Live now: http://legacyweb.media.mit.edu/events/medialabtalk/ [mit] agenda. Beyond the Cradle 2019: Envisioning a New Space Age
DeepMind and Google: the battle to control artificial intelligence [1843magazinet /21] Hassabis has always seen life as a game. A large part of his career was devoted to making them, a large part of his leisure time has been spent playing them. At DeepMind, they are his chosen vehicle for developing AGI. Just like his software, Hassabis can learn only from his experiences. The pursuit of AGI may eventually lose its way, having invented some useful medical technologies and out-classed the world’s greatest board-game players. Significant achievements but not the one he craves. But he could yet usher AGI into being, right under Google’s nose but beyond its control. If he does this, Demis Hassabis will have beaten the toughest game of all
We need an algorithmic bill of rights before algorithms do us wrong [fastcompany /28] As Kearns reflected on this, his message was a call to action for the members of his audience: “The scientists who designed these systems have to take on the mantle to fix them.” Kearns was right. But his call should be extended beyond scientists and technologists to also include business leaders, regulators, and end users. Together, we have to decide how to design, manage, use, and govern algorithms so we control the narrative of how algorithms impact our lives. Related – Changing Contexts and Intents [O’Reilly / 9] — context and intent as framing mechanisms for determining whether a use of data is appropriate. —- When Google decides to use your location to target advertisements, that’s not only a different context but a different intent.
ICE is tapping into a huge license-plate database, [wapo/19] ACLU says, raising new privacy concerns about surveillance [ / ] Immigration agents have been tapping into a vast, privately maintained database of icense plate numbers gleaned from vehicles across the United States to track down people who may be in the country illegally, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union and released Wednesday. The database contains billions of records on vehicle locations captured from red-light and speed-limit cameras as well as from parking lots and toll roads that use the nearly ubiquitous and inexpensive scanners to monitor vehicle comings and goings. Local police forces have long used those scanners to track criminal suspects and enforce traffic laws across the United States. But the records the ACLU obtained from the Department of Homeland Security through a Freedom of Information Act request shed new light on a little-noticed and expanding network of surveillance that has developed over the years and for which there appear to be few legal limitations
Don’t break up big tech — regulate data access, says EU antitrust chief [tc/18] “To break up a company, to break up private property would be very far reaching and you would need to have a very strong case that it would produce better results for consumers in the marketplace than what you could do with more mainstream tools,” she warned this weekend, speaking in a SXSW interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher. “We’re dealing with private property. Businesses that are built and invested in and become successful because of their innovation.”
Implicit violent imagery processing among fans and non-fans of music with violent themes [royalsocietypublishing /13] The results of the binocular rivalry task suggest that long-term exposure to music with aggressive themes does not lead to a general desensitization to violence as depicted in images. Fans of violent music, just like non-fans, showed a robust bias to process violent imagery. However, results also suggest that fans of violent music do become desensitized to the aggressive and violent themes in their preferred music, in that they assigned high ratings of emotional valence relative to those of non-fans.
How India conquered YouTube [ft/10/paywall] India’s craze for videos is shaking the world of entertainment. Valued at more than $700m, the country’s online video market is shaping the content and pricing models of local and global companies. Netflix, with approximately two million viewers there, is investing more in Indian content than it has done anywhere outside the US. While Amazon Prime charges US subscribers $119 a year, those in India pay $14.50 annually. Millions of dollars are tossed around at auctions for the streaming rights for cricket matches, and dozens of shows have been commissioned to tap into India’s love of comedy.
Facebook Can Make Vr Avatars Look—And Move—Exactly Like You [wired/57] If the word panopticon comes to mind, it should—though it would be better applied to the second capture area, a larger dome known internally as the Sociopticon. (Before joining Oculus/Facebook, Sheikh established its predecessor, Panoptic Studio, at Carnegie Mellon.) The Sociopticon looks a lot like Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studio, albeit with more cameras (180 to 106) that are also higher-resolution (2.5K by 4K versus 2K by 2K) and capture a higher frame rate (90Hz versus 30 or 60). Where Mugsy concentrated on your face, the Sociopticon helps the Codec Avatar system learn how our bodies move—and our clothes. So my time in there is less about facial expression and more about what I’d describe as Lazy Calisthenics: shaking out limbs, jumping around, playing charades with Belko via webcam.
Use and Fair Use: Statement on shared images in facial recognition AI [creativecommons /12] While we do not have all the facts regarding the IBM dataset, we are aware that fair use allows all types of content to be used freely, and that all types of content are collected and used every day to train and develop AI. CC licenses were designed to address a specific constraint, which they do very well: unlocking restrictive copyright. But copyright is not a good tool to protect individual privacy, to address research ethics in AI development, or to regulate the use of surveillance tools employed online. [emphasis mine -ed] Those issues rightly belong in the public policy space, and good solutions will consider both the law and the community norms of CC licenses and content shared online in general.
“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” – Sephora
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