Most Deepfakes Are Porn, and They’re Multiplying Fast | WIRED

Two years ago, software was realeased that montaged faces of Hollywood actresses into pornographic video clips. This is now known as deepfakes and the technology has found a wide audience. While some of the manipulated videos are fun and mostly harmless like the picture above, a report by Deeptrace found 96% of deepfakes are pornographic. […]

We Are All Confident Idiots – Pacific Standard

Incompetent people cannot recognize just how incompetent are. In order to realize how incompetent they are, they must have expertise in the area they simply lack. It’s like a blind spot: they don’t know what they don’t know. This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Read more here  

The Fantasy of Opting Out | The MIT Press Reader

In a world where the cost of opting out is getting constantly higher, the pressure of not to opt out is mounting. Almost every platform tells users that by opting out from cookies, link and click tracking, personal information, etc. they won’t be able to fully benefit from the platform (services). Some platforms even go […]

Facebook’s Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users’ Heads—Literally | WIRED

Facebook purchased CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a company that allows uses to control computer interafaces with brainpower. They use a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to accomplish that. While they are not the only company that tries to do that, CTRL-Labs is considered to have a quite pragmatic approach to brain computer interfaces. Users […]

OpenAI has released the largest version yet of its fake-news-spewing AI – MIT Technology Review

A half-size version of the now infamous language model of OpenAI has been released and the group examined the impact of their decisions so far in a recent paper. OpenAIs decision not to publish the whole model was heavily critized. Vanya Cohen, a recent master’s graduate from Brown University, went on to recreate an open-source […]

iPhone 11, iPadOS and iOS 13 for PWAs and web development

A very good overview on Progressive Web App related changes on iOS 13. No push notifications, but there might be some movement in this area in the (near?) future. Just speculating: maybe Apple will add them without much fanfare in a minor update (say iOS 13.3) just like they added Progressive Web App support in […]