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Life, Autocompleted [John May] when contemplating the consciousness of system designers—all of the electrical engineers, computer scientists, and ergonomists whose singular focus is a “running program” between user and interface. From within that mindset, so many technical activities appear as concerted attempts to automate thought.

The Digital Maginot Line [Renee DiResta] The Maginot Line was, in its time, believed to be a significant innovation in national defense; foreign leaders came from all over to tour it. It was a series of fortresses and railroads, resistant to all known forms of artillery, built using the latest technology.

Americans are streaming 8 billion hours of video per month [Nielsen]  In fact, Americans collectively spend nearly 8 billion hours per month consuming content on connected TV devices—such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire (1).

In China, your car could be talking to the government [ap]  (In the US our cars talk to data brokers who then re-sell it or provide it to goverment for free depending on use case -ed)

Marriott hack hits 500M guests []  Everyone exposed should get a free weeks stay -ed

Two Celebrities Charged With Unlawfully Touting Coin Offerings [] e Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and music producer Khaled Khaled, known as DJ Khaled, for failing to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). These are the SEC’s first cases to charge touting violations involving ICOs.

DHS/USSS/PIA-024 Facial Recognition Pilot

Don’t buy online DNA ancestry tests. You are the real product [Irish Times]  (In case this was not clear – do not do this – do not pay for people to exploit your bio metrics against your and your family -ed)

WarnerMedia Streaming Platform to Launch With Three Tiers of Service, Emphasis on Movies

You Say Data, I Say System The next time you read a story with the word data in the headline, swap it out with data system. When you see a data visualization, think of it instead as a data system visualization

Home Routers Under Attack : What to Do  You should do is factory-reset your router, disable UPnP, then check for firmware updates, since some companies have patched the vulnerability out. This won’t fix any other compromised systems, but it’s a necessary first step. [toms guide]
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Disrupt Berlin2018 . Nov 29 – 30, 2018   Live stream  [techcrunch]

Tech veterans bring back the original optimism of the internet [ft] While making me coffee, Prof Shawe-Taylor agonises over the destruction the internet is wreaking. “Machine learning has enabled this technology,” he says. “We created it. It all seemed positive, a real brave new world. And look what’s happened — the fake news, the privacy problems, the insecure data. So, yes, I now feel we have to take responsibility for what we made.

It’s Almost 2019. Do You Know Where Your Photos Are? [NYT] The problem of what to do with ballooning digital photo collections, on the other hand, is perhaps the great unsolved tech support question of the last 30 years. In retrospect, well-intentioned guidance reads like a manual for the obliteration of memory.

GAN Dissection: Visualizing and Understanding Generative Adversarial Networks

More Amazon services announced
Amazon Timestream – Fast, scalable, fully managed time series database
Amazon Textract  – Easily extract text and data from virtually any document

Generating Classical Music with Neural Networks

Decentralized network 42: a big dynamic VPN []

Christopher Wylie: can fashion save the world? [FT]

Senator Blumenthal Faults FTC For Cambridge Analytica Debacle


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Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health [wsj]  Amazon’s move into analyzing patient records is the latest by a technology company to tap the health-care market.

Sennheiser Headset Software Could Allow Man-In-the-Middle SSL Attacks [] When users have been installing Sennheiser’s HeadSetup software, little did they know that the software was also installing a root certificate into the Trusted Root CA Certificate store.  To make matters worse, the software was also installing an encrypted version of the certificate’s private key that was not as secure as the developers may have thought.  (First BOSE tracking via your playlists now we have headphones that provide an attack vector – This is fine – ED)

How Surveillance Inhibits Freedom of Expression [] ..- In my book Data and Goliath, I write about the value of privacy. I talk about how it is essential for political liberty and justice, and for commercial fairness and equality. I talk about how it increases personal freedom and individual autonomy, and how the lack of it makes us all less secure. But this is probably the most important argument as to why society as a whole must protect privacy: it allows society to progress

The spread of low-credibility content by social bots [nature]  Humans are vulnerable to this manipulation, resharing content posted by bots. Successful low-credibility sources are heavily supported by social bots. These results suggest that curbing social bots may be an effective strategy for mitigating the spread of online misinformation.

