It was a great day for the Australian teams, winning all four matches and retaining the Youth Trans Tasman Trophy. The 18’s Boys locked up their series at one game-a-piece, with the all important decider to be played at 10.00am tomorrow morning. The 18’s Girls, 20’s Girls and 20’s Boys all won their respective second games, and in doing so won their respective series’. 18’s GirlsAustralia has fought back to win the second 18’s Girls game and therefore claim the division on day two of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. New Zealand started the game strongly, with Cassandra Engler scoring the opening touchdown of the game. Due to the heat, the game was split into 10 minute quarters, with New Zealand going to the first break and the half-time break leading 1-0. Whatever Australian coach, Craig Morrow said at half-time worked for the team, with the Aussies coming out firing in the second half. Four touchdown in the first 10 minute stanza to Jemma Mi MI, Emma Sykes, Madi Crowe and Steph Maiolo saw the Australians take a 4-1 lead with 10 minutes to go. The Aussies further extended their lead through Shenae Ciesiolka in the opening set of the quarter to take a four touchdown lead. The score remained that at full-time, with the Australians winning game two and the series. You can watch the third game live at 9.00am here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkuvjG0NMNc18’s BoysThe Australian 18’s Boys team has kept the series alive with their game two win in the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. After coming agonisingly close in game one last night, the Australians led from the early stages of the match.Tristan Broadbridge scored first for the Aussies in the seventh minute, before beautiful footwork by Kalyn Ponga gave the Australians a 2-0 lead. Touchdowns to Kai Simbolon and Jackson Mills in the final minutes of the half, before Hauriri Harvey scored the Kiwis to bridge the gap to three touchdowns at half-time, 4-1. The teams traded touchdowns early in the second half, before the Australians continued their scoring spree to lead by eight touchdowns at one stage. Australia’s Jackson Mills showed the commitment of the team to win the game with an incredible chase down the sideline to stop the Kiwis from scoring during the half, with the Australians taking the win 11-4. The win sees the series go to a third and deciding game, one that will no doubt live up to expectations. You can watch it live here at 10.00am – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEuw5669drQ 20’s GirlsThe Australia 20’s Girls have continued their dominance of the 20’s Girls division, winning game two 15-3 and claiming the series title on day two of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. The girls got out to a blistering start, not too dissimilar to yesterday’s game, and went to the half-time break with a 7-1 lead. First half touchdowns were scored by Yasmin Meakes, Sammy Rodgers, Toni Well and first half doubles to Kimberley Sue See and Laura Peattie gave them a 7-1 half-time lead. The Aussies further extended their lead in the second half, with Laura Peattie finishing with four touchdowns for the match, to run away with a 15-3 win and the series title for the 20’s Girls division. The third and final game will be played at 11.00am Sunday, you can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV5XGVaBWh020’s BoysThe Australian 20’s Boys have continued their impressive form on day two of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series, with a strong performance in game two to claim the series 2-0 with one game to go. A first half hat-trick to Paddy Coelho helped the Aussies to a 7-1 half-time lead. They further extended their lead in the second half, taking the game 10-2 and taking a 2-0 series win with one game remaining in the series. The 20’s Boys win meant that Australia retained the Youth Trans Tasman Series trophy. The 20’s Boys will play their last game at 11.00am on Sunday, you can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8Vcl7_0R5ERelated LinksYTT Day Two
New Delhi: The CPI, TMC and the NCP on Monday urged the Election Commission not to take away their national party status, saying they should be given a fresh opportunity to improve their electoral performance.The three told the Commission that they are old parties and have played a key role in national politics. Hence, their status should not be based on recent electoral performance only. The parties had appeared before the Commission for a personal hearing on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier, responding to a show cause notice, the three had told the poll panel that their national party status should not be revoked based on their performance in the Lok Sabha elections this year. The Election Commission had earlier issued them notices asking why their ‘national party’ status should not be revoked following their performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The CPI is learnt to have said that after the Congress, it is the oldest party in the country which had been the principal opposition party in Lok Sabha. The Left party said though it may not have fared well in the recent Lok Sabha elections, it has been in power in several states and has played a key role in strengthening the Constitution. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe TMC is learnt to have said that it was given national party status in 2014 and it should be allowed to continue with it at least till 2024. The CPI, BSP and the NCP were facing the prospect of losing their national party status after their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well. However, they got a reprieve when in 2016 the EC amended its rules, whereby national and state party status of political parties are to be reviewed every 10 years instead of five. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which won 10 Lok Sabha in the last parliament polls, and some assembly seats, does not face the possibility of losing its national party status now. According to the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, a political party can be recognised as a national party if its candidates secure at least six per cent of votes polled in four or more states in Lok Sabha or assembly elections, and, in addition, it has at least four members in Lok Sabha. As of now, the Indian National Congress (INC), BJP, BSP, CPI, Communist Party of India (Marxist), TMC, NCP and the National People’s Party of Meghalaya have national party status.
