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SAN FRANCISCO IS USING AI TO TRY TO MAKE COURTS LESS RACIST
We already knew an artificial intelligence could reflect the racial bias of its creator.
But San Francisco thinks the tech could potentially do the opposite as well, by identifying and counteracting racial prejudice — and it plans to put the theory to the test in a way that could change the legal system forever.
Phoenix Police Under Fire After Officers Assault Baby, Threaten To Shoot Father ‘In The F—king Head’
Nearly 400 Police Officers Reportedly Members of Hateful Facebook Groups
Black ex-manager claims 1Oak is a hotbed for racism
Social media a blessing and curse for LGBTI community
Twitter getting you down? Fed up with Facebook? Irate with Insta? You’re not the only one who thinks social media can be a real pain.
One leading expert says social media has changed what it means to be a young person struggling with sexual identity.
Best selling author, philosopher and historian, Yuval Noah Harari, has been talking about this very modern issue the first National Conference for Israel’s LGBTI Community, on Tuesday in Tel Aviv.
The conference comes ahead of the Middle East’s largest gay pride parade in the city this Friday.
Harari noted that social media can be an essential lifeline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people who live outside of liberal bubbles like Tel Aviv, the Times of Israel reported.
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MADONNA SAYS GIVING PHONES TO OLDER CHILDREN ‘ENDED HER RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM’
Madonna has said giving phones to her two eldest children had a hugely negative impact on her relationship with them.
Despite having given 22-year-old Lourdes and 18-year-old Rocco phones when they were in their early teens, Madonna does not plan on doing the same for her 13-year-old son David.
"I'm going to stick that one out for as long as possible, because I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13," the Madame X star told Vogue.
"It ended my relationship with them, really."
WHO's Screen Time Guidelines For Babies & Kids Under 5 May Be A Game-Changer For Parents
The Trevor Project launches 24/7 chat and text services
The Trevor Project has been focused on preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth for two decades. Now it’s making its support available around the clock.
“The Trevor Project’s text and chat counseling services, TrevorText and TrevorChat, are now available 24/7 for the first time in the organization’s 21-year history of saving young LGBTQ lives,” The Trevor Project says in a press release.
The organization says it broadened its coverage with Generation Z in mind, especially since a third-party evaluation revealed 63 percent of youth who used The Trevor Project’s text and chat services reported doing so because they felt like it was easier to be themselves.
Why do so many gay men feel lonely? A life coach gives the unfiltered truth
The gay men I work with range from their 20s to 50s. The guys in their 20s are often more attuned to coaching. They’re proactive about their growth and preempt problems by making informed choices. They can be savvy about the need for personal investment.
For older guys, certain issues come up regularly. They include learning to thrive as a gay man as they get older, finding meaningful work and creating authentic connections.
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Jake Bain, Who Made Headlines as Out Gay Football Player, Quits Indiana State Team
57% of LGBTI people lose a friend or family member after coming out
Police accused of breaking into gay man’s home & taunting him with slurs while they assaulted him
Attack Leaves Trans Performer's Face Partially Paralyzed
For Gay Men in Indonesia, There's No Place Safer Than Twitter
This gay man has great advice about having sex when you get older
India's two-week ban cost TikTok 15 million users
One of China's top social media platforms saw its rapid growth braked by being temporarily shut out of India's market of 600 million internet users.
TikTok, the popular video-sharing app owned by Chinese tech giant Bytedance, missed out on adding more than 15 million users in the nearly two weeks it was blocked from downloads by the Indian government, according to a new report from analytics firm Sensor Tower.
Without the ban, April would have been TikTok's best month ever in India, the report said, adding that the app's global downloads dropped by an estimated 33% compared to the previous month.
TikTok declined to comment on the Sensor Tower report.
The app was banned in April after an Indian court ruled that it could expose children to sexual predators, pornographic content and cyberbullying. TikTok appealed the decision, saying it had cracked down on inappropriate content, and the court reversed its ruling. The government then gave Apple and Google permission to offer it for download again.
Tik Tok app raises concerns for young users
Sex robot brothel to open in Japan as more men seek bisexual threesomes
A brothel where clients can have sex with impressively realistic robots is set to open its doors in Japan.
The LumiDolls hotel in Nagoya, in the country’s Aichi Prefecture, follows three other venues in Barcelona, Turin and Moscow.
LumiDolls will launch the sex house initially offering four different types of models.
The company’s boss Sergi Prieto says it will give people the chance to carry out their ‘wildest fantasies’.
An hour with a sex robot at the Nagoya’s brothel costs ¥13000, the equivalent of $116,50. A sex robot costs approximately $1,500, depending on the model.
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CHINA HAS CREATED A RACIST A.I. TO TRACK MUSLIMS
The Chinese government is using facial-recognition software to “track and control” a predominantly Muslim minority group, according to a disturbing new report from The New York Times. The Chinese government has reportedly integrated artificial intelligence into its security cameras to identify the Uighurs and appears to be using the information to monitor the persecuted group. The report, based on the accounts of whistleblowers familiar with the systems and a review of databases used by the government and law enforcement, suggests the authoritarian country has opened up a new frontier in the use of A.I. for racist social control—and raises the discomfiting possibility that other governments could adopt similar practices.
