Enrique Dans

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China’s AI Awakening中国 人工智能 的崛起 - MIT Technology Review

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people …

Net Neutrality Was Never Enough

The internet is as much the enemy as it is the hero of contemporary life.<p>Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, opens a bag of Cheetos with his teeth, dumps them onto a hipster food-court lunch bowl, and slathers it in Sriracha sauce. He snaps a pic for social media.<p>It’s a …

Net Neutrality

Fitbit is having a bad day

Fitbit is, once again, not having a good day after spending the year in mostly middling status as it looks to prove there’s a market for fitness trackers as well as its own smartwatch.<p>The culprit today is a Wall Street firm slapping a “sell” rating on the company’s stock, which often results in a …

Fitbit

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water’s edge. …

Ben Horowitz

What’s Next After the Repeal of Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to discard so-called net neutrality rules that prevented broadband providers from slowing sites or demanding payments from them for fast delivery. The decision opens the door for very different consumer experiences on the internet. The rules will …

Net Neutrality

Microsoft Considers Adding Python as an Official Scripting Language to Excel

Microsoft is considering adding Python as one of the official Excel scripting languages, according to a topic on Excel's feedback hub opened last …

Microsoft

Twitter says Russians spent ~$1k on six Brexit-related ads

Twitter has disclosed that Russian-backed accounts spent $1,031.99 to buy six Brexit-related ads on its platform during last year’s European Union referendum vote.<p>The ads in question were purchased during the regulated period for political campaigning in the June 2016 EU Referendum — specifically …

Social Media

Net giants 'must pay for news' from which they make billions

Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they …

Italy

When you visit a web page, there's a better than even chance Google knows about it

Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising, so it's no surprise they're also the leading companies in tracking what you do online.Ghostery, a company that makes a web browser add-on that allows users to see who is keeping tabs as they go from site to site, recently confirmed it.<p>Ghostery …

Google

We’ve made it easy to create a thread by adding a plus button in the composer, so you can connect your thoughts and publish your threaded Tweets all …

Social Media

Wikipedia’s cofounder on how he’s creating a bigger, better rival—on the blockchain

You probably have a different perspective on Wikipedia from mine. You think of its huge size and usefulness. I don’t. As its founder, I just think we can do better.<p>Wikipedia represents an enormous missed opportunity. It is sloppy, incomplete, and—yes—small. While the world’s #5 website is …

Blockchain

Hurricane Maria has made Puerto Rico a testbed for new technology

Javier Malavé was in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria hit. He and his wife had left their San Juan apartment with their 2-year-old son to hunker down with his sister-in-law in her home. He knew it would be dangerous to ride out the storm, yet never once did it occur to him to leave the …

Project Loon

Apple’s $400 million purchase of Shazam: Lessons from a wounded unicorn

Apple’s acquisition of Shazam is without a doubt big news for Europe’s striving startup scene. What’s less clear is whether it’s good news or bad news.<p>Founded in 2004, in the pre-iPhone era, Shazam offers a remarkable tale of endurance. But just three years ago, the company was reportedly on track …

Venture Capital

France to ban mobile phones in schools from September

Pupils, teachers and parents seem less than convinced by measure prohibiting use in primary, junior and middle schools<p>The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the country’s primary, junior and middle schools.<p>Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but …

Education

WhatsApp business accounts will either be verified, confirmed or unconfirmed

Another tidbit around how WhatsApp’s incoming business accounts will function: According to a FAQ for users of the messaging platform — on “Chatting with businesses” — they will either have one of three status types: unconfirmed, confirmed or verified.<p>Business accounts that have yet to be confirmed …

Security

Meet Your New Boss: An Algorithm

Companies are using artificial intelligence and other elements of the work-on-demand business model to automate workforce management tasks<p>Uber Technologies Inc. and other pioneers of the so-called gig economy became some of the world’s most valuable private companies by using apps and algorithms to …

Artificial Intelligence

Trying to Bypass Anxiety on the Road to Driverless Cars

GOTEBORG, Sweden — One of the big unknowns about self-driving cars is how human drivers will react once they can hand off the tasks of steering, braking and avoiding obstacles to a combination of unseen sensors, software and computer chips under the hood.<p>Volvo Cars is trying to find an answer. It …

Robots will definitely take our jobs but they might give us better lives in exchange

There’s a lot of experts talking about AI, most of which want you to know robots will destroy nearly a billion jobs in the next twenty years (give or take a decade). But it’s not all bad, some actually predict the integration of machines into the workforce will <i>create</i> jobs. Let’s focus on those.<p>A …

Robots

AI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We’re All Fucked

Someone used an algorithm to paste the face of 'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot onto a porn video, and the implications are terrifying.<p>There’s a video of Gal Gadot having sex with her stepbrother on the internet. But it’s not really Gadot’s body, and it’s barely her own face. It’s an approximation, …

Machine Learning

Bitcoin fees are skyrocketing | Ars Technica

Bitcoin network has struggled to process more than four transactions per second.<p>The cost to complete a Bitcoin transaction has skyrocketed in recent …

Bitcoin

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’<p>Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he …

Sean Parker

How Russia Hacked America—And Why It Will Happen Again

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian hackers attacked the U.S. on two fronts: the psychological and the technical. Hackers usedclassic propaganda techniques to influence American voters, bought thousands of social media ads to propagate fake news, and broke into Democratic party email …

Russia

Google is sending more traffic to publishers than Facebook — again

Facebook sent 25 percent less traffic to publishers this year, while Google increased its traffic by 17 percent, according to Parse.ly.<p>Google used to be the main source of referral traffic for web publishers. Then Facebook eclipsed it.<p>And now, Google is back on top again.<p>Over the course of 2017, …

Digital Media

YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content

According to estimates, accounts shut down for potential child endangerment content could’ve been netting over $500,000 a month.<p><b>Before YouTube pulled</b> the ads from “Ted”’s channel, it was making him tens of thousands of dollars a month.<p>The father of two, who asked to use a pseudonym for fear of …

New Media

Vint Cerf, Steve Wozniak, and other tech luminaries call net neutrality vote an "imminent threat"

A group of early internet and computing pioneers have called on the Senate’s FCC oversight committee to censure next week’s net neutrality vote. In an open letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, 21 signatories said that FCC chairman …

Steve Wozniak

Can China Contain Bitcoin? - MIT Technology Review

It was only a matter of time before Bobby Lee, CEO of China’s longest-running Bitcoin exchange, found himself in the crosshairs of Chinese …

Bitcoin

Robots Will Transform Fast Food

That might not be a bad thing.<p>Visitors to Henn-na, a restaurant outside Nagasaki, Japan, are greeted by a peculiar sight: their food being prepared by a row of humanoid robots that bear a passing resemblance to the Terminator. The “head chef,” incongruously named Andrew, specializes in <i>okonomiyaki</i>, …

Robots

Robot cars may kill jobs, but will they create them too?

Barreling through California’s Central Valley, his big rig’s 48-foot refrigerated trailer loaded with lettuce, peppers and tomatoes, Brett Goodroad …

Moby Dick

Why FCC Should Delay the Net Neutrality Vote Until It Investigates Comment Fraud

When Netflix debuted the second season of <i>Stranger Things</i> on October 27, more than 15 million people watched the first episode in the following three …

Internet

Apple Executive Reveals More of Its Self-Driving Technology

A theme emerged when Apple’s director of artificial intelligence research outlined results from several of the company’s recent AI projects on the …

Artificial Intelligence