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The Eyes Are the Prize: Eye-Tracking Technology Is Advertising’s Holy Grail

June 18, 2019 No Comments

Avi Bar-Zeev spent nearly 30 years working on AR/VR/MR, helping companies like Disney, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple make decisions about how to unlock the positive potential of new technologies while minimizing harm. Bar-Zeev helped start the original HoloLens project at Microsoft. Nothing in this article should be read as disclosing unannounced products or ideas from…

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6 Acts of Skullduggery in the Technology Dispute

June 18, 2019 No Comments

Note: This post is coauthored with Rune K.L. Nielsen and originally appeared in the Danish Communication Forum, in Danish. This is the English translation.   There is no strong scientific evidence that modern digital technology such as cell phones, computer games, or the Internet is inherently harmful to humans. At the same time, it is also not…

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The frontline of the abortion fight isn’t in Alabama, it’s online

June 18, 2019 No Comments

As the legislative noose draws tighter around women’s necks, it’s centuries-old technology, or modern adaptation of it anyway, that could provide some much-needed breathing room. After Louisiana and Georgia recently joined the ranks of states passing so-called “heartbeat bills” — legislative bans and restrictions on safe abortion for women housing an embryo after approximately six…

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YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

June 18, 2019 No Comments

Welcome to the umpteenth #YouTubeIsOverParty. Yesterday, YouTube decided that when right-wing commentator Steven Crowder calls Vox video host Carlos Maza, who is gay and of Cuban descent, a “Mexican” “lispy queer,” it does not violate the platform’s policies on harassment. Not even after Maza called it to their attention. Not even after YouTube admitted the…

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MacKenzie Bezos and the Pitfalls of Tech Philanthropy

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Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesNearly two months after her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was finalized, MacKenzie Bezos has made a plan to be far more generous than she and her former husband were as a couple. When the pair split, she became one of the richest women in the world, with a fortune estimated to…

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Deepfakes are getting much better– but they’re still simple to find

June 18, 2019 No Comments

We’re gonna need some fact-checkers — “This means bigger problems for ordinary people.” Gregory Barber, Wired.com – May 27, 2019 12:00 pm UTC Deepfakes generated from a single image. The technique sparked concerns that high-quality fakes are coming for the masses. But don’t get too worried, yet.Egor Zakharov, Aliaksandra Shysheya, Egor Burkov, Victor Lempitsky Last…

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The Trump Administration’s Approach to Huawei Dangers Duplicating China’s Mistakes

June 18, 2019 No Comments

The U.S. has long criticized China for using “national security” as an excuse for trade protectionism. Now the U.S. might be playing the same game. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at the White House on April 10. Alex Wong/Getty Images Last week, the U.S. government issued a dramatic one-two punch in…

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Charges versus Julian Assange prompt outcry from journalism, civil liberties groups

June 18, 2019 No Comments

Julian Assange has always been a lightning-rod for controversy, but the latest charges against him have journalism watchdog groups crying foul. Interested in WikiLeaks? Add WikiLeaks as an interest to stay up to date on the latest WikiLeaks news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was charged by U.S. authorities Thursday…

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Amazon’s assisting authorities construct a security network with Ring doorbells – CNET

June 18, 2019 No Comments

If you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded. But it’s not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage — it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon. While residential neighborhoods aren’t usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell’s popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered…

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Game of Thrones could be doing so much more with its huge dragon metaphor

June 18, 2019 No Comments

Warning: spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, including episode 4, “The Last of the Starks.” Game of Thrones has two episodes left before it wraps, and the series, once defined by mythical creatures and undead ice-men as much as politics and incest, now only has one dragon remaining. Down to one beloved fire-breathing…

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