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ces gadget show: surveillance is in - and in a big way

From the face scanner that will check in some attendees to the cameras-everywhere array of digital products, the CES gadget show is all-in on surveillance technology — whether it calls it that or not. Nestled in the “smart home” and “smart city” showrooms at the sprawling Las Vegas consumer tech conference are devices that see, hear and track the people they encounter. Some of them also analyze their looks and behavior. The technology on display includes eyelid-tracking car dashboard cameras to prevent distracted driving and “rapid DNA” kits for identifying a person from a cheek swab sample. All these talking speakers, doorbell cameras and fitness trackers come with the promise of making life easier or more fun, but they ’re also potentially powerful spying tools. And the skeptics who raise privacy and security…

insider q&a: how youtube decides what to ban

Matt Halprin, the global head of trust and safety for YouTube, has a tough job: He oversees the teams that decide what is allowed and what should be prohibited on YouTube. The Google-owned site has come under fire recently for allowing videos that feature what many find offensive or violent, and for not doing enough to protect kids online. Halprin has to make difficult decisions to craft policies that keep the site as safe as YouTube wants it to be, while balancing what the company considers one of its core tenets: people’s free speech. The Media spoke recently with Halprin about how his team works. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity. Q: How does your team operate? A: They’re separated into policy development and policy incubation. Policy development starts with…

facebook bans deepfakes in fight against online manipulation

Facebook says it is banning “deepfake” videos, the false but realistic clips created with artificial intelligence and sophisticated tools, as it steps up efforts to fight online manipulation. But the policy leaves plenty of loopholes. The social network said this week that it’s beefing up its policies for removing videos edited or synthesized in ways that aren’t apparent to the average person, and which could dupe someone into thinking the video’s subject said something he or she didn’t actually say. Created by artificial intelligence or machine learning, deepfakes combine or replace content to create images that can be almost impossible to tell are not authentic. “While these videos are still rare on the internet, they present a significant challenge for our industry and society as their use increases,” Facebook’s vice president of global…

gym class without the gym? with technology, it’s catching on

Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she’s packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. school day is gym class. So she’s taking that one minus the gym, and on her own time. The 14-year-old freshman is getting school credit for virtual physical education, a concept that, as strange as it may sound, is being helped along by availability of wearable fitness trackers. For students whose tests and textbooks have migrated to screens, technology as gym equipment may have been only a matter of time. Grace, who lives in Alexandria, wears a school-issued Fitbit on her wrist while getting in at least three 30-minute workouts a week outside of school hours.…

space: where we’re headed in the 2020s

Though the 2010s saw incredible advancements in space exploration, including the Curiosity Lander, SpaceX reusable rockets and a stunning image of the black hole, it’s the 2020s where innovations will take us to new heights, with out-of-this-world opportunities awaiting. EXCITING PARTNERSHIPS With the space exploration battle heating up and NASA committed to making innovations and discoveries before other nations, it came as no surprise to hear that they had recruited a series of commercial lunar lander companies to work on their new Artemis moon program. Back in November, the company confirmed that SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp, Ceres Robotics and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc would join their Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, working together to return astronauts to the moon by 2024 . The partnership not only helps to drive innovation…

california to examine effect of blackouts on communication

When the nation’s largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too. Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows 874 cellphone towers were offline during an Oct. 27 power shutoff that affected millions of people. That included more than half of the cell towers in Marin County alone. The outages mean people who depend solely on cellphones couldn’t call 911 or receive emergency notifications, compounding the dangers associated with an unprecedented power outage in an era dominated by wireless communication. On Wednesday, representatives from AT&T and Verizon are scheduled to testify before state lawmakers about the outages and ways to prevent them. It’s the second time state lawmakers will have hauled in private companies to…