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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday June 8th, 2018. In LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|tm||E3 begins in Los Angeles next week and the major company press conferences will take place this weekend. Microsoft's announcement will be at 1 PM Pacific Sunday. Sony follows on Monday at 6 PM Pacific. And Nintendo will hold show its pre-recorded announcement Tuesday at 9 AM. None of the companies are expected to announce hardware.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/07/what-to-expect-from-microsoft-nintendo-and-sony-at-e3-2018/|
|sm||Snapchat will allow its iOS users send bitmoji stickers that include you and a friend, called Friendmojis, through the Apple Messages app. Friendmojis have only been available in the Snapchat app up until now.||https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/08/snapchat-bitmoji-friendmojis-messages/|
|tm||Facebook said Thursday that a bug caused posts of 14 million users to be set as public no matter what default setting the user normally had selected. The bug existed from May 18 to May 27. Technicians fixed the bug on May 22 but it took five days to fully restore affected settings. Facebook has begun notifying affected users.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/06/facebook-bug-made-posts-by-14-million-users-readable-by-anyone/|
|sm||Oath announced it's discontinuing Yahoo Messenger as of July 17th. The company said it does not have a replacement product, but it mentioned you can sign up for a beta of a group messaging app called Squirrel at https://squirrel.yahoo.com/. For the next 6 months you can download your chat history at https://messenger.yahoo.com/getmydata. Yahoo Messenger launched as Yahoo Pager in 1998.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/08/yahoo-messenger-is-shutting-down-on-july-17-redirects-users-to-group-messaging-app-squirrel/|
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|:33||tm||A new law on home sharing in Japan requires hosts register listings and display a license number by June 15. However the government said on June 1 that any host without a license must cancel reservations booked before June 15. As a result AirBnB is cancelling thousands of reservations for guests arriving between June 15 and June 19 at any listing which does not yet have a license. AirBnB has allocated $10 million to a fund to assist those who incur costs because they must make alternate arrangements.||https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44409187|
|:35||sm||Verizon has announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Hans Vestberg, will take over as CEO starting August 1. Current CEO Lowell McAdam will retire. Vestberg joined Verizon a year ago after being fired as CEO of Ericsson during an investor shakeup. Vestberg has been overseeing the buildout of 5G by Verizon, and his selection as CEO is seen as prioritizing networking over media expansion.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-verizon-ceo/verizon-names-former-ericsson-chief-as-new-ceo-idUSKCN1J41GC?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|:38||tm||Ars Technica's Timothy B. Lee has an excellent writeup on why emergency braking systems have trouble with stationary objects like parked cars and lane dividers. You should read the article to get a fuller understanding but the short version is radar is good at measuring speed so it is trained to ignore stationary objects. Adaptive cruise control systems were designed to focus on maintaining a safe distance behind other moving objects assuming the driver would intervene to avoid non-moving obstacles. Also auto-emergency -braking is designed to work at 20-30 mph. Higher-speed emergency breaking could cause accidents because at that speed dangerous objects are farther ahead and more prone to errors like braking when there's no need. Add to that the adapative cruise control and auto-braking systems, plus lane-guidance don't communicate with each other in most systems.||https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/why-emergency-braking-systems-sometimes-hit-parked-cars-and-lane-dividers/#p3|
|:40||sm||MIT researchers have developed a transmitter that sends each bit of data on a different frequency. Bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonators work with a channel generator to rapidly switch between channels. A secret key used by the sender and receiver identifies which channels are 1s and which are 0s. The researchers also integrated two transmitter paths into a time-interleaved architecture so the workload alternates fast enough to maintain a 1Mbps data rate similar to BLE. The upshot is, if you didn't follow it, it stops signals from being intercepted or even jammed.||https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/miot-ntp060718.php|
|:42||tm||The European Parliament will vote later this month on a Copyright Directive also called Article 13. It states that platform providers should "take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works". Critics note that this seems to require companies to filter all content put online by users and create bots like YouTube's Content ID. That system, and systems like it tend to play safe and block things that often are not infringing or are fair use cases. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and 56 other rights organisations sent an open letter to European lawmakers in October outlining their concerns about Article 13.||https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44412025|
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|:45||Google Pledges to Limit AI in Weapons, Surveillance | Fortune||http://fortune.com/2018/06/07/google-ceo-makes-vague-pledge-limit-ai-weapons-surveillance/|
|Google’s new ‘AI principles’ forbid its use in weapons and human rights violations | TechCrunch||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/07/googles-new-ai-principles-forbid-its-use-in-weapons-and-human-rights-violations/|
|Google Renounces AI Weapons; Will Still Work With Military||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-07/google-renounces-ai-for-weapons-but-will-still-sell-to-military|
|Why does AI scare us so much?||https://www.livescience.com/62775-humans-why-scared-of-ai.html|
|Thousands of Google employees signed a petition in April calling on CEO Sundar Pichai to cancel Project Mave, which is developing Ai as a tool for analyzing drone footage. Google said it would not renew the contract for Project Maven when it ends and now CEO Sundar Pichai has ouytlined four areas where Google will not develop or deploy AI.|
1. Technologies that cause or are likely to cause overall harm. Where there is a material risk of harm, we will proceed only where we believe that the benefits substantially outweigh the risks, and will incorporate appropriate safety constraints.
2. Weapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.
3. Technologies that gather or use information for surveillance violating internationally accepted norms.
4. Technologies whose purpose contravenes widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.
Google also stated 7 principles to guide AI development including Be socially beneficial, Avoid creating or reinforcing bias, Be built and tested for safety, Be accountable to people, Incorporate privacy design principles, uphold high standards of scientific excellence, and Be made available for uses that accord with these principles.
|Negative feelings about AI can generally be divided into two categories: the idea that AI will become conscious and seek to destroy us, and the notion that immoral people will use AI for evil purposes,|
Kilian Weinberger, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University, told Live Science that some types of problems map well to AI's skill sets, making certain tasks relatively easy for AI to complete. "But most things do not map to that, and they're not applicable,"
"AI reaching consciousness — there has been absolutely no progress in research in that area," Weinberger said. "I don't think that's anywhere in our near future."
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|tm||John sent us this email sharing his thoughts on Valve's recent decision on how to moderate content on the Steam Store. |
So I'm actually a huge fan of the way Valve has decided to approach objectionable content. Mostly because objectionable is subjective.
I think if Steam is well filtered, categorized, and managed by humans instead of algorithms, it can allow all comers. Perhaps my faith in humanity is misplaced, but I believe the cream still rises to the top. I don't think games and content with outright racists, demeaning, and/or trolling content will do well. At least not long term.
|Shan||Bill from Chicago chimes in our Cat Genie comment regarding a new automatic litterbox showcased at Computex. He writes:|
I’ve had a Cat Genie automatic litterbox for years now. Works fantastic it washes itself and pumps the mess to a drain. I just power wash mine once a year. My cat loves it and so do I just got one less thing to worry about. Wanted to share for anyone who is as lazy as I am, or has an elderly cat person who wants to help save their back.
|I recommend the litter robot - snubs|
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