YouTube Exits Scripted Development, Focuses On Unscripted Fare As It Leaves SVOD Space For Ad-Supported Content   Is it me or is there a significant scaling back of scripted dev. from valley co’s

Police facial recognition ‘needs considerable investment’ [bbc] It was first used in the city centre at the Champions League final in June 2017, but it led to more than 2,000 people being wrongly matched with possible criminals.  

Amazon Web Services launches AWS Ground Station, a cloud service for satellite operators [amazon] AWS Ground Station. Amazon EC2 made compute power accessible on a cost-effective, pay-as-you-go basis. AWS Ground Station does the same for satellite ground stations. Instead of building your own ground station or entering in to a long-term contract, you can make use of AWS Ground Station on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis.

Is neuroscience a bigger threat than artificial intelligence? Cognitive scientists have extracted the theory of mind from conscious introspection and elaborated it in a flow chart, a  “boxology” of how the mind works. There’s what cognitive scientists call a ‘desire box’ and a ‘belief box’ inside our heads, one “containing” statements describing the goal or aims, and the other statements about facts relevant to their attainment, information about means.

Deep Learning cheatsheets for Stanford’s CS 230   repository aims at summing up in the same place all the important notions that are covered in Stanford’s CS 230 Deep Learning course, and include: Cheatsheets detailing everything about convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, as well as the tips and tricks to have in mind when training a deep learning model. All elements of the above combined in an ultimate compilation of concepts, to have with you at all times!

Dropping Acid [logicmag] In the 1980s, musicians in Chicago built a new genre out of obsolete machinery. Listeners lost their mind

3x3x6, the new project representing Taiwan at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.  Using as inspiration ten historical and contemporary cases of imprisonment due to gender, sexual, and racial nonconformity, 3x3x6 questions how legal and visual regimes shape sexual and gender norms over time. The title, 3x3x6, refers to the new architectural model of industrial prisons developed globally: a 9-square-meter cell constantly monitored by 6 cameras. Combining physical space with a surveillance program, the project speaks about the new conditions of freedom and control within contemporary democratic societies

A Market of the Senses: Sara Cwynar Finds Truths and Untruths in Advertising [artnews] Advertisers are engaged in a similar process, of course, passing along various biases and assumptions as they try to peddle things—Cezanne, for instance, borrows the name of a French Impressionist to sell whiteness to their consumers, many of whom are not white. It all makes one wonder who is ultimately in charge of shaping and transmitting such artificial ideals. “This is one of the reasons I make art,” Cwynar said. “It’s a way of controlling the world.” 

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Facebook’s YouTube competitor is pivoting to older audiences as teens tune out and publishers balk . [cnbc] the company said about 50 million U.S. users each month view Watch content. It’s a tiny audience compared with YouTube, which said in May it had 1.8 billion logged-in viewers each month.

NBCUniversal Taps Machine Learning to Tie Ads to Relevant Moments on TV  The Contextual Intelligence Platform analyzes programming scripts, closed captioning data and visual descriptors of both ads and shows to find opportune moments for a given advertiser to appear as well as an emotional gauge for each scene determined by proprietary algorithms.

We are Google employees. Google must drop Dragonfly.   We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly, Google’s effort to create a censored search engine for the Chinese market that enables state surveillance.

State-of-the-art copyright filters threaten freedom of expression [FT] the goal that both sides keep claiming they want to achieve. At the same time, clauses that I believe would have brought actual improvements for artists, such as the protection from unfair contracts that were in article 14 of the parliamentary draft, are in danger of being quietly dropped in negotiations.

