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CSA Images/Printstock Collection/Getty Images Eminent industry leaders worry that the biggest risk tied to artificial intelligence is the militaristic downfall of humanity. But there’s a smaller community of people committed to addressing two more tangible risks: AI created with harmful biases built into its core, and AI that does not reflect the diversity of the users it serves. I am proud to be part of the second group of concerned practitioners. And I would argue that not addressing the issues of bias and diversity could lead to a different kind of weaponized AI.
The good news is that AI is an opportunity to build technology with less human bias and built-in inequality than has been the case in previous innovations. But that will only happen if we expand AI talent pools and explicitly test AI-driven technologies for bias.
Eliminating Biases in AI: The People Technology inevitably reflects its creators in a myriad of ways, conscious and unconscious. The tech industry remains very m..
Fort d'une campagne réussie sur Kickstarter, Pierre Lebeau, un ex Googler lance aujourd'hui son robot familial Keecker.
Keecker est un robot multimédia à commandes vocales, qui évolue de manière autonome dans son environnement pour offrir une nouvelle dimension au partage du divertissement. Concentré d’innovations au design techno organique, Keecker est le premier produit high-tech haut de gamme fédérant l’ensemble des usages multimédia à destination de la maison ou du bureau. Il projette du mur au plafond et diffuse du son en intérieur comme en extérieur, avec une définition remarquable et un rendu haute-fidélité.
Il se déplace d’une pièce à l’autre sur simple commande vocale ou via un smartphone et se recharge par lui-même, le moment venu. Il évitera même le sac d’ado négligemment jeté dans l’entrée… Un et multiple à la fois : il réinvente l’expérience du multimédia en offrant la possibilité de sortir d’une poche ou d’un écran ses contenus pour les partager en grand forma..
Objects that arouse, titillate and terrify are all locked up in Tom Sachs’ Wunderkammern – cabinets of curiosity the artist has constructed for an exhibition at Sperone Westwater, ‘Objects of Devotion’. Sachs is an artist who, whether critical or not, appreciates stuff as stuff, whether ubiquitous or rare. He’s long been obsessed with remaking things: from Sony cameras to NASA memorabilia and his sister’s Barbie dolls, creating irresistible sculptures in miniature and on a large-scale, fashioned from his favoured materials such as duct tape, plywood, epoxy resin and foamcore.
Inspired by the exoticism and eroticism of cabinets of curiosities that date back to the Renaissance, Sachs’ own ‘theatre of the world’, The Cabinet (2014), is at first glance full of weapons and tools – but each has a name, referring to someone who affected the artist, from his mother to the Supreme Court. Other cabinets collect more autobiographical objects from the artist’s life, a self-portrait through things..
James Jannard – Jim to his friends – owns a lot of things. He owns several properties in Malibu and in Newport Beach, California. He owns two islands in Fiji, a third in the Pacific Northwest. He also owns a substantial collection of vintage 1980s sunglasses and biking gear. These last two are evidence of something he used to own – the Oakley eyewear brand, which he launched in the 1970s as a maker of motocross equipment, and the sale of which, for $2.1bn in 2007, allowed him to buy many of the other things he owns today. This is a man who knows what he likes, and tends to get it.
Jannard has now added another home to his residential options, perched atop a cliff in the chichi Trousdale section of Beverly Hills. The neighbourhood has a standing ordinance forbidding any construction above the first storey, ensuring that the two-acre site has an unobstructed view of nearly the whole Los Angeles basin, from Downtown to the sea. This perch is scarcely less spectacular than the building Ja..
‘Efficiency, simplicity, history. The safety pin seemed a perfect symbol to turn into an Hermès object. I wanted to give it a new life,’ says Pierre Hardy, artistic director of the house’s haute bijouterie since it launched in 2010.This year, the designer has reimagined the ubiquitous domestic device as precious adornment, establishing it as Hermès’ new fine jewellery symbol.
Beguiled by the pin’s shape – ‘the result of an absolute function, minimal technology, without any concern for aesthetic’ – Hardy was also attracted to its conflicted symbolism: ‘Firstly, childhood, motherly love, protection, “safety” pin. Secondly, and to the contrary, the provocative symbol of the punk movement – an anti-decorative tool that became the sign of rejection of society.’
