Natural Language Understanding & Automatic Speech Recognition

Personalized Politics

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We have entered the age of personalized politics, and it is very important for us to understand what that means. In practice, there are as many candidates in the 2020 presidential race as there are voters with online access in the United States. Every candidate is a customized persona created specifically for us by a complex set of algorithms that very few people fully understand. This means we are all test subjects in an unprecedented sociopolitical experiment that, quite frankly, scares the hell out of me.

I do not exist

Online Dating in a World of Deepfakes

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Facebook is getting into the dating game. Deepfakes are getting better and better. Put them both together and they present a potential reality as sinister as it is deceitful. Imagine online dating in a world replete with deepfakes.

iPhone 11

In Defense of Apple — No, Really!

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In case you missed it, Apple announced its new iPhone 11 line of smartphones yesterday. Here’s everything we know about the new devices and services featured in the press conference. I have been in an abusive relationship with Apple since the mid 80s. They keep torturing me and I keep buying their products. From the […]

Shelly Palmer on CNN

Apple: Innovative or Iterative?

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Are Apple's new iPhones (11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max) innovative or just variations on a theme? Shelly Palmer speak with Amara Walker on CNN Today about the state of the smartphone business and what Apple and Samsung are doing well (and not so well). Original Airdate: September 10, 2019

Google

Google faces a new antitrust probe by 50 attorneys general

Fifty attorneys general are joining an investigation into Google over possible antitrust violations according to the initiative’s leader, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. I understand both the desire and the need for our government to get a handle on the issues surrounding data privacy, but think about this… let’s say that the outcome is a […]

Shelly Palmer on Fox 5

Detecting Deepfakes

How can we protect the 2020 election from deepfakes? Shelly Palmer speaks with Kerry Drew and Robert Moses on Fox 5 New York's Good Day about what Facebook, Microsoft and others are doing to help solve the problem. Original Airdate: September 10, 2019

DeepNudes

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.

Shelly Palmer on Fox 5

Back to School Tech

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Shelly Palmer reviews some cool tech for back to school on Fox 5 New York's Good Day with Kerry Drew and Raegan Medgie. Original Airdate: August 13, 2019

Red Flag

Digital Red Flags

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The loud knocking jarred him from his online research. Odd to hear a knock at the door at this hour, he thought. It was too powerful to be a friend. Then again, anyone he knew would have called ahead. As he approached the door, the second knock was insistent, and he heard, “Police. Open up. We know you’re home.”