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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.
Gay Star News
He showed up at my house after I 'met' him on a dating app. I was freaked out
Last fall I did some chatting on a dating app with a guy I hoped to meet. He had a job, he had an adorable pooch—and he was friends with people I knew in the flesh. So I gave him my cell number and asked him to call me about 10 p.m. that night. “What could go wrong?” I asked myself.
Here’s what: Just after 10 he texted that he was at a restaurant around the corner—and he pulled into my driveway two minutes later. “How did you know where I live?” I asked. “That was easy – you gave me your phone number,” he said nonchalantly as I told him to leave, which (fortunately) he did. But the episode freaked me out.
Luke And Leia ‘Fly’ A ‘Star Wars’ Speeder Bike In NYC For Halloween
May the trick-or-treating be with you.
YouTuber Jesse Wellens has conjured another viral winner for Halloween, zipping through New York City with Carmella Rose a la Luke and Leia on a “Star Wars” speeder bike. The customized contraption gives the illusion of flying at times, just like the one in the movies.
Damn, this is fun.
And it isn’t long before a stormtrooper gives chase.
New Study Says If You’re a Man With This Face Shape, You’re More Likely to Cheat
Canadian-led face shape study recently published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior concluded that men with shorter, wider faces “tend to be more sexually motivated … have a stronger sex drive … are more easy-going when it comes to casual sex and would consider being unfaithful to their partners,” compared to those with faces of other dimensions.
How the face shape study worked
The study, led by Steven Arnocky — a professor who specializes in evolutionary psychology, sexual conflict and behavioral ecology at Nipissing University in Canada — happened in two parts.
In the first part, Arnocky’s team asked 145 university undergraduates currently involved in romantic relationships questions about their sex drive and interpersonal behavior. In the second part, his team issued asked 314 students the same questions and additional ones about their sexual orientation, their openness to infidelity and their comfort with casual sex not involving love or commitment.
Computers can tell if you're gay or not just by looking at your face
And they get it right 91% of the time
New artificial intelligence can tell whether people are gay or straight based on a picture of their face.
New advances in AI research means machines have up to a 91% accuracy when deducing someones sexuality.
The study was done by Stanford University. The machine intelligence tested in the research was based on a sample of more then 35,000 pictures of men and women’s faces.
The computer algorithm could correctly distinguish between gay and straight men 81% of the time, and 74% of the time for gay and straight women.
That is from looking at a single image.
When given five images per person, the accuracy rate goes up to 91% of the time for men and 83% for women.
Human judges performed much worse with only a 61% accuracy with pictures of men, and 54% of women.
Gay Star News
From Lesbian Speed-Dating to Gay Gaming, there’s an App for Every Taste
Quick: How many times have you witnessed one of your throw up their hands say “there’s an app for everything these days!” I’m guessing more times than you can count. And frankly, it never becomes any less true. Each day there seems to be a new wealth of options for food delivery, online dating, car services, and dog grooming at our fingertips. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. And when it comes to the LGBTQ+ dating scene, each new app means a better shot at happiness. Or at least the best hookup of your life.
Two new technologies that just busted onto the queer scene are promising to make life a bit easier for the adventurous, the curious, or the easily-bored. The first, the Danish-developed iPassion, is a gaming app for couples, one which promises to “spice things up” by quizzing you about your partner’s deepest, darkest desires. What happens if you win? “Hot prizes.” Those you can figure out yourself, though the app has no shortage of suggestions.
The Pride LA
LGBTI people of color deserve their own dating app
The division that exists in the gay community today has become a problem.
Many have heard the dissent in regards to many gay dating apps. It is not uncommon to see profiles that hide racial discrimination behind terms like “preference”.
Some who express these “preferences” seem to think that others are just whining about being rejected.
This is not the case.
People log into these apps to have a good time.
It hurtful to see you are not good enough due to the color of your skin on peoples profiles. Especially when this comes, even before a conversation has started.
Gay Star News
Federal prosecutors pursue information on Trump opponents
A web hosting provider is fighting back against a search warrant that it claims would require them to turn over information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Donald Trump, according to court filings first published on the company's blog Monday.
DreamHost, the web provider in question, said in the post that it has "been working with the Department of Justice to comply with legal process" for months, but federal prosecutors in DC are seeking "all records" related to the website disruptj20.org, which organized protests against the Trump administration in January.
Prosecutors obtained a search warrant for the records in July and are now asking a federal judge to force the company to turn over the information.
The warrant includes "all files" in DreamHost's possession, as well as information on "subscribers" to distruptj20.org and information on those who "participated, planned, organized, or incited" the January protests.