Paying for Popularity Can Be Fraud  [bloomberg] On the delicate balance between fraud and “ordinary startup procedure”  -ED  One other thing I should mention is that this isn’t necessarily a fraud. If you do it just right—if you fully disclose your customer acquisition costs, accurately report your net losses despite your large and growing revenue, and explain with reasonable clarity the incentives and discounts that you’re offering to acquire customers—

AWS RoboMaker [amazon] service that makes it easy to develop, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale. RoboMaker extends the most widely used open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud service.  Full release  [businesswire]

Alexa, Are You Listening? Privacy Perceptions, Concerns and Privacy-seeking Behaviors with Smart SpeakersFull paper (PDF) Many users justify their lack of privacy concern based on an incomplete understanding of the privacy risks. However, both users and non-users exhibit resignation to privacy loss (Sheep -ed)

How To Do Real Time Object Detection On Drone Video Streams [nonnets]

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better with GANs and AI Art [artnome] BigGANs produce higher-resolution work, but are too expensive for artists to train using their own images. As a result, much of the BigGAN imagery looks the same regardless of who is creating it.

Ganbreeder – is a collaborative art tool for discovering images. Images are ‘bred’ by having children, mixing with other images and being shared via their URL.

Connecting the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network and the TRON blockchain network.  The purchase of BitTorrent pivot to monetization through affinity

One of the best books on “Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning” by @ChrisBishopMSFT  – Free download <–

Amazon’s own ‘Machine Learning University’ now available to all developers  [amazon]

Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and Australian Passports Amendment   [] Facial recognition bill (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018 in AU (Very weak, but a start -ed)

Sequoia: A New OpenPGP Implementation in Rust  []



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First gene-edited babies claimed in China [] “He said the parents involved declined to be identified or interviewed, and he would not say where they live or where the work was done.

East German secret police guide for identifying youth subcultures. Circa 1985. [twitter] From the metal scene. A ludicrous Satanic deathcult who like The Cure. Black/white spiked hair, powdered face, black clothes, inverted crosses. Totally disinterested in politics/society. Gathers in graveyards. Isolated from other teens.

Google Cloud example with NYT photos  [google] . Excellent use of machine learning, horrible rendering and realization.  They parsed all that contextual data from the back of photos and then failed to integrate into a moving experience.

How Cheap Labor Drives China’s A.I. Ambitions   [nytimes] AInnovation has fewer than 30 taggers, but a surge in labeling start-ups has made it easy to farm out the work. Once, Mr. Liang needed to get about 20,000 photos in a supermarket labeled in three days. Colleagues got it done with the help of data factories for only a couple thousand dollars.

AI Mistakes Bus-Side Ad for Famous CEO, Charges Her With Jaywalking [caixinglobal]  Only it turned out not to be Dong, but rather an advertisement featuring her face on the side of a bus, local police said

Richard Stallman: We Can Do Better Than Bitcoin [cryptosumer] “if bitcoin protected privacy, i’d probably have found a way to use it by now.”



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Patent: Google Privacy-aware personalized content for the smart home [Google] The “privacy aware” (who’s privacy are we talking about -ed?) The sensor part of this patent is worth listing its inputs:

The sensors 12, in certain embodiments, may detect various properties such as acceleration, temperature, humidity, water, supplied power, proximity, external motion, device motion, sound signals, ultrasound signals, light signals, fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, global-positioning-satellite (GPS) signals, radio-frequency (RF), other electromagnetic signals or fields, visual features, textures, optical character recognition (OCR) signals, or the like. As such, the sensors 12 may include temperature sensor(s), humidity sensor(s), hazard-related sensor(s) or other environmental sensor(s), accelerometer(s), microphone(s), optical sensors up to and including camera(s) (e.g., charged coupled-device or video cameras), active or passive radiation sensors, GPS receiver(s), haptic sensors, OCR sensors, or RF identification detector(s). While FIG. 1 illustrates an embodiment with a single sensor, many embodiments may include multiple sensors. In some instances, the device 10 may include one or more primary sensors and one or more secondary sensors. Here, the primary sensor(s) may sense data central to the core operation of the device (e.g., visual/audio/haptic data about people and/or objects), while the secondary sensor(s) may sense other types of data (e.g., temperature, RF, location (GPS), characters (OCR)), which can be used for privacy-aware personalized content objectives.

