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Instagram 'likely to overtake Twitter for news' as young people turn to social media for latest updates

The Independent - Tech

Instagram is likely to overtake Twitter for news over the next year, as young people turn to social media for the latest stories, a new report has found. The latest release of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report reveals the rapid changes in the way people are engaging with news stories and the organisations that research and report them. It shows that trust and engagement with traditional news sources is falling, particularly among young people. More and more, they are moving to various platforms, including social networks, it found. It noted that many people were finding their news through these social media sites in entirely different ways, with apps such as Instagram promoting new formats like "stories" and short videos.


Dozens of Zuckerberg-funded scientists attack Facebook over its stance on Trump posts

The Independent - Tech

Dozens of scientists funded by Mark Zuckerberg have protested against his decision to leave inflammatory Donald Trump posts on the site. Mr Zuckerberg is allowing the president to use the social network to "spread both misinformation and incendiary statements", the researchers warn. Scientists, including 60 professors at leading US research institutions, wrote to the Facebook boss asking Mr Zuckerberg to "consider stricter policies on misinformation and incendiary language that harms people," especially during the current turmoil over racial injustice. The letter calls the spread of "deliberate misinformation and divisive language" contrary to the researchers' goals of using technology to prevent and eradicate disease, improve childhood education and reform the criminal justice system. Their mission "is antithetical to some of the stances that Facebook has been taking, so we're encouraging them to be more on the side of truth and on the right side of history as we've said in the letter," said Debora Marks of Harvard Medical School, one of three professors who organised it.


Facebook tool to transfer images to Google Photos now available worldwide

The Independent - Tech

Facebook's new feature to transfer photos from your profile to a Google Photos backup is now available globally, after previously only being accessible in the US and Canada. The tool was later rolled out to parts of Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America in February 2020, European countries in March 2020, but can now be accessed by all users across the world. The tool lets you make copies of all the photos and videos on your account, and move them to another platform more easily than having to mass download, and then reupload, the content. Going to "Your Facebook Information" in your Facebook Settings Selecting "Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos and entering your Facebook password Choosing Google Photos – with the company stating that more options will be available over time Clicking the "Confirm Transfer" button It is currently unclear what other options will be available, but Facebook has previously said that if companies join the Data Transfer Project then they would be able to transfer content from Facebook to other platforms. The project was established in 2018 to "create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want," according to its website.


WhatsApp update could add huge video calls through Facebook Messenger tie-in

The Independent - Tech

WhatsApp groups could soon participate in huge group video chats with up to 50 people thanks to a Facebook Messenger tie-in. The new update, revealed by popular WhatsApp news account WABetaInfo, shows that the company is planning to make it easier to send everyone in a chat to speak in the newly release Messenger Rooms. Those rooms – which are large video chats along the lines of a Zoom call, and do not require users to be logged in to a Facebook account – allow up to 50 people to talk at once. Currently, WhatsApp only allows eight people, after that maximum was doubled in recent weeks. If users are transferred to a Messenger chat, they will lose access to the security of the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp offers on both messages and calls, but will be able to speak to far more people at once.


Pinterest adds new board features as revenue declines due to coronavirus

The Independent - Tech

The social media site Pinterest has rolled out new features to its app, making it easier for users to manage their boards by letting them add dates and notes to them. Pinterest is an app where users save images – called pins – to collections called boards, with a large base of fashion, travel, home decor and hobbyist users. Adding notes to boards will allow users to annotate things they've saved with personal information, such as adding ingredients to an image of a meal or creating to-do lists for crafts. Users can use dates to track timelines for projects, as well as letting users archive the boards afterwards. Pinterest's other major feature it's introducing is an improvement to its recommendation technology, suggesting sections to organise your boards topics.


The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech

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The world never changes quite the way you expect. But at The Verge, we've had a front-row seat while technology has permeated every aspect of our lives over the past decade. Some of the resulting moments -- and gadgets -- arguably defined the decade and the world we live in now. But others we ate up with popcorn in hand, marveling at just how incredibly hard they flopped. This is the decade we learned that crowdfunded gadgets can be utter disasters, even if they don't outright steal your hard-earned cash. It's the decade of wearables, tablets, drones and burning batteries, and of ridiculous valuations for companies that were really good at hiding how little they actually had to offer. Here are 84 things that died hard, often hilariously, to bring us where we are today. Everyone was confused by Google's Nexus Q when it debuted in 2012, including The Verge -- which is probably why the bowling ball of a media streamer crashed and burned before it even came to market.


Why we need an AI-resilient society

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is considered as a key technology. It has a huge impact on our society. Besides many positive effects, there are also some negative effects or threats. Some of these threats to society are well-known, e.g., weapons or killer robots. But there are also threats that are ignored. These unknown-knowns or blind spots affect privacy, and facilitate manipulation and mistaken identities. We cannot trust data, audio, video, and identities any more. Democracies are able to cope with known threats, the known-knowns. Transforming unknown-knowns to known-knowns is one important cornerstone of resilient societies. An AI-resilient society is able to transform threats caused by new AI tecchnologies such as generative adversarial networks. Resilience can be seen as a positive adaptation of these threats. We propose three strategies how this adaptation can be achieved: awareness, agreements, and red flags. This article accompanies the TEDx talk "Why we urgently need an AI-resilient society", see https://youtu.be/f6c2ngp7rqY.


The 10 Best Examples Of How Companies Use Artificial Intelligence In Practice

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All the world's tech giants from Alibaba to Amazon are in a race to become the world's leaders in artificial intelligence (AI). These companies are AI trailblazers and embrace AI to provide next-level products and services. Here are 10 of the best examples of how these companies are using artificial intelligence in practice. Chinese company Alibaba is the world's largest e-commerce platform that sells more than Amazon and eBay combined. Artificial intelligence (AI) is integral in Alibaba's daily operations and is used to predict what customers might want to buy.


The 10 Best Examples Of How Companies Use Artificial Intelligence In Practice

#artificialintelligence

All the world's tech giants from Alibaba to Amazon are in a race to become the world's leaders in artificial intelligence (AI). These companies are AI trailblazers and embrace AI to provide next-level products and services. Here are 10 of the best examples of how these companies are using artificial intelligence in practice. Chinese company Alibaba is the world's largest e-commerce platform that sells more than Amazon and eBay combined. Artificial intelligence (AI) is integral in Alibaba's daily operations and is used to predict what customers might want to buy.


A 20-Year Community Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Research in the US

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Decades of research in artificial intelligence (AI) have produced formidable technologies that are providing immense benefit to industry, government, and society. AI systems can now translate across multiple languages, identify objects in images and video, streamline manufacturing processes, and control cars. The deployment of AI systems has not only created a trillion-dollar industry that is projected to quadruple in three years, but has also exposed the need to make AI systems fair, explainable, trustworthy, and secure. Future AI systems will rightfully be expected to reason effectively about the world in which they (and people) operate, handling complex tasks and responsibilities effectively and ethically, engaging in meaningful communication, and improving their awareness through experience. Achieving the full potential of AI technologies poses research challenges that require a radical transformation of the AI research enterprise, facilitated by significant and sustained investment. These are the major recommendations of a recent community effort coordinated by the Computing Community Consortium and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence to formulate a Roadmap for AI research and development over the next two decades.