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1:00 PM Facebook f8 _ Zuckerberg to explain how Facebook gets “privacy

Alternate Sources

Live stream- Global Conference 2019 Monday April 29th
2:30PM  Investing in Cutting-Edge Technologies and Jobs of the Future
6:45PM Big Tech Under the Spotlight: Privacy, Transparency, + Regulation

REPLICA: A conversation about the intrisic problems with the term ‘Surveillance Capitalism’

McKinsey Quarterly : Confronting the risks of artificial intelligence

Response to the AHRC and WEF regarding Responsible Innovation in AI The following paragraphs summarize prioritized comments from the Montreal AI Ethics Institute’s (“MAIEI”) pertaining to the Australian Human Rights Commission and World Economic Forum’s white paper on AI: Governance and Leadership.

Lunch with Alan Kay: how to become educated enough to invent the future [futureofcoding] His slogan for this “bug” is: “Better and Perfect are the Enemies of What Is Actually Needed (WIAN).” But it’s really hard to determine WIAN. It was the skill Paul MacCready exemplified in achieving the first man-powered flight. As he said, “The problem is we don’t understand the problem.” If you don’t understand the problem or WIAN, you’re setting yourself up to create more problem than you solve.

A hill I will die on: curated apps stores with platform owners making decisions around things that will not be allowed at all, are a massive step forward and have huge benefits to actual users, for security, privacy, ease of use and safety.  [twitter] therad…..(important thread and validated by the rule – you are only as strong as your weakest link.,  curation FTW – ED)

Time trackers

No need to show passports at hi‑tech Heathrow A £50 million project to install permanent facial recognition technology at Britain’s biggest airport is intended to reduce time spent passing through by up to a third as travellers will not need to show a boarding pass either. It is the biggest single deployment of biometric technology in the world.

Weekend FT long reads – Da Vinci code: what the tech age can learn from Leonardo A second lesson is that genius transcends disciplinary boundaries. Leonardo’s quizzical mind roamed freely across what now are rigidly guarded domains. His journals reveal hundreds of inventions, including for aircraft, helicopters, tanks, submarines, parachutes, diving equipment, reading glasses, musical instruments, weaving looms and much more. Many of these innovations were beyond the comprehension, let alone the fabrication capabilities, of the time, and could only be tested hundreds of years later, when metallurgy, manufacturing and mechanics finally caught up with Leonardo and could give practical expression to his visionary ideas.

Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction [NYT] On Thursday, two of the most popular parental-control apps, Kidslox and Qustodio, filed a complaint with the European Union’s competition office. Kidslox said business had plummeted since Apple forced changes to its app that made it less useful than Apple’s tool

Tech and Society ‘Mark’s Challenge  [facebook] Three videos from his series of public discussions about the future of technology in society

Insights from Visual Deep Learning survey 2019 [diffgram] 79% of primary use cases are not very time sensitive.  This stands in stark contrast to so much effort to reduce prediction time from say 500ms to 400ms. While there’s clearly a need for speed in some cases, they are the exception not the rule.

Screenplay Software Adds Tool to Assess a Script’s Inclusiveness [nyt] In an update announced Thursday, Final Draft — software that writers use to format scripts — said it will now include a proprietary “Inclusivity Analysis” feature, allowing filmmakers “to quickly assign and measure the ethnicity, gender, age, disability or any other definable trait of the characters,” including race, the company said in a statement

High-density megacities: the photographs of Michael Wolf [guardian] Hong Kong-based photographer Michael Wolf is best known for Architecture of Density, which shows the city’s tower blocks as dramatic geometric abstractions, and Tokyo Compression, which captures rush hour on the Japanese capital’s subway. He died this week aged 64

Friday Reading

Amateurs’ Al Tells Real Rembrandts From Fakes [ieee] In their spare time, a Massachusetts couple programmed a system that they say accurately identifies Rembrandts 90 percent of the time

MICHAEL WOLF (1954-2019) Michael Wolf est décédé à l’âge de 65 ans. Les Rencontres d’Arles lui ont consacré en 2017 une grande exposition rétrospective. Nous lui rendons hommage. [vimeo]

How Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers for ‘productivity’ [verge] No humans involved.

Interview with the legendary cryptography master: Bruce Schneier Business Weekly Taiwan – for some reason the pull quote at the top translates the spelling of his name -ed

YouTube Recommendation AI – One week after the release of the Mueller report, which analysis of it did YouTube recommend from the most channels among the 1000+ channels that I monitor daily? Russia Today’s
(the playlist is the crime scene- -ed)

“Coachella is a great place of experimentation that becomes a giant trash heap” The real permanence Coachella and other festivals like it should offer is that, in serving as testing grounds for ideas, forms and technologies because so much money comes together with such minimal requirements for so many open-minded people, it could offer opportunities to develop forms and strategies that designers and artists could then apply in other parts of their practice. (a better headline here would have been more productive -ed)

Warhol foundation on Instagram starting Monday and continuing through May 11, will share some 70 rarely seen photographs

Global Conference 2019 (28th-1st) Live streams and videos on demand
Monday April 29th – 6:45PM ET Big Tech Under the Spotlight: Privacy, Transparency, and Regulation

Tools Gmail simplified
WatchMe WatchMe Python Client

Niche Mazémen

Rave reviews from restaurant critics for Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura brothless ramen from Ryan Sutton from Eater and Pete Wells from The New York Times prompted me to visit Niche (though the non-reservation policy kept me away for a few weeks and avoiding a weekend evening).  I strolled in at 6pm on a weekday to meet a friend and about half of the seats at the 14-seat communal table were open and I chose to sit closer to the glassy entrance side as opposed to the excitement of the kitchen area, which was pretty dark. It was a rare gorgeous day in April in NYC and had to go to the light.