Two people familiar with the matter told the Times that police in the Chinese city of Sanmenxia screened whether residents were Uighurs 500,000 times in a single month. Documents provided to the paper reportedly show demand for the technology is ballooning: more than 20 departments in 16 provinces sought access to the camera system, in one case writing that it “should support facial recognition to identify Uighur/non-Uighur attributes.” This, experts say, is more than enough to raise red flags. “I don’t think it’s overblown to treat this as an existential threat to democracy,” Jonathan Frankle, an A.I. researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the Times. “Once a country adopts a model in this heavy authoritarian mode, it’s using data to enforce thought and rules in a much more deep-seated fashion than might have been achievable 70 years ago in the Soviet Union. To that extent, this is an urgent crisis we are slowly sleepwalking our way into.”
Grindr Will Be Auctioned Off Due to National Security Concerns
A Chinese company that owns Grindr is being forced to sell the popular dating app following pressure from the U.S. government due to security risks.
Grindr, the world's largest app for queer people, will now be auctioned off, according to Reuters. Investment firm Cowen has already started shopping for buyers at Grindr executives’ request.
Sources say that the Committee on Foreign Investment grew agitated at Chinese ownership in part because the international sale skirted the committee’s review. Gaming company Beijing Kunlun bought a majority stake in Grindr, which operates out of West Hollywood, in 2016, and then acquired the entire company in 2017.
However, the federal agency immediately raised national security concerns about the financial situation. Now the committee is sounding the alarm over Chinese ownership of applications that track information on U.S. citizens through a forced sale.
This little boy's Star Destroyer Halloween costume is out of this world
This little boy's Star Wars-inspired Star Destroyer will make everyone in the galaxy extremely jealous.
Smut slinger dreams of AI software to create hardcore flicks with your face – plus other machine-learning news
Roundup It's a long weekend in England and Wales, with many Reg vultures taking time out and making the most of what's left of the quiet August month.
We haven't forgotten you, though, so here's a roundup of artificial intelligent software related tidbits.
Oh dear, a porn company wants to monetize the deepfakes craze: Hey, remember when internet perverts used AI to stitch famous people's faces onto the bodies of smut flicks, and generate X-rated vids of celebs, dubbed "deepfakes"? It sparked outrage, with people freaking out over this direction of deep-learning technology, and how it could be used by people with little or no coding background to craft almost believable bogus porno. Tools emerged to detect faked vids.
Everything We Know About Toronto’s New Sex Doll Brothel
Gun rights activists post plans for 3D firearms after judge's order blocking them
A coalition of gun rights advocates challenged a federal judge's order temporarily barring a Texas company from publishing blueprints on the web to make untraceable 3D-printed guns by publishing similar blueprints itself on Tuesday, saying such publications were protected by the First Amendment.
After years of litigation, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order earlier in the day blocking Defense Distributed of Austin, Texas, from relaunching on Wednesday with blueprints for plastic firearms that can be "printed" by machines using computer-assisted design, or CAD.
Parents Who Had Severe Trauma, Stresses In Childhood More Likely To Have Kids With Behavioral Health Problems
A new study finds that severe childhood trauma and stresses early in parents' lives are linked to higher rates of behavioral health problems in their own children.
The types of childhood hardships included divorce or separation of parents, death of or estrangement from a parent, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence in the home, exposure to substance abuse in the household or parental mental illness.
"Previous research has looked at childhood trauma as a risk factor for later physical and mental health problems in adulthood, but this is the first research to show that the long-term behavioral health harms of childhood adversity extend across generations from parent to child," said the study's lead author, Dr. Adam Schickedanz. He is a pediatrician and health services researcher and assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The study showed that the children of parents who themselves had four or more adverse childhood experiences were at double the risk of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and were four time more likely to have mental health problems.
Your Smartphone Addiction May Be Why Your Kid Acts Out, New Study Finds
The shocking truth about America’s mental health crisis
Social media addiction: Teens leave rehab with a sense of "power"
MALIBU, Calif. -- Seventeen-year-old David Mayer from Ohio says he felt constant pressure from his parents to be perfect. Overwhelmed, he started using drugs.
"I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety," Mayer told CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal.
He also got lost online for up to four hours a day.
"I felt like for all of my posts I would create this false character of who I was. What I thought was the perfect version of myself, what I wanted to be, which is this young, funny, attractive guy. And obviously, I was kind of neglecting the fact that I did have a lot of sadness within me and a lot of loneliness," Mayer said.
Mayer became withdrawn and stopped talking to his parents – until they took matters into their own hands.
It's official: Grindr makes people unhappy when they use it too much
A tech-based organization, Time Well Spent, revealed Grindr as the number one app that make users unhappy.
Tristan Harris, a former Google employee, founded the organization. It focuses on studying the effects of mobile devices and apps. More specifically, how they create obsessive use to the detriment of the quality of life.
In an article for the Huffington Post, Harris wrote: ‘The ultimate freedom is a free mind, and we need technology that’s on our team to help us live, feel, think and act freely. … People’s time is valuable. And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights.’
Do apps leave you happy or in regret?
Time Well Spent recently published a ranking of apps, based on their happy and unhappy rankings.
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