The Full Monty

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The Full Monty: Think of the Children — November 13, 2017

Something is <b>wrong</b> on the Internet—and we need to do something about it; the <b>speaker</b> wars are upon us; <b>Waymo</b> launches driverless taxis in <b>Phoenix</b>; <b>Ford</b> is …

NBA All-Star Game

Something is wrong on the internet

<i>I’m</i> <i>James Bridle</i><i>. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m</i> …

Peppa Pig

How Google and Amazon are hooking kids from an early age

Google announced a notable update to YouTube Kids this week, one that gives parents a range of tools to tailor the app for their kids.<p>Among the new features is one that lets parents create individual profiles for each of their offspring. They can set each kid up with their own passcode to keep …

Kids

Pretty Sure That Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google Are Bad.

Shift Reads<p>Pretty Sure That Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google Are Bad.<p>The new tech oligarchs are terrible for our economy, argues Scott Galloway’s “The …

New York Times

Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

Imagine a college course that requires students to give up computer and cell-phone technology for a month — and, in fact, to cease speaking entirely …

Education

Friend of the People — November 6, 2017

<b>Big Tech</b> needs to step up their game in accountability to users and society at large; <b>robots</b> have surrounded us for years; <b>blockchain</b> is a versatile …

Daylight Savings Time

Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google on shells hiding election meddlers

How can internet giants know that innocent-seeming U.S. companies aren’t actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections? The short answer is they can’t, and that drew questioning from a congressional probe today into Facebook, Twitter and Google being …

Internet Research Agency

Senators Grill Facebook, Twitter & Google On Fake News: “Your Power Scares Me”

“We have to be on guard,” Senator Lindsey Graham said, for what he called “the national security challenge of the 21st century.”<p>Today, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter about the deluge of Kremlin-backed propaganda spreading across their …

John Kennedy

Tech is scary powerful, and other things we learned when Facebook, Google and Twitter testified to Congress about Russia

Five takeaways from the first of three hearings this week.<p>Senior executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter submitted on Tuesday to the first of three hearings by the U.S. Congress as lawmakers investigate the extent to which Russia spread disinformation on their platforms during the 2016 …

Amy Klobuchar

Former Twitter Employee Says Fake Russian Accounts Were Not Taken Seriously

In early 2015, a Twitter employee discovered a vast amount of Twitter accounts with IP addresses in Russia and Ukraine. The worker, Leslie Miley, …

Security

Twitter Offered Russian Television Network RT 15% Of Its Total Share Of US Elections Advertising

A Russian news outlet described by the US intelligence community as "the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet" was once a top sales prospect for Twitter's US elections ad team.<p>Twitter wanted RT to spend big ahead of the 2016 US election, offering a significant portion of its …

Russia

Facebook estimates 126 million people were served content from Russia-linked pages

Facebook will inform lawmakers this week that roughly 126 million Americans may have been exposed to content generated on its platform by the Russian government-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency between June 2015 and August 2017, CNN has learned.<p>That estimate, which is …

Internet Research Agency

Here are the Russian ads that deceived users on Facebook and Instagram

<b>SEE SLIDESHOW</b><p>Posted Nov 1, 2017 by Devin Coldewey, Taylor Hatmaker<p>It’s clear from the testimony of internet companies that Russian interests were attempting to influence public opinion via social media to an extent no one expected. The content itself, however, has largely been a mystery — the ads …

Social Media

Silicon Valley helped Russia sway the US election. So now what?

The inability to tell what’s advertising and what isn’t is a problem for democracy. But it’s one that media companies are loath to tackle<p>Almost a year after the shock election of Donald Trump, the communication tactics and tools that helped him win power remain the most controversial issue in …

Silicon Valley

Why Facebook and Twitter Can’t Be Trusted to Police Themselves

Google, Facebook and Twitter took a beating on Wednesday testifying in front of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about their role enabling Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “You bear this responsibility,” California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein lectured the three company lawyers …

Internet Research Agency

World War III is a guerrilla information war…

<i>“World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation.”</i><p>— Marshall McLuhan, <i>“Culture Is Our</i> …

War

Congress Assigned a Lot of Homework to Facebook, Twitter, Google

Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc. faced hours of tough questioning from members of Congress this week over how their online …

House Intelligence Committee

Prof Galloway Grills Big Tech

If Scott was at yesterday’s Intelligence Committee hearing, here’s what he would have asked.

Want to See Something Really Scary? — October 30, 2017

The <b>spooky</b> side of technology; <b>Walmart</b> leverages machine learning to scale to 60 million items online; <b>AI myths</b>, busted; why <b>car ownership</b> may not be …

Artificial Intelligence

Read These (Legit Terrifying) Horror Stories by an Artificial Intelligence

"I stood there staring down the hill, and I saw the man in the black cloak standing there, holding a knife. He stood in silence, his head motionless …

Artificial Intelligence

The rise of artificial intelligence could spark a worker rebellion

• <b>A massive artificial intelligence boom could displace the skilled upper class.</b>• <b><br>Old ideas that computers can’t do certain human actions are being disproven.</b>• <b><br>The AI job takeover could be a bigger problem because its benefits will go to the few who own the technology.</b><p>The rise of artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

The Brain Center at Whipple's

"<b>The Brain Center at Whipple's</b>" is episode 153 of the American television series <i>The Twilight Zone</i>. It originally aired on May 15, 1964 on CBS.<p>“<p>These …

The chatbot startup that has the Fortune 500 listening

Chatbots are fast becoming a go-to technology for digital transformations. Industries ranging from airlines to fast-food-chains and financial …

New seed funds pursue AI, hard tech and the Midwest

Stories about seed funding often contain sappy metaphors about planting seedlings and nurturing them to maturity. In reality, it’s a brutally Darwinian business: most companies fail, successful ones get diluted and exits commonly take a decade or more.<p>That said, seed also has the highest potential …

Venture Capital

How AI helped Walmart go from 700,000 to 60 million items online

Walmart.com is bigger than you might think. The site has 60 million items for sale, Walmart CTO Jeremy King said at the VB Summit in Berkeley, California today.<p>That’s up from 700,000 items when he joined Walmart in 2011, and it doesn’t include Jet.com, the ecommerce site Walmart acquired last year. …

eCommerce

How to Spot a Machine Learning Opportunity, Even If You Aren’t a Data Scientist

Artificial intelligence is no longer just a niche subfield of computer science. Tech giants have been using AI for years: Machine learning algorithms power Amazon product recommendations, Google Maps, and the content that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter display in social media feeds. But William …

Machine Learning

Tech companies pledge to use artificial intelligence responsibly

The Information Technology Industry Council — a DC-based group representing the likes of IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple— is today …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Myth Busters: AI Will Usher In An Era Of Extreme Personalization

Remember when traditional marketing was overwhelmingly successful? Neither do I.<p>In an era of great innovation, marketing still largely operates with legacy mindsets and technologies. Time, however, isn’t on the side of those who follow convention. Digital Darwinism is only accelerating, and those …

Intelligence

So This Happened in Our Comments Section Today

<i>The Reader Center is a newsroom initiative that is helping The Times build deeper ties with our audience.</i><p>Christine McMorrow, one of The New York Times’s most faithful and prolific commenters (almost 10,000 posts and counting), created a stir among the site’s commentariat today, while trying to post …

Journalism