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Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facial recognition technology, when deployed on a site like Facebook, is both convenient and disconcerting. Amazing but creepy. If you upload a lot of photos, Facebook’s facial recognition technology is great. Ain’t nobody got time to tag. As it stands, Facebook’s facial recognition tech is pretty good. Apparently, it’s about to get scary good. New Scientist reports on a new …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Research Car Spotted in the Wild

Uber is in the early stages of developing “mapping, safety, and autonomy” systems, and its first vehicles tasked with doing so have just hit the road. Where? In Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Business Times spotted a black Ford with a rather conspicuous set of tech on its roof – a LIDAR system that looks quite similar to the one sported …

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Obama Urged to Reject Encryption Backdoors in Tech-Backed Letter

President Obama is about to receive a letter signed by dozens upon dozens of companies and organizations, urging him to resist giving government agencies access to citizens’ personal data via backdoors in encrypted devices. “We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products. We request that the White House instead focus on …

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Elon Musk Isn’t Against Flying Cars, He’s Just Worried About Them Falling on Your Head

The everyday futurology musings of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk continue to entertain. See: thoughts on self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. This time he’s talking flying cars. Speaking with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on his StarTalk show, Musk outlined some of his concerns with the idea of flying cars (via Inc). “If there are flying cars, then well obviously …

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Google Glass Is Far from Dead, Says Eric Schmidt

If you think Google Glass is dead, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt would like to tell you you’re wrong. “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt recently told the Wall Street Journal. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks …

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Watch a Guy Watch His Son’s Birth Live in Virtual Reality

If you don’t pay attention to the incredibly odd promo image above, Samsung has done something pretty cool – for the first time (it’s claiming), someone has watched a birth live-stream in virtual reality. Make no mistake, this is a six minute ad for Samsung’s Gear VR. But it is a neat use of the technology. It might pull at your …

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Apple Donates $50M to Further Racial & Gender Diversity in Tech

Fresh off its big smartwatch event, Apple is donating more than $50 million to groups that help promote diversity in the workplace. Specifically, Apple is donating to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit that aims to help students at HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The fund’s mission is to “partner with our member-schools to increase access, retention …

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Gigaom Shuts Down, “Unable to Pay Its Creditors”

Prominent tech blog Gigaom is shutting down, after it revealed it “recently became unable to pay its creditors”. Here’s what Gigaom management had to say Monday evening: Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as …

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Marriage Equality Is Good for Business, Facebook, Apple, Google, and More Tell Supreme Court

Bans on same-sex marriage are bad for business. That’s the message of a new amicus brief filed in the US Supreme Court. The brief is signed by many major tech companies – as well as companies from industries all across the spectrum. It includes 379 supporters in all. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in multiple cases involving same-sex marriage …

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Google, Uber Moving in on Each Other’s Turf?

It’s possible that Google and Uber, two companies which, at least historically, have been friendly, are developing a bit of a rivalry. Uber has announced a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University that will see the creation of the “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” near the school’s campus. “The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance …

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Magic Johnson Offers His Expertise To Improve Diversity In Silicon Valley

The lack of diversity in Silicon Valley recently made headlines as statistics on their racial and gender make-up were revealed, showing a largely white and Asian workforce. Former basketball player turned businessman Magic Johnson is now offering his expertise to companies like Google and Apple in order to help them increase their employment of African-Americans and Hispanics. Johnson is an …

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Wireless Birth Control Could Hit the Market by 2018, Thanks to Bill Gates

The concept of implanting birth control that lasts for years is nothing new, but the idea of implanting remote-controlled birth control that can work for a decade and a half sure is. But if things go according to plan, that kind of technology could be on the market in the next few years. The MIT Technology Review reports on MicroCHIPS, …

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