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Today, Huawei and Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics issued an important statement.They said the company will introduce several new smartphones supporting 5G next summer.Particularly, a senior official at the company’s Japanese unit, Wu Bo said in an interview that Huawei will “put a priority on using Google’s services” among apps for the new models.But as we know Huawei has been included in the US blacklist and the American companies can’t offer their products to this manufacturer.As a result, the latest flagship smartphone of the company has no Google service and runs on only the open-source system.US President Donald Trump views this company as a national security threat.
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The last few days have felt like a broken record, with the Black Friday deals coming in faster than we can actually keep up.It seems they all got the idea that they should go after Amazon by discounting stuff early, and yesterday was the day to do it.AO is no different, and has kicked off what it says is its biggest ever Black Friday sale.AO is all about the electronics, so you can expect there to be plenty of money off appliances and other stuff that'll be useful around the house - as well as the usual stuff like TVs and phones.Featured deals right now include:£80 off Shark Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner - was £269, now £189
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From smartphones to cameras and gaming devices, microSD cards are the go-to for external storage.The letters and numbers found on microSD cards can be incredibly confusing, and you need to consider the speed or capacity (or both) depending on how your device will use the card.Many Android smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and LG V50 ThinQ 5G, support microSD cards — a minuscule version of the larger SD format — as do all GoPro Hero action cameras and small cameras like it; consumer drones, like those from DJI; and mobile gaming devices, like the Nintendo Switch.SDHC cards contain 4GB to 32GB, while SDXC starts with at least 64GB of capacity and extends up to 2TB (and beyond, in the near future).For smartphone users: Because the photo and video capabilities of modern smartphones have dramatically increased in quality, we recommend avoiding SDHC cards entirely, and starting at the 64GB capacities found in SDXC cards.Since games take up a lot of storage, we recommend you get the highest-capacity card for your Switch that you can afford.
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Toronto, ON--To further develop its wireless electrode for reading from and writing into the brain, Novela Neurotech is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Division of Comparative Medicine at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.The move signals Novela's return to its academic R roots, allowing the brain-computer interface startup to further optimize its cutting-edge brain implant in animal models under strict research and ethical guidelines.Furthermore, Novela aims to leverage UofT's critical role in supporting novel neurostimulation research, and foster academic collaboration with Toronto's leading neuroscience and innovation institutions."Although we have invested over 12 years in the development for our brain probe and supporting software platforms, the next step is to fully validate its efficiency and safety in animal models.This will build a knowledge base to ensure quality of treatment for neurological disorders in humans, such as relapsing opioid addiction and chronic pain that can't be efficiently managed using pharmaceuticals," says Ray Iskander, CEO of Novela Neurotech.Many of the brain's most difficult disorders are rooted in the electrical misfiring of its circuits.
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Facebook is full of red dots that appear over various parts of the app whenever something new is posted.For most people, these dots appear in random places in which the user has little interest, resulting in either a pile-up of notifications or the brief annoyance of having to tap to make them go away.Going forward, Facebook users can now control which apps appear in the Shortcut Bar Settings, including whether those apps show red notification dots.Not interested in new Marketplace notifications?You can now disable them entirely.Don’t care about Facebook Dating?
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Lördagen den 9 november 1989 markerar 30 år sedan Berlinmuren föll och gränsen mellan Öst- och Västtyskland plötsligt öppnades.Det bestämde sig Apple för att uppmärksamma under lördagen.Dels på Twitter, där Tim Cook uppmärksammade dagen, dels på Apples tyska hemsida, något som bland annat 9to5mac noterat.Där bytte Apple under lördagen ut all sin egen marknadsföring mot en heltäckande bild på när muren rivs, ackompanjerat av ett citat från en traditionell folksång, som översatt lyder ungefär ”För mina tankar river barriärer och murar: Tanken är fri.”Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, we must remember that the strength we possess in unity is infinitely more powerful than any differences that divide us.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) 9 november 2019
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We already knew Death Stranding is coming to PC in 2020, but the question remained: which store front would it be coming to?We now know that Death Stranding will release for PC on both the Epic Games Store and Steam - at the same time.In addition, pre-orders on each store are available now, with a base price of £54.99 / $60.We half expected Death Stranding to land on Epic Games Store, as PC publisher 505's previous title Control was an Epic Game Store exclusive, but a Steam listing is a welcome surprise.Unfortunately, outside of the already known "summer 2020" release date, neither listing tells us more about Death Stranding on PC.That means we still have no idea of the PC specs or requirements for Kojima's epic - but hopefully this will become clearer in the coming weeks or months.
