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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna opposes the use of any facial recognition software offered by other vendors for racial profiling.

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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna reported today that the company would no longer sell facial acknowledgment administrations, requiring a "national exchange" on whether it ought to be utilized by any means. He additionally voiced help for another bill expecting to diminish police savagery and increment responsibility. 

In a letter detailed by CNBC, written on the side of the Justice in Policing Act presented today, Krishna clarifies the company's exit from the questionable business of facial ID as assistance. 

IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency. We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.

This cautious way to deal with creating and sending the innovation is definitely not another one: IBM a year ago underscored it with another database of face information that was more varied than anything accessible at that point. All things considered, similar to any program, these frameworks are just on a par with the data you feed into them. 
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Be that as it may, facial acknowledgment doesn't appear to have been getting the company a lot of cash, assuming any. To be reasonable the innovation is truly in its early stages and there are barely any applications where a venture merchant like IBM bodes well. Amazon's dubious Rekognition administration, while it has been tried by a significant number of law requirement elements, isn't all-around thought of in the field. It would not profit IBM a lot to endeavor to rival an item that is correspondingly marginally adequate to utilize. 

Krishna's letter likewise says that "merchants and clients of Al frameworks have a common obligation to guarantee that Al is tried for predisposition, especially when utilized in law implementation, and that such inclination testing is examined and detailed." This is something of a splitting shot to those in the field, Amazon specifically, that have been gotten out for the low quality of facial acknowledgment frameworks, however, they have not stopped to advertise them. 

It's muddled whether or how the company will keep on performing AI examine thusly. 

The bill that Krishna writes on the side of has many co-supports in the House and Senate and addresses a wide assortment of issues looked by police offices and those they police. In addition to other things, it grows necessities for body cameras however constrains the utilization of facial acknowledgment regarding them. It would give awards to the equipment, however just in the event that they are utilized under conventions freely created and recorded. 

The ACLU, in an announcement, gave in regards to the bill, appeared to agree with its methodology: "We have to put resources into advances that can help dispose of the computerized isolate, not advances that make an observation foundation that fuels policing mishandles and basic bigotry."

Facebook currently working on Limiting Ads boosting on a Page


 Facebook has announced that it will soon implement limits on how many ads a Page can run at any time. As part of its latest Graph and Marketing API update. facebook explained that in the mid-2020, they will be '' implementing a limit on the number of ads each Page can run at the same time. The ad limits will impact just a small percentage of advertisers, and we plan to share more details about the limits early next year."
Which seems weird right? Why would Facebook actively limit its revenue potential by restricting how much money a brand can spend on ads?
According to Facebook:
We’re implementing ad limits because very high ad volume can hinder an advertiser’s performance. With too many ads running at the same time, fewer ads exit the learning phase and more budget is spent before the delivery system can optimize an ad’s performance."
So, according to Facebook, running too many ads leads to worse overall ad performance. Which could, eventually, reduce overall ad spend because effectiveness is impacted -if more big advertisers start to complain about poor Facebook ad results, that could slow all advertisers in their spend.

At least, that appears to be the theory.
As noted by Facebook, the change will only impact a small number of brands, so it's not likely that your business will be affected. Marketers will be able to monitor their Page’s ad volume via the new Ad Volume API, with the change going into effect mid-2020. Expect further details before then.
Other changes being implemented in this API update include the removal of several video ad metrics and some updates to the messaging options for businesses.  

