"What we're particularly worried about is undermining institutions of democracy, undermining what enables us to trust our fellow citizens and know what's happening in the world."
Advances in machine learning, coupled with software which makes it easy to produce fake speech and video are putting new tools in the hands of those with malicious purposes.
"It's very cheap and very easy to pump this stuff out and it really undermines the ability to continue a functioning democratic conversation in society."
Read more about tech's information war here.
White nationalist Jared Taylor is suing Twitter after the social network banned his account as part of a crackdown on abusive content.
The BBC recently covered this controversial story of Twitter "censoring" Taylor's hate speech. Read more here.
MIT Technology Review unveils its breakthrough technology list for 2018 – a rundown of 10 awe-inspiring scientific and technological advances that have the potential to change our lives in dramatic ways.
Read this awesome list here.
More than 1,200 drones lit up the sky at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.
That's a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned drones flown simultaneously, beating the previous record of 500 in Germany in 2016. Both records involved Intel's Shooting Star drones.
The 1,218-drone light show in South Korea was pre-recorded. Still, 300 of them made a live appearance at the opening ceremony, forming the shape of the Olympic rings.
Read more here.
People often ask me why diversity in technology is so important. Well, here's a prime example – the group making products for the general populace need to understand the needs of their customers, and firstly, that starts with diversity.
Read the New York Time's shocking article on the failings of facial recognition on women of color here.
TRISTAN HARRIS HOLDS his iPhone in the air, so the whole crowd of educators, technologists, doctors, and researchers before him can see the virtual wasteland of his iPhone's home screen. Gone are the cluttered, candy-colored icons that a busy brain sees as digital snacks. In their place are but a few utilitarian apps, all set to the same bleak palette of black and white.
Read this fantastic article from WIRED about ethical technology here.
"After going through Y Combinator, the prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator program that’s produced tech darlings like Dropbox, Airbnb and Coinbase, Masood and her co-founder and CTO, Syed Ahmed, pivoted their business model. The company that emerged was TARA.AI, an Artificial Intelligence platform that aims to eliminate bias from the tech recruiting process."
Read the full story here.
As usual, Vox has been putting out quality and engrossing content relating to technology and science. Here's an oldie-but-goodie about simulation theory, and the feasibility of it!
A compliment to the previous post about blockchain, this short, 2 minute video makes interesting (and entertaining!) connections between bitcoin and the age of Stranger Things.
I'm always a fan of demystifying complex concepts – especially one as complicated as blockchain. With the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, it's important to stay aware of new technology coming out. But how does one break down something as complicated as blockchain? Watch this video by Wired above to find out.