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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.” 

Privacy is Power.