This Pays You 3X More Retirement Income Self-made millionaire reveals how investors could collect up to 3 times more income than traditional income investments. It’s from a storm proof investment that could keep you cash-rich for the rest of your life. Click here for all the details. — — Confessions of a Billionaire Broker (And why he left Wall Street…) Teeka Tiwari’s confidential connection – known only as the “Billionaire Broker” – discovered a controversial stock selection system when he worked in an investment bank on Wall Street. In a nearly 3-decade historical trial, his system produced an average gain of 2,418% over the top 150 plays held since 1990. That’s enough to turn $100 in each play into over $360,000. The Billionaire Broker will reveal his identity – and how you can take advantage of his stock selection system – on June 14th. Make sure you don’t miss it… Recommended Link Recommended Link • Silver is money… The word literally means “money” in dozens of languages. And that’s no accident.It has preserved wealth for centuries. And it’s survived every financial crisis imaginable.This makes silver an excellent store of value. It’s why we recommend owning it for the long haul.That said, we’re also speculators here at Casey Research. We love opportunities to make massive gains in short periods of time. We especially like to speculate on resources that other investors hate.And that’s the case with silver right now…• Sentiment towards silver is awful… We know this by looking at the Commitment of Traders (COT) report. This is a report issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It shows the positions major traders have taken in certain securities and commodities.In April, the COT report showed a net short position of 40,000 contracts by speculative traders. That’s an all-time high. This means that silver has never been more hated.Now, I know that might seem like a reason to avoid silver. But you must understand something.Trades often get crowded like this just before the trend changes. We saw that happen with the VIX earlier this year. In other words, extremely negative sentiment like this can be a contrarian buy signal.Not only that, all this negative sentiment could turn into buying power if silver starts rising. And that’s because traders don’t own a security when they short it. They borrow it. That said, they must buy that security they’ve shorted when they go to close their position.In other words, all these people who are shorting silver could soon be forced to buy silver if it rises enough. And that would act like rocket fuel for the price of silver.• In closing, silver may be on the verge of a massive “short squeeze”… So consider speculating on silver if you haven’t yet.You can do this by buying the iShares Silver Trust (SLV), which tracks the price of silver. That makes it an easy way to bet on higher silver prices.You could also bet on silver miners. These companies are leveraged to the price of silver, which means their shares would soar if silver makes a big move higher.Just remember that mining stocks are highly volatile, so treat them accordingly. Don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose. Use stop losses. And take profits along the way.Regards, Justin Spittler Cusco, Peru June 13, 2018P.S. Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker just uncovered another reason why silver’s set to rally. This is something you probably haven’t considered, so be sure to check out his brand-new video presentation on it right here.You’ll also discover how you can access E.B.’s top silver miner to take advantage of this opportunity. Click here to learn more.Reader MailbagToday, high praise for Doug Casey and his new book Totally Incorrect Volume 2:Justin, thanks so much for holding my copy of Totally Incorrect! Can’t wait to read it! Mr. Casey sounds like a REAL American man—too few of those around now! I am honored to have a “place on his list!” I already feel as if I spent an afternoon with my late father, and now I have more time! Again, thank you for your time and trouble. —Jean Doug’s new book is a must-read around our office. It’s Doug’s most controversial book yet… and you can get it for free. This book is not available anywhere else right now. Learn how to get your copy right here.If you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Why is it that some connected Wall Street insiders always seem to be in the right place at the right time just before a stock shoots up?They’re not lucky… or smart…Instead, they know something that the rest of us don’t… The man they’re calling the “Billionaire Broker” reveals the truth tomorrow night. Details here. