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Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism. Whittaker claimed Google had retaliated against her for her role in the walkout and her advocacy work on AI ethics through AI Now, a research institute she co-founded that has received funding from Google. She had already been told her AI ethics work was no longer a fit for Google’s ...Read More
“It isn’t inherently awful that YouTube uses AI to recommend video for you, because if the AI is well tuned it can help you get what you want. This would be amazing,..But the problem is that the AI isn’t built to help you get what you want — it’s built ...Read More
Android isn’t as open source as it seems... “While Android — the stripped down, open-source operating system — may be available to everyone, all of the Google pieces that make most Android phones worthwhile are locked behind a partner program. Google might let almost everyone into its exclusive club, but it reserves the right to kick them out.”
"The potential disparity between the value of personal data and what users receive in return creates space for governments to seek reimbursement on society’s behalf." -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg, "This Is the Best Way to Tax Google and Facebook"
"I’m told that to remain at the company I will have to abandon my work on AI ethics and the AI Now Institute." "My manager started ignoring me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick." ...Read More
"Back in 2006, I published on one of my domains, digifreedom.net, the opinion piece “Seven Things we’re tired of hearing from software hackers”. A few years later, for reasons not relevant here, I froze that whole project. One unwanted consequence was that the “Seven Things”, together with other posts, were ...Read More
According to a Twitter poll I ran, 21% of my crypto audience respondents think Elizabeth Warren’s plan is “on-mission”.
"Surveillance capitalism was invented by Google more than a decade ago when it discovered that the “data exhaust” clogging its servers could be combined with analytics to produce predictions of user behavior. At that time, the key action of interest was whether a user might click on an ad. The ...Read More
“We cannot have a society in which if two people wish to communicate the only way that can happen if it’s financed by a third party who wishes to manipulate them” @JaronLanierVR on #Facebook & #Google
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Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers
Ryan Gallagherryan.gallagher@​theintercept.com@rj_gallaghertheintercept.com ↗︎
So much for “don’t be evil”...
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Social sites collaborating on their effort to ban Alex Jones is disgusting. The terms of service argument is bullshit when they act in concert. I don’t want a big club of developer folk deciding what content I see. Google is now helping China create censored search engine, what else are ...Read More
"In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a ...Read More
Explains controversy over Google taking defense industry contracts, initiating "weaponized AI". Fears include Google algorithms processing video/image data to target drone strikes.