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A Ferocious Shrimp Inspires a Robot Claw That Shoots Plasma

Researchers replicate the snapping shrimp’s plasma-firing claw, which is powerful enough to knock prey out cold.
Source: Wired

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Video from mosque shootings in Christchurch popped up on Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube, showing the limits of social media moderation.
Source: Wired

Latest Skype preview now lets you chat with up to 50 people on a video call

The latest beta version of Skype is introducing an ability to enter a video call with up to 50 people, a change from the current public version which has a maximum limit of 25 participants.

The post Latest Skype preview now lets you chat with up to 50 people on a video call appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Nvidia’s rumored 7nm Ampere graphics could debut next week, but not for gamers

Nvidia’s next-generation 7nm Ampere graphics could debut as early as next week at the GTC show as part of an effort to catch up to rival AMD, which announced a competing 7nm Radeon GPU earlier this year.

The post Nvidia’s rumored 7nm Ampere graphics could debut next week, but not for gamers appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

LG 2019 OLED TVs start at $2,500, ship in April, just like last year – CNET

The new lineup adds Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, HDMI 2.1 and improved video processing, but the pricing doesn’t drop.
Source: CNET

New Zealand mass shooting shows tech companies can't control viral tragedies – CNET

Facebook and YouTube are struggling to keep videos of a terror attack designed to go viral off their platforms.
Source: CNET

Facebook says its new AI technology can detect ‘revenge porn’

Facebook on Friday announced a new artificial intelligence-powered tool that it says will help the social network detect revenge porn — the nonconsensually shared intimate images that, when posted online, can have devastating consequences for those who appear in the photos. The technology will leverage both AI and machine learning techniques to proactively detect near-nude images or videos that are shared without permission across Facebook and Instagram.

The announcement follows on Facebook’s earlier pilot of a photo-matching technology, which had people directly submit their intimate photos and videos to Facebook. The program, which was run in partnership with victim advocate organizations, would then create a digital fingerprint of that image so Facebook could stop it from ever being shared online across its platforms. This is similar to how companies today prevent child abuse images from being posted to their sites.

The new AI technology for revenge porn, however, doesn’t require the victim’s involvement. This is important, Facebook explains, because victims are sometimes too afraid of retribution to report the content themselves. Other times, they’re simply unaware that the photos or videos are being shared.

While the company was short on details about how the new system itself works, it did note that it goes beyond simply “detecting nudity.”

After the system flags an image or video, a specially trained member of Facebook’s Community Operations team will review the image, then remove it if it violates Facebook’s Community Standards. In most cases, the company will also disable the account as a result. An appeals process is available if the person believes Facebook has made a mistake.

In addition to the technology and existing pilot program, Facebook says it also reviewed how its other procedures around revenge porn reporting could be improved. It found, for instance, that victims wanted faster responses following their reports and they didn’t want a robotic reply. Other victims didn’t know how to use the reporting tools or even that they existed.

Facebook noted that addressing revenge porn is critical as it can lead to mental health consequences like anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and sometimes even PTSD. There can also be professional consequences, like lost jobs and damaged relationships with colleagues. Plus, those in more traditional communities around the world may be shunned or exiled, persecuted or even physically harmed.

Facebook admits that it wasn’t finding a way to “acknowledge the trauma that the victims endure,” when responding to their reports. It says it’s now re-evaluating the reporting tools and process to make sure they’re more “straightforward, clear and empathetic.”

It’s also launching “Not Without My Consent,” a victim-support hub in the Facebook Safety Center that was developed in partnership with experts. The hub will offer victims access to organizations and resources that can support them, and will detail the steps to take to report the content to Facebook.

In the months ahead, Facebook says it also will build victim support toolkits with more locally and culturally relevant info by working with partners, including the Revenge Porn Helpline (U.K.), Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (U.S.), Digital Rights Foundation (Pakistan), SaferNet (Brazil) and Professor Lee Ji-yeon (South Korea).

Revenge porn is one of the many issues that results from offering the world a platform for public sharing. Facebook today is beginning to own up to the failures of social media across many fronts — which also include things like data privacy violations, the spread of misinformation and online harassment and abuse.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a pivot to privacy, where Facebook’s products will be joined together as an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network — but the move has shaken Facebook internally, causing it to lose top execs along the way.

While changes are in line with what the public wants, many have already lost trust in Facebook. For the first time in 10 years Edison Research noted a decline in Facebook usage in the U.S., from 67 to 62 percent of Americans 12 and older. Still, Facebook is still a massive platform, with its more than 2 billion users. Even if users themselves opt out of Facebook, that doesn’t prevent them from ever becoming a victim of revenge porn or other online abuse by those who continue to use the social network.


Source: TechCrunch

The Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR is on sale for $190 – CNET

That’s within a few bucks of Black Friday pricing, and definitely one of the best deals to date on this cord-cutter’s friend.
Source: CNET

Ferrari recalls 2,100 cars for fuel vapor leaks, fire risk – Roadshow

The recall covers the LaFerrari Aperta and five other models.
Source: CNET

Toyota and Panasonic will showcase assistive robotics during the Tokyo Summer Olympics

Next year, the world’s top athletes will compete in the Tokyo Summer Games. Some of Japan’s biggest companies will also happily be using the opportunity to show off their latest technologies — namely a fleet of robotics aimed at helping human spectators navigate around the event.

Officials behind the games showcased some of the technologies that will be on display, during a press conference this week. The event is set to show the world Japan’s close working relationships with robotics designed to help an aging populace.

“Robots should not overwhelm people,” Tokyo Olympics Vice General Director Masaaki Komiya said at the event. “Robots are something that have an amicable relationship with human beings and can work together. That’s the kind of robots we envision.”

Toyota, a long time developer of assistive robotics, will take center stage here. The company is a key sponsor of the events bringing 16 support robots to the games, along with delivery robots. Fellow sponsor Panasonic will also participate by bringing 20 robotic exoskeletons to help transport luggage and lift other heavy objects.

The Olympics provide the perfect spotlight for the technologies, as a curious world tunes into the games. But the technologies on display here also fittingly highlight a less flashy side of robotics than we’re accustom to seeing on international television. Instead, they’ll provide a showcase for the role robotics will play in the short term future of many of our day to day lives: providing assistive technologies for those who need them.


Source: TechCrunch

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