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchImagine losing $4 million in the blink of an eye.It’s painful to even think about. But that’s how much money one trader lost earlier this year by making an all-or-nothing bet against volatility.He wasn’t alone. Countless traders made similar bets on low volatility, only to get smoked.If you’re a regular reader, you know what I’m talking about. If not, here’s a rundown…• Last year was the least volatile year ever for U.S. stocks… The markets were so calm that many investors were lulled to sleep. They threw caution to the wind. Some people even shorted (bet against) volatility.You can see why that was such a bad idea in the chart below. It shows the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), or what most people call the “fear index.” This index measures how volatile investors expect the market to be over the next 30 days.This chart shows what the VIX has done over the past three years. When this index is high, it means traders expect a lot volatility. When it’s low, it means they’re less fearful. An extremely low reading can even mean that traders are complacent.You can see that the VIX was in a clear downtrend for years…That’s a long time… but nothing lasts forever.And as you can see, the VIX skyrocketed in January. This crushed traders who shorted volatility. At the same time, it rewarded traders who took the other side of this bet. And that’s why I wrote this essay…• A similar opportunity is staring us in the face right now… Only this time, it’s in the silver market.In a minute, I’ll show you how to set yourself up for major gains. But first, let me tell you why this is such a great speculative opportunity.The chart below shows the CBOE Silver ETF Volatility Index, which you can think of as the VIX for silver. It measures how volatile traders expect the silver market to be going forward.As you can see, the CBOE Silver ETF Volatility Index has been in steady decline since 2011. Last year was an especially calm year for the silver market.This is important because, as I showed you earlier, markets are often calmest just before explosive moves.In other words, silver could be on the cusp of something very big. Now, there’s no way to know if it will “break out” to the upside… or head lower.But my money is on the former.There are a couple reasons for this, which I’ll get to in a second. But let me address something important.
The Sackler family’s $1.3 million donation to the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery will not go ahead as planned, as both sides say they’re concerned that allegations of opioid profiteering against the family could overshadow the gift and become a distraction. “It has become evident that recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait Gallery from its important work,” a spokesperson for the Sackler Trust said. “The allegations against family members are vigorously denied,” the spokesperson’s statement said.The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the company that has made billions of dollars off of OxyContin and is accused of pressuring doctors to prescribe the opioid while also misleading the public about its dangerous addictive qualities.”The Sacklers are major donors to museums, galleries and theaters in the U.S. and Europe,” NPR’s Elizabeth Blair reports. “Artists and activists are putting pressure on those institutions to stop taking their money.”Purdue Pharma has previously admitted to committing a felony and paid millions of dollars in fines, and it’s currently facing numerous lawsuits. But one suit in particular, from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, seeks to implicate eight members of the Sackler family, accusing them of trying to maximize their profits even as they knew the painkiller was causing deadly overdoses.Since December, the Massachusetts lawsuit has added new details about the allegations, portraying former Purdue Pharma Chairman and President Richard Sackler as being “obsessed with profits in Massachusetts and the rest of the country,” as member station WBUR reported in January. More revelations emerged after heavy redactions were lifted from Healey’s 274-page complaint last month, showing Purdue Pharma had hired a consulting firm to help its sale reps target “high-prescribing” doctors, as