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Next Web 02/21/2019 16:19
It’s difficult to tell whether wide-spread use of predictive policing AI is the result of capitalism or ignorance. Perhaps it’s both. AI cannot predict crime; it’s ridiculous to think it could. What it can do is provide a mathematical smoke-screen for unlawful police practices. And it does this very well, according to AI experts. A team of researchers from the AI Now Institute recently investigated thirteen police jurisdictions in the US that were utilizing predictive policing technology. At least nine of them “appear to have used police data generated during periods when the department was found to have engaged in… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/21/2019 06:42
Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This February-ish roundup lands on the beautiful Snow Moon! Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 33,041 patents and published over 32,210 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As I cannot list all these patent assets here, the PatentYogi team and I have selected the five most interesting patent assets.… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/21/2019 04:00
Why do men send dick pics? Some research and popular commentary suggests it’s for reasons of narcissism and over-confidence. Some men no doubt send them in the hopes of receiving a nude photo in kind, or because they genuinely believe that’s what women desire. Dick pics are widely considered a form of technology-facilitated sexual violence, misogynistic, and a sign of sexual pathology in the form of flashing or exhibitionism (disgraced US congressman Anthony Weiner comes to mind here). However, research by myself and Tinonee Pym has uncovered a more complicated picture. Looking at social media, digital news articles, comics, and… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/20/2019 09:54
Yes, the time is upon us – today Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy range of devices! The event starts at 2PM in New York (EST) and you can livestream the whole thing here. Or, if you’re that way inclined, you can catch it all on Twitter. The event’s taking place at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the company is expected to announce a range of new, exciting hardware. We’ve done an in-depth post about what you can expect from Samsung, but, generally, the company is likely to announce the S10, the S10 Plus, the S10E (a budget model), and its… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Samsung.
Next Web 02/20/2019 03:00
Following months of anticipation and numerous teasers, Binance has finally launched its decentralized cryptocurrency exchange (DEX) powered by its own blockchain, Binance Chain. But hold your horses before you get too excited: Binance DEX is only rolling out to a dedicated testnet for the time being. Still, users will now be able to try out the new trading platform. Among other things, traders can create a wallet and exchange tokens. “Binance DEX is a decentralized exchange with a decentralized network of nodes, where you hold your own private keys and manage your own wallet,” said Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao. “With… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/19/2019 20:32
A report emerged this weekend with rumors of a new Apple laptop lineup. If analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is right — and he’s hands-down the most reliable source of information about Apple’s supply chain — then we could see a new MacBook Pro that’s between 16 and 16.5 inches. Kuo noted that an “easy to upgrade” Mac Pro will land in 2019, as well as a 13-inch MacPro with a 32GB RAM option. It currently maxes out at 16GB, while the 15-inch version does support 32GB. But let’s stick to what’s important here: a 16-inch MacBook Pro. If the rumors are… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/19/2019 17:12
PlayStation‘s Japanese store recently marked the PS Vita as scheduled for discontinuation (soon), as we all suspected it would. Now seems like the perfect time to remember what it contributed to the transformation of gaming hardware — namely, the co-mingling of handheld and stationary game consoles, a.k.a. Nintendo’s runaway success, the Switch. The Vita’s impending demise comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, considering we’ve been hearing for over a year that the Vita was winding down. These things happen. Consoles have lifespans just like anything else, and you can’t fault a company for not wanting to make a… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Playstation , Nintendo.
Next Web 02/19/2019 16:23
Reports of the death of virtual reality are greatly exaggerated. In fact, far from dying, the VR industry is poised for explosive growth in the near-term according to analysts. Modern VR headsets arrived less than three years ago. But to hear pundits talk, you’d think the technology’s already reached its developmental zenith. Upon closer inspection, it turns out these people are usually referring to VR as a gaming platform. Condemning VR, on that basis, is like saying the robotics industry is a failure because giant robot fighting has yet to take off. We’re still hopeful. Games are great; but VR… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/19/2019 09:02
YouTube just backtracked its inexplicable decision to delete three popular Pokémon Go channels — Trainer Tips, Mystic7, and Marksman — for violating the platform’s rules against sexualizing minors. All the channels were completely innocent of any wrongdoing and the incident raises serious questions about automated review of content — something that needs to be answered ahead of the EU‘s upcoming Copyright Reform. In case anyone at @TeamYouTube is taking notes on today's mishap, CP stands for Combat Points. I'm on board with fighting back against inappropriate content, but your algorithm needs a lesson in CONTEXT. Also, just to reiterate, MANUAL… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: YouTube.
