We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says

On the evening of Wednesday, December 2, Timnit Gebru, the co-lead of Google’s ethical AI team, announced via Twitter that the company had forced her out. 

Gebru, a widely respected leader in AI ethics research, is known for coauthoring a groundbreaking paper that showed facial recognition to be less accurate at identifying women and people of color, which means its use can end up discriminating against them. She also cofounded the Black in AI affinity group, and champions diversity in the tech industry. The team she helped build at Google is one of the most diverse in AI, and includes many leading experts in their own right. Peers in the field envied it for producing critical work that often challenged mainstream AI practices.

A series of tweets, leaked emails, and media articles showed that Gebru’s exit was the culmination of a conflict over another paper she co-authored. … Read more

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Researchers adapt cell phone camera for SARS-CoV-2 detection

Credit: Daniel Fletcher and Melanie Ott

Researchers have developed an assay that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone, they report December 4 in the journal Cell. Although more research is needed before such a test can be rolled out, the results are promising and ultimately may be applicable to screening more broadly for other viruses.

“Our study shows that we can do the detection part of this assay very quickly, making the measurement with mass-produced consumer electronics,” says Daniel Fletcher, a bioengineer at the University of California in Berkeley and co-senior author on the paper. “We don’t need fancy laboratory equipment.”

Fletcher and other co-senior author Melanie Ott (@TheOttLab), a virologist at Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco, began collaborating with Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna, also a co-author on the study, about two years

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5nm chipset showdown: Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000

The next-gen mobile processing landscape is beginning to take shape. Major players Apple, Huawei, and Qualcomm have announced their latest flagship-tier chipsets built on bleeding edge 5nm manufacturing processes.

Over the course of the next few months, high-end smartphones powered by the Apple A14 Bionic, Huawei Kirin 9000, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 will go head-to-head. All three make familiar promises to improve performance, energy efficiency, and enhance machine learning capabilities. And that’s just for starters.

We’re also eagerly awaiting Samsung’s higher-end alternative to its Exynos 1080 and possibly whatever MediaTek has in store for 2021. But for now, we’ll focus on all the confirmed information we have from the big three announcements from the closing quarter of 2020. So, let’s dive into the differences and similarities between these next-gen processors.

See also: Snapdragon SoC guide — all of Qualcomm’s smartphone processors explained

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 Bionic

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Mike Cagney is testing the boundaries of the banking system for himself and others

Founder Mike Cagney is always pushing the envelope, and investors love him for it. Not long sexual harassment allegations prompted him to leave SoFi, the personal finance company that he cofounded in 2011, he raised $50 million for a new lending startup called Figure that has since raised at least $225 million from investors and was valued a year ago at $1.2 billion.

Now, Cagney is trying to do something unprecedented with Figure, which says it uses a blockchain to more quickly facilitate home equity, mortgage refinance, and student and personal loan approvals. The company has applied for a national bank charter in the U.S., wherein it would not take FDIC-insured deposits but it could take uninsured deposits of over $250,000 from accredited investors.

Why does it matter? The approach, as American Banker explains it, would bring regulatory benefits. As it reported earlier this week, “Because Figure Bank would … Read more

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The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty

Miriam was only 21 when she met Nick. She was a photographer, fresh out of college, waiting tables. He was 16 years her senior and a local business owner who had worked in finance. He was charming and charismatic; he took her out on fancy dates and paid for everything. She quickly fell into his orbit.

It began with one credit card. At the time, it was the only one she had. Nick would max it out with $5,000 worth of business purchases and promptly pay it off the next day. Miriam, who asked me not to use their real names for fear of interfering with their ongoing divorce proceedings, discovered that this was boosting her credit score. Having grown up with a single dad in a low-income household, she trusted Nick’s know-how over her own. He readily encouraged the dynamic, telling her she didn’t understand finance. She opened up … Read more

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OnePlus Nord N10 and N100 will get Android 11…and then that’s it.

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  • OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus Nord N10 and Nord N100 will receive just one Android upgrade.
  • Since the devices ship with Android 10, that means they’ll eventually get Android 11 and then no more upgrades after that.
  • The company did also confirm that both phones will see two years of security updates.

The OnePlus Nord series is brand new in 2020. As such, we don’t have years and years of history to look at when it comes to software upgrades, security support, etc. Up until now, that info has been all up in the air.

