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Artificial Intelligence Is Doomed If We Don’t Control Our Data

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Machine learning is what’s taking place with our personal data while we’re passive players in the process.

Personalization algorithms designed to know our intentions before we do form the backbone of the Internet Economy. And while these algorithmic systems may not fit all the criteria of genuine Artificial Intelligence (AI), their artifice is firmly in place in terms of their bias. Advertising-based AI frames our lives within purchase funnels, where our desires are only relevant in regards to return on investment.

The reason this Internet Economy is so broken is because we can’t control or centralize our personal data. We’ve parceled our personas to social networks and divested the currency of our identity to the dozens of services managing our lives in the arenas of banking, purchasing, health, and insurance. Each service utilizes their own algorithmic tracking methodologies, determining your worth without your conscious involvement. Read more…

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Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 11.42.34 Some big shareholder shifts at Vkontake, the social network with 92 million monthly active users that’s often described as Russia’s Facebook and has been embroiled in political controversies that resulted in the ousting of its founder, Pavel Durov. Mail.ru, the publicly-traded Internet giant, has now taken full ownership of the company, by buying the 48% it did not already own… Read More

8 Awkward Times the Media Tried to Explain the Internet

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It’s easy to forget that the Internet is only 25 years old.

In a short period of time, we’ve quickly grown accustomed to online jargon and all things in cyberspace. But when the World Wide Web was first introduced in 1989, many found it particularly puzzling. As the Internet has evolved, its meaning and descriptions have changed

We took a look at how the media has covered the Internet from its onset to present day. Some moments are awkward, while others are flat-out hilarious

From the definition of blogs to the rise of Twitter, here are eight memorable times the media tried to explain the Internet. Read more…

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Mind-Bending Photo Series Blends Models Into NYC Landscapes

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Thousands of New Yorkers hustle all over the city, never noticing the sights, sounds or other people around them. Take a second look and you might find you’ve missed something important.

Every human being is a part of their environment, especially when it comes to the models in artist Trina Merry‘s series, New York City Camouflage. Her models are painted from a single perspective to create an optical illusion in each of their specific locations around the city.

Merry began her camouflage painting using graffiti murals in San Francisco in 2010. Now that she has moved to New York City, Merry decided to take a new spin on her series by photographing the more picturesque places in her new home from the eyes of a new resident Read more…

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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Bismillah writes Wikileaks’ latest release of documents shows that the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools — and still has active licenses. What it uses FinFisher, which has been deployed against dissidents by oppressive regimes, for is yet to be revealed. NSW Police spokesperson John Thompson said it would not be appropriate to comment “given this technology relates to operational capability”.

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U.S. to Send 3,000 Military Personnel to Fight Ebola

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease. Read more…

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Queen of Scots: What Does Her Majesty Think of Independence?

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The Queen imparted her one intervention in the Scottish referendum debate as she came out of the little church on her vast Balmoral Estate in the north of Scotland recently: She wants the Scots to think very carefully before voting

That Estate has been the escape of Britain’s Royal Family ever since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Poor old Victoria would have a fit if she knew what was going on now. Having gained vast tracts of the world as Empire, the idea that the top bit of Britain was in peril of falling off would have been unthinkable.

For the Queen today, as she spreads her tartan rug for another picnic break amid the stag hunts on the rolling hills around Balmoral, we can only imagine her thoughts. She is not permitted to say that much about anything Read more…

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Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

Semmle Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More

Jimmy Fallon Sings a Duet With Barbra Streisand on The Tonight Show

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The last time Barbra Streisand appeared on The Tonight Show was in 1963, with Johnny Carson, when she was just 21 years old, and after she had won two grammies for her first album — The Barbra Streisand Album. It’s quite amazing that she returned to the show 51 years later with a new album, Partners, a collection of duets with such legends as Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton and, of course, John Legend

This time around, the host was Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy wouldn’t be Jimmy if he didn’t play some dress up and did a little singing of his own. He stood in for Elvis, Blake Shelton and Michael Bublé in a medley of duets, and did a solid job, getting praises from Streisand along the way. Read more…

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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift — But Won’t

snydeq writes: Faster innovation, better security, new markets — the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit, writes Peter Wayner. “In recent years, creators of programming languages have gone out of their way to get their code running on as many different computers as possible. This has meant open-sourcing their tools and doing everything they could to evangelize their work. Apple has never followed the same path as everyone else. The best course may be to open up Swift to everyone, but that doesn’t mean Apple will. Nor should we assume that giving us something for free is in Apple’s or (gasp) our best interests. The question of open-sourcing a language like Swift is trickier than it looks.”

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