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Facebook built a new fiber-spinning robot to make internet service cheaper

July 22nd, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

  Facebook has designed a robot that can install fiber on traditional power lines, as shown in this rendering.  The robot’s code name is Bombyx, which is Latin for silkworm, and pilot tests with the machine begin next year. The robot rests delicately atop a power line, balanced high above the ground, almost as if […]



Facebook wants to make thought-hearing glasses

June 13th, 2020 at 3:02 pm » Comments Off

Plus smart glasses from Google, transforming drones, AR clothing and other patents from Big Tech. It’s the weekend! Time to switch my digital avatar’s outfit from a suit to lounge pants. I don’t actually live in VR yet (though I did try working in it this week), but a new patent from Amazon might make […]



Facebook’s new AI tool will automatically identify items you put up for sale

June 5th, 2020 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

‘We want to make anything and everything on the platform shoppable’ Facebook is launching what it’s calling a “universal product recognition model” that uses artificial intelligence to identify consumer goods, from furniture to fast fashion to fast cars. It’s the first step toward a future where the products in every image on its site can […]



Internet giants to staff: Plan to work from home for 2020

May 22nd, 2020 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

Google exec says science drives decision to return to offices Elon Musk wants people to return to work. Google and Facebook Inc. have another message for their staff: get ready to stay home for all of 2020. Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google and its parent, Alphabet Inc., told employees on Thursday to prepare […]



Facebook enter commerce with ‘shops’ to bring millions of small businesses online

May 20th, 2020 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Facebook is bringing 160 million small businesses online to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic. Shops starts rolling out today. In a significant push for ecommerce and social commerce, Facebook is launching Shops to bring online millions of small businesses that have been struggling due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Shops, which enables businesses to […]



Human actors are changing the spread of disinformation

October 28th, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Disinformation campaigns used to consist of trolls and bots orchestrated and manipulated to produce a desired result. Increasingly, though, these campaigns are able to find willing human participants to amplify their messages and even generate new ones on their own. The big picture: It’s as if they’re switching from employees to volunteers — and from […]



Mark Zuckerberg says brain-reading wearables are coming, but certain functions may require implanted devices

October 19th, 2019 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote speech during Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019.  Zuckerberg said on Thursday said that he’s thinking more about brain-controlling wearable and implantable technology. “The goal is to eventually make it so that you can think something and control something in […]



Facebook is challenging researchers to build a deep fakes detector

September 21st, 2019 at 1:14 am » Comments Off

Why it makes sense to fight deepfakes with deepfakes. Deepfakes are becoming so convincing that it’s hard to tell them from real videos. And that could soon spell disaster, eroding trust in what we see online. That’s why Facebook is teaming up with a consortium of researchers from Microsoft and several prominent research universities for […]



Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

August 14th, 2019 at 6:51 am » Comments Off

Big tech firms are trying to read people’s thoughts, and no one’s ready for the consequences. In 2017, Facebook announced that it wanted to create a headband that would let people type at a speed of 100 words per minute, just by thinking. Now, a little over two years later, the social-media giant is revealing […]



Facebook opens up its AI tool to OpenStreetMap users

August 12th, 2019 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

Volunteers can add unmapped roads, bridges and buildings. Plugging a new address into your smartphone’s map app can show you where to go in seconds. But in places like rural Bangladesh and Indonesia, there are millions of miles of roads that are still uncharted territory. Facebook now hopes its AI technology will make it easier […]



Consumer groups call for a moratorium on Libra until ‘profound questions’ are answered

July 16th, 2019 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Some 33 consumer and public-policy groups sent a letter Tuesday to five Congressional committees and federal regulators asking for a moratorium on the Facebook Inc.-backed Libra cryptocurrency. “We call on Congress and regulators to impose a moratorium on Facebook’s Libra and related plans until the profound questions raised by the proposal are addressed,” says the […]



Mark Zuckerberg is about to become the head of a Swiss Bank. 3 reasons it should make you think

July 1st, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

  Mark Zuckerberg is about to become the head of a very big bank based in Switzerland. Libra is Facebooks’ new cryptocurrency. Imagine sitting in a room thinking about what else you can sell to your 2.4bn people (including some bots) backed by a $1bn in guarantees from companies as wide as Paypal, Mastercard and […]



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