WBUR reported. The lawsuit says that between 2008 and 2016, the painkiller company paid Sackler family members more than $4 billion. In response to the suit, Purdue Pharma said Healey’s conclusions are wrong, and that the company is being used as a scapegoat for America’s opioid crisis.Oxycodone — the semi-synthetic opiate whose forms include OxyContin and other brand names — was the No. 1 cause of overdose deaths in 2011, in cases where at least one specific drug was mentioned. Since then, heroin and fentanyl have become the top overdose threats in the ongoing opioid crisis. But through at least 2016, oxycodone’s overdose rate also rose slightly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Sackler family’s donation to the National Portrait Gallery in London has been in limbo since 2016, when the Sackler Trust presented it as a way to help pay for a construction project. Since then, the BBC reports, “The gallery had been mulling over whether to accept it.”The Sackler Trust and the National Portrait Gallery announced the gift’s withdrawal in a joint statement, with museum officials repeatedly saying the decision had come from the family. “We understand and support their decision not to proceed at this time with the donation,” National Portrait Gallery Chair David Ross said. A gallery spokesperson added: “We fully respect and support the Sackler family’s decision.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Advertisement Huawei showcased its vision of “Building a Better Connected World” at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar held on December 7-10, 2014, outlining a more convenient and smarter lifestyle featuring futuristic 5G connectivity technologies, ubiquitous broadband connectivity, and connected smart cities and smart homes.Huawei and ITU co-hosted the Broader Way Forum themed Enabling the Digital Future During ITU Telecom World 2014, Huawei and ITU co-hosted the “Broader Way Forum” themed “Enabling the Digital Future”. The forum gathered over 200 guests from 35 countries and regions, including heads of governments, industry leaders, and experts.“In the future, broadband networks will continue to be the critical infrastructure that enables content providers, app developers and network operators to collaborate and engage in joint business innovation.” said Mr. Hu. “I believe that the model of innovation in the future would be featured by mesh-shaped new partnerships, enabling any party along the value chain to participate and innovate. I would suggest all stakeholders to focus less on competition, but more on cooperation. The future of innovation for broadband can create diverse value for multiple winners including customers, enterprises, and investors.” – Advertisement – Mr. Hu also calls for support from the regulators, “I hope that the regulators can keep up with the pace of change in the development of technology and business models, while striking a balance between protecting the interests of various parties involved in the value chain. Looking forward, I anticipate regulators to encourage technology, business model, as well as investment model innovations related to broadband network deployment and utilization, paving the way to rejuvenating global broadband development.”Mr. Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General and next Secretary-General, ITU, noted, “Broadband networks form a key driver for a country’s socioeconomic growth. Ubiquitous broadband has increased government efficiency, transformed business models, and improved people’s lives.Cross-industry collaboration and innovation are crucial to achieving digital inclusion for all. Huawei has actively partnered with governments and operators to modernize networks, accelerate broadband access, and build networks in remote areas. In addition, Huawei has supported the ITU in building a connected world and making lives better. At this year’s annual meeting, the ITU named Huawei as a Strategic Partner in recognition of its significant contributions to and achievements in telecom initiatives worldwide. We look forward to broader collaboration in the industry to take society into a digital future.”The ITU Telecom World conference was first initiated by the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1971. Now in its 14th year the ITU Telecom World is one of the largest and highest level information and communications exhibitions around the globe. The theme of the 2014 conference is “Confronting the Future”.
