Deepfakes: Questioning reality through the screens.
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Determining What’s Real: Reality vs. Deepfakes

Artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years, and it is now possible for AI-generated images and videos to deceive even the most discerning viewer. Unfortunately, the digital tools available to detect such deepfakes are still struggling to keep up with the pace of content generation, likely because there is a little financial incentive for companies to invest in this area.
Deepfakes, which refer to manipulated images and videos created using AI technology, have been a cause for concern for several years now. While some deepfakes may seem harmless, such as the recent image of Pope Francis wearing a Balenciaga coat, others have the potential to cause serious damage. For example, deepfakes can be used to manipulate elections or to create false allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Could Generative AI Become the Next Generation OS?

As we know, an OS is just a tool for managing different components of a computer. It’s what makes our laptops, smartphones, and other devices work smoothly. But what if the OS could be replaced by AI platforms? That’s what companies like Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI are exploring. The concept of generative AI is a key driver of this shift. These are systems that create content that mimics what a human may produce. Google and Microsoft have already started using this technology for search, but there’s so much more that can be done. Apple, Google, and Microsoft have built so much functionality directly into their OSes that it’s sometimes hard to see where the OS ends and an app begins. With AI platforms, developers could build their products around these platforms instead of an OS.

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Twitter Circles Bug Shows Private Posts to Strangers

Recently, a bug has caused private tweets shared within Twitter Circles to show up on public timelines. Twitter Circles are groups of users who can share tweets exclusively with each other, much like Instagram’s Close Friends feature. However, as reported by TechCrunch, tweets intended for private Circles are now being shared with a wider audience than intended.

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Twitter antagonizes NPR and BBC, among others

Twitter’s brand value is at risk of being further eroded by the recent antics of its owner, Elon Musk. Musk’s behavior has escalated over the past month and included labeling several major news organizations as state-funded media, making crude jokes on Twitter, and easing restrictions on Russian government accounts. These moves may further complicate Twitter’s efforts to revive its declining ad business and supplement it with Twitter Blue subscriptions.

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Framework Teases a Better Future For Laptop Computing

Framework’s newest upgrade is a serious nod to a future full of modular, open hardware. Let’s hope they follow through. Framework has announced the launch of the second-generation Framework Laptop, a device that is meant to be faster and more sturdy than its predecessor. More importantly, it signals Framework’s commitment…

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Pennsylvania County Accuses Tech Giants of Fueling Youth Mental Health Crisis

A Pennsylvania county has filed a lawsuit against social media companies, claiming their platforms have contributed to a youth mental health crisis through addictive technology and harmful targeted content. The Bucks County commissioners and the district attorney jointly filed the lawsuit in a California federal court on March 14 against parent companies of tech giants such as Meta Platforms Inc., Alphabet Inc., TikTok owner ByteDance Ltd., Snap Inc. and their affiliated groups.

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How to Detect Computer and Email Monitoring or Spying Software

If you’re a system administrator, then keeping an eye on your employees’ email and PC usage is a fairly common task, allowing you to monitor productivity, as well as ensure no dangerous files enter your network. The same applies to parents and teachers, too, who might wish to keep an…

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UPDATE: FBI Responds to Apple’s 3 New Cybersecurity Measures

This is a continuation of a previous post. URGENT UPDATE: The FBI informed the newshounds at the Wall Street Journal that it opposed many of the new modifications introduced by Apple. Another online source indicated that the FBI was, indeed, unhappy with several of the proposed adjustments to the encryption…

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The internet is dead, long live the internet!

The internet is a marvelous invention, and I could write a long series of dense books on why it’s marvelous, and what exactly makes it marvelous. Perhaps I shall. However, this format of media (being on the internet, of course) doesn’t exactly lend itself to long unengaging texts… Although hey,…

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The Metaverse — Part 2: Imagining a Modern Metaverse

We’re imagining the evolution of the internet which will eventually be called the metaverse. What does metaverse entail? The metaverse concept is a tech-industry wide vision to create a tangible internet. Imagine a web of interconnected virtual spaces that will, in theory, operate much like spaces in the conventional world. In order to transform the internet as it is now into a more tangible space that we can interact with and experience in the same ways that we do real life. To create the metaverse, each of these interactive spaces need to be universally accessible.

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Data Broker was Selling Location-Tracking Data of People Visiting Abortion Providers

So a date broker was selling the location-tracking data of people visiting abortion providers. Data about all sorts of things holds value, and in today’s world, your data holds plenty. Like it or not, your data has almost definitely already been bought and sold. Just like mine, just like nearly every other person’s in the good ol’ US of A. Of course, it would be nice if you or I had some say in the matter. Personally, I would not freely consent to my data being bought or sold without providing me a benefit, and that is precisely the reason why I don’t have any say in the matter.

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How Instagram Transformed Our Personal Lives

As I write this, in 2022, I realize I used to be afraid of the dystopian state and future that humanity could find itself facing due to tech. I just turned 24, and I hardly remember a world before social media. From a young age, I saw an upcoming fork in the road. One path could lead us to an easier world, a more fair world – a world where automation grants an easier life to all, a world in which we are free to spend our time with our families, with our passions. I yearned for this path. The other path looked much, much more sinister. Mass surveillance, manufactured consent, endless propaganda, a war on truth, a war on freedom of thought, and a limited range of socially acceptable discourse and debate all seemed likely.

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The Internet, Is It Good or Bad For Democracy?

The Internet has given people a lot of space and many platforms to express their opinions on local, national, and international issues. Using the Internet, citizens can easily email their elected leaders including the president to air their concerns and get feedback.

Is The Internet Changing Our Brains?
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Is The Internet Changing Our Brains?

The Internet has been around for less than half a century. However, it has impacted every aspect of our lives including how we interact and source information. The Internet has pervaded our lives so much that you can hardly avoid it whether at home or at work. Since the online…

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Google Webpage Ranking: Do Sentiments Help?

There has been a never-ending controversy on whether sentiments have any influence on how Google ranks webpages. By “sentiment” we mean either whether the tone of the page is generally positive or negative with respect to the content. The controversy is reinforced by some SEO experts observing that pages with…