12:01 PM (1990) HQ (Full movie) - YouTube
12:01 PM is a 1990 short film starring Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Jonathan Heap, it originally aired on cable television in 1990 as part of the Showtime 30-Minute Movie anthology series. It was nominated for an Academy Award.
Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s secretive hardware lab, is leaving the company - Recode
Dugan also lead the company’s “brain computer interface project,” a new type of technology meant to translate a person’s thoughts directly from their brain and onto a computer screen
telepathy  facebook 
2 days ago
Jasia Reichardt - Wikipedia
helped popularize "uncanny valley" term
art  history  digital-art 
3 days ago
The only job a robot couldn’t do | The Outline
but otherwise nobody is listening to what they say. No one is responding. There’s very little about this that might be called social. Imagine someone wandering alone in a giant desert, shouting “I love Big Macs!” into the sky. That’s Crowdtap.
advertising  sharing  sharing-economy  social-media 
3 days ago
Computing pioneer Alan Kay calls Apple's iPad user interface 'poor'
Kay's harsh words weren't reserved just for Apple. The computing pioneer took issue with the larger computing industry in general, in particular the ways computers are integrated into education.

"The education establishment in the U.S. has generally treated the computer as sort of like a typewriter," Kay said. "I've used the analogy of what would happen if you put a piano in every classroom. If there is no other context, you will get a "chopsticks" culture, and maybe even pop culture... 'the music is not in the piano.'"
apple  design 
4 days ago
The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions - MIT Technology Review
This is a problem we all have with imagined future technology. If it is far enough away from the technology we have and understand today, then we do not know its limitations. And if it becomes indistinguishable from magic, anything one says about it is no longer falsifiable.

This is a problem I regularly encounter when trying to debate with people about whether we should fear artificial general intelligence, or AGI—the idea that we will build autonomous agents that operate much like beings in the world.
ai  ethics 
10 days ago
Physicist Max Tegmark Imagines How Artificial Intelligence Could Take Over
Their charismatic CEO had handpicked them not only for being brilliant researchers, but also for ambition, idealism, and a strong commitment to helping humanity. He reminded them that their plan was extremely dangerous, and that if powerful governments found out, they would do virtually anything—including kidnapping—to shut them down or, preferably, to steal their code. But they were all in, 100 percent, for much the same reason that many of the world’s top physicists joined the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons: They were convinced that if they didn’t do it first, someone less idealistic would.
technology  ai  power  labor  fiction 
10 days ago
Pinboard on Twitter: "@Pinboard FB employs something like 25K people to run a system enveloping 3B humans, and then pleads that it’s hard work to get it right."
FB employs something like 25K people to run a system enveloping 3B humans, and then pleads that it’s hard work to get it right.
9:35 AM - 7 Oct 2017
facebook  labor 
10 days ago
Regulate Facebook Like AIM - Motherboard
Sixteen years ago, the FCC, the regulatory body responsible for things like television and radio, approved a merger between American Online and Time Warner, but with several conditions. As part of the deal, AOL was required to make its web portal compatible with other chat apps.
facebook  aol  stacks  antitrust 
10 days ago
Lore on Twitter: "I can’t believe it took me this long to realize that robots don’t use contractions because programmers don’t like escaping single quotes."
I can’t believe it took me this long to realize that robots don’t use contractions because programmers don’t like escaping single quotes.
language  automation  ai 
10 days ago
Google Clips camera lays the groundwork for our AI-powered future
"I made a deliberate decision to name the hardware product with [a] software name," Pichai said. "The reason we named it Clips is that the more exciting part of it is ... the machine learning, the computer vision work we do underneath the scenes."
machine-learning  google 
14 days ago
50 Women Game-Changers (in Food): #5 M.F.K. Fisher - Tomato Soup Cake - All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Tomato Soup Cake
adapted slightly from How to Cook a Wolf by MFK Fisher
yield ~10 slices
recipes  cook  cake 
19 days ago
The Self Driving Car Whiz Who Fell from Grace | WIRED
However, documents filed with California show that Levandowski is Way of the Future’s CEO and President, and that it aims “through understanding and worship of the Godhead, [to] contribute to the betterment of society.”
ai  singularity  google  self-driving  auto 
23 days ago
I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets | Technology | The Guardian
What will happen if this treasure trove of data gets hacked, is made public or simply bought by another company? I can almost feel the shame I would experience. The thought that, before sending me these 800 pages, someone at Tinder might have read them already makes me cringe.

