Facebook’s Internet for All Is a Tough Sell in India
Facebook’s attempt to get more people in India online is struggling because the free Internet service the company offers is perceived as low-quality and is unknown to many people. The social network’s effort to help more people online serves a mix of philanthropic and corporate objectives and has met resistance in other places around the world (see “Facebook’s Internet.org Hits Global Flak”).
CISA Security Bill Passes Senate with Privacy Flaws Unfixed
Legislation known as CISA is intended to curtail breaches of corporate data by requiring companies to share data from their networks with the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies. Civil liberties groups are concerned this will create a loophole that exposes user data to government access without proper safeguards.
The U.S. government has handed out $28 billion to encourage doctors and hospitals to switch to electronic health records, hoping it will make health care cheaper and more effective. Returns have been slight because the funds have helped prop up companies building closed-off systems that don’t interoperate.
Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines
Google has enhanced its search engine with an artificial neural network that has learned to relate different words based on their meaning. The same technology is being used by Facebook to try to make software capable of basic conversation (see “Teaching Machines to Understand Us”).
Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever
Funders of a deep-pocketed new "rejuvenation" startup are said to include Jeff Bezos and Yuri Milner.
Meta’s new learning algorithm can teach AI to multi-task
The single technique for teaching neural networks multiple skills is a step towards general-purpose AI.
All charges against China Initiative defendant Gang Chen have been dismissed
MIT professor Gang Chen was one of the most prominent scientists charged under the China Initiative, a Justice Department effort meant to counter economic espionage and national security threats.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
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