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  • Amazon Wants to Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom. Why would anyone agree to this is something I don't really understand.

    Amazon is giving Alexa eyes. And it's going to let her judge your outfits.

    The newly announced Echo Look is a virtual assistant with a microphone and a camera that's designed to go somewhere in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the hell you get dressed.

  • The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world
    via. A very interesting and long article about reading patterns and how they are mined by a variety of actors (governments, publishers, writers). This footnote made my day:

    In Amazon's early days, before Kindles and e-books, it offered a feature where it would prominently display book titles that were heavily ordered for shipment to specific zip codes. Since universities (or even units within universities like law schools) and large corporate facilities often have their own zip codes, this turned into "what they are reading this week at Intel's corporate headquarters" or "what they are reading at Harvard Law School." Such a feature sits at the borderline between advertising and recommendation, and also is of real interest to at least some authors, publishers, and other third parties; needless to say, the feature was quickly discontinued, apparently over corporate secrecy concerns.


  • Mapping Global Pollution And Natural Disasters Through AI And News Images.

    Using deep learning algorithms, Google's API tags each image with nearly 10,000 labels capturing the objects and activities found in the image. It also conducts what amounts to a reverse Google Images search, checking to see if the image has been seen anywhere else on the web and if so, how it was described in the image captions on those pages and what the dominate topical labels were that were assigned to it.

    [...] The resulting live global trash map colors each country by the density of imagery monitored by GDELT from that country’s domestic media over the past 24 hours that reflected any of the topics of pollution, smog or litter.

  • Flint residents searched for water info before news coverage intensified: Study.

    A new Pew Research Center study using proprietary Google search data shows people in the city searched the web for information related to the water supply before their government and the local media recognized there was a problem. The study shows how real-time mining of digital data may improve public health response times and media coverage during a crisis.


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