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According to recent official reports, Lenovo is working on a new system that will merge Windows and Android systems.According to a Lenovo official, the “Lenovo One” will merge the smartphone-friendly Android with laptop-friendly Windows.Unfortunately, he did not say how the company hopes to achieve this plan.In fact, we do not exactly know what “Lenovo One” refers to but it appears to be a new system for smartphones in the 5G era.The Weibo post says “PCs large-screen productivity, meet, 5G era smartphones.What kind of world will be Lenovo One …Windows and Android will merge into one”
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Scans of an ancient cat mummy revealed that the 2,500-year-old feline supposedly resting within the wrappings wasn't a single animal.Instead, the mummy held the partial remains of three cats, according to new findings.Ancient Egyptian cat mummies aren't uncommon, and archaeologists have previously found tens of cat mummies in burials.The desire to preserve animals as offerings to the gods led to the establishment of an entire industry and the mummification of over 70 million animals, according to a previous Live Science report.A group of researchers recently analyzed the 2,500-year-old Egyptian cat mummy that was part of a collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes, France.The scans revealed that this ancient mummy was filled with some surprises.
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The cybersecurity firm FireEye has released its inaugural FireEye Cyber Trendscape Report, revealing that the majority (56%) of organizations believe that the risk of cyber threats will increase in 2020.To compile its report, the firm surveyed over 800 CISOs and other senior executives across North America, Europe and Asia to better understand their attitudes towards some of the most prevalent topics in cybersecurity today.Of those surveyed, half of global respondents (50%) said that their organization is not covered by cyber insurance.Germany had the second highest level of respondents without cyber insurance at 60 percent which is quite higher than in the UK (32%) and France (43%).Adopting AI: the new cybersecurity playbookFines stemming from compliance regulations such as GDPR were the second least chosen by respondents from a list of nine potential concerns and FireEye's survey found that 24 percent of global respondents identified these fines as a worry.
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In the not too distant future, robots may be dispatched as last-mile delivery vehicles to drop your takeout order, package, or meal-kit subscription at your doorstep -- if they can find the door.Standard approaches for robotic navigation involve mapping an area ahead of time, then using algorithms to guide a robot toward a specific goal or GPS coordinate on the map.Imagine, for instance, having to map in advance every single neighborhood within a robot's delivery zone, including the configuration of each house within that neighborhood along with the specific coordinates of each house's front door.Mapping every single house could also run into issues of security and privacy.Instead, their approach enables a robot to use clues in its environment to plan out a route to its destination, which can be described in general semantic terms, such as "front door" or "garage," rather than as coordinates on a map.The new technique can greatly reduce the time a robot spends exploring a property before identifying its target, and it doesn't rely on maps of specific residences.
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It might not be common knowledge outside of China and Korea but Samsung is one of the last few phone manufacturers that still makes flip phones, a.k.a.These phones aren’t made available outside of those two markets, which is why few know about them.It’s next one, however, could actually make headlines if recent speculation is on the mark.According to those, a so-called W20 5G, probably the SM-W2020, might not only be a flip phone but also one with a foldable screen.Samsung already more or less confirmed at its annual developers’ conference last week that its next foldable phone would have a clamshell form factor.This would contrast with the current Galaxy Fold that can be best described as a book-like design.
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Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news.Before that, I noted All Raise’s expansion, Uber the TV show and the unicorn from down under.Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets.If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here.Uber Head of Payments Peter Hazlehurst addresses the audience during an Uber products launch event in San Francisco, California, on September 26, 2019.(Photo by Philip Pacheco / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILIP PACHECO/AFP/Getty Images)
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With 2019 drawing to a close, companies are busy with conference calls discussing financial matters.Nintendo is pleased with its performance as sales from Switch Lite are reportedly doing well.Microsoft, on the other hand, needs to rethink its approach when it comes to video games.Then there is Sony, which appears to have reached an exceptional milestone with the PS4.Despite analysts noticing a slowdown in the company's gaming sector, the system finally overtook the Wii for the second spot of the best-selling console of all time.Data shows the PS4 climbing up to 120 million units sold, putting it above the Nintendo Wii at 101 million.