The Chinese lip-syncing app ( TikTok ) is taking over America

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It has been called “the Chinese lip-syncing app your kids love, but you’ve never heard of”, and now it has become a hit in the States.
The upstart video-sharing app TikTok is the most popular free download in the App Store in the US, above such behemoths as Facebook, YouTube and Amazon. It has been downloaded almost 80m times in the US to date, including nearly 4m downloads in October alone, making it No 1 in the App Store for that month.
The success of any burgeoning app is often tied to the early adoption of a key celebrity. The fortunes of Snapchat have been closely tied to the whims of Kylie Jenner, Instagram has Selena Gomez, and Twitter now has a certain Mr Trump. For TikTok, late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon may be the user that pushes it over the edge in United States.
“What it is is you post short videos of you doing fun stuff like lip-syncing to a song or a movie clip or acting out a silly scene with you friends, or even your pets,” Fallon said by way of introduction on a segment on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this month.
Another popular usage Fallon might relish has been lip-syncing along to standup comedy routines.
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Fallon has since encouraged viewers to take part in a series of challenges, such as the #TumbleweedChallenge, where people are meant to stop what they’re doing and roll around on the ground like a tumbleweed while an old western movie soundtrack plays.
While it’s nothing exceptionally novel in the world of user-created video apps, the reason for its popularity just might be how well it incorporates the functions of a host of other similar apps that have come before it. Part Instagram story, part Snapchat, and part Musical.ly, TikTok most closely resembles the concept of the dearly missed (and maybe returning) Vine.
As the Atlantic pointed out last month, one of the more engaging aspects of the US version of the app has revolved around so-called cringe videos. Videos that are “so painful and embarrassing that a viewer can’t help but laugh”.
“We’re living in a world where on social media, it’s about showing your perfect self – not your real self,” Stefan Heinrich, TikTok’s head of global marketing recently told Variety. “What I love about TikTok is that people show their real side.”
There’s certainly no shortage of preening, but like with Vine the users of TikTok seem more interested in presenting themselves as dorky sketch comedians rather than aspirational objects of sex appeal and wealth. At least those are the ones that seem to be going viral most quickly.
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Whether TikTok can hold on to its spot near the top of the app store remains to be seen. Data has shown users open it up far less frequently than they do other “stickier” apps, and so far Fallon and the skateboarding icon Tony Hawk are among the few US-based celebrity users. And then there’s Facebook, which launched its own version of a TikTok-style app called Lasso last week.
Source: theguardian.com

Microsoft opens the door to better Windows on ARM apps


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Microsoft is removing one of the big limitations of Windows on ARM this week by allowing developers to create 64-bit ARM (ARM64) apps. Developers will be able to recompile existing win32 or Universal Windows Apps to run natively on Windows 10 on ARM hardware. That means 64-bit app performance should get a lot better, as long as developers take the time to recompile.
Microsoft is now relying on developers to use its tools to improve its Windows on ARM efforts. That’s a situation the software giant has found itself in before, relying on developers to create Universal Windows Apps for Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Phone apps for a variety of new touch-based hardware. It’s hard to say whether 64-bit app support will really help move Windows on ARM into the mainstream, but it’s certainly laying the ground work for a bigger push by Microsoft.

Windows on ARM has been progressing steadily over the past year, but performance and app compatibility are still big issues. Windows 10 includes an emulation layer for x86 apps running on ARM processors, and it’s the way you’ll experience most desktop apps on one of these machines at the moment. Emulation is never ideal, so if developers recompile their apps to run natively on Windows on ARM then we’ll start to see just how well these laptops can compare to traditional Intel-powered devices.
As Intel continues to struggle with its 10nm processors, competition from ARM processors has closed the performance gap significantly. Apple compares its latest iPad Pro gaming performance to an Xbox One S console, and benchmarks show it’s competitive at CPU tasks. ARM is also promising laptop-level performance from its Cortex-A76 chip design in 2019. The chip design company has been claiming that ARM processors next year will compete with Intel’s Kaby Lake range on laptops.
New Windows on ARM devices have started appearing recently, including Lenovo’s Yoga C630 and Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2. Both are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850, and have phenomenal battery life. Microsoft has not yet launched a modern ARM-powered Surface. Recent reports suggest the company was considering ARM for the Surface Go, but Intel reportedly intervened and petitioned Microsoft to choose its Pentium Gold processors.
Source: The Verge

Google releases AI tool to identify child sex abuse images online


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Google on Monday released a free artificial intelligence tool to help companies and organizations identify images of child sexual abuse on the internet.
Google's Content Safety API is a developers' toolkit that uses deep neural networks to process images in such a way that fewer people need to be exposed to them. The technique can help reviewers identify 700 percent more child abuse content, Google said.
"Quick identification of new images means that children who are being sexually abused today are much more likely to be identified and protected from further abuse," engineering lead Nikola Todorovic and product manager Abhi Chaudhuri wrote in a company blog post Monday. "We're making this available for free to NGOs and industry partners via our Content Safety API, a toolkit to increase the capacity to review content in a way that requires fewer people to be exposed to it."
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The use of AI is spreading like wildfire across the tech industry for everything from speech recognition to spam filtering. The term generally refers to technology called machine learning or neural networks that's loosely modeled on the human brain. Once you've trained a neural network with real-world data, it can, for example, learn to spot a spam email, transcribe your spoken words into a text message or recognize a cat.
Internet Watch Foundation, which aims to minimize the availability of child sex abuse images online, applauded the tool's development, saying it will make the internet safer.
"We, and in particular our expert analysts, are excited about the development of an artificial intelligence tool which could help our human experts review material to an even greater scale and keep up with offenders, by targeting imagery that hasn't previously been marked as illegal material," Susie Hargreaves, CEO of the UK-based charity, said in a statement. "By sharing this new technology, the identification of images could be speeded up, which in turn could make the internet a safer place for both survivors and users." 

