AI successfully pretending to be human

AI

At the recent Google I/O conference there was a demo of Google’s new Duplex AI Assistant. It was quite frankly amazing, so rather than describing it, you can instead see it yourself. Here is that demo … As you listen to it making real calls to book an appointment, you find that not only is … Read more AI successfully pretending to be human

How can you track lots of Interesting stuff on the Internet?

rss

Today I’d like to offer a tip on how you can rapidly track stuff that you are interested in. RSS There is an existing standard known as RSS. This is an acronym for Rich Site Summary and is a special hidden, but machine readable, webpage that many websites offer. Whenever a new posting appears, this gets … Read more How can you track lots of Interesting stuff on the Internet?

Notes on Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica

The term “Cambridge Analytica” has popped up and so you might perhaps be wondering what this is all about. We have a few reliable sources we can use to dig into this a bit. I’m going to strive to keep this short and simple. 50 Million Facebook profiles Essentially the claim is that 50 million … Read more Notes on Cambridge Analytica

Disruptive Innovation coming to your smartphone soon

starlink

Starlink is coming. The one constant that persists is change. We constantly tweak and refine what we have, and so it is perhaps inevitable that change will continue to persist and disrupt. One news item popped up recently concerning SpaceX and how what they are doing has the potential to impact us all in a … Read more Disruptive Innovation coming to your smartphone soon

Trolling the right-wing with @arguetron – #bots

@arguetron

I was posting yesterday about how to spot bots. That is perhaps an important skill to develop because we live in an age where bots with a very specific malicious intent are being deployed to deceive and manipulate you by masquerading as a human. They promote extreme ideas, not because it is one that those behind … Read more Trolling the right-wing with @arguetron – #bots

Are all your Twitter friends human? #bots and #botnets

bots

You may indeed have Twitter Bots that are following you or that you follow that are openly and transparently bots. These are the  harmless ones run by a piece of software, and exist to provide a useful service. Examples include PoetryBot, CloudVision (A Photo Bot), or simply News Bot to tweet out headlines. Generally nobody has … Read more Are all your Twitter friends human? #bots and #botnets