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– Våra länder har världsrekord i omställning, sade statsminister Stefan Löfven (S) vid Nordiska rådets session i Stockholm.Hans borgerliga kollega från Norge, Erna Solberg, sa att det inte går att ta ett steg tillbaka, det är inte business as usual om man vill klara klimatomställningen.Men hon varnade för att tro att det blir lätt.– Vi måste ställa om på ett sätt som gör att vi får folket med oss.De som tror att det bara handlar om vilja att göra drastiska minskningar av klimatutsläppen har fel, det handlar om stora förändringar för näringslivet och i folks vardag, sade Solberg.Hon påminde om att bilberoendet i Norge är stort och att det bara för norrmännens räkning, på en ganska kort tidsperiod, handlar om att växla 2 miljoner fossildrivna bilar med en genomsnittlig livslängd på 18 år till något annat.
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Researchers at MIT are helping autonomous cars deliver on the promise of safer roads with a new trick that lets driverless vehicles see around corners to pre-emptively spot other vehicles or moving hazards that human drivers would never see coming.There have been several attempts to make cameras that are able to see around corners, including other MIT researchers who revealed a system that can shine light into a room from the outside, capture the light that’s bounced back, and then process the results to calculate a 3D model of objects inside that are otherwise hidden from human observers.It required a special camera, however, including lasers and other hardware that would inevitably increase the cost of an autonomous vehicle, which would, in turn, hurt sales.You didn’t think all these carmakers are developing driverless cars for fun, did you?The new approach to spotting oncoming hazards around corners is being presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Macau, China, next week, and it builds and improves on an earlier system called ShadowCam that was developed a few years prior.Instead of using laser scanners or x-ray technology, the system uses video cameras focused on a very specific area, which in this case is the ground where two perpendicular roads or paths meet.
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The Jim Henson Company is getting a late-night muppet-hosted show on the Disney Plus streaming service.The half-hour show, called Earth to Ned, will be hosted by a puppet alien, Ned, and his lieutenant, Cornelius, The Hollywood Reporter said earlier Friday.Disney Plus confirmed the show with a post on Instagram late Friday afternoon."He's the host with the most... arms!Earth to Ned, an original series from The Jim Henson Company, coming soon only to DisneyPlus."The comedy will see pop culture-obsessed Ned interview celebrities, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and it'll also star an artificial intelligence persona called BETI and an army of CLODs (cloned living objects of destruction).
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If you’re a guitarist (or are at all interested in guitars in general), then the name “Marshall” should be familiar to you.Marshall amplifiers have been the go-to for everyone from famous rock stars to humble garage bands across the globe, and to this day, its classic amps remain the industry standard.Decades-old brands like Marshall can sometimes be slow on the uptake when it comes to adopting new technologies, but the Stanmore II speaker is a beautifully executed blend of timeless and modern.It oozes old-school style with its classic gold-on-black Marshall aesthetics, charcoal gray speaker grille, and brass turn knobs, but under the hood, the Marshall Stanmore II is a wireless speaker built for the 21st century, featuring Bluetooth connectivity and full compatibility with Amazon Alexa.This built-in smart connectivity gives you access to the full suite of Alexa capabilities including voice controls, although those brass knobs aren’t just for show — you can use them to manually control playback and audio levels for when you’d rather not fuss with voice commands.This combination of classic and modern makes the Marshall Stanmore II appealing from a pure design perspective, but what sells it is its superb sound quality: Simply put, the Stanmore II pushes out bigger, cleaner, clearer audio than the vast majority of wireless speakers, and it’s arguably the best- and biggest-sounding Alexa speaker that money can buy.
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If you watched carefully earlier this month, you could almost see Mike Pompeo’s political life flash before his eyes as he sat for seven minutes, almost unblinking, under withering cross-examination by—of all people, he must’ve thought—a local Nashville TV reporter.With question after question, WSMV’s Nancy Amons grilled the increasingly uncomfortable secretary of state about the terrible week he’d been having—the resignation of a top lieutenant, one of the few career foreign service officers who had steadied Pompeo’s ship at state; President Donald Trump’s surprise decision last week to abandon the Kurdish allies who had helped defeat ISIS in Syria and leave them to face annihilation at the hands of a Turkish invasion; the controversy over the recall of the ambassador to Ukraine, who also that day was testifying on Capitol Hill about the alleged conspiracy theory-laden smear campaign that had ended her assignment in Kyiv early; and about the mysterious role of Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, and his mission this year to get Ukraine to investigate the Biden family, possibly in exchange for US military aid.It probably wasn’t what Pompeo had expected while he was in Tennessee speaking to a Christian conference—the type of friendly audience Pompeo has increasingly sought.As he’s traveled the country over the last year, the secretary has made a point of engaging with local media (whose questions are generally friendlier) and, not coincidentally, the encounters have the potential to be more helpful to the political future Pompeo seems to be carving out for himself as Trump’s heir apparent.During a spring swing through Iowa, he did four local radio interviews and more recently has been courting the local press in Kansas, his adopted home state, where he’s keeping open the possibility of running for US Senate next year.Yet given this fall’s momentous events—much of which involves a budding impeachment inquiry for Pompeo’s boss that has Pompeo himself in the middle of the scandal—the local TV news interview was far more challenging.
