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What could possibly go wrong: Amazon software spying on Londoners

Matt Burgess reporting for Wired:

“Thousands of people catching trains in the United Kingdom likely had their faces scanned by Amazon software as part of widespread artificial intelligence trials, new documents reveal. The image recognition system was used to predict travelers’ age, gender, and potential emotions—with the suggestion that the data could be used in advertising systems in the future.”

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Empathy unites.

Introduction

I was waiting in line at my favorite bar, feeling particularly irritable after a rough day. I’m on an IT project right now (that supports my art, but that’s a story for another time) and I endured my second day on-site of the mandatory two per week. Even if it looks peaceful and calm, todays corporate culture has been allowed to degenerate into this hidden monster that will eat you alive without ever showing its ugly head.… Read More. “Empathy unites.”

What is Roon?

What is Roon?
Roon transforms the chaos of your music collection into a harmonious symphony. Whether your tunes are on Tidal, Qobuz, an external drive, a network storage, or your PC or Mac, Roon seamlessly integrates and reorganizes them. It updates artist, album, and track information, presenting you with a beautifully unified music library.… Read More. “What is Roon?”

AI engineers at big tech are feeling the heat

Mastodon user William posted the link to the CNBC article about the AI gold rush and the “pressure to roll out AI tools at breakneck speed” that is now defining the engineers jobs.

Hayden Field reporting for CNBC:

They say that much of their work is assigned to appease investors rather than to solve problems for end users, and that they are often chasing OpenAI.

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The New Normal of Worse-than-Bad Search Results

“In February 2024, we published an article warning readers not to trust product recommendations from well-known newspapers and magazines ranking at the top of Google search results.”
and
“I’ll take you through the tactics big media publishers use to outrank independent sites online. I’ll also cover what Google has done since we published our exposé and what they’ve announced they’re going to do.
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Adobe gets slap in the face from Ansel Adams Estate over AI, copyright and enshittification.

MATT GROWCOOT reporting for PetaPixel:

“Adobe Stock has removed a collection of AI-generated images in the style of Ansel Adams’ landscape photography after the late photographer’s estate slammed Adobe for its conduct.”

and

“We invite you to become proactive about complaints like ours and stop putting the onus on individual artists/artists’ estates to continuously police our IP on your platform, on your terms,” Adams’ Threads account writes.

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Dive Into My Blogging Adventure: Skinny-Dipping in the Digital Ocean.

 

Jumping into the blogging game has felt like skinny-dipping in the open ocean – exhilarating and terrifying. Here I am, tossing my thoughts, hopes, and the occasional tantrum into the vast abyss of the internet, wearing nothing but my vulnerability. There’s a quirky kind of satisfaction in hitting “publish” on a post, akin to scribbling secrets into my journal, only this time, I’m whispering them into the ear of the cosmos: just me, 5 curious clickers, and the universe piecing together the puzzle of my mind.… Read More. “Dive Into My Blogging Adventure: Skinny-Dipping in the Digital Ocean.”