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Posted by salman on 4/7/2018, 2:57:16 PM
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"Imagine if a bunch of telecoms people had sat down in 1998 and defined what a ‘partial multimedia terminal’ and ‘advanced multimedia terminal’ would look like and what specs it would have and then told the manufacturers, or rather, the ‘suppliers’, to go away and come back in a decade with products that matched the spec. That isn’t how it happened - rather, the process of creating the technology shaped the final result. We tried many paths, and worked out the ones that worked (and in the end the telcos were not in control anymore and the ‘suppliers’ had all changed). We didn’t start with a predetermined conclusion and then go away and build it. In the same way, I sometimes think that talking about L4 or L5 presumes the shape of the outcome - instead, the outcome will be shaped by the process. "
Steps to autonomy — Benedict Evans   By: ()
We talk a lot about levels of autonomy, and ask when the first ‘fully autonomous’ cars will appear. That might be the wrong way to look at it - there will be lots of different kinds of ‘autonomy’, and the ‘where’ and ‘what’ may matter as much as the ‘when’. 
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Posted by salman on 10/28/2017, 8:09:06 PM
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Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads   By: Zeynep Tufekci ()
We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren't even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us -- and what we can do in response.
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Posted by salman on 1/30/2018, 10:39:04 PM
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"La conscience du peuple est toujours le préalable à la sagesse des gouvernants"
Jean-Pierre Raffarin - Vidéo - Play RTS   By: ()
Darius Rochebin reçoit l'ancien Premier ministre français Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
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Posted by salman on 9/10/2017, 4:07:45 PM
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The next wave of computing – Muneeb Ali – Medium   By: Muneeb Ali ()
Entrepreneurs, tech investors, and policy makers spend considerable time thinking about the future of computing. In this post, I’ll present my prediction for what the next major wave of computing…
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Posted by salman on 12/18/2017, 11:06:26 PM
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"There used to be this sense of an arc in history in which, if there was something that seemed like an injustice in society and people worked to improve it, there might be some backlash, but gradually it would improve. Now, what happens is that the backlash is greater than the original thing, and in some ways worse. For instance, the Arab Spring, driven by social media, turned into networks of terrorists. ...  Black Lives Matter is followed by a rise of white supremacy and neo-fascism which would have been inconceivable until recently. Now, I’m just waiting to see what happens with the #MeToo movement, because the same thing always happens with these moments that are social media-centric."
The father of virtual reality sounds off on the changing culture of Silicon Valley, the impending #MeToo backlash, and why he left Google for Microsoft   By: Zoë Bernard and Steven Tweedie, Business Insider ()
Widely recognized as a founding father of VR, Jaron Lanier has been hugely influential in shaping the technology of today — so we asked him about the future.
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Posted by salman on 9/30/2017, 2:43:24 PM
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Your telco and search provider have your browser history - why shouldn't you??
freezr.info   By: ()
freezr is part 'personal data store' - a place when you can keep all your personal data privately, under your own full control - and part an 'app platform' - similar in concept to smart phones, where you can download apps, and give them permission to access your data, to analyze it, visualize it or mash it up in some new way.
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Deeyah Khan had a simple question for her new documentary: ‘Is it possible for me to sit with my enemy and for them to sit with theirs’? She got an answer – but not without a few tricky moments …
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Posted by salman on 9/10/2017, 4:04:59 PM
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"The reality is that most people do not want to run their own web servers or social network nodes. They want to engage with the web through friendlier platforms, and these platforms will be constrained by the same forces that drive consolidation today."
Decentralized Social Networks Sound Great. Too Bad They’ll Never Work | WIRED   By: ()
Opinion: The power of platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter has prompted a call for decentralized social networks. Good luck with that.
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Posted by salman on 11/12/2017, 10:43:02 PM
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The Sadness and Beauty of Watching Google's AI Play Go | WIRED   By: ()
At first, the Go champion thought the move was rather odd. Then he saw it was wonderful.
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Posted by salman on 9/18/2017, 10:34:30 AM
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The Crypto-Keepers | Yasha Levine   By: ()
If apps like Signal really posed a threat to the NSA’s surveillance power, why would the U.S. government continue to fund them?
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