YouTube’s Recommendations Seem to Favor Fringe Content

It starts with an innocent search of the day’s headlines on YouTube. While things seem normal at first, the site eventually pulls you further and further away from mainstream content and more towards fringe content designed, above all, to keep you watching. Before you know it, you have fallen down a rabbit hole full of […]

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Cambridge Analytica to Shut Down, Possibly Retool

Controversial data research firm Cambridge Analytica announced it was shutting its doors this week. The company uses psychometrics, the study of human characteristics to predict human behavior. It’s best known for harvesting the personal information of some 87 million Facebook users, unbeknownst to them, and allegedly using that information to sway votes in the U.S. […]

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Apple Losing Customers by Discouraging Cheap Battery Replacement

Apple made headlines earlier this year when it admitted to intentionally slowing down the speed of older-model phones in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The company issued an apology for not informing customers about the slow down and offered them a discount on a replacement battery, but switching those batteries is proving to be harder […]

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Spending on Digital Video Advertising to Skyrocket

Two-thirds of media buyers plan to shift some portion of their budget from TV ad buys to digital video this year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, an industry group that tracks digital advertising. More than 50% of buyers plan to increase digital and mobile video spending in the next twelve months, according to the […]

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Chinese Artificial Intelligence Only Half as Good as U.S.

A new report by an Oxford University Academic, Jeffrey Ding, finds that despite massive investment by the government of China in Artificial Intelligence, the country’s capabilities are only about half as good as that of the U.S. The study found that China trails the U.S. in every metric used to measure Artificial Intelligence technology except […]

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Google Futurist Says Universal Basic Income by 2030

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil has been known for making bold predictions since the 1990s. His latest prediction is that the world will have a universal basic income by the 2030’s. Kurzweil touts an 84% success rate on his predictions of the future. “In the early 2030s, we’ll have universal basic income in the […]

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Facebook Spent $20 Million on Zuckerberg Security in 3 Years

Facebook is paying $9 million to protect its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The figure was revealed in a public filing that shows the social media giant increased the amount paid to secure Zuckerburg more than 50%, going from $5.8 million spent in 2016 to the $9 million figure last year. In all, Facebook has paid over […]

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