Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Microsoft: “our mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential”

February 25, 2017

If only this had been Microsoft’s mission statement in the 1990s.

Among other things, they would have been duty-bound to end-of-life Microsoft Word and tell everyone to use WordPerfect.

“PwC Global has calculated that the overall emerging global market for business services using [drones] is over $127 billion.”

February 23, 2017

“A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a project to defeat online harassment using machine learning.”

February 23, 2017

On the one hand, troll activity in comments fields of websites is a real problem.  On the other hand, depending on how a tool like this is used, we could experience a proliferation of automated political correctness enforcers run amok.


Despite that impulse to create an increasingly necessary “safe space” for online discussions, critics of Conversation AI have argued that it could itself represent a form of censorship, enabling an automated system to delete comments that are either false positives (the insult “nasty woman,” for instance, took on a positive connotation for some, after then-candidate Donald Trump used the phrase to describe Hillary Clinton) or in a gray area between freewheeling conversation and abuse.

“[Private-plane] crashes are a leading cause of death for CEOs, behind only heart attacks, cancer and strokes.”

February 20, 2017 video: Here’s How Fake News Works (and How the Internet Can Stop It)

February 14, 2017

“Many fake news peddlers didn’t care if Trump won or lost the election. They only wanted pocket money. But the consequences of what they did shook the world. This is how it happened.”