Mark Zuckerberg went on a media tour today to explain Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and what the company is going to do about it. He said more or less the same things to everyone from Recode to the New York Times to CNN, but one answer stuck out: in response to CNN’s Laurie Segall asking if he was worried about Facebook facing regulations from governments around the world, he replied. “I actually am not sure we shouldn’t be regulated. I think in general technology is an increasingly important trend in the world. I think the question is more what is the right regulation rather than ‘yes or no should we be regulated?’”
Following up, he said,
There is transparency regulation that I would love to see. If you look…
I wrote last time that one of the tests of truly useful technology is how quickly it stops feeling like a luxury and starts feeling like something you wouldn’t want to live without.
For me, streaming music started out as a luxury – something I used to supplement my own collection of music – and has turned into my primary music source. Not just because it gives me access to music that would otherwise have cost me a fortune, but also because For You playlists have introduced me to more new artists than I could count.
I’m finding that HomePod is moving rather rapidly into the same category: a gadget I wouldn’t want to be without.
A month on, I can report that HomePod has definitely completed that transition …
When our own Tristan Greene thoroughly dismantled a relatively small cryptocurrency project, labeling it a scam in progress, we expected pushback. We expected angry, threatening emails. We expected intimidation tactics hinting at lawsuits. And we definitely expected a rebuttal from the company trying to shed doubt on our reporting. What we got was much better. Today, Skycoin (SKY) founder “Synth” emailed TNW claiming our piece was erroneous and demanded an update that reflected the truth. The truth, according to Synth, was that we were duped; Skycoin COO Bradford Stephens — whom we interviewed for the story — never actually worked…
Fraud runs rampant in the seafood industry, but blockchain (the technology supporting the growing cryptocurrency market) could help ensure the fish you order in a restaurant is the fish that finds its way onto your plate.
In 2016, Oceana, an ocean conservation advocacy group, compiled a report drawing from 200 published studies on seafood fraud. Based on their findings, a whopping 20 percent of seafood is not labeled correctly. The problem extends to all corners of the globe and at all levels of the supply chain, from the people catching the fish to those distributing and selling it.
The seafood mislabeling infractions detailed in the report ranged from the relatively minor (a restaurant advertising wild salmon but serving a cheaper farmed salmon) to the downright disturbing: sushi chefs purposely mislabeling endangered whale meat as fatty tuna in order to smuggle it into the U.S.
The consequences of mislabeling pop up in global health, the economy, and conservation efforts. According to the Oceana report, the best way to combat them is by increasing traceability. The report asserts that a more detailed and transparent record of information about the fish as it moves along the supply chain could help decrease instances of mislabeling.
Though most commonly associated with money, blockchain’s utility isn’t limited to the world of finance. At its core, the technology is simply a secure, transparent way to record transactions. A number of companies are looking for ways to apply it to the seafood supply chain.
In April 2017, Intel released a demonstration case study showing how Hyperledger Sawtooth, a platform for creating and managing blockchains, could facilitate seafood supply chain traceability. That study used sensors to track and record information about a fish’s location, temperature, and other characteristics as it moved from boat to restaurant.
In January 2018, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) announced their appropriately named Blockchain Supply Chain Traceability Project. Through that project, the WWF and their partners are cracking down on illegal tuna fishing by recording every step along the supply chain on a blockchain.
“Through blockchain technology, soon a simple scan of tuna packaging using a smartphone app will tell the story of a tuna fish — where and when the fish was caught, by which vessel and fishing method,” said WWF-New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy in a press release. “Consumers will have certainty that they’re buying legally-caught, sustainable tuna with no slave labor or oppressive conditions involved.”
Of course, getting everyone along the supply chain to agree to a new recording system might not be easy, and that’s why a blockchain-based seafood solution like Fishcoin could be useful. The idea behind that project is to reward people all along the supply chain for providing valuable data directly to those at the end of it.
For example, fishers in developing nations might send a restaurant or grocery store information on the seafood they caught. This triggers a smart contract that transfers a certain number of Fishcoins into those fisher’s crypto wallets. The fishers can then exchange those Fishcoins for something of value to them, such as prepaid cell phone minutes.
Most of these projects are still in the development stages, but should they take off, it could have far-reaching implications for global health, the economy, and, of course, your dinner plate.
Disclosure: Several members of the Futurism team, including the editors of this piece, are personal investors in a number of cryptocurrency markets. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content.
The current generation of autonomous drone navigation and flightpath planning systems are almost too precise, demanding hundreds of measurements be taken so that the UAV knows exactly where it is in space at any given moment. And if those readings ar… Engadget RSS Feed
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It’s day 4 of Waymo v. Uber and I’m still not entirely clear on what Waymo’s case is.
