The case for … ‘dumb’ cities instead of ‘smart’ ones

We’ve participated in SCEWC in Barcelona last year. The amount of technology that is supposed to makes a city smart is staggering. For monitoring ever movement in the city millions of sensors are positioned in cities. Some of them look like from some dystopian future. What’s missing are actuators that physically enforce some desired behavior […]

Opinion | How to Track President Trump – The New York Times

Shocking article how easy it is to track anybody, including Donald Trump. A dataset with more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans was used by NY Times. It contained the traces of a Secret Service agent that accompanied Donald Trump. The agent’s home was also clearly identifiable […]

Three People-Centered Design Principles for Deep Learning

Algorithms gain more and more control over our daily lives. We need to build in principles into AI systems that work in the favor of people: Transparency. Wherever possible, make the high-level implementation details of your AI project available for all of those involved. In this case of a deep learning initiative, people should understand […]

On the potential Impact of banning Political Ads on Social Media

Worth reading: this Wired article that discusses the potential impact of banning political ads on social media. Political Ads serve as entry point to phony astroturf communities. For example, the now infamous Internet Research Agency (IRA for short) purchased only 3400 Facebook and Instagram ads. Compare this to the over 61500 Facebook posts, 116000 Instagram […]

Converging Solutions: Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Humans are almost hardwired to recognize faces. It’s important for us to tell people apart and we barely think about it. But the recognition process is far from being understood. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have compared how deep neural networks recognize faces and compared this with activation pattern data from […]

Wie bringt man einen Chatbot auf das Smartphone?

Ist doch ganz einfach, möchte man meinen. In der Tat gibt es mehrere Möglichkeiten, Chatbots auf Messenger-Plattformen (WhatsApp, FB Messenger, etc.) zu verwenden oder auf der mobilen Webseite bzw. in Apps per Widget zu integrieren. Diese Methoden haben allerdings mehrere Probleme: 1. Mix von Business und privaten. Nützt man eine Messenger-Plattform für sein Business, konkurriert […]

Warum News-Pull keine Lösung für WhatsApp Newsletter ist

Mit dem nahenden Ende von WhatsApp Newslettern sind Unternehmen auf der Suche nach Alternativen um den Verlust der über Jahre aufgebauten Reichweite zu verhindern. Eine Lösung ist der Umstieg auf News-Pull. Hier muss der User WhatsApp öffnen, in den Newsletter Channel wechseln und eine Nachricht schicken (z.B. einen Buchstaben). Erst dann erhält wird dem User […]