Tech and Social Media

By José Rafael Fariñas | Artículos, noticias y tips  sobre innovación, nuevas tecnologías y medios sociales, leídos en  la red por @rafaelfarinas  (www.ipclick.net).

The road to AI leads through information architecture

Ford drove the first automobile down the streets of Detroit in 1890. It would take another 30 years before the company streamlined production and made cars available to the mass market. The obvious lesson: Sometimes technology has a long gestation period before we can scale it for everyday use. …

Big Data

Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A.

This week, a video surfaced of a Harvard professor, Steven Pinker, which appeared to show him lauding members of a racist movement. The clip, which was pulled from a November event at Harvard put on by Spiked magazine, showed Mr. Pinker referring to “the often highly literate, highly intelligent …

Media Industry

Facebook and Google’s Dirty Secret: They’re Really Junk Mail Empires

Google and Facebook are finally losing some of their power, but most people still don’t get the dubious business practices that make them most of …

GDPR

Twitter Promoted a Tweet That Steals Your Credit-Card Details

One ever-so-helpful site promised to help users get Twitter verification—as soon as they phished out customers’ payment information.<p>Twitter has its …

Social Media

Tendencias tecnológicas para el 2018

Desde ya nada menos que el año 2007, convertido ya en un clásico que comenzó cuando era yo director del área, Marimar Jiménez pide colaboración a los …

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Your Technology

If 2017 taught you anything about personal technology, it’s that the onus is on you to protect your personal data and devices.<p>Tech companies aren’t going to do that for you. (In fact, they are generally the ones failing you.) So why not make protecting yourself your New Year’s resolution?<p>Last year, …

Privacy

The meaning of life in a world without work

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose<p>Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace …

Pokémon

AI in 2018: Experts predict what happens next

Perhaps no other technology was as disruptive as artificial intelligence in 2017. ‘Machine learning,’ ‘neural network,’ and ‘data bias’ became commonplace terms in the headlines of mainstream media outlets, signifying the machines had arrived. And with them comes an uncertain future.<p>We reached out …

Intelligence

Energía y estrategias de país

El precio de la electricidad en Alemania durante el fin de semana de las navidades se mantuvo en negativo, lo que supuso un ahorro a los consumidores …

2017 Was a Terrible Year for Internet Freedom

Think of a country that stifles internet freedom. You might first jump to the oppressive regimes of North Korea, China, or Cuba, where internet …

Censorship

I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here's What It Did to Me

<b>There's this great</b> Andy Warhol quote you've probably seen before: "I think everybody should like everybody." You can buy posters and plates with …

Facebook

Th U.S. needs to create civic social networks

Whether an elected official is school board member in a small town or a U.S. Senator representing an entire state, constructive dialogue enables those leaders to engage the people they serve.<p>Communication between the electorate and their government representatives has increased dramatically during …

Taco Bell

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><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, …

Ben Horowitz

Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?

<i>By David Ginsberg, Director of Research, and Moira Burke, Research Scientist at Facebook</i><p>With people spending more time on social media, many rightly …

Social Media

New York City Wants to Audit the Powerful Algorithms That Control Our Lives

New York City will be among the first cities in the US to earnestly tackle black box algorithms, the automated decision-making systems that are …

Tecnología y efectos secundarios

Al hilo de las recientes afirmaciones de Facebook sobre la posibilidad de que su producto principal, la red social, pueda tener determinados “efectos …

What Happens When an Algorithm Helps Write Science Fiction | WIRED

The machines sat empty in the dark. Only a single light was on when Anne and Ed entered. A lone searcher was staring at the Other planet1, his face …

Tahrir Square

How the internet changed the way we write – and what to do about it

The usual evolution of English has been accelerated online, leading to a less formal – but arguably more expressive – language than the one we use IRL. So use those emojis wisely …<p>English has always evolved – that’s what it means to be a living language – and now the internet plays a pivotal role …

La comunicación interna y el dilema de lo efímero

Los sucesivos escándalos en los que se ha visto envuelta Uber, que recorren ya un continuo que va desde el acoso sexual hasta el pago a <i>hackers</i> para …

German government wants ‘backdoor’ access to every digital device: report

The RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported that Thomas de Maizière had written up a draft proposal for the interior minister conference, …

Privacy

Enrique Dans

En octubre de 2015, el Parlamento Europeo adoptó una versión revisada de la Payment Services Directive, PSD2, destinada a promover el uso y …

Una inteligencia artificial de Google ha creado otra inteligencia artificial que supera a las construidas por humanos

<b>Llegó el día en el que las máquinas fabrican otras máquinas</b>. O, siendo más concretos, el principio de una época en la que los sistemas de …

Qué es la Ley Pinedo y por qué puede ser un paso atrás en la lucha contra la piratería

Con media sanción en el Senado, el proyecto de ley de Regulación a los proveedores de servicios de enlace y búsqueda de contenidos alojados en …

UK class action accuses Google of unlawfully harvesting personal data

Lawsuit claims tech firm bypassed iPhone default privacy settings between June 2011 and February 2012, affecting 5.4m people<p>More than 5 million people in the UK could be entitled to compensation from Google if a class action against the internet giant for allegedly harvesting personal data is …

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

Step into any college lecture hall and you are likely to find a sea of students typing away at open, glowing laptops as the professor speaks. But you won’t see that when I’m teaching.<p>Though I make a few exceptions, I generally ban electronics, including laptops, in my classes and research …

Education

It’s time to solve deep learning’s productivity problem

Deep learning is fueling breakthroughs in everything from consumer mobile apps to image recognition. Yet running deep learning-based AI models poses many challenges. One of the most difficult roadblocks is the time it takes to train the models.<p>The need to crunch lots of data and the computational …

Uber concealed massive hack that exposed data of 57m users and drivers

Firm paid hackers $100,000 to delete data and keep breach quiet Chief security officer Joe Sullivan fired for concealing October 2016 breach<p>Uber concealed a massive global breach of the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers in October 2016, failing to notify the individuals and …

A mission for journalism in a time of crisis

In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner<p>‘No former period, in the history of our Country, has been marked by the agitation of questions of a more important character than those which are now claiming the attention of the …

Journalism

How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism<p>One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David …

Journalism