Amazon is using coronavirus to expand its power – and not for the greater good | Julia Carrie Wong | Technology | The Guardian

Amazon might transform from “the everything store” to the only store. In the midst of the corona crisis Amazon is showing its power. It acts like a government by mass hireing people and raising wages.  Also, it regulates the market: Amazon decided to stop accepting non-essential products from third-party sellers. This hurts smaller businesses  who […]

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition Tech Is Being Used By The Justice Department, ICE, And The FBI

Clearview’s facial recognition AI is not only used by law enforcement; there is a large number of private companies that have Clearview accounts, like Kohl’s and Walmart and banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America. While most of these companies have no formal contracts with Clearview and appear to have used Clearview’s software on […]

Coronavirus and the impact on global supply chains – MIT Technology Review Insights

The coronavirus turns out to be a massive disruptor of global supply chains. For example, ´ the automotive industry óperates still at less than 50% of its pre-virus production levels. Companies producing electronics are operating at 40 to 60% of their capacities. This hits products like smartphones very hard, since the production requires asselmby lines. […]

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 […]

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 […]