A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Artificial intelligence and psychology: the computer will see you now >> The Economist
When faced with tough or potentially embarrassing questions, people often do not tell doctors what they need to hear. Yet the researchers behind Ellie, led by
Familiar to anyone who recalls Eliza, online and ready to listen to your problems now.
In the on-demand economy, flexibility isn't control and algorithms won't protect workers' rights >> GigaOm
…I get that Crichton isn't calling for permanent instability in employment. As he wrote, "the market has to be built in such a way that stability is a possible outcome for those who seek it." But it's a tad naive to think that this stability will come from the startups building the platforms in question. They simply have no interest in doing so, and won't until the demand for labor outstrips the supply.
XRay - transparency for the web >>
The Web can be a black box. When a user sees an ad about spiritual meditation methods, she may not realize that she's seeing that ad because she recently received an email about depression or cancer. We are seeking to change that, and in doing so bring more transparency to the Web.
For this, we developed XRay, a new tool that reveals which data in a web account, such as emails, searches, or viewed products, are being used to target which outputs, such as ads, recommended products, or prices. It can increase end-user awareness about what the services they use do with their data, and it can enable auditors and watchdogs with the necessary tools to keep the Web in check.
To be presented at the Usenix security forum. Example demo works with Gmail "which reveals ads targeted on certain sensitive topics, such as depression, cancer, pregnancy, race, or debt."
Why did Windows 8 fail? It had to be explained to users >>
In his Techpinions column this week,
And that's pretty much it with Windows 8. The platform's biggest defenders always pointed out that you could easily make it just like Windows 7… if you changed some of its default settings and downloaded third-party apps to bring back the classic Start menu. While Windows 8's champions may have been right that doing these things was "easy", it also raised the question of why users should bother to pay to upgrade from Windows 7 if they'd have to do extra work just to make Windows 8 behave the same way.
Notebook PCs, Worldwide, units by form-factor, Q1 2013 - Q2 2014 >> Canalys
Shows "clamshell" (conventional) notebook and "convertible" (2-in-1) shipments worldwide since Q1 2013. You'd have to say it's slow going so far for the convertibles. Based on these figures and world totals, desktop shipments are about a third of overall shipments.
But when it comes to the new Sideline View System, the
DeepBeliefSDK/README.md• jetpacapp/DeepBeliefSDK >> GitHub
This is a framework implementing the convolutional neural network architecture described by
We're releasing this framework because we're excited by the power of this approach for general image recognition, especially when it can run locally on low-power devices. It gives your phone the ability to see, and I can't wait to see what applications that helps you build.
Warden's Jetpac (which used this technology) was just sold to
Samsung, MS head for settlement >>
Samsung is being pressurized by royalty payments for
With its profit dropping, Samsung can't afford the payments at the current rate, forcing it to renegotiate with MS.
''While Microsoft acquired
Seems unlikely that Samsung can't afford the money - more likely that it sees a chance to renegotiate now that
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