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What I'm Reading - 4/16/2018

Three to five links every weekday - topics may vary.

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HOLOGRAMS WERE THE FANTASY; VR AND AR ARE THE REALITY

These near-term future technologies have been preceded by a new form of fauxlogram based on a different display technology — specifically, a shift from projectors to tiny screens mounted right in front of participants’ eyes. AR and VR glasses display the hologram either mixed in with real-world surroundings (AR) or placed within a fully artificial space (VR).


HOW FACEBOOK GIVES AN ASYMMETRIC ADVANTAGE TO NEGATIVE MESSAGING

According to McNamee, Facebook pioneered the building of a tech company on “human emotions”. Given that the social network  knows all of our “emotional hot buttons”, McNamee believes, there is “something systemic” about the way that third parties can “destabilize” our democracies and economies. McNamee saw this in 2016 with both the Brexit referendum in the UK and the American Presidential election and concluded that Facebook does, indeed, give “asymmetric advantage” to negative messages.


RESEARCHERS TEACH AI TO THINK LIKE DOGS AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

What’s really clever, though, is what the researchers did next. Taking the neural network trained on the dog’s behavior, they wanted to see if it had learned anything else about the world that they had not explicitly programmed. As they explain in the paper, dogs “clearly demonstrate visual intelligence, recognizing food, obstacles, other humans and animals,” so does a neural network trained to act like a dog show the same cleverness?

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