It had never previously occurred to me that Excel's drawing tools could be used for actual art and not just business graphics. I'm impressed.
A very impressive achievement. A huge leap forward in the field of machine learning.
Is it actually intelligent? I suppose that's going to depend greatly on how you define the word.
Here are links to what's been written so far:
I will update this article with additional parts, as they are written (and as I learn about them, of course.)
A great article by Scott Adams explaining an interesting technique in the art of persuasion that Trump appears to use to great success. After reading this, you may still hate what he has to say, but you will also be fascinated to discover what he's really doing and how well he's doing it even after you know the trick.
The result is that I've had to remove and replace many of my favorite add-ons. Here's a list of what I had to change and what I think of the results.
But, although very relevant news these days, that is not what I'm writing about today. Today's article is just to share a few links describing how far Facebook's data mining goes in order to build profiles on people for the purpose of targeting ads.
It is known that they maintain a "shadow profile" (a term they don't use and don't like to hear) on all their users. They track not only the contacts you've uploaded and the content you post/view/like, but they also tie it to the profile (contacts, content, etc.) of all your friends. And also people they think might be your friends - any other user who uploaded a contacts list with you in it is fair game here as well. Then they tie it to "web beacons" on sites all over the Internet to track what sites you visit, what you're searching/shopping for and what you purchase, including the browsing/shopping habits of everybody associated with you (including your friends and people they think might want to be friends). And then they tie it in with GPS location monitoring if you have granted access to the FB app/web site in order to discover where you shop, when you're traveling, and what events you are attending. And of course, the content of any text, photos and video you (or your contacts, friends or possible-friends) share via Facebook Messenger, What's App or Instagram also contributes to this profile.
There have even been accusations of them going so far as to listen in via your phone's microphone in order to target ads based on things you say, but Facebook explicitly denies this charge (everything above has pretty much been confirmed - Facebook doesn't deny any of it, they just don't like to talk about it a lot).
None of it should come as much of a surprise, but it looks pretty shocking when it's all piled together in one paragraph.
h/t to the Michael Tsai blog for the link that caught my attention this morning.
A very impressive test. The phone was able to tell the registered owner from his identical twin. And, as promised, a hat, scarf and sunglasses did not change a thing.
Click through to watch the video.
Wow! What a total mess! Getting hacked to death is bad enough, but not installing patches for known security vulnerabilities (even after having been hacked once before), hiding the hack from the press, and then dumping stock just before it becomes public borders on being criminally insane.
I normally don't like to repost someone's entire blog post, since I don't want to take traffic away from their site, but I think Mr. Kirschen's text makes an extremely important point. I'm including his plug for his new book in the hope that those people who don't click through to the original article will at least have an opportunity to support the author by buying one or more of his books.
Shameful. I really like the AccuWeather app, but after reading this, it's gone. I'll be looking for some other app to get my weather reports now.