Now anyone can get Instagram verification badge — here’s how


Instagram is at last quenching the thirst of its thirsty, thirsty unverified users.
The company just introduced a trio of new features designed to make Instagram a generally safer and more authentic place to hang out (third-party 2FA — enable it!) and for the first time the platform now offers users a straightforward way to request verification.
On Instagram, blue check marks are fairly rare, even among pretty big brands and public figures. Getting verified on the platform has long been the stuff of legend — no one quite knows what goes on behind the scenes but knowing a guy doesn’t hurt. Remarkably, there’s even a super sketchy black market where people charge thousands of bucks to hook you up with verified status (or more likely to just rip you off). The whole thing has always been kind of mysterious, with little blue checks quietly sprinkled around in no discernible pattern.
It looks like those days are over. While it’s too early to tell if Instagram will be handing out more verified badges to users, they’ve at least made the process much more transparent. Now, any user can request to be verified with a few steps. As a note: In our testing, the option to request verification is live now in iOS but hasn’t yet popped up in the updated Android app.
If you’re curious if you might qualify to begin with, here’s how Instagram framed the new verification system in its latest announcement:
… The blue verified badge is an important way for you to know that the account you are interacting with is the authentic presence of a notable public figure, celebrity, global brand or entity. Today we are enabling a new way for accounts that reach large audiences and meet our criteria to request verification through a form within the Instagram app.
Does that sound like you? Here’s what you need to do.
1) Request Verification
From your profile, navigate to the Settings menu and then find an option to “Request Verification.”2) Show your stuff
Provide the relevant documents. Instagram accepts government-issued IDs (driver’s license, passport or other national ID cards). In lieu of that, you can submit official documents like a utility bill, tax filing or article of incorporation. These documents won’t be public on your profile.
If your official documentation isn’t a match for your legal name, you might be out of luck. We’ve asked Instagram to clarify if these documents need to match your account information exactly or if they just need them on file for reference.
3) Wait and wonder
Wait while Instagram reviews your request. Instagram says that you’ll receive a notification letting you know if you’ve been approved or rejected, so look out for that. If you are rejected you can reapply after 30 days.

Tips and requirements

Before you apply, it’s worth reading over what Instagram requires for a verified account. According to its hub on verified badges, Instagram will evaluate your account for “authenticity, uniqueness, completeness and notability” — the criteria it must meet in addition to abiding by the platform’s terms of service.
What do those things mean? Instagram defines an authentic account as one that “represent[s] a real person, registered business or entity.”
When Instagram demands an account be “unique” what it really means is that it intends to only approve one account per business or individual except in cases of “language-specific accounts.” Instagram reminds users that it “[doesn’t] verify general interest accounts (example: @puppymemes).”
To make sure your account is complete, it must be public, with a profile photo, bio and one post minimum. Importantly, Instagram stipulates that your account “can’t contain ‘add me’ links to other social media services,” so prune anything like that.
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The last criterion is the toughest. Instagram requires that your account be “notable.” You might think that your account is [100 emoji], but unless you are a “well-known, highly searched for person, brand or entity” you probably won’t make the cut. Instagram explains further that it reviews accounts “featured in multiple news sources” and paid content doesn’t count. While Instagram’s process is way more transparent now, this bit does leave some room for interpretation.
Even with the new request form, keep in mind that most users won’t make the cut. Historically, it’s kind of unpredictable. Popular users who seem like a no-brainer for a verified account sometimes don’t have verified status, while others with a far less substantial public profile do. Even here at TC, some of us (like @panzer with his assiduous sneaker content) sport a little blue check while others don’t. We don’t know if there is more rhyme or reason to verification now, but at least the process is public and available for everyone.
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