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Millions of Flickr images were sucked into a database called MegaFace. Now some of those ...Read More
"For developers, the goal of this new generation of open-world games is stimulating a player’s sense of adventure in ways that emulate the real thing. Jean-Sebastien Decant, creative director for the latest Far Cry installment, New Dawn—which puts players in a carefully rendered postapocalyptic Montana—says, “The key is to provide "At ReStart, the issue seems settled: staff and clients talk about gaming like they would any other addiction. Rae tells me about a 13-year-old boy who was “using” World of Warcraft a dozen hours a day. Stories about game addicts run the gamut—lost jobs, dashed hopes, broken marriages. Rae mentions ...Read More
"A quest to identify protesters and police officers has people in both groups desperate to protect their anonymity... Mr. Cheung, a skinny 29-year-old, was grabbed at a mall around noon on July 18, according to his account. Four plainclothes officers waited for him to unlock his phone and then jumped ...Read More
Megapixels covered in NYT - but also check out this incredibly blasé business model: "Clarifai used the images from OkCupid to build a service that could identify the age, sex and race of detected faces, Mr. Zeiler said. He said Clarifai had access to OkCupid’s photos because some of the dating site’s founders invested in his company. ...Read More
ICE is using DMV photo databases in combination with facial recognition tech to find illegal immigrants and deport. The underperforming racially bais / algorithmic software is known to often generate false positives among the ethnically brown and women. The post 911, anti-privacy, ICE detention, surveillance state, is one of the most frighting, and critical points in time Americans have ever faced, period. ...Read More
"It is the choice between thinking that whatever is happening in reality is, by definition, acceptable, and thinking that some actual events in our current reality are fundamentally incompatible with our concept of ourselves—not just as Americans but as human beings—and therefore unimaginable. The latter position is immeasurably more difficult ...Read More
"The fear that marginalized groups will fall under increased surveillance as these technologies progress in the absence of laws to regulate them hardly seems like dystopian hysteria. In November, the City of Detroit announced that it was introducing the use of real-time police cameras at two public-housing towers. The existing program is known as Project Greenlight, and it was designed to deter criminal behavior. But tower residents worried that relatives would be less likely to visit, given ...Read More
Uhhh... Thoughtcrime, anyone? The matter-of-fact tone with which this technology and its applications are being discussed is chilling.