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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 […]



Facebook’s Calibra is a secret weapon for monetizing its new cryptocurrency

June 30th, 2019 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

  The newly formed subsidiary will build Facebook’s digital wallet Facebook’s announcement this morning of a new cryptocurrency, Libra, and the nonprofit association that will oversee it raises questions about the future of global banking and Facebook’s role in it. But behind Facebook’s ambitions to create a quasi-nation state ruled by mostly corporate interests is […]



‘Deepfakes’ called new election threat, with no easy fix

June 26th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Deepfake” videos pose a clear and growing threat to America’s national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that’s not easily answered. A House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday served up a public warning about the deceptive powers of artificial intelligence software and offered a sobering […]



Facebook plans to launch its cryptocurrency in 2020

June 14th, 2019 at 8:13 am » Comments Off

Share of Global Consumers Who Would Switch to a Big Tech Provider for Banking Services, by Segment  Facebook is in the process of finalizing plans to launch its crypto in 2020, reports the BBC. The social media giant will roll out the digital currency in around a dozen countries by the first quarter of next […]



The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet

June 1st, 2019 at 4:05 pm » Comments Off

This is also what the internet is becoming: a dark forest In his sci-fi trilogy The Three Body Problem, author Liu Cixin presents the dark forest theory of the universe. When we look out into space, the theory goes, we’re struck by its silence. It seems like we’re the only ones here. After all, if […]



Influencers are flocking to a surprising new kind of social media

April 14th, 2019 at 1:53 pm » Comments Off

Influencers are flocking to a surprising new kind of social media 350+ influencers with a collective audience of 3.5 billion people are flocking to a platform called Escapex, which gives them their own apps. It’s part of the next wave of social media focused on smaller, more private groups. Last week, actor Jeremy Renner posted […]



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