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Your Echo Chamber is Destroying Democracy. On November 7, 2016, the day before the US election, I compared the number of social media followers, website performance, and Google search statistics of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Your Echo Chamber is Destroying Democracy

I was shocked when the data revealed the extent of Trump’s popularity. He had more followers across all social platforms and his posts had much higher engagement rates. I noticed that the second most popular article shared on social media in the last six months with words “Donald Trump” in the headline, “Why I’m Voting For Donald Trump”, had been shared 1.5 million times. Yet that story never made it into my Facebook newsfeed.

I asked many of my liberal New York friends, and they all said they never seen it. Voici Saya, une belle jeune écolière japonaise qui n'existe pas. The State of the Presidential Debate. This election’s first Presidential debate will be held on September 26th, the anniversary of the first televised Presidential debate, between Richard M.

The State of the Presidential Debate

Nixon and John F. Kennedy, in 1960. Nixon and Kennedy met in a bare CBS studio in Chicago, without an audience; the event was broadcast, live, by CBS, NBC, and ABC. Google a créé une intelligence artificielle qui parle (presque) comme un humain. WaveNet: A Generative Model for Raw Audio. Talking Machines Allowing people to converse with machines is a long-standing dream of human-computer interaction. The ability of computers to understand natural speech has been revolutionised in the last few years by the application of deep neural networks (e.g., Google Voice Search).

However, generating speech with computers — a process usually referred to as speech synthesis or text-to-speech (TTS) — is still largely based on so-called concatenative TTS, where a very large database of short speech fragments are recorded from a single speaker and then recombined to form complete utterances. Hillary Clinton has gamified the election with her new app — Quartz. Nothing sounds like a hospital.

Hillary Clinton has gamified the election with her new app — Quartz

The incessant beep of monitors. The squeak of clogs on the tile floor. The whir of automatic doors and rolling cots. The moan of suffering patients and the drone of families huddled in a waiting room. Les faux témoignages, cas répandus aux États-Unis. Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine. Now that the nomination contest is over, Rivero has turned to making anti-Trump content.

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine

A post from earlier this month got straight to the point: “Donald Trump is unqualified, unstable and unfit to lead. Share if you agree!” More than 40,000 people did. Jonas Lund: Fair Warning. Online Commission Jonas Lund: Fair Warning 7 April – 12 June 2016 ‘We’re living in the age of metrics and quantification.

Jonas Lund: Fair Warning

Every part of our daily lives is being measured and evaluated. While statisticians and big data prophets swear by the value of its quantification, there is room to question the efficiency and bias it creates in its path.’ – Jonas Lund Swedish artist Jonas Lund’s online work Fair Warning (2016) was jointly commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery and Phillips in spring 2016 to coincide with the exhibition Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966). From Trump to Brexit: Trust in Government Is Collapsing Around the World. On Wednesday, Facebook made an announcement that you’d think would only matter to Facebook users and publishers: It will modify its News Feed algorithm to favor content posted by a user’s friends and family over content posted by media outlets.

From Trump to Brexit: Trust in Government Is Collapsing Around the World

The company said the move was not about privileging certain sources over others, but about better “connecting people and ideas.” But Richard Edelman, the head of the communications marketing firm Edelman, sees something more significant in the change: proof of a new “world of self-reference” that, once you notice it, helps explain everything from Donald Trump’s appeal to Britain’s vote to exit the European Union.

Elites used to possess outsized influence and authority, Edelman notes, but now they only have a monopoly on authority. Technology. The most scenic way to find truth on the internet is to drive north of Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highway, blue ocean foaming to the left, sunlit hills cresting to the right, until Malibu Canyon Road, where you take a sharp right and wind for a few miles through the oak-lined knolls and dips of Calabasas, past gated estates that are home to the likes of Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Mel Gibson, and keep going until you reach an odd-looking wood-and-brick house with a US flag on the porch: the home of David Mikkelson.