Nest David Murphy Tony Fadell Out as Nest CEO; Former Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz In 4 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business It’s no small secret that Nest is struggling a bit. The startup was acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion, but its sales have not been blowing up as much as Google had likely hoped they might. The company hasn’t really released a major new product since its acquisition — not counting any updates or new iterations to its existing thermostat and smoke alarm. (We suppose you could call its camera a “new” product of sorts even though it’s just a rebranded Dropcam). Nest is even having trouble finding traction at Google. Consider how Google famously indicated to Nest that it didn’t need the company’s help designing a competitor to the Amazon Echo, even though that seems as if it would be a great kind of a product for Nest to work on. With the vesting schedule for Nest executives rumored to be up this year — which means they’ll be able to cash out their stock and then do whatever they want with their lives — it stands to reason that we’ll likely see some shakeups at the company soon. One big shakeup, though, is that Nest’s CEO is officially moving on. Tony Fadell is out, and replacing him will be Marwan Fawaz, formerly the CTO at Charter and an executive vice president at Motorola Mobility.”Last year, I began discussions with members of my team about my next endeavor. After six years of working on Nest, leading it through 4.5 years of double-digit growth and consistently high marks from customers, I leave Nest in the hands of a strong and experienced leadership team, with Marwan at the helm and a well-defined, two-year product roadmap in place. I’m looking forward to my new role as an advisor to Alphabet and [CEO Larry Page], which will give me more time and flexibility to pursue new opportunities to create and disrupt other industries — and to support others who want to do the same — just as we’ve done at Nest,” reads a statement from Fadell, as reported by The Verge.We’ll be curious to see what’s on that two-year roadmap. As Fadell wrote in a separate blog post, Fawaz will be looking to scale up Nest’s business in his new tenure. And new “innovations” at Nest are allegedly in the works, but that’s as much as Fadell teased about that.Alphabet CEO Larry Page echoed similar thoughts in his own statement:”Under Tony’s leadership, Nest has catapulted the connected home into the mainstream, secured leadership positions for each of its products, and grown its revenue in excess of 50 percent year over year since they began shipping products. He’s a true visionary and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as advisor to Alphabet. I’m delighted that Marwan will be the new Nest CEO and am confident in his ability to deepen Nest’s partnerships, expand within enterprise channels, and bring Nest products to even more homes.”You’ll note that “fold Nest into Google’s existing hardware divisions” isn’t in that statement at all. So, it seems as if Nest will continue to march to its own pace — for now, at least. We also wonder how Fawaz’s management style might differ from Fadell’s, too, given that the latter was, in some ways, trying to become the next Steve Jobs of the smart home. But don’t take our word for it; consider what Dropcam CEO and founder Steve Duffy had to say about Fadell and Nest.”There is a lot that I could say about my extreme differences on management style with the current leadership at Nest, who seem to be fetishizing only the most superfluous and negative traits of their mentors. For the sake of the customers and for the talented employees that remain there, I hope they find a way through these struggles,” he wrote in March. June 6, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Register Now » Image credit: Liang Zou | Shutterstock Add to Queue
Here are the highlights:___MAPS: Google will use augmented reality to help guide you to your destination. When you pull up direction on Google Maps, you can look through the camera and get turn-by-turn directions while viewing the actual street. The app will also orient you and verify your position using local landmarks such as buildings and shops viewed through the camera. Google calls the technology VPS, or visual positioning system. The feature is expected this summer.___GOOGLE DUPLEX: Google’s digital assistant will call actual people at businesses to make restaurant reservations and hair appointments and check holiday hours. In two demonstrations, a realistic-sounding automated voice used pauses and “ums” and “mmm-hmms” to sound more human during interactions with people. Google says the technology is rolling out as “an experiment” in coming weeks. Google says it’s still figuring out how to be upfront and let businesses know that they are talking to a computer.___GMAIL: An autocomplete feature called “smart compose” uses artificial intelligence to suggest ways to finish sentences you start typing. For example, “I haven’t seen you” might be autocompleted to “I haven’t seen you in a while and I hope you’re doing well.” The feature will start rolling out this month. NEWS: Google is redesigning the News feature to present five stories you need to know, plus others that it thinks will be most relevant to you. For outlets with subscriptions, Google will allow you to subscribe directly through your Google account, without needing new passwords or credit card information. The feature should be available to everyone by next week.___ANDROID P: The version of Google’s Android phone software will infuse basic functions with AI smarts. The battery will adapt to how you use apps in order to conserve energy. “Adaptive brightness” will learn how bright you like your screen based on manual adjustments, instead of automatically adjusting based on the how bright it is. Apple’s latest system, iOS 11, has a similar feature. Owners of some Android phones—none from Samsung—can get an early test version now.