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Some Facebook users don't have the option to turn off facial recognition technology, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A consumer advocacy group has discovered that not all Facebook users have access to a privacy setting that lets them opt out of the site's facial recognition technology. Consumer Reports examined a set of Facebook accounts and found that a significant number didn't have the ability to toggle off Face Recognition, a feature that uses facial recognition technology to identify users in tagged photos. That's despite Facebook announcing almost two years ago that all users would be able to opt out of facial recognition entirely through the setting. A consumer advocacy group has discovered that not all Facebook users have access to a privacy setting that lets them opt out of the site's facial recognition technology Users can control whether they're part of Facebook's facial recognition technology by selecting'privacy shortcuts' in the righthand corner of their News Feed. From there, select'Control face recognition' under Privacy.


Google I/O 2019 Music and Machine Learning - Liwaiwai

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New technologies have fundamentally changed the way we make and experience music. Their new album explores Google AI's research project, Magenta, an open-source music-making package using machine learning models.



Microsoft Azure Developer: Creating and Integrating AI with Azure Services

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My name is Sahil Malik, and welcome to my course, Microsoft Azure Developer: Creating and Integrating AI with Azure Services. I have been talking for about 3 seconds, and in these 3 seconds YouTube has seen 15 hours of content uploaded, USPS has scanned thousands of handwritten addresses, and so many smartphones have taken pictures, cleverly adjusting contrast and brightness thanks to face recognition algorithms. The management of all this is thanks to AI in application around us. Think of how much data has your company produced in this time. Will it make you more productive?


Can AI Nudge Us to Make Better Choices?

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The behavioral revolution in economics was triggered by a simple, haunting question: what if people don't act rationally? In the online world, once expected to be a place of ready information and easy collaboration, lies and hate can spread faster than truth and kindness. For example, when predicting sales, employees often hide bad deals and selectively report the good ones. AI stands at the crossroads of the behavioral question, with the potential to make matters worse or to elicit better outcomes from us. The key to better outcomes is to boost AI's emotional quotient -- its EQ.


The US Air Force is enlisting MIT to help sharpen its AI skills

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It's not yet clear how this collaboration will go down, especially since the military's previous efforts to collaborate with industry have proved problematic. Most notably, a project involving Google's Cloud AI team, established through a program known as Maven, sparked a backlash among employees. This involved using the Cloud platform to identify objects in aerial images, and some worried that it could eventually lead to using AI to target weapons. As a result, Google chose not to renew its contract with the Air Force and issued a new AI code of ethics, which precludes working on technology that could be weaponized.


How AI Will Impact Hotel Marketing

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer becoming a part of our everyday lives, it already is. More consumers than not are living in smart homes and working in smart offices. The number of users of smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home is growing at a compound annual rate of 47.9 percent and between 2016 and 2020 is expected to grow from 16 million to 76.5 million. The hospitality industry is rapidly identifying ways to put AI into widespread use. With large sets of data becoming more prevalent and AI becoming more accessible, hotel marketers have the potential to transform how they operate to maximize returns, optimize processes and interact with guests for increased satisfaction and loyalty.


Hey Siri, turn on 'The Voice' for my Vizio TV

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Sure, Siri can open Netflix for you and search for a George Clooney movie, but only if you spring $179 to $199 for the Apple TV accessory streamer. Now, Apple's personal assistant can turn on the TV, change the channel and find a specific TV show, on certain newer TVs from Vizio, Samsung, Sony and LG. It's part of a radical rethink on Apple's part to bring Apple outside of the ecosystem, and onto mainstream television sets. Samsung pushed out Apple's AirPlay features on new smart TVs that began shipping May 13. AirPlay lets you mirror what's on your device.


The Rise Of The Machines - BBC Click

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We look at recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence and also addresses some of the issues surrounding the use of facial recognition. We try out the latest in virtual reality hardware and look at a camera system that could change the way that we watch football. Find us online at www.bbc.com/click


Google's AI can now translate your speech while keeping your voice

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The new system, dubbed the Translatotron, has three components, all of which look at the speaker's audio spectrogram--a visual snapshot of the frequencies used when the sound is playing, often called a voiceprint. The first component uses a neural network trained to map the audio spectrogram in the input language to the audio spectrogram in the output language. The second converts the spectrogram into an audio wave that can be played.