Mixtape podcast: Artificial intelligence and disabilityTECHCRUNCH.COM — Welcome back to Mixtape, the TechCrunch podcast that looks at the human element that powers technology. For this episode we spoke with co-founder of the AI Now Institute and Minderoo Research Professor at NYU; Mara Mills, associate professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU and co-director of the NYU Center for Disability Studies; and Sara Hendren, professor at Olin College of Engineering and author of the recently published What Can a Body Do: How We Meet the Built World.
Twitter’s election label now acknowledges Joe Biden as president-electMASHABLE.COM — At long last, Donald Trump’s Twitter account has acknowledged that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. Twitter had to do it for him, though. A new update to some of the social media company’s election labels, which are appended to tweets that bolster Trump’s false claims of a stolen election, now explicitly acknowledge Biden as the winner.
A beginner’s guide to TikTokMASHABLE.COM — It’s 2020. Why aren’t you on TikTok yet? . OK, there are some very valid reasons to avoid using the app, including the extensive user data collection that nearly every social media app employs. But if you’re getting your TikTok content as reposts of tweets on Instagram meme accounts, it might be time to go straight to the source and download the TikTok app yourself. .
‘Jurassic World Aftermath’ lets you play VR hide-and-seek with a cartoon velociraptorMASHABLE.COM — Ever catch yourself watching that fraught kitchen scene with the kids from the first Jurassic Park film and wondering how well you’d handle a face-off against a cunning velociraptor? If so, then the new Oculus Studios exclusive Jurassic World Aftermath is your chance to test those nerves of steel. “It’s about evasion,” says Brian Gomez, executive producer for Universal Games and Digital Platforms, of Aftermath’s stealth-and-puzzle-based gameplay.
‘Cyberpunk 2077’ has been removed from the PlayStation Store, and Sony is offering refundsMASHABLE.COM — Cyberpunk 2077’s launch has been the kind of disaster we now expect from 2020. Released on Dec. 10, the ridiculously hyped roleplaying game was swiftly and widely derided for having more bugs than the Montreal Insectarium, with flying cars and glitchy penises dominating the discourse. Now, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that not only will it offer refunds to anyone who bought the game from its PlayStation Store, it will also stop selling Cyberpunk 2077 altogether
Alibaba ‘dismayed’ by its cloud unit’s ethnicity detection algorithmTECHCRUNCH.COM — Chinese tech giants have drawn international criticism after research showed they have technologies that enable the authorities to profile Muslim Uyghurs. The cloud computing unit of Alibaba, developed a facial recognition algorithm that can identify a person’s ethnicity or whether a person is “Uyghur”, according to research from surveillance industry publication IPVM.
Aurora sends offers to majority of Uber ATG employees to join self-driving companyTECHCRUNCH.COM — Autonomous vehicle company sent offers Thursday to more than 75% of employees at Advanced Technologies Group, just a week after announcing plans to acquire the self-driving subsidiary, according to a source familiar with the post-merger integration plans. Uber ATG Toronto, which employs about 50 people where the subsidiary conducted its research and development work, did not not made the cut, according to a source.
10 calming gifts for people with 2020 anxietyMASHABLE.COM — We could all use the gift of good mental health this holiday season. This year has been uncommonly rough, tossing us from massive wildfires to a deadly pandemic to police brutality to an extremely high stakes presidential election. It’s the runaway freight train of disaster that just won’t stop,…
You’re breathing wrong. Here are 6 ways to fix that.MASHABLE.COM — For years, I’ve been focused on the most basic human activity there is: breathing. After all, watching your breath is the main activity in meditation, something I’m so gung-ho about that I started an annual high-tech meditation contest. Dr. Andrew Weil’s famous relaxation breathing exercise —…
5 critical things disease experts got right about COVIDMASHABLE.COM — To cheering crowds, the first vaccine-packed trucks bound for U.destinations left Pfizer’s Michigan plant this weekend. Elsewhere, planes ferrying COVID vaccines have landed. The vaccinations, similar to vaccinations that rid the U.of terrible scourges like polio and smallpox, have begun. Though it will take many months to protect a significant amount of the populace — and perhaps return us to some “normality” sometime in 2021 — scientific ingenuity is responsible for the rapid creation of a vaccine (with more to come) that proved both safe and effective in major tests.
What people really mean when they identify as sapiosexual on dating appsMASHABLE.COM — The fog of love that is dating in 2019 has led to a near-constant barrage of new terms that help us navigate the uncertainties of modern courtship: ghosting, lumbersexual, cuffing, cloaking. To the novice, online dating profiles today can look like bafflingly coded messages with random-ass numbers (aka the unspoken requirement for men to include their height) and nonsense acronyms (aka Myers-Briggs personality type indicator).
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