Next Web 02/19/2019 08:03
We live in a world where periods are seen as something to be ashamed of, even though women have had them since the dawn of time. Many blame the menstruation taboo on a lack of general education, but “Tampon Run” is gamifying periods in a bid to normalize the most normal thing to happen to women. Created and built by teens Sophie Houser and Andrea Gonzalez during a Girls Who Code summer program in 2014, Tampon Run hopes to encourage discussion around the taboo in an accessible and approachable way. How to play Tampon Run looks like something from Super Mario… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/19/2019 03:55
While Huawei is selling tons of phones worldwide, it’s facing a grim time in the US with plenty of lawsuits and governmental bans against it over surveillance concerns. Most notably, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, has been arrested and is facing a potential sentence of up to 30 years in a US prison. Let’s back up a bit, and take a look at how Huawei got into this massive mess. But first, a bit of context: Huawei’s a big deal, not just in China, but across the globe. The company supplies telecom equipment to 170 countries, and crossed $100… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Huawei.
Next Web 02/19/2019 03:35
From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the national conversation about the future of sex and relationships. Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual pleasure – with a few already on the market. Unlike sex toys and dolls, which are typically sold in off-the-radar shops and hidden in closets, sexbots may become mainstream. A 2017 survey suggested almost half of Americans think that having sex with robots will become a common practice within 50 years. As a scholar… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/18/2019 15:56
Maybe you’re a full-time student trying to come up with next month’s ramen budget. Perhaps you’ve just lost your job and you’re trying to earn a few bucks in between interviews. Or it could be you’re just happy to find a career doing something you’re really good at. For whatever reason, thousands of men donate sperm every year. Most of them expect a certain level of anonymity that no longer exists. The biggest current threat to sperm donor anonymity continues to be online genealogy services capable of outing donors through DNA testing. But there’s a much larger shadow looming on the… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/18/2019 11:56
The audio recordings of 2.7 millions calls made to 1177 Vårdguiden — Sweden’s healthcare hotline — were left exposed to anyone online, according to Swedish tech publication Computer Sweden. The 170,000 hours of incredibly sensitive calls were stored on an open web server without any encryption or authentication, leaving personal information completely exposed for anyone with a web browser. Phone calls to the MEDICALL help service were stored as WAV audio files on an unsecured server. Picture via @b9AcE. — @mikko (@mikko) February 18, 2019 Computer Sweden listened to some of the recordings after having made efforts to limit… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/18/2019 08:40
Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. It turns out, based on released data by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the tax has had a significant impact on the number of internet users in the East Afrikan country resulting in a drop of 3 million internet users over a 3 month period. What is also interesting when one looks at the data released by the UCC is that approximately only half of the internet users in Uganda were actually paying the Social… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/17/2019 14:00
Climate change gets blamed for a lot of things these days: inundating small islands, fueling catastrophic fires, amping-up hurricanes and smashing Arctic sea ice. But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. It confirms what many have been suspecting: in Australia and around the world, arthropods – which include insects, spiders, centipedes and the like — appear to be in trouble. The global review comes hard on the heels of research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA that suggests a potent… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/16/2019 12:00
The humble honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths including addition and subtraction, shows new research published today in the journal Science Advances. Despite having a brain containing less than one million neurons, the honeybee has recently shown it can manage complex problems – like understanding the concept of zero. Honeybees are a high value model for exploring questions about neuroscience. In our latest study we decided to test if they could learn to perform simple arithmetical operations such as addition and subtraction. Addition and subtraction operations As children, we learn that a plus symbol (+) means we have… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/15/2019 16:24
To outsiders, President Trump’s brazen speech and unconventional style may make him seem like an outlier, the sum of leftover parts assembled by a pissed-off populace. But for one group of researchers, Trump’s idiosyncrasies aren’t so much a departure from societal norms as they are a continuation of a trend dating back more than a century. As a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explains, Trump is actually the culmination of a century-plus long trend in Presidential communication. Researchers came to this conclusion by studying campaign speeches and those that followed, relying on text… This story continues at The Next Web.
Next Web 02/15/2019 03:16
People are less happy on days when the air is more polluted, according to an analysis of 210 million posts on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo. Researchers have suspected air pollution takes a psychological toll generally, and dirty air due to industrialization, coal burning, and motor vehicles has become a drag on well-being for Chinese city dwellers. But these effects are difficult to measure. That’s where Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, comes in. An international team of researchers analyzed posts made between March 1 and November 30, 2014 and geotagged in 144 different Chinese cities. They used specialized… This story continues at The Next Web.

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