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Facebook cannot moderate itself - its problems have only just begun | Chris Stokel-Walker

Facebook cannot moderate itself - its problems have only just begun | Chris Stokel-Walker

Whistleblower testimony about the company’s continuing failure to address problems is pushing legislators to actTue 26 Oct 2021 10.30 EDTLast modified on Tue 26 Oct 2021 11.38 EDTThis week will be a long, difficult one for Facebook. Yesterday whistleblower Frances Haugen about its business practices before MPs in a parliamentary hearing, which comes after revealed further issues to American authorities about the company. Haugen’s testimony has clearly rattled Facebook, prompting pushback from the company, including from an .Haugen’s comments at hearings here and in the US, and the documents...

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Artificial nervous system senses light and learns to catch like humans

Artificial nervous system senses light and learns to catch like humans

×ByA simple artificial nervous system is able to mimic the way humans respond to light and learn to perform basic tasks. The principle could be used to create more useful and prostheses.Humans, when confronted by external stimuli such as heat or light, can react rapidly and automatically – think about how your hand withdraws from a hot surface, or how your leg flicks up when tapped on the knee. These are unconscious responses. But , such as catching a ball, must be honed by repeated stimulation.AdvertisementResearchers at three universities in South Korea have developed an artificial system...

Apr 11
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Tiny swimming robots reach their target faster thanks to AI nudges

Tiny swimming robots reach their target faster thanks to AI nudges

×ByMachine learning could help tiny and reach their goal without being knocked off target by the random motion of particles they encounter on their journey.are often designed to mimic the way bacteria can propel themselves through a fluid – but bacteria have one key advantage over the robots.Advertisement“A real bacterium can sense where to go and decide that it goes in that direction because it wants food,” says Frank Cichos at the University of Leipzig, Germany.It is difficult for the bacteria-sized microrobots to stay on course because their small size – some are just 2 micrometres...

Mar 29
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Small device could warn you if you've been too still at your desk

Small device could warn you if you've been too still at your desk

×A small sensor worn on the neck containing origami-like folded wires can monitor how much we move while sedentary, and prompt people to get up and exercise.in Europe experienced musculoskeletal disorders such as neck and shoulder pain in 2020 – a legacy of the changing way we work. But moving regularly while sitting can prevent problems.AdvertisementZhengbao Yang at City University of Hong Kong and his colleagues have developed small, stretchable sensors that are powered by piezoelectricity – charge that is generated through squeezing or stressing suitable materials.The sensor monitors the...

Mar 14
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Artificial intelligence could train your dog how to sit

Artificial intelligence could train your dog how to sit

×could train your dog while you are out at work. A prototype device can issue basic dog commands, recognise if they are carried out and provide a treat if they are.Jason Stock and Tom Cavey at Colorado State University trained an to identify when dogs were sitting, standing or lying down using over 20,000 images of dogs from different breeds. The AI achieved 92 per cent accuracy.This was then combined with a moveable camera, a speaker for issuing instructions and a …Existing subscribers, please with your email address to link your account access.Paid annually by Credit CardInclusive of...

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YouTube's algorithm is steering viewers away from anti-vaccine videos

YouTube's algorithm is steering viewers away from anti-vaccine videos

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.YouTube's propensity to push people down rabbit holes has been repeatedly probed by journalists and academics alike, and a shows the filter bubble in action.Tanushree Mitra and colleagues at Virginia Tech University's department of computer science analyzed the way YouTube's algorithmic recommendations pushed videos on lightning rod topics for conspiracy theories.The academics looked at how YouTube suggests videos related to 9/11 conspiracy theories, chem...

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Social-media innovation is dead

Social-media innovation is dead

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Crack open the warm champagne: another short-form, impermanent content stream that looks just like every short-form, impermanent content stream has launched. The newest iteration comes from Twitter, which. Despite the fanfare, the reaction to the new function was near-universal apathy. The reason is simple: we've already seen exactly the same kind of content before, on every other app we use on a daily basis.Fleets is Twitter's version of LinkedIn Stories,...

Nov 19
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Hawk-inspired robot with movable wings is an agile long-distance flyer

Hawk-inspired robot with movable wings is an agile long-distance flyer

×A robot with wings that can fly more stably and nimbly than other flying robots – and it uses less power, extending flight time.Enrico Ajanic at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and his colleagues borrowed from the biology of the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) to make a 284-gram drone with a maximum wingspan of 1.05 metres. The craft includes 27 feather-like plates – nine on each wing and a further nine on the tail – so that it moves through air as a goshawk does.The goal was to develop a , but manoeuvre around buildings and objects that it is likely to encounter....

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TikTok removed nearly 105 million videos for nudity and other policy violations in the first half of 2020

TikTok removed nearly 105 million videos for nudity and other policy violations in the first half of 2020

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.TikTok removed nearly 105 million videos for violating its rules in the first half of 2020, the company's latest transparency report reveals.The number is , but still accounts for less than one percent of the videos posted on the app — indicating the growth of the platform in the last year worldwide.Like YouTube, which recently admitted its computer-driven video moderation system was producing too many false positives, TikTok "relied more heavily on...

September 22, 2020
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