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The bioinformatician from the Department of Medical Genetics and the MRC cancer unit at the University of Cambridge is receiving the award in recognition of her groundbreaking research in developing new methods in the field of bioinformatics for the clinically-relevant classification of tumors.The award, which was donated in the 1980s by Dr. Josef Steiner, a pharmacist from Biel/Bienne, is being staged for the 21st time this year.New technologies in reading the human genome, called sequencing, allows scientists today to study all these mutations in a single experiment.Serena Nik-Zainal first developed her expertise in analysis and interpretation of whole cancer genome sequencing, investigating the frequency, distribution and patterns of all the mutations that arise in cancers, called mutational signatures, in a large number of tumors using computational approaches.Her team has pioneered ways of reading and interpreting whole human cancer genomes, and they have developed algorithms to report abnormalities first, in breast cancer tumors, but now across all tumour-types.It turns out than nearly one in five breast cancer patients has particular gene defects that could make them respond to more specific therapies.
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New images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are providing fresh views of NASA’s Insight lander and Curiosity rover on the Martian surface.The Opportunity rover died last year after being smothered by dust, which means NASA has just two robotic probes currently investigating the Martian surface: the six-wheeled Curiosity rover and the immobile InSight lander.Flying high above in space, however, is NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which regularly scans the Martian surface in search of cool new things, like dried-up river channels, fresh impact craters, and the occasional, ahem, elephant.Sometimes the orbiter’s HiRISE camera looks down upon the machines below.This happened recently, according to a NASA press release, so we’ve got some nice new photos of Curiosity and InSight.MRO took the picture above on September 23, 2019 from a height of 272 kilometres (169 miles).
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Embedded software comprises programs that run on computers and control a technical system, for example, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) in cars.If they do their job only fractions of a second too late, this can have fatal consequences.Therefore, the embedded system must complete the necessary calculations within a given time window.Experts refer to this as "time limits", within which a process must be guaranteed to be completed - for example to prevent the wheels from locking during braking.At the turn of the millennium, it was almost impossible to calculate runtime guarantees.A new generation of microprocessors has surpassed the previous methods.
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Joining a line that already had everything from Darth Vader’s helmet to more Stormtrooper variants than you can shake an Incinerator Trooper at, the Luke Skywalker X-Wing Battle Simulation Helmet is a 1:1 replica of the same helmet worn by everyone’s favourite Rebel-turned-Jedi-turned-Milk-Swigging-Curmudgeon in both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.But anyone can put a stupid collectible on their head for 10 minutes, flip some switches and press some buttons, and then call it a day while they wonder where the hell they have the space to put a helmet that is way bigger than you’d ever thought it was despite seeing it in movies you’ve watched zillions of times over.So when Hasbro sent along one of the helmets for review, I decided to really put the new helmet through its paces.Sitting at my desk scanning news feeds.5:00PM: As I have absolutely zero intention of walking around in public with this helmet on, I let my dog Holly have a run around in the back garden instead of our usual walk.5:15PM: It is thankfully only “miserable” levels of grey outside instead of “British Summer” levels of grey, so I feel comfortable actually standing outside wearing this thing instead of hanging out by the door hoping to not get rained on.
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Updated Three UK has suffered a nine-hour outage and counting, affecting 3G and 4G calls across the entire British Isles.The mobile network operator, which boasts 11.7 million customers, has been down since around 11 last night judging by the volumes of angry tweets directed at it.A quick squint at Down Detector shows thousands of people reporting that Three was down and out for the count.In a statement posted to Twitter, where people without mobile data services couldn't read it, Three said it was "experiencing intermittent service" – something hotly disputed by angry people with, presumably, access to Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections.In solidarity with the network outage, the main website also went down, making life extra difficult for fed-up people wanting to complain and find out when services were coming back.A selection of angry tweets follows because this is what journalists do these days when reporting outages and we're suckers for following the herd (not really, but these do amuse us).