Report: Cable companies issuing refunds for ‘The Match’  [reuters] Because of a problem with the interface for B/R Live, another Turner property, the event was made available via live stream at no cost.

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers  [theguardian] The cache shows Facebook was not only aware of the implications of its privacy policy, but actively exploited them, intentionally creating and effectively flagging up the loophole that Cambridge Analytica used to collect data

MP Ian Lucas —  Facebook has said: “The materials obtained by the DCMS committee are subject to a protective order of the San Mateo Superior Court restricting their disclosure. We have asked the DCMS committee to refrain from reviewing them and to return them to counsel or to Facebook.” Too late.

Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude [washingtonpost]  Key graph here is this one … We should never read thee words:  The systems depend on black-box algorithms that give little detail about how they reduced the complexities of a person’s inner life into a calculation of virtue or harm.

The special effects for the computer-display in the glider from John Carpenter’s Escape From New York (1981)

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Inside The Pricey War To Influence Your Instagram Feed [wired]  she says. “Now, I don’t trust influencers [or] ‘makeup artists.’ Everybody wants free stuff and they just want to make money—there is no ethics behind it.”

Class 2 of Digital Data Flows: Geo-Location Data  [eventbrite] Register for the live stream on: Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 by Brussels Privacy Hub, VUB + Future of Privacy Forum

The National Climate Assessment – The full report of the National Climate Assessment   [] provides an in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. I –  Described by officials as “policy relevant, but not policy prescriptive”  (This is fine – ed)

Real-time 3D Face Reconstruction [] The pytorch improved re-implementation of TPAMI 2017 paper: Face Alignment in Full Pose Range: A 3D Total Solution[sample video(We continue to sprint towards an unbelievable world with no truth markers in place -ed)

FT Books of the Year 2018 [ft] FT writers and guests select their top titles, with new tech, wellness and thriller sections joining the end-of-year round-up.

A science fiction desktop  eDEX-UI is a fullscreen desktop application resembling a sci-fi computer interface, heavily inspired from DEX-UI and the TRON Legacy movie effects. [github]

Michele Anthony Grew Up in the Music Business—Now She Helps Steer It [WSJ] “This is what I’ll say: Streaming has returned this industry to double-digit growth, but really, there’s so much more to come. Look at what’s happening with classical, with jazz.”  The Livecoding Community of New York City.

The ‘three-stage life’ poses new challenges to us all [FT] The late 20th-century model of mass retirement, the first ever developed, was an experiment that failed. Now if we can desegregate the generations, we could heal our politics.

Judy Chicago: A Reckoning [icamiami]  (image: Visualizing Birth)

Dolce & Gabbana tone-deaf and brand-ending video. … The Crash and Burn of Dolce & Gabbana [NYT]  Dead & Gonebananas

photo:  De Face in action NYC MPD circa 2006. When I said to him at the time  – deface only what must be defaced – from the book of poetic terrorism I had no idea of his name. 

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Today with comments.

The City of the Future Is a Data-Collection Machine  [The Atlantic]  This needs to stop. Full stop.  Cities are made up of people who should not be data collection points.  Smart cities don’t surveil the public like criminals, they serve the citizens who live there.

Should the First Amendment apply to Facebook? It’s complicated. [ReCode]  Lets just re-classify them and let serve the standards and practices that rule broadcast

Facebook should heed the lessons of internet history [Economist]  Internet companies fail fast.  The old escalator up elevator down is no joke.

