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This AI Company Can Tell You What and Who Appears in Your Videos - Bloomberg

If you're a brand advertiser at a car company or a cereal maker, you may want to know when your product appears, unscripted, in hundreds of hours of …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning and How they Differ from One Another

These are three terms that are heard all the time now, but often people still get confused about what each one really entails. Below is a quick …

The true cost of loyalty programs

Customer loyalty schemes are a great idea ... if you're a retailer.<p>They're not so crash hot for the rest of us.<p>The truth is that loyalty reward …

YouTube’s Ad Problems Finally Blow Up in Google’s Face

Late last year, Israel-based entrepreneur Matan Uziel saw a notification he’d never seen before pop up on YouTube’s backend—the part of the site …

Google

Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in Data and Communications

Talking about security of communication and privacy is never enough, especially when political instabilities are driving leaders towards decisions …

Security

Worried about companies spying on your browsing? Here's what you can do

<b>San Francisco (CNN) —</b> Federal regulations designed to give you more control over your web browsing history and other personal information may soon be eliminated.<p>There are steps you can take to protect yourself -- but you'll have to do more than set your browser to private mode. And there is no …

Net Neutrality

Who Owns Your Face?

Advertising companies, tech giants, data collectors, and the federal government, it turns out.<p>It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.<p>This is why computer scientists so often use the faces of Hollywood celebrities in their research. Tom Hanks, for …

Big Brother

Senate Votes to Let ISPs Sell Your Data Without Consent

The Senate took the first step Thursday toward blocking rules that would restrict how some big tech companies share and sell your personal data, a prospect that digital activists said would be a huge loss for online privacy.<p>On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Senate passed a joint resolution that …

Net Neutrality

Digital Transformation And Data Will Change All Of Our Workplaces - Are You Prepared?

The nature of work is changing. President Trump may have vowed to bring jobs back to America – but does this take into account the upcoming wave of automation that could throw a spanner in the works? Today, it’s more important than ever that anyone setting out to ensure their organization is …

University of Minnesota

US internet service companies are getting the same rights to invade your privacy as tech giants

US lawmakers voted yesterday to loosen rules governing how internet service providers—companies such as AT&T and Comcast—can mine their customers’ data for advertising. The vote means the broadband and cable companies that deliver internet to homes and offices won’t have to get customer consent …

Net Neutrality

Software that can understand images, sounds, and language is helping people with disabilities

FCC rules require TV stations to provide closed captions that convey speech, sound effects, and audience reactions such as laughter to deaf and hard of hearing viewers. YouTube isn’t subject to those rules, but thanks to Google’s machine-learning technology, it now offers similar assistance.<p>YouTube …

Machine Learning

FBI-led investigative team examines role of conservative news sites in Russia campaign

Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year ina Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the …

Russia

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals on Thursday, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.<p>In a 50-to-48 …

Net Neutrality

At Facial Recognition Databases Hearing, Congress Attacks FBI

Democrats and Republicans alike hammered the FBI on Wednesday for its use of facial recognition software to identify potential suspects, saying the technology fosters racial bias, leads to arrests of innocent people and trashes Americans' privacy.<p>More than 400 million pictures of Americans' faces …

Government

How To Switch To a Data-Focused Career (You Could Double Your Salary)

Data doesn't sound very sexy, but it's driving job growth in record numbers and is quickly finding its way into every aspect of business. It can also pay big bucks, if you know what you're doing.<p>Data doesn't sound very sexy, but it's driving job growth in record numbers and is quickly finding its …

Data Management

U.S. Senate to vote on repeal of broadband privacy rules

<i>(Reuters)</i> – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday took up a measure to repeal regulations adopted by the Obama administration requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Google or Facebook.<p>The Senate began debate on Wednesday evening under a provision …

Net Neutrality

Congress could soon allow ISPs to sell your browsing history without your consent

Last year, former US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a rule that would prevent internet providers from selling customers’ private data to third parties without their consent; the rule passed in October 2016 with clear guidelines for how ISPs must secure …

Net Neutrality

DataRobot raises $54 million to bring machine learning to predictive analytics

DataRobot, a machine learning platform that helps enterprises build predictive models at speed, has raised $54 million in a Series C funding round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA).<p>Founded out of Boston in 2012, the DataRobot platform features hundreds of open-source machine …

Machine Learning

Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops’ Body Cameras Into Surveillance Machines

Last year, a Russian startup announced that it could scan the faces of people passing by Moscow’s thousands of CCTV cameras and pick out wanted …

Big Brother

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Artificial Intelligence

Why humans know Obama is not planning a coup but Google does not

<i>Working on a quality score for publishers and authors is an effective way to mine quality from the web—and to fight fake news. To do this, we need to find, combine, and weight the right “signals.”</i><p>Recently, publishers and large distribution platforms finally decided to address the fake news problem. …

Fake News

The Like Button Ruined the Internet

How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place<p>Here’s a little parable. A friend of mine was so enamored of Google Reader that he built a clone when it died. It was just like the original, except that you could add pictures to your posts, and you could Like comments. The original Reader was …

Dystopia

We can't let Congress eliminate consumers' online privacy protections

Don't Let Congress Undermine Our Online Privacy<p>What to say<p>I'm your constituent, and I urge you to oppose the CRA resolution to kill the FCC's privacy …

Net Neutrality

Google to Revamp Ad Policies After U.K., Big Brands Boycott - Bloomberg

Google, the primary revenue driver for Alphabet Inc., announced changes to its advertising policies after major brands pulled ads from the platform …

Advertising

How DeepMind’s Memory Trick Helps AI Learn Faster

While AI systems can match many human capabilities, they take 10 times longer to learn. Now, by copying the way the brain works, Google DeepMind has …

Minnesota judge grants warrant for a whole town's search history

Search warrants to access a suspect's search history aren't uncommon. Search warrants to access metadata from an entire cell tower are becoming more …

Google

What exactly is prescriptive analytics?

Prescriptive analytics is about using data and analytics to improve decisions and therefore the effectiveness of actions. Isn’t that what all …

The Vast Majority of Analytics Is Still Reporting -- And That's No So Bad...

Despite the rise of agile analytic tools and platforms, the vast majority of "analytics" is still descriptive reporting -- but that can still provide …

Analytics
Machine Learning