Archive for March 2016

Pulling Back On The A.I. Reins

The race is on, and its not to determine who will make the best camera for cell phones next year, or who will go to market with the first smart ring. The race that is on right now in the silicon valley which carries the most weight and will determine the future of our very economy and potential livelihood is an all encompassing push to make sure we have the means to control artificial intelligence. The high profile win bbfghby Google in the artificial intelligence arena came in the form of a program that could be champion in the complex board game Go this month, that was a big deal; it said, A.I. are starting to wake up at least enough that we need to stop looking at this as a problem of science fiction, but of just plain old, stone cold Steve Austin hard core real science. This statement wasn’t made to game players, but it was to the rest of silicon valley and it said loud and clear “wake up.” This goes beyond the Tech at a glance we are accustomed to.

Many monster tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft(who is in the midst of a PR nightmare in A.I. with the release of their Tay tweet bot), and of coarse Google, are trying to become the clear front runner when it comes to A.I and A.I market applications. This is the future of all markets to some degree so whoever can separate themselves as the go to company will be positioned to separate themselves from the competition in a way that hasn’t been since the electricity boom. “Whoever wins this race will dominate the next stage of the information age,” said Pedro Domingos, a machine learning specialist and the author of “The Master 7a3d7d5f6cc659cb9a1020c939e36d47Algorithm,” a 2015 book that contends that A.I. and big-data technology will remake the world. In 2015 alone Amazon and microsoft both added machine learning capacity to their cloud software platforms, Amazon Web Services and microsoft Azure. “Our goal is to capture all human knowledge,” he said. “I would like for Diffbot to build an iconic company around data. There are companies focusing on computing, but there is no Amazon of data.”

This is something that many people have such tunnell vision on that no one ever really looks up and says perhaps this is not the healthiest path we need to take, and perhaps A.I. is something that is so far out of our relm of understanding that before we could make an actual mind capable of empathy, we can make a machine capable of death.The only question is, is who is going to be loud enough to head the call that these puppies could, even if not undo the human race in a terminator Esq apocalypse, they could still really mess things us. Consider a situation where an A.I program can go into someones personal information and ruin your personal record. This is the world we need to consider, because it is the world that is on the door step. Maybe we should wait until we let it in.

From “Likes” to “Reactions”: the Facebook of Tomorrow, Today

Technology is always changing and Facebook is no exception. On Wednesday Facebook released 6 new options for it’s 1.5 Billion users which is nothing short of ground breaking. These options pertain to the way one can respond to posts that appear on their news feed. These new features include 6 all new “reactions” to be added in addition to the classic “Like” feature the website has been known for nearly 10 years. The thought being that this will clear up the ambiguity that is present from the old way of simply liking something. For example, we are all aware of a case where someone posts a news article of a sensitive or triggering manner and someone “likes” it. In those moments we are left to wonder “whats behind the ‘Like’?” Is it done from a place of sincerity or as a display of solidarity for the topic in question, or are they genuinely “like” the fact that something bad is happening to an affected region half way around the world? Are they trolling? and is it even fair to ask?

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In an attempt to clear up this pervasive issue Facebook engineers have rolled out the new “reactions” to more clearly convey your mental state and sense perception of the: Topic, post, or picture at hand. The selection process however was in a long and hard process with months of back and forth as to which would make the final cut.

The reactions they settled upon are as follows:

Like( this is Facebook’s “bread and butter” and will more likely be the most commonly used feature considering the users familiarity and experience with the feature)

Love:(which is shown simply with a pink circle with a white heart in the center. Many have gravitated towards this feature because sometimes a simple “like” just doesn’t say how the user feels about that special cat video!. Maybe next they’ll make a “meow” but we can only hope.

Haha: (this feature is suppose to streamline the process of simple typing “haha” in the comment section, and allows may to join in the laughs. this comment is shown by a yellow face with eyes closed and mouth wide open in laughter.

Wow: (My personal favorite this reaction the team hopes aims to capture the awe and wonder we sometimes feel when watching a video of space or Chris Angel magic trick. Like Blogger Zach Goatman said in an interview last week, “it was unclear when I should use the “wow” feature, I was like ‘ what the heck’ but when I saw the mind freak levitate over a moving car I knew, a simple like wouldn’t cut it, we were in wow country now.)mind freak

Sad: ( one we wish we never had to use but when its there we’re glad it can offer a little solace.)

Angry: (this feature has stirred some controversy, but there has been a demand for something similar to it ever since the “like” button the haters have wanted and “unlike” or something similar. The angry face hopes to bridge that gap and let your Facebook community know exactly where you draw the line.)

Facebook is testing these reactions in the coming weeks, and if things go as expected and everyone not only “likes” them but “loves” them, hopefully well be using the “wow” feature soon when they roll out a hinted at but highly secretive additional reactions, but we can only hope.