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Google chiude la rete in fibra a Louisville

con solo 2 mesi di preavviso. pensa se lo facesse telecom… sono sempre stato scettico su gFiber. ho sempre pensato fosse piu’ che altro marketing regolamentare. adesso penso che sia un segno di pressione sui ricavi pubblicitari.
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zcash: AKA l’hardware si rompe, il software nasce rotto

“l’hardware si rompe, il software nasce rotto” è una massima tirata fuori in una cena dal mio amico Mauro, quello che quando gli chiedi “quale è il tuo linguaggio di programmazione preferito ?” risponde “il saldatore”. Zcash Bug Could Have Been Used To Create Infinite Tokens la cosa è stata sistemata 8 mesi dopo che è stata scoperta. non oso pensare cosa sarebbe successo se una simile notizia avesse riguadato un intermediario finanziario tradizionale. l’idea che il software aperto sia ispezionabile e quindi sicuro, è fallace. può essere _più_ sicuro, ma il software è insicuro. punto. anche se ci guardano molte persone competenti. la sicurezza non …
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University of California: The autonomous vehicle parking problem (carramba che sorpresa!)

Dice un articolo appena pubblicato dalla University of California su Transport Policy: Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have no need to park close to their destination, or even to park at all. Instead, AVs can seek out free on-street parking, return home, or cruise (circle around). Because cruising is less costly at lower speeds, a game theoretic framework shows that AVs also have the incentive to implicitly coordinate with each other in order to generate congestion. Using a traffic microsimulation model and data from downtown San Francisco, this paper suggests that AVs could more than double vehicle travel to, from and within dense, …
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Maybe we ought to reintroduce (some form of) prior checkings by privacy authorities

In an early morning chat at the meeting of the HLEG-AI (High level expert group on AI of the European commission), some colleagues were reporting that their job was hindered by excessively strict interpretations of the GDPR by their organizations’ legal counsels. Fact is that many uses of AI involve personal information and that legal counsels incentives are misaligned with respect of the research&development groups (and that is generally OK) but tends to lead them to be excessively prudent and, quite often, blocking. (and they usually have an almost-veto power). Legal counsels would benefit from a (quasi) discharge of responsibility. With the regulation …
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Fixing social networks to fix fake news (a modest proposal)

a modest proposal in two (plus one) provisions: limit the number of friends a non-paying user can have: let’s say 100. do you want more friends ? you have to pay something: paying not only introduces friction but implies verifiability of identity of influences in case of suspicion of a crime. multiple (quasi) identical posts by different accounts (e.g. bots) would be easily spotted. limit the level of posts re-sharing. let’s say friends of friends. This would limit the reach of a non paying user to maximum 10.000 persons. (eventually) introduce latency in the visibility of re-shared posts. Let’s say …
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AI: from users to beneficiaries (and some implications on liability).

What’s the difference between a Robot vacuum cleaner and a traditional vacuum cleaner ? When you operate a traditional vacuum cleaner in your house, you are the user. When your Robot vacuum cleaner operates in your house, you are the beneficiary; you are no longer the “user” who “uses” (or operates) the device. You benefit from its activity. It is no longer a product you use to clean your house; cleaning the house becomes a service you benefit from, provided by a “living product”. You own the tool, but you are no longer its “user”. You are just the “beneficiary”. Now think of self driving …
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Pubblicato il report AI Now 2018

AI_Now_2018_Report (pdf) The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding the social implications of AI technologies. …. the AI Now 2018 Report contends with this central problem and addresses the following key issues: The growing accountability gap in AI, which favors those who create and deploy these technologies at the expense of those most affected The use of AI to maximize and amplify surveillance, especially in conjunction with facial and affect recognition, increasing the potential for centralized control and oppression Increasing government use of automated decision systems that directly impact individuals and communities without established …
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Google e le magnifiche sorti e progressive della tecnologia

Beninteso. E’ notorio che sono un appassionato di tecnologia ed un innamorato del futuro. Anche per questo mi disturba quando sento troppa enfasi, che poi inevitabilmente creerà disillusione in chi ci aveva creduto. Come ad esempio il marketing hype del 5G che servirà a raccogliere meglio le immondizie, riempire le buche per strada e trattare più efficientemente le infezioni del tratto urinario… (la realtà aumentata -cosa conretissima- non deve essere troppo sexy, perchè se ne parla ben poco…) Per non parlare di tutte le previsioni quasi miracolistiche di mirabolanti applicazioni della blockchain che risolveranno dalle crisi immobiliari alla distribuzione del cibo in africa.. …
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