their website, has joined forces with IG Metall, a 125-year-old German labor union with roots in fighting for metal workers, to take on Alphabet. The two entities have joined forces to create FairTube, which has a list of demands from the people who create content for YouTube. I'm a card-carrying member of SAG-AFTRA and the AFM because (back in the day) I was forced to join the unions to "have" a career. Times have changed significantly, and the power of individuals to organize has increased exponentially. I'm surprised that YouTubers have not organized themselves in a better, more modern way to approach this.

Why You Think Your Devices Are Listening to You

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At a dinner party the other night, a very accomplished business person told a story about how he and his wife were certain that their devices were listening to their conversations. “I was talking to my wife about a pair of designer shoes that she wanted to purchase, and not 10 minutes later while she was doing some online research for work, she saw an ad for that exact pair of shoes. She hadn’t searched for the shoes; the ad just appeared. Clearly, our computers or our phones are listening.” Some people nodded in agreement, and others began to chime in.

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Siri is Listening to You. Should You Care?

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Apple contractors are listening to snippets of private conversations though Siri. Should you worry? Shelly Palmer speaks with Sukanya Krishnan and Kerry Drew about it on Fox 5 New York's Good Day Wake Up. Original Airdate: July 30, 2019

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What Libra May Mean for Facebook and Everyone

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If Libra and Calibra are successful, Facebook will have control of information (Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram), weaponized information (a virtual military), and currency (Libra). I’m pretty sure that makes Facebook the largest government on earth.

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9 Hottest Tech Trends in 1776

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A little more than 243 years ago, our forefathers used the best technology available to inspire colonial proto-Americans to revolt against King George. At that time, the "best" technology available was the printing press and the "best" social network required the use of "word of mouth" in Public Houses. Grog was the lubricant that facilitated this communication and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Hi-Res Audio: A Solution in Search of a Problem

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According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), about 75 percent of the recorded music industry’s revenue comes from streaming. Bandwidth keeps getting cheaper and faster. Hardware and software continue to improve at an exponential pace. Surely there is pent-up demand for high resolution audio (hi-res audio). After all, doesn’t everyone want the “best sounding” audio?