Boss as a Service  []  Hire your own strict task master GTD

“$ 8.3M settle claims Lenovo sold computers with Superfish malware that tracked users  tracked their internet use, invaded their privacy and damaged their devices.” Unreal , penalties are way out of line with the crime.  Time to treat some corporations as enemy combatants.

USPS took a year to fix a vulnerability that exposed all 60 million users’ data [theverge] This is fine, really with no remediation plans to ensure does not happen again, and no financial penalties in place. who cares.

AI Ancor man  Highlight of the fall was watching TV news anchors read this story and glean the reality that their job is over, ovah. Talent as a service.

Shodan Membership is now on sale for $5 – More access to the website, API and a digital copy of the official Shodan book.

The Machine Learning Revolution: How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Your Business [Forbes]  Nice sector breakdown. Road map to a planned obsolesce and depreciation of entire job sectors.

Dataset: Disguised Faces in the Wild (DFW)  Best photobook concept/ training set so far.

High Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation Associated With Cancer in Male Rats   This is week or so old , but should negate things like phones for kids by Disney and other MSO setups focused on the soft brain set.  (we can only hope)  5G should take this up a notch or so.

Only time will tell how wide the damage is. On the upside when we all have had enough EMF penetration we can just use our health care and solve for the damage.  Oh wait, scratch that everyone can speak to their priest or go to the emergency rooms like the folks with diabetes + cancer, other pre-existing conditions.

Todd Rundgren Recalls the Breakup Behind ‘Hello It’s Me’ [WSJ]  (This was my first 7″ single/45RPM player.  As a requested Christmas gift that year from Santa…. -ed)  “I told Linda I’d put her on the guest list for seats. She thanked me and we said goodbye. I added her name but I didn’t include a pass for backstage access.”

photo at top: NYC Clubs 1980s – matchbooks –  

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Profiling for IQ opens new uber-parenting possibilities [FT]

The booming industry of Chinese state internet control [OpenDemocracy]

The state of artificial emotional intelligence today [voicetechpodcast]

How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech [NYT]
Elliot Schrage on Definers   [Facebook blog]

+ Long history of dumping key info into dark media windows.

  • 11/21/18 Thxgiving eve  Soros memo dump
  • 11/5/18 Election eve Myanmar Report
  • 12/22/17 Fri before Xmas launches Russia propaganda check tool
  • 11/22/17 Thxgiving eve announces Russia check tool
  • 4/14/17 Fri before Easter disclose purge millions of fake accounts

The spread of low-credibility content by social bots  []

Advanced web security topics  [George’s Techblog]

Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits  [Front. Hum. Neurosci]

Edward Snowden on Blockchains and Trust.  [ACLU]

CIA 1999 : Chapter 1  Thinking About Thinking [CIA]

8 Artists at the Paris Photo Fair Who Show Where Photography Is Going [NYT]

Happy Thanksgiving.

Elliott Erwitt, Thanksgiving NYC, 1988

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Gartner Says Global Artificial Intelligence Business Value to Reach $1.2 Trillion in 2018  [Gartner]

The End of Trust McSweeney’s 54, produced in collaboration with EFF.

Exploring Ecosystems: The Patterns of Platformization [platformdesigntoolkit]

Superintelligence The Idea That Eats Smart People [idlewords]

NYC subway and bus services have entered ‘death spiral’, experts say   [TheGuardian]

Use of Yoga, Meditation, and Chiropractors Among U.S. Adults Aged 18 and Over []

A profile of humanity: the cultural signature of Earth’s inhabitants beyond the atmosphere [Cambridge] A favorite book in the mediaeater archive is “The Dry Savages’  which documents every piece of space junk, this works as a nice compendium.

The EU Terrorist Content Regulation – a threat to the ecosystem and our users’ rights  [Mozilla]

Alexa newscaster voice for reading articles  [Amazon]



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