Daily Dish 011719

Daily Dish Friday 18th January, MMXIX
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Artificial intelligence could be our saviour, according to the CEO of Google [WEF] “AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire,” he said. “Any time you work with technology, you need to learn to harness the benefits while minimising the downsides.”

Stanford Researchers Launch Free TV Service To Improve Video Streaming [thestreamable]  Live TV Streaming Service website called Puffer. It’s part of a nonprofit academic research study in the computer science department at Stanford University, working to use AI to improve Internet transmission and video-streaming algorithms. Stream live TV in your browser. There’s no charge. You can watch U.S. TV stations affiliated with the NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, FOX, and Univision networks

Desnapify —  is a deep convolutional generative adversarial network (DCGAN) trained to remove Snapchat filters from selfie images. It is based on the excellent pix2pix project by Isola et al., and specifically the Keras implementation by Thibault de Boissiere.

Netflix’s New Hit Is International [WSJ]  Netflix one-third of users watched “Bird Box” within a week of its debut. Added 7.3 million international users in the fourth quarter, a 42% increase over the same period last year.

Count the people around you by monitoring wifi signals [github] Calculates the number of people in the vicinity using the approximate number of smartphones as a proxy-  cellphone is determined to be in proximity to the computer based on sniffing WiFi probe requests. Possible uses of howmanypeoplearearound include: monitoring foot traffic in your house with Raspberry Pis, seeing if your roommates are home, etc.    =- It may be illegal to monitor networks for MAC addresses, especially on networks that you do not own. Please check your country’s laws  (for US Section 18 U.S. Code § 2511) – discussion.

Study  Nature Human Behaviour (A. Orben and A. K. Przybylski Nature Hum. Behav. 2019) Here we address these methodological challenges by applying specification curve analysis (SCA) across three large-scale social datasets (total n = 355,358) to rigorously examine correlational evidence for the effects of digital technology on adolescents. The association we find between digital technology use and adolescent well-being is negative but small, explaining at most 0.4% of the variation in well-being. Taking the broader context of the data into account suggests that these effects are too small to warrant policy change.

I took a photo in Tokyo 20 years ago and left it as an easter egg on my website   Yesterday it was found and rendered anew  by  Matt Dennebaum

Think we will see more legal actions like this … Austria privacy activists file suit against streaming sites  NOYB, a non-profit organisation whose name means None Of Your Business, said it had filed a complaint with Austria’s Data Protection Authority against services including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime and Spotify.

San Diego’s Smart Streetlights Yield a Firehose of Data [IEEE] San Diego’s network of smart streetlights, which has been rolling out since early 2018, continues to grow. To date, some 2,000 of the sensor-laden devices have begun gathering pictures, sounds, and other data.


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