Tinder’s privacy policy clearly states: “you should not expect that your personal information, chats, or other communications will always remain secure”
data  dating  tinder 
24 days ago
Apple's Animoji Will Teach You To Love Face Tracking, For Better or Worse | WIRED
Big tech companies such as Facebook and Google are already investing in research around this kind of affective computing. Amazon claims it can parse human emotion by studying video clips. And while Apple's animoji does little more than mimic facial expressions, it could someday lead to a phone that has far greater emotional intelligence.
face-detection  apple  affective-computing 
25 days ago
The invention of AI ‘gaydar’ could be the start of something much worse | The Verge
On the face of it, this sounds like “AI can tell if a man is gay or straight 81 percent of the time by looking at his photo.” (Thus the headlines.) But that’s not what the figures mean. The AI wasn’t 81 percent correct when being shown random photos: it was tested on a pair of photos, one of a gay person and one of a straight person, and then asked which individual was more likely to be gay. It guessed right 81 percent of the time for men and 71 percent of the time for women, but the structure of the test means it started with a baseline of 50 percent — that’s what it’d get guessing at random. And although it was significantly better than that, the results aren’t the same as saying it can identify anyone’s sexual orientation 81 percent of the time.
face-detection  computer-vision 
25 days ago
Robots have already taken over our work, but they’re made of flesh and bone | Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger | Opinion | The Guardian
Taylor and his disciples extolled the virtues of breaking down tasks into inputs, outputs, processes and procedures that can be mathematically analysed and transformed into recipes for efficient production. Over decades, and across different industries, his theories have been used to apply time-and-motion studies to workplaces, workers and what they produce. The assembly line is the most recognised example of Taylorism: unskilled workers engage in repetitive, mindless tasks, attending to semi-finished parts that, in the end, are combined into a whole product.

Over time, Taylorism became synonymous with the evils of extracting maximum value from workers while treating them as programmable cogs in machines...Taylorism starts from the assumption that employees are innate shirkers. While there will always be some who want to game the system and put in as little effort as possible, there are plenty who don’t
automation  labor 
25 days ago
Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains - The New York Times
Google reached this point out of necessity. For years, the company had operated the world’s largest computer network — an empire of data centers and cables that stretched from California to Finland to Singapore. But for one Google researcher, it was much too small.

In 2011, Jeff Dean, one of the company’s most celebrated engineers, led a research team that explored the idea of neural networks — essentially computer algorithms that can learn tasks on their own. They could be useful for a number of things, like recognizing the words spoken into smartphones or the faces in a photograph.

In a matter of months, Mr. Dean and his team built a service that could recognize spoken words far more accurately than Google’s existing service. But there was a catch: If the world’s more than one billion phones that operated on Google’s Android software used the new service just three minutes a day, Mr. Dean realized, Google would have to double its data center capacity in order to support it.
google  neural-networks 
26 days ago
Elaine Chao reduces self-driving car privacy to a footnote - Sep. 20, 2017
In a footnote in the guidelines, Chao's department writes that privacy isn't its turf -- and should be left to the Federal Trade Commission.
The initial guidelines, released by the Obama administration in September 2016, highlighted privacy as one of 15 important areas for automakers to address.
The shift has drawn the criticism of consumer and privacy advocates, who say Chao's approach is insufficient and leaves consumers at risk.
self-driving  auto 
26 days ago
_Blade Runner 2049_: Inside the Dark Future of a Sequel 35 Years in the Making | WIRED
A couple of years after its release, Fancher walked into New York City’s Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, where a clerk recognized the screenwriter’s name. “He said, ‘We have a Blade Runner club!’” Fancher recalls. “‘We bought a 35-mm print, and every month we get together and find a place to play it.’”
sci-fi  pkd 
4 weeks ago
Why One Silicon Valley City Said “No” to Google – Next City
City bureaucrats often characterize themselves as victims of large tech corporations that threaten to “overrun” their towns. But the reality is far more complex. The relationship between a giant, global corporation and a tiny municipality is a strange one, unbalanced and yet in many ways symbiotic. Tech companies are not colonizing cities against their will. Cities need tech money; and tech needs city support — especially as more companies buy more property all over Silicon Valley, planning for greater growth. The result is a redefining of local public-private partnership.
silicon-valley  urbanism  google  architecture  public-space  public-private 
4 weeks ago
Artificial intelligence pioneer says we need to start over - Axios
Speaking with Axios on the sidelines of an AI conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Hinton, a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and a Google researcher, said he is now "deeply suspicious" of back-propagation, the workhorse method that underlies most of the advances we are seeing in the AI field today, including the capacity to sort through photos and talk to Siri. "My view is throw it all away and start again," he said.

