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Notes From An Emergency

Notes From An Emergency by Maciej Ceglowski ...their software and algorithms affect the lives of billions of people. Decisions about how this software works are not under any kind of democratic control. In the best case, they are being made by idealistic young people in California with imperfect knowledge of life in a faraway place like Germany. In the worst case, they are simply being read out of a black-box algorithm trained on God knows what data. This is a…

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Google Duplex and Axios

What Google isn't telling us about its AI demo by Dan Primack Axios asked Google for the name of the hair salon or restaurant, in order to verify both that the businesses exist and that the calls were not pre-planned. We also said that we'd guarantee, in writing, not to publicly identify either establishment (so as to prevent them from receiving unwanted attention). A longtime Google spokeswoman declined to provide either name. We also asked if either call was edited,…

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Google Duplex

Daring Fireball (Daniel Miessler) It’s totally credible that Google would be the first to achieve something like Duplex, but the fact that all they did — as far as I’ve seen — was play a recording just seems off. It feels like a con. Google: Hey, check out this cool tech I’ve created. It’s totally awesome. It does this and that and that. Daring Fireball: Wow! Can I see it? Google: Not yet. But soon. Then you’ll see how fantastic…

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