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Although Google only recently started offering its own smartphones, the tech giant behind the Android mobile operating system has had a fantastic run with its Pixel devices.Since the first model launched in 2016, the Google Pixel lineup has come to offer some of the best Android phones (and best values) you can find today, and Best Buy has a limited-time offer that lets you snag a free gift card worth up to $150 when you pre-order the new Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL .The first generation of the Pixel was rolled out as an all-new flagship Android phone in October 2016, and Google has released a new refresh every year since.Earlier in 2019, Google expanded the stable with the more budget-friendly Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and the company just revealed the new fourth-generation Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at its recent October event.We got a chance to spend some hands-on time with the new Pixels at Google’s event in New York City, and to no one’s surprise, they’re a marked improvement over their predecessors.The Google team has done a great job refining the design of the Pixel smartphones with every release, and the Google Pixel 4 boasts a completely new redesign boasting some notable upgrades when compared to the third-generation Pixel 3.
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First announced back in June, Walmart’s InHome Delivery service is now available for over 1 million customers in three US cities: Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Vero Beach, Florida.The service allows Walmart’s camera-equipped “associates” to enter your home and deliver food directly into your fridge.Walmart’s service doesn’t come cheap.You’ll need to pay $49.95 upfront to have the company install the Level Home smart lock or the Nortek garage door tech its associates need to get into your home, and then there’s a $19.95 monthly fee to pay as well (although the first month is free).This fee gets you unlimited deliveries, although they’ll need to contain at least $30 worth of items to qualify for InHome Delivery.If the idea of having a driver bring deliveries directly into your home sounds familiar, that’s because Amazon has been offering the same thing for a while now as part of its Key home delivery service.
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The Chinese manufacturer went all out to dazzle us, the consumers, with its camera.Yep, my colleague Ivan Mehta even wrote that you should leave your DSLR at home as long as you bring the P30 Pro along on your travels.So I decided to reach out to Huawei with a proposition: lend me a P30 Pro and let me put the camera though its paces.Photography is all about precision, the P30 Pro isn’tLet me preface this write-up with a disclaimer: despite the criticism that follows, the Huawei P30 Pro is still a top-notch device with a camera that will serve most people just fine.It’s far from perfect, but it was never meant to be a tool for professional photographers.
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Benlai, a Chinese fresh produce e-commerce platform, has secured $200 million in Series D1 funding, the company’s founder Yu Huafeng announced in an internal letter made public on Monday.Why it matters: Interest in Benlai from venture capital funds indicates that China’s fresh produce sector may be warming up again.Benlai was an early entrant and is among a handful of survivors in the industry.Fresh produce e-commerce is a difficult sector due to the high attrition rate of perishable goods and the significant logistics requirements, which weigh heavily on margins.The sector boomed a few years ago, culminating in multiple firms bowing out.These included Amazon-backed Yummy77 and Xianpinhui.
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Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at NYU’s Stern school of business, just announced a list of companies he’s convinced are about to experience a severe downturn.Will lose 80% or disappear:— Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) October 4, 2019While the first four may not be huge shockers, adding Tesla to the list looks a bit controversial given the company’s record-setting pace in Q3.A leaked email obtained by Elektrek indicated the company was on pace to deliver more than 100,000 cars in Q3, which would be a record.According to a report from The Motley Fool:
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“Let’s not use society as a test-bed for technologies that we’re not sure yet how they’re going to change society,” warned Carly Kind, director at the Ada Lovelace Institute, an artificial intelligence (AI) research body based in the U.K. “Let’s try to think through some of these issues — move slower and fix things, rather than move fast and break things.”Kind was speaking as part of a recent panel discussion at Digital Frontrunners, a conference in Copenhagen that focused on the impact of AI and other next-gen technologies on society.The “move fast and break things” ethos embodied by Facebook’s rise to internet dominance is one that has been borrowed by many a Silicon Valley startup: develop and swiftly ship an MVP (minimal viable product), iterate, learn from mistakes, and repeat.Large-scale data breaches are a near-daily occurrence, data-harvesting on an industrial level is threatening democracies, and artificial intelligence (AI) is now permeating just about every facet of society — often to humans’ chagrin.“However, overreliance on this emerging technology could also have disastrous consequences if faulty or inaccurate facial scans result in the inadvertent targeting of civilians or the compromise of mission requirements.”The letter went on to note that the “accuracy rates for images depicting black and female subjects were consistently lower than for those of white and male subjects.”
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