The designer’s somewhat sociopolitical pin has a deliberately sensual form. ‘I tried to make it more feminine, smoothing the surface and introducing more fluidity in the lines, more tension in the drawing,’ he says. Soft tangles o..
Recently, there has been a proliferation of virtual reality (VR) web browsers and VR capabilities added to traditional browsers. In this article, we’ll look at the state of browsers in VR and the state of VR on the web via the WebVR APIs.
The web community has experimented with VR before, with VRML, but now WebVR takes a new approach to VR, one more suited to the modern web. We've accelerated 3D on the web since 2011 with the release of WebGL. Now the web can handle VR thanks to new web APIs that take advantage of VR hardware using WebGL.
The post A Guide To Virtual Reality For Web Developers appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
There’s been a gold rush happening in technology these last few years, focused on the Internet of Things, or IoT. It’s even frequently been referred to as “the next Industrial Revolution.” The stampede to connect anything and everything in the home to a mobile app – a stampede that I’d argue has been driven by grossly inflated numbers and speculation – has the potential to lure companies into unfamiliar territory, with no guarantee of a safe or profitable return. I know because I’ve been there.
The company I lead, Big Ass Solutions, manufactures and sells fans, lights, and controls for commercial and residential use. Our products work with apps or without apps. And while we’ve found customers for IoT connectivity, the number of our customers who value the new technology has been much lower than industry projections led us to believe.
There are some useful lessons here for other manufacturers, especially those who haven’t yet “connected” and might be concerned they’ve missed the boat...
Organizations that thrive on change use data and analytics as a competitive asset. They adapt quickly and predict trends by continuously curating and analyzing data and developing insights that drive new value. These organizations have a high “analytics IQ,” and they will be the disruptors, not the disrupted, in the digital revolution.
Those that successfully harvest vast troves of data can improve productivity; make faster and more accurate decisions; reduce costs; increase competitive advantage; discover new business models and innovations; and better engage customers, employees, and partners.
IT has long played a critical role in helping organizations deliver better products and services, improve operations, better manage risks, and develop new business models to stay relevant. That’s still true. Core technologies such as cloud, mobility, modern applications, and networks continue to evolve. But IT’s impact on the enterprise is raised to a whole new level when an organization intr..
Dave Wheeler for HBR The idea of incentivizing CEOs and senior executives seems reasonable to most people. Yet the large executive bonus is a relatively recent phenomenon. Executive pay grew more slowly than the average worker’s income during the 50s, 60s and part of the 70s. It was in the 1980s that the ratio of CEO to average-worker pay grew dramatically. It “exploded” in the 1990s. The astronomical rates of CEO fixed pay and bonuses that we are so familiar with today are only about 20 years old.
Some researchers have argued that they’re a failed experiment. At the organizational level, they can decrease morale and fuel cynicism, especially if CEO pay climbs while average wages stall or grow more slowly, as they have in countries like the U.S., UK, and Australia. Growing inequality has contributed to the decline in several social phenomena, including mental health, and has been cited as a threat to democracy itself.
Is it now time to redesign the experiment? If so, how? One approac..
by Dan Maccarone and Bob SullivanHave you ever wondered how tips get shared in a busy bar when multiple servers help you? Well, with so much cash changing hands so quickly, it’s not exactly scientific. And sometimes, it gets messy — or downright ugly. Here’s an example of both:
“I worked in a bar once that didn’t have a ‘pooled house,’ and bartenders got tipped out by servers. I was serving downstairs with an inexperienced bartender on a quiet Sunday, but there was a party upstairs that eventually spilled over onto our floor,” tells a bartender friend of Dan’s. “The bartender was quickly overwhelmed, so I left my tables — and my tips — and jumped behind the bar to help her bust out cocktails. When the rush was over, I mentioned to her that she wasn’t going to tip me out because the bartenders never tipped out the servers. She said, ‘Well, I found this 28 dollars on the bar and I don’t know what it’s for, so why don’t you just take that. I said ‘thank you,’ and took it.”
This story — ta..