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ChinAI Newsletter #32: Huawei Goes the AI Way
Welcome to the ChinAI Newsletter!
These are Jeff Ding's weekly translations of writings on AI policy and strategy from Chinese thinkers. I'll also include general links to all things at the intersection of China and AI. Please share the subscription link if you think this stuff is cool. Here's an archive of all past issues. *Subscribers are welcome to share excerpts from these translations as long as my original translation is cited.
I'm a grad student at the University of Oxford where I'm the China lead for the Governance of AI Program, Future of Humanity Institute.
Huawei’s AI Strategy
Two translations on Huawei’s pivot to AI, publicized at its big annual Huawei Connect conference this past week. The first one, leans more toward a press-release, but has some juicy details. Stay with me for the second one though: it’s a thorough examination of Huawei’s prospects in the field of AI+Security, a nice connection to the past couple of issues.
“A huge AI supernova is rapidly evolving,” says this piece from the S&T media publication xinzhiyuan (AI era). Huawei announces two AI chips (Ascend 910, which they claim has the highest density of compute for a single chip, surpassing Google and NVIDIA in that respect, and the Ascend 310). In addition, they want to create a full-stack AI portfolio, planning to launch a unified deep learning open source framework for integrating software and hardware.
Most interesting passage from the piece on commercial samples of Huawei’s new AI chi
culture_of_online_life  Adtech  AI  might_write  nerd 
yesterday by seatrout
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We sell nerdy maths things

We sell nerdy maths things

shop  math  nerd 
10 days ago by michaelfox
Supply Chain Security Speculation
Supply chain attacks are a scary vulnerability because the root of trust has to start somewhere, and if it starts in a no-name Chinese subcontractor factory…it’s maybe not the ideal foundation. I’ve attempted to collect as much info actual information as I can based on the Bloomberg statement:
security  China  nerd 
13 days ago by seatrout
Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think
as someone who has tracked the advantages and perils of technology for human rights over the past ten years, I am nevertheless convinced that digital ID, writ large, poses one of the gravest risks to human rights of any technology that we have encountered. Worse, we are rushing headlong into a future where new technologies will converge to make this risk much more severe.
we are building near-perfect facial recognition technology and other identifiers, from the human gait to breath to iris. Biometric databases are being set up in such a way that these individual identifiers are centralized, insecure, and opaque. Then there is the capacity for geo-location of identifiers—that is, the tracking of digital “you”—in real time. A constant feed of insecure data from the Internet of Things may well connect you (and your identity)
In addition, systems using artificial intelligence and machine learning are used to make decisions based on our identities. Those systems are often built on data that can reinforce bias and discrimination, and are wielded without sufficient transparency or human review. Ultimately, social credit systems, such as those that are currently being developed in China, will be based on digital ID, thereby enabling or disabling our full and free participation in society.

nerd  culture_of_online_life  adtech  security  might_write  privacy 
17 days ago by seatrout
One Small Step for the Web...
I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That's why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world. But for all the good we’ve achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas.

Today, I believe we’ve reached a critical tipping point, and that powerful change for the better is possible - and necessary.
nerd  might_write  Leaders  culture_of_online_life  adtech 
17 days ago by seatrout
Google data collection research
A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to Google.
android  nerd  privacy  google  adtech 
19 days ago by seatrout
Making Bookmarklets
javascript  nerd  techie 
28 days ago by seatrout
The Mirai Botnet Architects Are Now Fighting Crime With the FBI
In 2016, three friends created a botnet that nearly broke the internet. Now, they're helping the feds catch cybercriminals of all stripes.
the trio’s government cooperation hasn’t been limited to just DDoS work. Prosecutors outline extensive original coding work they’ve done, including a cryptocurrency program they built that allows investigators to more easily trace cryptocurrency and the associated “private keys” in a variety of currencies. Specifics about the program were scarce in court documents, but according to the prosecutors’ report, the program inputs various data from the blockchains behind cryptocurrencies and translates it into a graphical interface to help investigators analyze suspicious online wallets. “This program and the features devised by defendants can greatly reduce the time needed by Law Enforcement to do initial cryptocurrency analysis as the program automatically determines a path for a given wallet,” prosecutors report.
culture_of_online_life  nerd  might_write  Leaders 
28 days ago by seatrout
The Meteorological Strangeness Of Hurricane Florence | Forbes
"Florence also has the potential to be a life-altering rainfall event."
meteorology  science  news  nerd  doom  ecology  usa 
4 weeks ago by gominokouhai
Iridium flares to cease by end of 2018 | BBC Sky at Night Magazine
RIP Iridium. The new constellation won't flare. Time for me to get good at astrophotography very fast, I think.
spaaace  astronomy  tech  science  nerd  photography 
4 weeks ago by gominokouhai
The open-source movement to hack your arugula | Grist
Open-source farming could challenge Big Ag and take crop production to new heights. Harper’s big idea, a project he called the Open Agriculture Initiative, was to unleash the innovative power of the internet on agriculture by means of wetware — tech that merges edible plants with silicon chips. Empowered with free, open-source software and food computer designs, he argued, we could all soon be experimenting with crops, sharing our discoveries, and fixing environmental problems. Imagine reducing our dependence on centralized Big Agriculture and growing more food more sustainably by bringing the farm into the home — or at least into the city limits — and building a distributed network of a billion nerd farmers.
agriculture  opensource  nerd  faermers 
5 weeks ago by cyberchucktx
Adult Summer Camp for Geeks ★ Epic Nerd Camp
Geek Summer Camp For Grownups
Epic Nerd Camp is an adult summer camp program for geeks ages 21+ who enjoy gaming, fantasy, and sci-fi. It’s 5 days/4 nights of playing tabletop games, live action role-playing, and doing activities IRL that characters do in-game. You’ll find out what it takes to be a hero as you learn swordplay, archery, level up your crafting skills, and even learn to fly.
camp  vacation  geek  nerd  gaming 
7 weeks ago by cyberchucktx

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