All of the reviews have fawned over the meaty ribeye mazemen but neither my friend nor I were in the mood for red meat.  We opted for the duck magret special and the “Russ and Roe” (ramen with tarako-sauce, smoked salmon, basil, olive oil) with ikura and the temaki nori add-ons. Appetizers included the umami kombu fries and avocado crunch.  

The umami kombu fries really do look like McDonalds fries– the same super square cut and each about three inches long, the right length to evenly pack into the stubby white bag.  The best part of the kombu powder is the finish, the umami coating lingering on the taste buds. . . just the right amount of dusting to keep you reaching out for another fry.  That said, like McDonalds fries, once they cool down, they aren’t as tasty so we focused more on the sliced avocado salad with crispy balls of tempura crunch. Super simple and very satisfying. I was surprised how the crunchiness kept.

Now onto the mazemen. A popular pasta dish in Japan is mentaiko-spaghetti (there are flavor packets you can buy at the grocery store!) and it’s usually topped with shredded nori.  I love that dish, and it drove me to order the seafood dish and added the nori. . . and I couldn’t resist the thought of juicy ikura bursts so added that too.

Now, the nori on the add-on list is specifically listed as ‘temaki nori’ and I learned that the chef recommends that you use them to make handrolls, so we rolled up the saucy noodles, salmon and ikura as instructed. The nori adds much to the overall flavor profile but I don’t know if making a handroll made it better, just unusual. I think I would probably shred the nori on top of the ramen next time and dig in.  I may also lose the ikura as they just didn’t stand out as the noodles are chewy so somehow the special-ness of getting a juicy burst is lost.

The Duck Magret dish was more straightforward and did not have any of the topping that would be found on the meat dish, e.g. spinach so the dish just looked monochrome brown. The duck was very nicely prepared and flavorful.

I will admit that I come from the school that a bowl of ramen is expensive at $18, and these bowls beyond that. So, while I overall enjoyed the meal, with the tab for the two appetizers, two mazemen with a few extras, and 3 glasses of wine coming in at almost $150 (with tip), I think Niche is not *that* good or unique enough to put into my regular restaurant rotation.

Mediaeater Reading List 2019

Nonhuman Photography
Zylizska, Joanna
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018 (The O. Henry Prize Collection)
Furman, Laura (editor)
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
Zuboff, Shoshana
The Order of Time
Rovelli, Carlo
How To Build A Time Machine 
Davies, Paul
Memories of the Future
Hustvedt, Siri
Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time 
Le Poidevin, Robin
The Spirit of Science Fiction: A Novel
Bolaño, Roberto 
Kerry James Marshall: Inside Out
Marshall, Kerry James
Fox 8
Saunders, George
Bolaño, Roberto 
The Parade
Eggers, Dave
Machines Like Me
McEwen, Ian
The Falconer 
Czapnik , Dana
Delta – V
Suarez, Daniel

AI bias, sassy scooters and real-time tracking ruling

Joint investigation of Facebook, Inc. by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (pdf)

Notes on AI Bias [ben-evans] Machine learning is one of the most important fundamental trends in tech today, and it’s one of the main ways that tech will change things in the broader world in the next decade. As part of this, there are aspects to machine learning that cause concern – its potential impact on employment, for example, and its use for purposes that we might consider unethical, such as new capabilities it might give to oppressive governments. Another, and the topic of this post, is the problem of AI bias.

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data [EFF] Courts around the country are now being asked to address the scope of the Carpenterruling. Almonor in Massachusetts and a case called State of Maine v. O’Donnell 

Australian Lime Scooters Hacked To Say Sexual Things To Riders [gizmodo] “OK, if you’re going to ride my arse then please pull my hair, OK?” one of the scooters said after being unlocked, according to a video posted on YouTube.

Eyeball time-lapse of google earth views / satellite imagery for a location [google]

Filmmaker George Lucas, Wife Mellody Hobson Seek Control of Ebony, Make this archive Public Domain

WPP released its annual report for investors on Tuesday,

Sliding Backward on Tech? There Are Benefits [NYT] There’s a prevailing assumption that just because there’s a new high-tech version of something previously handled in a low-tech way, one should adopt that technology. I come at it from a different angle, which is to start with the need or problem and ask myself: Will this new technology substantively help

NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program [WSJ] The reported recommendation comes a little more than a month after a national security advisor revealed that the NSA hasn’t used the system in months. (who talks on the phone ? – ED)

The Racial Bias Built Into Photography  [nyt] Can a photographic lens condition racial behavior? I wondered about this as I was preparing to speak about images and justice on a university campus. “We have a problem. Your jacket is lighter than your face,” the technician said from the back of the one-thousand-person amphitheater-style auditorium. “That’s going to be a problem for lighting.” She was handling the video recording and lighting for the event.

STUDY: Associations between screen time and lower psychological well-being among children and adolescents: Evidence from a population-based study . More hours of screen time are associated with lower well-being in ages 2 to 17.• . High users show less curiosity, self-control, and emotional stability. (PDF)

The Rise of Live-Streamer Style [nyt]