When It Comes to Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind

Tom Simonite, writing for Wired: In 2015, a black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company’s Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as “gorillas.” Google declared itself “appalled and genuinely sorry.” An engineer who became the public face of the clean-up operation said the label gorilla would no longer be applied to groups of images, and that Google was “working on longer-term fixes.”…

January 11, 2018
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Microsoft Partners with Signal to Bring End-To-End Encryption to Skype

Microsoft and Open Whisper Systems (makers of the Signal app) surprised many on Thursday when they said they are partnering to bring support for end-to-end (E2E) encrypted conversations to Skype. From a report: The new feature, called Skype Private Conversations has been rolled out for initial tests with Skype Insider builds. Private Conversations will encrypt Skype audio calls and text messages. Images, audio or video files sent via Skype’s text…

January 11, 2018
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MSC Cruises digitizes the passenger experience

Every industry vertical is being impacted by digital transformation. Most of the case studies I have seen revolve around retail, healthcare and financial services where the impact is relatively easy to measure. One of the industries that is in dire need of digital technology is cruise lines. My wife and I went on a couple of cruises recently, and everything about the experience was old. For example, the photography staff…

January 11, 2018
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Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home

From a report on Bloomberg: U.S.-trained Chinese-born talent is becoming a key force in driving Chinese companies’ global expansion and the country’s efforts to dominate next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Where college graduates once coveted a prestigious overseas job and foreign citizenship, many today gravitate toward career opportunities at home, where venture capital is now plentiful and the government dangles financial incentives for cutting-edge research. “More and…

January 11, 2018
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Jerusalem-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd launches Cognitiv Ventures, a $100M fund for early-stage AI, deep learning, and robotics firms (Gwen Ackerman/Bloomberg)

January 11, 2018

Gwen Ackerman / Bloomberg: Jerusalem-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd launches Cognitiv Ventures, a $100M fund for early-stage AI, deep learning, and robotics firms  —  Fund to look at tech-changing traditional industries  —  Cognitiv fund largest to be raised by OurCrowd since founding Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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