The bottom line: Other scientists at the conference said back-propagation still has a core role in AI's future. But Hinton said that, to push materially ahead, entirely new methods will probably have to be invented. "Max Planck said, 'Science progresses one funeral at a time.' The future depends on some graduate student who is deeply suspicious of everything I have said.
ai  artificial-intelligence  machine-learning 
4 weeks ago
How a tax haven is leading the race to privatise space | News | The Guardian
Space is becoming a testing ground for these thorny ethical and legal questions, and Luxembourg – a tiny country that has sustained itself off of regulatory intricacies and tax loopholes for decades – is positioning itself to help find the answers. While major nations such as China and India plough increasing sums of money into developing space programmes to rival Nasa, Luxembourg is making a different bet: that it can become home to a multinational cast of entrepreneurs who want to go into space not for just the sake of scientific progress or to strengthen their nation’s geopolitical hand, but also to make money.
space  globalism  tax-haven  finance 
5 weeks ago
The 'internet of things' is sending us back to the Middle Ages
The companies say they still own the software, and because they own it, they can control it. It’s as if a car dealer sold a car, but claimed ownership of the motor.
iot  ownership  security  rent 
5 weeks ago
Wandering Through Documenta | The Nation
y real problem with Documenta 14 isn’t its possible relation to neocolonialism, which may be significant but hard to assess. What bugged me was that every curatorial “move” seemed so damned familiar. The new style of global exhibition-making that began tentatively with David’s Documenta, in 1997, and asserted itself more forcefully with Enwezor’s, in 2002, has by now been repeated in innumerable biennials and triennials worldwide. It has hardened into a formula. The recipe goes something like this: Put the accent on the documentary side of art without entirely neglecting its imaginative or formal core (what Khalili refers to as “fiction”), while framing the curatorial project in terms of what the artist Liam Gillick—a veteran of Documenta X and many biennials—has described as “an ethical demand that exceeds what is being produced by artists
art  exhibition 
5 weeks ago
A Serf on Google’s Farm – Talking Points Memo
If you’re a Star Trek fan you’ll understand the analogy. It’s a bit like being assimilated by the Borg. You get cool new powers. But having been assimilated, if your implants were ever removed, you’d certainly die. That basically captures our relationship to Google.
google  blogs  antitrust  journalism 
7 weeks ago
We’re Failing Our Test Run for the Age of CRISPR | The Nation
through nearly universal prenatal testing followed by selective abortion, Iceland has virtually eliminated Down syndrome. ..
7 weeks ago
The Google Bus | The Point Magazine
When the first bus protests erupted in late 2013, my peers and I reacted with bewilderment, certain that we had been unjustly cast as scapegoats for the city’s problems. “Why are they angry at us?” a friend remarked one night over dinner.
google  stigma 
7 weeks ago
Stop Laughing At Old Movies, You $@%&ing Hipsters | L.A. Weekly
The guy behind me munching Sour Patch Kids and wearing an ironic Hawaiian shirt kept up the chuckles for 91 minutes, long after I began to beseech Zeus to throw a non-styrofoam boulder at him. His stubborn laughter was an advertisement for his own superiority, like it's heroic to refuse to be “suckered” by a fake rock that's obviously fake. But there's nothing triumphant about being too cool to dream
film  authenticity  criticism 
8 weeks ago
RUMOR: Netflix PR is Propping Up Original Series 'Ozark' on Social Media
But if Netflix has truly been able to use non-branded accounts to push a critical flop into a commercial success, other television might start paying closer attention.
netflix  sock-puppets  fake  television 
8 weeks ago
Mic’s drop | The Outline
inspired Mic to launch an “Identities” section in October 2013 “dedicated to examining the intersections of sexuality, gender, class and race in politics and culture for the millennial generation.” ...Science Proves TK,” “In One Perfect Tweet TK,” “TK Reveals the One Brutal Truth About TK,” and “TK Celebrity Just Said TK Thing About TK Issue.
media  content  journalism  traffic  clickbait 