___WELL-BEING: Android P also includes features to combat overuse. A “shush” mode automatically turns on the “Do Not Disturb” mode when you turn your phone face down on a table. And “Wind Down Mode” will fade the screen to greyscale at a designated bed time to help you disconnect before bed. ___LENS: Google’s visual assistant will be built into the camera. Just point the camera at a building or sign to get more information. Or copy text from images of menus, documents and other sources into another app on your phone. Samsung phones aren’t on the list of phones getting the feature starting next week. Samsung has its own version, Bixby Vision.___ © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks about gmail features at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Google showcased its plans for the next several months as it kicked off its annual developers’ conference Tuesday. Many of the new features center on the use of artificial intelligence to help save time. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Google showcases AI advances at its big conference Citation: At a glance: How new Google features tap digital smarts (2018, May 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-glance-google-features-digital-smarts.html Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks under a video showing singer John Legend at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Explore further ___PHOTOS: When Google recognizes a photo of someone who is one of your contacts, it can suggest sending the photo to that person. It can also convert photos to PDFs and automatically add color to black-and-white photos or make part of a color photo black and white. The changes are coming in the next few months.___GOOGLE ASSISTANT: Google’s digital assistant will get six new voices, including one based on that of singer John Legend, later this year. The voices aim to sound more natural and will include pauses that convey meaning. Google is also unveiling ways to let you issue multiple commands without having to say “Hey Google” each time. And it will reward kids who say “please,” similar to a feature Amazon is bringing to its Alexa voice assistant.
In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai appears before the House Judiciary Committee to be questioned about the internet giant’s privacy security and data collection, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Google attracted concern about its continuous surveillance of users and other concerns bubbled up this month as lawmakers grilled Pichai. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Explore further The list is long: High-tech tools for immigration crackdowns. Fears of smartphone addiction . YouTube algorithms that steer youths into extremism. An experiment in gene-edited babies .Doorbells and concert venues that can pinpoint individual faces and alert police. Repurposing genealogy websites to hunt for crime suspects based on a relative’s DNA. Automated systems that keep tabs of workers’ movements and habits. Electric cars in Shanghai transmitting their every movement to the government.It’s been enough to exhaust even the most imaginative sci-fi visionaries.”It doesn’t so much feel like we’re living in the future now, as that we’re living in a retro-future,” novelist William Gibson wrote this month on Twitter. “A dark, goofy ’90s retro-future.”More awaits us in 2019, as surveillance and data-collection efforts ramp up and artificial intelligence systems start sounding more human , reading facial expressions and generating fake video images so realistic that it will be harder to detect malicious distortions of the truth.But there are also countermeasures afoot in Congress and state government—and even among tech-firm employees who are more active about ensuring their work is put to positive ends. “It was necessary to convene this hearing because of the widening gap of distrust between technology companies and the American people,” Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.Internet pioneer Vint Cerf said he and other engineers never imagined their vision of a worldwide network of connected computers would morph 45 years later into a surveillance system that collects personal information or a propaganda machine that could sway elections.”We were just trying to get it to work,” recalled Cerf, who is now Google’s chief internet evangelist. “But now that it’s in the hands of the general public, there are people who … want it to work in a way that obviously does harm, or benefits themselves, or disrupts the political system. So we are going to have to deal with that.”Contrary to futuristic fears of “super-intelligent” robots taking control, the real dangers of our tech era have crept in more prosaically—often in the form of tech innovations we welcomed for making life more convenient .Part of experts’ concern about the leap into connecting every home device to the internet and letting computers do our work is that the technology is still buggy and influenced by human errors and prejudices. Uber and Tesla were investigated for fatal self-driving car crashes in March, IBM came under scrutiny for working with New York City police to build a facial recognition system that can detect ethnicity, and Amazon took heat for supplying its own flawed facial recognition service to law enforcement agencies.In some cases, opposition to the tech industry’s rush to apply its newest innovations to questionable commercial uses has come from its own employees. Google workers helped scuttle the company’s Pentagon drone contract, and workers at Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce sought to cancel their companies’ contracts