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AI named after V For Vendetta masks protects photos from being gathered by facial recognition apps

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Clearview AI is just one of many facial recognition firms scraping billions of online images to create a massive database for purchase – but a new program could block their efforts. Researchers designed an image clocking tool that makes subtle pixel-level changes that distort pictures enough so they cannot be used by online scrapers – and claims it is 100 percent effective. Named in honor of the'V for Vendetta' mask, Fawkes is an algorithm and software combination that'cloaks' an image to trick systems, which is like adding an invisible mask to your face. These altered pictures teach technologies a distorted version of the subject and when presented with an'uncloaked' form, the scraping app fails to recognize the individual. 'It might surprise some to learn that we started the Fawkes project a while before the New York Times article that profiled Clearview.ai in February 2020,' researchers from the SANLab at University of Chicago shared in a statement.


Video game TV network VENN launches 24/7 coverage of esports, pop culture and technology

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Video game lovers now have their own fully-fledged network again with the arrival of the Video Game Entertainment & News Network (VENN). The VENN began broadcasting live Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m. ET on its on website VENN.tv, as well as on Twitter, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. The network has a full slate of programs including daily variety show VENN Arcade Live, the afternoon interactive show Guest House, and The Download, a daily gaming, pop culture and tech news show including host Erin Ashley Simon, esports commentator Matt Morello, and actor and musician Jimmy Wong ("Mulan"). VENN covers "the intersection of culture, entertainment, esports and gaming," Simon said in a promotional video posted on Twitter. But the network also shows that gamers "come in so many different shapes and forms we have so many different passions. And more importantly we are able to be ourselves. VENN is about uplifting and empowering content creators and gamers and talent and allowing us to be us."


Can Artificial Intelligence Help Increase Diversity in IT? - InformationWeek

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Technology companies are poster children for diversity problems in the workforce. Although they far surpass the national average when hiring Asian Americans, Brookings found African Americans and Latinos were employed in tech at half the rate as they were in all other professions. There is no shortage of theories as to why these gaps persist, but no solution to date has made a significant dent in the industries' problem. Is it time to look at artificial intelligence to eradicate bias from our hiring process? First, we have to deal with the elephant in the room.


Class action comedy: Is Microsoft stealing its business customers' data? (Uh, no)

ZDNet

Last week three individuals filed a lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, with a request for class action certification. Microsoft's multitude of Business and Enterprise editions offer more advanced feature sets than the Home and Personal editions, with collaborative applications and management tools designed for meeting enterprise security and compliance challenges. The plaintiffs contend that Microsoft is routinely violating the privacy of customers who pay for business subscriptions to Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365). They allege that "Microsoft shares its business customers' data with Facebook and other third parties, without its business customers' consent." The complaint also accuses Microsoft of sharing business customers' data with third-party developers and with "hundreds of subcontractors ... without requiring the subcontractors to keep the data private and secure." And they maintain that Microsoft uses their business customers' private data "to develop and sell new products and services--and otherwise benefit itself."


eharmony vs. EliteSingles: Mature matches, slightly different clientele

Mashable

The biggest advantage, obviously, is the potential to meet thousands of eligible singles who you likely wouldn't have known existed otherwise. But whether those singles use their profile regularly or are even on it for the right reasons is another question -- thus, the terrifying edge that can cause singles genuinely searching for the real thing to shy away from such a valuable tool. When the dating pool is so deep, it's important to narrow down your options to dating sites that are most likely to attract a very specific type of person and introduce you to people who have the same intentions that you do. Whether unspoken or not, eharmony and Elitesingles are two websites for serious relationships that make those kind of definitions clear. After deciding that online dating is your best shot at meeting someone who's in it for the long haul, eharmony probably immediately came to mind.


Biotech startup Gero grabs €1.9M to hack ageing and COVID-19

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Based out of Singapore, Gero develops new drugs for ageing and other complicated disorders using its proprietary developed artificial intelligence (AI) platform. Recently, the company has secured $2.2 million (€1.9 million) in Series A funding, bringing the total capital raised since Gero's founding to over $7.5 million (€6.4 million). Gero's founder Peter Fedichev, said, "We are happy with the recognition and support from these strategic investors who themselves are acknowledged leaders in the fields of AI and biotechnology. This will help us attain the necessary knowledge at the junction of biological sciences and AI/ML technologies that is necessary for the radical acceleration of drug discovery battling the toughest medical challenges of the 21st century. We hope that the technology will soon lead to a meaningful healthspan extension and quality of life improvements " The round was led by Bulba Ventures with participation from previous investors and serial entrepreneurs in the fields of pharmaceuticals, IT, and AI.


Match vs. eharmony: Both are for serious relationships, but how do the dating sites compare in the UK?

Mashable

Though society has outgrown most cliché tropes that surrounded online dating in its early years, believing that meeting online can grow into a genuine connection can still be hard. If any dating sites can rekindle your hope that there's someone out there who wants the same thing you do, Match and eharmony are it. Technically speaking, online dating amplifies your selection of potential love interests to people you would never have stumbled upon IRL. It's the obvious next step after you've exhausted the qualified singles in your local dating pool, and the pandemic has made online dating an even more ubiquitous way to meet people than it already was. Since social distancing has essentially made hookups with strangers a non-issue, weeding out people who aren't taking dating seriously is easier than ever.


Cloak your photos with this AI privacy tool to fool facial recognition

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Ubiquitous facial recognition is a serious threat to privacy. The idea that the photos we share are being collected by companies to train algorithms that are sold commercially is worrying. Anyone can buy these tools, snap a photo of a stranger, and find out who they are in seconds. But researchers have come up with a clever way to help combat this problem. The solution is a tool named Fawkes, and was created by scientists at the University of Chicago's Sand Lab.


How is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Making TikTok Tick?

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Being the hot new trend for the youth and teenagers while prompting raised eyebrows from the adult section of the populace, TikTok, the video-sharing app which lets it's users create and share 15-second videos on an array of topics, has taken the digital world by storm and became the social network hub for amateur music videos. Tik Tok is an app which enables its users, largely the youth, to fulfil and satisfy their fun buried desires by creating an assortment of videos ranging from various fun challenges to dance to magic tricks to funny videos. What started as an app acclaimed and known for its lip-syncing feature, restricted to various areas of Asia, soon gave way to the merry world of dancing, gymnastics, cheerleading, parkour, and comedy, now finding its place and creating a buzz in various parts of the world. The app is known widely for its act-out memes, accompanied by music and other sound clips which get incessantly reproduced and remixed among its users. It's got a varied collection of tunes be it pop, rap, R&B, electro, and DJ tracks, which accompany its 15-second video clips, backed by a wide mixture of effects and filters.


The Newest Listed Stock in the $100B USD Digital Ad Space

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Nowhere is more apparent than the massive growth within the online marketing advertising sector. The effects of lockdowns and quarantines forcing companies to operate remotely and keeping people at home shone a light on increased software use, digital reliance, and online advertising. Before the pandemic, the largest companies in the world were already tech giants. All of the big five have fought for and earned revenue from software services, but the growing advertising slice of the pie had become dominated by the duopoly of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG). Now, that media advertising market has grown to US $100 billion largely on advertising revenue and digital ad spending that are both forecasted to keep increasing.