Author archives: Diana Coker

Facebook is back in the news facing fresh scrutiny over its handling of user data. Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. The company confirmed that it has been transcribing users’ audio and said it was no longer doing so. Since 2015, Messenger has offered to transcribe audio clips, although this feature is turned off by default. Facebook claims that the users who opted in to the feature had their audio clips reviewed by third-...
Eye health is something taken for granted by so many of us. We rarely consider how different our lives would be if our vision was impaired. But visual impairment is a bitter reality for more than 3.4 million Americans. All is about to change, thanks to researchers from visual prosthetics company Second Sight Medical Products. The Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System, build by Second Sight, sends electrical signals to the wearer’s brain via an implant, allowing them to see again. The bionic eyes consist of: 1.) a small camera mount...
Around 1.5 billion people use Gmail every month and majority of this group trust Google to protect them from threats and hacks. Google’s existing machine learning models block more than 99.9 percent of spam, phishing, and malware from reaching people’s inboxes. But being on top of today’s highly-skilled cyber attackers, more sophisticated efforts were required.  This year in February Google revealed how it is staying ahead of refined threats. TensorFlow, an open-source machine learning framework developed by Google blocks an extra 10...
Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed into the moon during a failed landing attempt on April 11. On the lunar lander was a cellular “library” that includes plant and animal cells and human DNA. It was created by the U.S.-based Arch Mission Foundation, which strives to create “backups” of Earth. According to founder Nova Spivack, the collection of material included enough DNA to regenerate life on Earth. It seems the cargo may still fulfill its intended purpose. Among the technology lost in the crash were a few thousand tiny tardigrad...
According to a report published by France’s Defense Innovation Agency (DIA), a team of visionaries “Red Team” will be hired to “propose scenarios of disruption” military strategists might not think of. Bruno Tertrais, deputy director of France’s Foundation for Strategic Research, said the role of the Red Team would be to anticipate more threatening scenarios than those explored in the popular Netflix series Black Mirror. “The US government considered that it had been the victim of a lack of imagination,” he said. “It is certainly n...
“I have a business meeting with NASA executives in Mars next month but I wish the agency would move the venue to its center in Florence, Moon so I could celebrate this coming Christmas here on Earth with my family” This statement is either idiomatic, at least for the sake of trusting it has a meaning, or hypothetical at the moment. Yes, because a generation would take it for the real meaning someday. Just to remind us, John Flowers never saw Alexa, Siri, or Google Home in his entire lifetime. Some time ago in Washington, D.C., a man ...
“AI is a human right,” theoretical neuroscientist Vivienne Ming said in 2018. Her professional career is focused on exploring ways to improve human potential with artificial intelligence. Ming is not just a firm believer that tech will become a more integral part of our existence but proving it by turning her autistic son into a cyborg. Ming wanted to help her son after he was diagnosed with autism. Ming built a face- and expression-recognition system for Google Glass that will in real-time interpret people’s facial expressions. Mos...
The latest gaming consoles and titles often dominate talk among teenagers and adults at public gatherings aside from topping the wish lists of many. This technology-induced culture has provoked many researchers into investigating how games influence people’s behavior. Some studies indicate that sexualized female game characters could cause body dissatisfaction among female gamers alongside aggression towards women, with many other reports related to social skills and mental health. Do sexualized female game characters actually turn ga...
According to the VRT NWS report, 153 of the 1,000 audio files it listened to “were conversations that should never have been recorded and during which the command 'OK Google' was clearly not given.”

Google Home is sending your private recordings to Google workers

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According to the VRT NWS report, 153 of the 1,000 audio files it listened to “were conversations that should never have been recorded and during which the command 'OK Google' was clearly not given.”[...]
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) became an instrument to examine the human’s organs and internal structures in 1971, nearly three decades after it was discovered independently by Felix Bloch and Edward Purcell. Since then, health professionals have relied on MRI scans to examine various body conditions, including the brain and spinal cord. Thanks to American physician Raymond Damadian for identifying the differences in the nuclear magnetic relaxation times of tumors and tissues. But the technology is not done stunning us. A newly deve...