to supply tech services to immigration authorities.”It became obvious to a lot of people that the rhetoric of doing good and benefiting society and ‘Don’t be evil’ was not what these companies were actually living up to,” said Whittaker, who is also a research scientist at Google who founded its Open Research group. In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. We may remember 2018 as the year in which technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) At the same time, even some titans of technology have been sounding alarms. Prominent engineers and designers have increasingly spoken out about shielding children from the habit-forming tech products they helped create.And then there’s Microsoft President Brad Smith, who in December called for regulating facial recognition technology so that the “year 2024 doesn’t look like a page” from George Orwell’s “1984.”In a blog post and a Washington speech, Smith painted a bleak vision of all-seeing government surveillance systems forcing dissidents to hide in darkened rooms “to tap in code with hand signals on each other’s arms.”To avoid such an Orwellian scenario, Smith advocates regulating technology so that anyone about to subject themselves to surveillance is properly notified. But privacy advocates argue that’s not enough.Such debates are already happening in states like Illinois, where a strict facial recognition law has faced tech industry challenges, and California, which in 2018 passed the nation’s most far-reaching law to give consumers more control over their personal data. It takes effect in 2020.The issue could find new attention in Congress next year as more Republicans warm up to the idea of basic online privacy regulations and the incoming Democratic House majority takes a more skeptical approach to tech firms that many liberal politicians once viewed as allies—and prolific campaign donors.The “leave them alone” approach of the early internet era won’t work anymore, said Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat poised to take the helm of the House’s antitrust subcommittee. We may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a mobile phone displays a user’s travels using Google Maps in New York. Google attracted concern about its continuous surveillance of users after The Associated Press reported that it was tracking people’s movements whether they like it or not. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) “We’re seeing now some of the consequences of the abuses that can occur in these platforms if they remain unregulated without meaningful oversight or enforcement,” Cicilline said.Too much regulation may bring its own undesirable side effects, Cerf warned.”It’s funny in a way because this online environment was supposed to remove friction from our ability to transact,” he said. “If in our desire, if not zeal, to protect people’s privacy we throw sand in the gears of everything, we may end up with a very secure system that doesn’t work very well.” In this April 18, 2018, file photo, a graphic from the Cambridge Analytica website is displayed on a computer screen in New York. Among the most troubling cases of what made 2018 so ominous was the revelation in March that political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica swept up personal information of millions of Facebook users for the purpose of manipulating national elections. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Citation: Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia? (2018, December 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-usher-tech-dystopia.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles, urges new laws This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Facebook logo being displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris’ Station F, in Paris. We may remember 2018 as the year in which technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) “Something that was heartening this year was that accompanying this parade of scandals was a growing public awareness that there’s an accountability crisis in tech,” said Meredith Whittaker, a co-founder of New York University’s AI Now Institute for studying the social implications of artificial intelligence.The group has compiled a long list of what made 2018 so ominous, though many are examples of the public simply becoming newly aware of problems that have built up for years. Among the most troubling cases was the revelation in March that political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica swept up personal information of millions of Facebook users for the purpose of manipulating national elections.”It really helped wake up people to the fact that these systems are actually touching the core of our lives and shaping our social institutions,” Whittaker said.That was on top of other Facebook disasters, including its role in fomenting violence in Myanmar , major data breaches and ongoing concerns about its hosting of fake accounts for Russian propaganda . It wasn’t just Facebook. Google attracted concern about its continuous surveillance of users after The Associated Press reported that it was tracking people’s movements whether they like it or not.It also faced internal dissent over its collaboration with the U.S. military to create drones with “computer vision” to help find battlefield targets and a secret proposal to launch a censored search engine in China. And it unveiled a remarkably human-like voice assistant that sounds so real that people on the other end of the phone didn’t know they were talking to a computer.Those and other concerns bubbled up in December as lawmakers grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai at a congressional hearing—a sequel to similar public reckonings this year with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech executives.