8 weeks ago
Designers from the Sandbox: War and Wireframes with Hector F.
Veterans-turned-UX designers Hector F. Hernandez, Shane Strassberg, and James Z. B. Vanié, speak about their time in service and how they’ve translated what they experienced into insights about humanity and behavioral change.
ux  users 
9 weeks ago
J.M. COETZEE - On the Edge of Revelation (Robert Musil)
Musil maintained
a lifelong reserve toward Freud, whom he regarded as fundamentally mistaken in assuming
that the unconscious, the repressed irrational, or what Musil preferred to call,
more vaguely, "the other condition," is accessible to the language of rationality
interpretation  literature  freud  musil 
9 weeks ago
Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd - NYTimes.com
Silicon Valley culture encourages it. Google calls engineers who aren’t managers “individual contributors.” Technical skills are valued above soft skills or business skills. “Anyone who deals with a human being is considered less intelligent,” said Ellen Ullman, a software programmer and author of a new book, “Life in Code.” “You would think it would be the other way around, but the more your work is just talking to the machine, the more valuable it is.”
9 weeks ago
Fascism Has Already Come To America - MTV
It is impossible to read about the post-Reconstruction, pre–Jim Crow era without alarms going off in your head. The complete capitulation to segregation and Jim Crow was caused by the collapse of the institutions restraining it: Southern populism, Southern conservatism, and Northern liberalism. As Woodward wrote, "The South’s adoption of extreme racism was due not so much to a conversion as it was to a relaxation of the opposition.
racism  history  politics 
9 weeks ago
Evangelical Urbanism: A Review of the Downtown Project's Vegas Revival
One thing kept popping into my mind as I was walking around downtown Vegas. What if Google/Facebook/Apple/Your Tech Company Here had decided to do this for San Carlos/San Mateo/San Jose/Your San-Prefaced City Here? We'd be celebrating their every move. We give these Silicon Valley places so much heat for not being better neighbors and Hsieh has gone ahead and transcended any possible expectation we could ever have for a tech company...e. Compared to other interests in Vegas, the Downtown Project/Zappos is really just a blip on the landscape. The culinary union, for example, is over 75,000 people. There are international gaming companies headquartered there that are building more than ten times what the Downtown Project is planning
silicon-valley  zappos  las-vegas  urbanism 
9 weeks ago
James Damore Google Memo: Flawed Argument | Fortune.com
In order for an argument to be valid, the conclusion must be true if each premise is true.
10 weeks ago
How to Make a Movie Out of Anything — Even a Mindless Phone Game - The New York Times
In 1996, of the top 20 grossing films, nine were live-­action movies based on wholly original screenplays. In 2016, just one of the top 20 grossing movies, ‘‘La La Land,’’ fit that bill.
hollywood  ip  film 
10 weeks ago
What a Fraternity Hazing Death Revealed About the Painful Search for an Asian-American Identity - NYTimes.com
protesters marched in cities across the country, giving rise to a new Pan-­Asian unity forged by the realization that if Chin, the son of Chinese immigrants, could be killed because of Japanese auto imports, the concept of an ‘‘Asian-­American’’ identity had consequences.
10 weeks ago
Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech | Technology | The Guardian
Picture a technology hub where more than 17% of high-tech workers – from programmers to security analysts to software and web developers – are African American.

This isn’t some kind of utopian diversity thought experiment. It is the greater Washington DC metropolitan area, home to more than 200,000 high tech jobs, many of them with the federal government or government contractors.

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“You’d be hard pressed to have someone out here who thinks that blacks doing computer work is weird,” said William Spriggs, a professor of economics at Howard University. And lest you think that the computing in DC is less advanced than that in Silicon Valley, he adds: “We don’t do Mickey Mouse stuff out here. This is the number one place if you want to do cyber security.”
google  diversity 
10 weeks ago
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