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Coding is not “fun,” it’s technically and ethically complex — Quartz “Coding isn’t the only job that demands intense focus. But you’d never hear someone say that brain surgery is “fun,” or that structural engineering is “easy.” When it comes to programming, why do policymakers and technologists pretend otherwise?” Tags: ITGS, coding, fun, complex, peopleandmachines […]

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Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence | News | The Guardian “Yet these blueprints may also alarm free speech advocates concerned about Facebook’s de facto role as the world’s largest censor. Both sides are likely to demand greater transparency.” Tags: ITGS, facebook, terrorism, censorship, peopleandmachines, control – By dr tech Google’s AlphaGo […]

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Apply Magic Sauce – Prediction API – Demo “This tool predicts your psycho-demographic profile from digital footprints of your behaviour. It reveals how you might be perceived by others online and provides detailed insights on your personality, intelligence, life satisfaction and more.” YIKES Tags: ITGS, algorithms, data mining, google, analytics – By dr tech The […]

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Human-robot interactions take step forward with ’emotional’ chatbot | Technology | The Guardian “In the future, the team predict the software could also learn the appropriate emotion to express at a given time. “It could be mostly empathic,” said Huang, adding that a challenge would be to avoid the chatbot reinforcing negative feelings such as […]

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I’m an ex-Facebook exec: don’t believe what they tell you about ads | Technology | The Guardian “The ethics of Facebook’s micro-targeted advertising was thrust into the spotlight this week by a report out of Australia. The article, based on a leaked presentation, said that Facebook was able to identify teenagers at their most vulnerable, […]

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What if we’re living in a computer simulation? | Technology | The Guardian “If we assume that these developments continue, and with them our interest in creating simulations of the world, then at some point in the future – 1,000 years, 100,000 years – it’s reasonable to assume that the difference between reality and simulation […]

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Google Chrome: Phishing Scam ‘Practically Impossible to Spot’ | Fortune.com “Indeed, this scam is far subtler. It works like this: fraudsters are able to register domains with characters plucked from various alphabets other than the default Latin script. When displayed, it’s all but impossible to tell apart a Greek “O” from a Cyrillic “O” from […]

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Robotic parcel sorting facility in China / Boing Boing “Chinese delivery firm is moving to embrace automation.Chinese delivery firm is moving to embrace automation. Orange robots at the company’s sorting stations are able to identify the destination of a package through a code-scan, virtually eliminating sorting mistakes. Shentong’s army of robots can sort up to […]

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Vast majority of Americans reject mass surveillance to thwart terrorist attacks / Boing Boing “75% 75% surveyed by Ipsos/Reuters said, “they would not let investigators tap into their Internet activity to help the U.S. combat domestic terrorism”(up from 67% in 20” Tags: ITGS, mass, surveillance, americans, terrorist, security, privacy, anonymity – By dr tech Posted […]

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Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd’s call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption | Technology | The Guardian “That’s the crux of the problem. While you can legislate to only give state agencies access to terrorists’ communications, and with proper oversight and authorisation, you cannot actually build encryption that works like that. If you put a […]

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