Yes, it’s a case where a former Google engineer absconded with over 9 gigabytes of data, transferred it to his laptop, backed it up onto disks that he put in his closet, sent texts about shredding evidence, and deleted texts about shredding evidence, and is also now expected to invoke the Fifth Amendment on the stand. And yes, when Uber acquired his company, it indemnified him for intellectual property claims as part of the acquisition.
But even with all that, I’m not sure Waymo is going to win, because I can’t figure out the case they’re putting on.
Staying connected from 33,000 ft is getting easier, according to the Routehappy 2018 Wi-Fi Report. Not only are more airlines installing Wi-Fi hardware onto their jets, but it’s also getting faster and more capable. Almost half of all available seat miles (ASM, which is a unit of measurement that quantifies an airline’s passenger capacity) come with a chance of Wi-Fi access. 47 percent of all ASMs pack Wi-Fi, up 10 percent from the 2017 report. Unsurprisingly, US airlines are at the front of offering Wi-Fi. 86 percent of miles flown with a US airline (like JetBlue, American, and United) comes…
I can think of only a few scenarios where it’s appropriate to bite objects that aren’t food in public. It’s okay to do it if you’re a toddler who happens to be teething or is curious about what some toy tastes like, or perhaps you’re a gold miner inspecting your newfound fortune. But neither example includes biting into an iPhone battery to verify it’s authentic.
Only idiots do that. And when they do, there’s always a theoretical chance that the battery will explode. Luckily, there’s a video of such a case from China that resulted in the battery going up in flames. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.
Per Chinese-language site Sina Tech, a man bit an iPhone battery in a computer parts shop in an attempt to verify that it was actually a battery. The battery passed the test with flying colors, apparently, because it quickly exploded in the man’s face.
The video below shows the entire incident as it happened. It only takes a few seconds for the battery to explode, which proves that biting a battery is never a good idea. I can’t help but wonder what that person was thinking. Somehow, biting on a battery was justified, in his mind. He must have performed similar taste tests before.
There’s an iPhone battery craze happening right now, and it’s all Apple’s fault. The company confirmed it is slowing down iPhones with old batteries, a practice it won’t give up in the foreseeable future. The iPhone maker, however, offers cheaper iPhone battery replacements than before, even for devices with batteries that have not aged to the point where they’d trigger slowdowns.
With that in mind, you should probably have your battery swapped at an Apple store or an authorized reseller, rather than having your battery serviced in an unauthorized repair shop and wondering whether you’re getting an authentic iPhone part. That way, you won’t have to bite it to see if it’s the real deal.
Yes, the previous remark was just a joke, but I feel I have to make it clear that I’m kidding as long as there are people out there who think biting into objects that can burst into flames is acceptable. While you’re at it, let’s not bite into Tide detergent capsules either. They won’t explode, but it’s still dangerous behavior.
Update, Jan. 12, 2018: Facebook did it again. This week, the company announced a major News Feed algorithm update that will show you more posts from your friends and family and fewer posts from businesses or publishers.
It’s not exactly the same as a similar update from 18 months ago, though it’s close. Back then, Facebook was simply giving you more content from your friends. Now, it’s hoping to give you more content you’d actually like to comment on, which is more likely to be from your friends. At least that’s the thinking.
It’s different than the 2016 change as it’s focused on facilitating more interactions between people, including on media stories, whereas the 2016 change was about see more stories from friends.
Still, what if you like seeing posts from publishers? Or hate seeing posts from your family? Here’s what you need to know.
What you see on Facebook is determined by a computer — a News Feed algorithm, to be precise, a piece of software that combines things it knows about your interests with stuff people post to give you a personalized stream of content.
Visit the page or profile you want to “see first” and be sure you are already a friend or follower of said page.
Click the blue “Following” button on mobile, or the “Liked” button on desktop, and a menu of options will appear. Click “See First.”
That’s it. Seriously, it’s that simple.
How to make sure you never see a post from a friend, brand or publisher on Facebook
If you have a friend on Facebook you’re sick of hearing from, and it would be awkward to unfriend them altogether, just “unfollow” them. They won’t know that you’ve unfollowed them, and you won’t see their stuff in your News Feed.
Visit the page or profile of the friend you wish to see less from.
Click on the “Friends” or “Following” button right under the profile picture to reveal a menu of options. Click “unfollow.”
Boom. You’re done.
You can also see first / unfollow people as their stuff appears in your News Feed. Hover your cursor over the person’s name, then click on the “following” button and select “unfollow.”
You can always change your mind on either of these features by revisiting a profile or page. And it’s easy to find suggestions for who to see first or review who you’ve unfollowed by clicking “Settings,” then clicking “News Feed Preferences.”
Now go forth and take back control of your News Feed! And maybe go follow Recode or something. It’s your call, whatever works for you is cool.