Google unveils new 10-shade skin tone scale to test AI for bias

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By Paresh Dave OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday unveiled a palette of 10 skin tones that it described as a step forward in making gadgets and apps that better serve people of color. The company said its new Monk Skin Tone Scale replaces a flawed standard of six colors known as the Fitzpatrick Skin Type, which had become popular in the tech industry to assess whether smartwatch heart-rate sensors, artificial intelligence systems including facial recognition and other offerings show color bias. Tech researchers acknowledged that Fitzpatrick underrepresented people w… Read More “Google unveils new 10-shade skin tone scale to test AI for bias”

Tesla claims it hired liar who stole trade secrets, tried to cover tracks with ‘dummy’ laptop

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The Mercury News

Tesla has sued a former employee for allegedly stealing confidential information and trying to cover his tracks when confronted. The company led by CEO Elon Musk hired Alexander Yatskov as a thermal engineer in January to work on cooling technology for the electric car maker’s artificial intelligence supercomputer, but it soon became apparent he was not up to the job, according to a lawsuit Tesla filed against him. “His work communications became erratic,” Tesla alleged in the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California. “He was repeatedly unable to complete tasks he was h… Read More “Tesla claims it hired liar who stole trade secrets, tried to cover tracks with ‘dummy’ laptop”

Human Rights Groups Are Protesting Zoom’s Emotion Recognition Tech

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By Kirk Miller Over two dozen human rights groups have banded together to protest Zoom’s interest in emotion recognition technology, which the groups claim is “discriminatory, manipulative, potentially dangerous and based on assumptions that all people use the same facial expressions, voice patterns, and body language.” Per Gizmodo, the protest stems from a report by Protocol in early April noting that companies wanted to use artificial intelligence to communicate better during virtual sales meetings, as well as to detect the “emotional state” of a deal. While the video conferencing service do… Read More “Human Rights Groups Are Protesting Zoom’s Emotion Recognition Tech”

Google making smartwatch in ‘ambient’ computing push

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San Francisco (AFP) – Google on Wednesday said it is strapping a smartwatch onto its Pixel hardware line as part of an “ambient computing” vision to make its services available anywhere at any time. The Alphabet-owned internet titan used its annual developers conference to showcase a Pixel line expanding to include a smartwatch and tablet as well as upgraded earbuds and a more affordable version of its flagship smartphone. Backed up by artificial intelligence, cloud computing and sophisticated custom mobile chips, the family of gadgets is intended to work seamlessly together, Google senior vic… Read More “Google making smartwatch in ‘ambient’ computing push”

‘In Ukraine, food and hospitality are a way to express love and caring’ (Olena Braichenko)

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This is the dish that best represents the diversity of Ukrainian cuisine. It is prepared by any family and you will also find it on the menu in restaurants. It is prepared for everyday meals as well as for special events such as weddings and funerals.  Back in March, we wrote about a book entirely dedicated to Ukraine’s culinary specialties and customs. Now we have finally been able to get in touch with its author, Olena Braichenko, now back in Kyiv. Traditional dishes, key exports, the culture of food, transmission of recipes… We discussed several topics related to the preservation of Ukrai… Read More “‘In Ukraine, food and hospitality are a way to express love and caring’ (Olena Braichenko)”

Mark Esper details ‘yelling match’ where Mark Meadows told him not to make announcements about the Navy

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Raw Story

By Sarah K. Burris Among the stories former Defense Secretary Mark Esper tells in his new book is that he and chief of staff Mark Meadows got into a lot of screaming matches. Detailed in A Sacred Oath, Esper recalled work he did with Congress to free up cash for a certain military program that would have negated the need to ask for another appropriation. Esper introduced the initiative in a speech, leading to a freakout at the White House. They appeared to want to make the announcement so that Trump could take credit for it. It was Oct. 6, 2020, less than a month before election day when some … Read More “Mark Esper details ‘yelling match’ where Mark Meadows told him not to make announcements about the Navy”

Dak Prescott Under ‘Most Pressure’ This Year: NFL Reacts

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By Daniel Bates After a very statistically productive 2021, followed by a disappointing early playoff exit, one analyst believes Dak Prescott has the most pressure on his shoulders heading into the upcoming season. According to ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky, the Cowboys two-time Pro Bowl QB has the most to answer to in the NFL. Followed by: reigning back-to-back MVP Aaron Rodgers, and young signal-callers Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Zach Wilson. The NFL World reacted to Orlovsky’s take on Dak across Twitter Wednesday. “Why is Rodgers on here and [Daniel Jones] not?” asked one user. “Lol this dude is… Read More “Dak Prescott Under ‘Most Pressure’ This Year: NFL Reacts”

N.J. Treasurer Muoio tests positive for COVID-19, postpones revenue update

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NJ.com

New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, a spokeswoman said. “She is vaccinated and boosted and currently experiencing mild symptoms,” state Department of Treasury spokeswoman Danielle Currie told NJ Advance Media. Muoio was scheduled to appear Thursday before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to give state lawmakers an update on tax collections and revenue projections for the current fiscal year, as well as the one that begins July 1. Senate Republicans released a statement on Tuesday saying they expected Muoio to report tax collections a… Read More “N.J. Treasurer Muoio tests positive for COVID-19, postpones revenue update”

Mark Ingram Is Trending For Viral Running Back Rankings

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By Matt Hladik If you’ve been on “NFL Twitter” today, you’ve probably seen the insane running backs rankings list that is going viral. There’s a lot of things wrong with it and we’re not even sure where it originates from, but the list has managed to stir up enough conversation to get Mark Ingram Jr. trending. That’s because Ingram, a three-time Pro Bowler, checks in at No. 25 on the rankings. Of course, Ingram is not the 25th-best running back of all-time. He’s a Heisman Trophy winner and former first-round pick who has turned in a credible career: three 1,000-yard seasons, those aforemention… Read More “Mark Ingram Is Trending For Viral Running Back Rankings”

The Dominant Investing Theme Of The Decade

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It’s the simplest secret in all of investing: The Dominant Theme Of The DecadeFind the dominant theme of the decade… and bet on it. Do this one thing right, and stock market profits will effortlessly flow into your brokerage account. Today, I’ll tell you the dominant theme of the 2020s. First, take a look at this table. It shows the World’s largest companies by decade since 1980. You’ll notice the companies are almost completely different each decade… Q1 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more But you’ll also notice each decade had an obvious dominant theme… In the ‘80s, the dominant the… Read More “The Dominant Investing Theme Of The Decade”