It feels like a good jumping off point for a hike, or a pony trek. Mikkelson owns and runs, a hugely popular fact-checking site which debunks urban legends, old wives’ tales, fake news, shoddy journalism and political spin. It started as a hobby in the internet’s Pleistocene epoch two decades ago and evolved into a professional site that millions now rely on as a lie-detector. In person Mikkelson, 56, is boyish, with a toothy smile and shy demeanour. All Signs Point to Russia Being Behind the DNC Hack. In the wee hours of June 14, the Washington Post revealed that “Russian government hackers” had penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee.

All Signs Point to Russia Being Behind the DNC Hack

Foreign spies, the Post claimed, had gained access to the DNC’s entire database of opposition research on the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, just weeks before the Republican Convention. Hillary Clinton said the attack was “troubling.” It began ominously. Nearly two months earlier, in April, the Democrats had noticed that something was wrong in their networks. Then, in early May, the DNC called in CrowdStrike, a security firm that specializes in countering advanced network threats.

Non, il n’y a aucune « preuve » de tortures au Bataclan. How technology disrupted. One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story.

How technology disrupted

The prime minister, David Cameron, had committed an “obscene act with a dead pig’s head”, according to the Daily Mail. “A distinguished Oxford contemporary claims Cameron once took part in an outrageous initiation ceremony at a Piers Gaveston event, involving a dead pig,” the paper reported. Piers Gaveston is the name of a riotous Oxford university dining society; the authors of the story claimed their source was an MP, who said he had seen photographic evidence: “His extraordinary suggestion is that the future PM inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal.” New Digital Face Manipulation Means You Can't Trust Video Anymore. What if you could alter a video of anyone to emulate facial and mouth movements that never existed in the source video—by yourself, at home, using a cheap webcam?

New Digital Face Manipulation Means You Can't Trust Video Anymore

Meet Face2Face. Using RGB input from one video and mapped pixels from a second video, manipulating someone's face—including distinct facial and mouth movements—has become incredibly easy. A team of researchers recently released a video showing what this looks like in real-time. House of Cards vs Manuel Valls – Leçon de communication. Heatst. By Tarun Wadhwa | 3:58 pm, June 2, 2016 Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you’ve been seen by several of them today. Most people barely notice their presence anymore — on the streets, inside stores, and even within our homes. Justin Trudeau embrassant Thomas Mulcair: la mairesse de Paris bernée. How the Feds Use Photoshop to Track Down Pedophiles.

The most innocent clues can crack a case. In 2012, a holiday photo of a woman and child holding freshly caught fish ended up being a key lead in a child pornography investigation. Found within a cache of illegal, explicit material, the photo would eventually point detectives to a outdoor camping site in Richville, Minnesota, and result in the victims’ rescue, and suspect's conviction in December 2012. But first, detectives had to determine where the photo was taken. FindFace - Login. Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity.

If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past. FindFace, launched two months ago and currently taking Russia by storm, allows users to photograph people in a crowd and work out their identities, with 70% reliability. It works by comparing photographs to profile pictures on Vkontakte, a social network popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, with more than 200 million accounts.

Mind-reading AI: Researchers decode faces from brainwave patterns (PHOTOS) — RT America. Artificial Intelligence can show who you are thinking about by analyzing brain scans and reconstructing an image of that person, a new study reveals. Researchers from the Kuhl Lab at the University of Oregon explored how faces could be decoded from neural activity in the study Reconstructing Perceived and Retrieved Faces from Activity Patterns in Lateral Parietal Cortex, published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Hongmi Lee and Brice A. Kuhl tested whether faces could be reconstructed from the ‘angular gyrus’ (ANG) located in the upper back area of the brain through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) activity patterns. Read more They conducted the experiment by making facial reconstructions based on brainwave patterns from participants, initially during their perception of faces and later just from memory.

Faux commentaires : dans la nébuleuse des faussaires du Web. « Brexit » : une fausse citation de Martin Schulz fait le tour du monde. How Scientists Will Turn Your Smartphone Into a Lie Detector. Algorithm Promises To Tell You If People Are Lying To You In Emails. The Public Now Has Access to Hundreds of Videos Documenting Shootings by Chicago Police.