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YouTube's Algorithm Made Fake CNN Reports Go Viral

"YouTube channels posing as American news outlets racked up millions of views on false and inflammatory videos over several months this year," reports CNN. "All with the help of YouTube's recommendation engine." Many of the accounts, which mostly used footage from CNN, but also employed some video from Fox News, exploited a YouTube feature that… Read More »

Posted on 14 December 2019 | 9:34 am

Researchers Fooled Chinese Facial Recognition Terminals With Just a Mask

Public facial recognition terminals in China can be fooled with just a mask, as some recent experiments have shown. The Verge reports: An AI company, Kneron, shared a video with The Verge of tests it ran at facial recognition terminals in China where it appeared to fool the systems. Kneron asked us not to publish the video, so we will describe… Read More »

Posted on 14 December 2019 | 7:00 am

Xbox Series X To Allow 'Suspend and Resume' For Multiple Games At Once

In an exclusive interview with Gamespot, Partner Director of Program Management for Team Xbox Jason Ronald revealed a new feature of the Xbox Series X: the ability to suspend and resume multiple games at once. Wccftech highlights what Ronald said: [From Gamespot]: "Today, we have the capability of instantly resuming the last game that you were… Read More »

Posted on 14 December 2019 | 4:00 am

Astronomers Find 19 More Galaxies Missing Their Dark Matter

Iwastheone shares a report from Astronomy.com: Astronomers have discovered 19 more galaxies missing their dark matter. Instead of dark matter, these strange galaxies are mainly filled with regular matter, like the protons, neutrons, and electrons that make up everything we're familiar with. The new find, published November 26 in Nature Astronomy,… Read More »

Posted on 14 December 2019 | 1:00 am

Emotion Recognition Tech Should Be Banned, Says an AI Research Institute

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A leading research centre has called for new laws to restrict the use of emotion-detecting tech. The AI Now Institute says the field is "built on markedly shaky foundations." Despite this, systems are on sale to help vet job seekers, test criminal suspects for signs of deception, and set insurance… Read More »

Posted on 13 December 2019 | 9:30 pm

Reputation Management Firms Bury Google Results By Placing Flattering Content

Prominent figures from Jacob Gottlieb to Betsy DeVos got help from a reputation management firm that can bury image-sensitive Google results by placing flattering content on websites that masquerade as news outlets. The Wall Street Journal reports: Jacob Gottlieb was considering raising money for a hedge fund. One problem: His last one had… Read More »

Posted on 13 December 2019 | 8:10 pm