Blue Feed, Red Feed – WSJ.com
“To demonstrate how reality may differ for different Facebook users, The Wall Street Journal created two feeds, one “blue” and the other “red.” If a source appears in the red feed, a majority of the articles shared from the source were classified as “very conservatively aligned” in a large 2015 Facebook study. For the blue feed, a majority of each source’s articles aligned “very liberal.” These aren’t intended to resemble actual individual news feeds. Instead, they are rare side-by-side looks at real conversations from different perspectives.
Lip-Reading AI Smashes Humans At Interpreting Silent Sentences | Digital Trends
“The performance of LipNet compares incredibly favorably to human lipreading experts on GRID corpus, the largest publicly-available sentence-level lipreading dataset. In fact, where human experts got just 52 percent, LipNet scored 93 percent. Its sentence-based approach to lip-reading also smashed the best previous attempt by a machine, which managed 79.6 percent accuracy on the same dataset.”
Has the internet become a failed state? | Technology | The Guardian
People really, really suck at using computers / Boing Boing
“95% of the US population, 93% of Europeans and 92% of Asians can’t do “level three” tasks like “You want to know what percentage of the emails sent by John Smith last month were about sustainability” — tasks where “use of tools (e.g. a sort function) is required to make progress towards the solution. The task may involve multiple steps and operators. The goal of the problem may have to be defined by the respondent, and the criteria to be met may or may not be explicit.””
This is the fastest way to alphabetize 1,000+ books (or anything else) / Boing Boing
“How can you sort the books quickly? Chand John shows how, shedding light on how algorithms help librarians and search engines speedily sort information.”
Hackers are selling powerful cyber weapons to anyone with the money to buy them
“This person or group, who go by the names BestBuy and Popopret, recently spammed an ad to folks on Jabber, an instant messaging service. They offered to perform a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on whomever their client(s) wanted, and they backed up their offer by claiming to wield the ability to perform some of the strongest DDoS attacks ever seen. Recent events in the history of the internet show us that these kind of attacks — if these hackers indeed have the power they claim — can wreak internet havoc by blocking user access to a range of some of the web’s most popular destinations.”
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