Related: OnePlus phones: A history of the company’s entire lineup so far

However, OnePlus recently confirmed to Android Central that the two newest Nord phones — the Nord N10 and Nord N100 — will only receive one software upgrade. Both devices ship with Android 10, which logically means … Read more

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The Charlesworth Group strengthens Hindawi partnership in China

Leading open access publisher Hindawi has extended their partnership with The Charlesworth Group to include digital author marketing in China.

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The services provided by The Charlesworth Group form part of a holistic package of solutions across the entire publication journey to support Hindawi’s author engagement strategy in China. Through this partnership, The Charlesworth Group are now providing Hindawi with comprehensive digital marketing, including a new Chinese website and search marketing campaigns. Charlesworth have provided WeChat account management services and media monitoring to Hindawi since early 2018 and have recently begun offering Hindawi authors optional expert editing services through Charlesworth Author Services.

Through offering these new services, together with the existing WeChat account management service, this partnership can offer deeper author engagement in the China market at a key time for Chinese researchers as institutions begin to map out their publications policy in

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What Is Multimedia Technology?

The outsourcing historical past of India is one of phenomenal progress in a very brief span of time. With telecom auditing, all telecom network and services of the corporate will likely be reviewed and analyzed including the previous and recent telecom bill statements, different accounts, invoices, and procurement contracts. Telecom audits cover reviewing all the company’s records, receipts, books of accounts, equipments utilization, insurance policies, and contracts related to telecommunications. The subsequent area to incorporate is the applied sciences present in the company and other equipment that’s but to be bought. And the last space that a telecom auditor should not miss is the telecom statements of the corporate. This may embody the phone usage policies, equipment contracts, tariff price, and network resource capabilities. The brand new technology above just isn’t all. There are other progressive devices that may danger. Google Car and 3D printer might be dangerous. It is … Read more

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Telecommunications Firm Is Causing A Buzz!

Cranes form an necessary a part of most civil engineering initiatives. By means of AI applications built into web platforms and cellular applications, the social credit score system is intended to ultimately monitor and gather data associated to most every little thing an individual does. In nearly all points, Chinese citizens orchestrate their lives by their telephones. By and huge, China has develop into a cashless society, and nearly all transactions are executed by means of cell, digital expertise. Tencent’s WeChat app is sort of unknown outdoors of China and Southeast Asia, however inside China it has a mobile user base of over one billion individuals. Usually described as the world’s tremendous app, WeChat is used for the whole lot from text, audio, and video messaging to info searches, purchases, banking, private funds, and medical records administration. It’s a compilation, in a single app, of Google, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal, Instagram, … Read more

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US Sanctions Over South China Sea Will Not Have an effect on Blacklisted Chinese Building Big CCCC, Company

Over time, the developments in communication expertise have been fairly troublesome to keep up with. Seven scamware apps present in Google Play and Apple’s App Retailer corralled more than half one million dollars for their builders, in keeping with Avast. The corporate discovered the malicious apps after a 12-12 months-old girl flagged a suspicious app promoted on a TikTok profile by means of its “Be Safe Online” challenge. The HUS Bridge Hospital and extension of the Radiation Care Division funding is valued at about 303 million euros and required more than 8,000 precast items and greater than 4,000 tons of steel. All through the design course of, the 3D fashions played an important position in collaboration, serving to stakeholders visualize the design and coordinating an enormous variety of disciplines and subcontractors. Efficient information administration was important for the project’s sixteen completely different fields of planning and 194 submodels. Augmented and … Read more

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Auto Electronics

Singapore has developed a robotic that carries out nasal swabbing to diagnose COVID-19, in a bid to scale back healthcare employees’ risk of exposure to the lethal coronavirus. Additionally, with the stress- and life-style-associated diseases on the rise, this sector is gaining extra popularity. Worldwide giants, reminiscent of AIG, have partnered with the Tata group. Other such collaborations are Bajaj Allianz and Aviva. Extra persons are going for insurance to assist safe their healthcare wants. Thus, this business is a serious funding area. The professionals of CAD designing company drafts or transforms concept into the software program to create creative design. In correspondence to paper design, drafting helps in creating digital design. The paper design could possibly be any hand drawn sketches or handbook drawing of any constructing. So as to make utterly editable and flexible design, multilayered design is produced. As a part of the deal, Nokia will offer … Read more

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28 Million Surgical procedures Cancelled

Aerus , the global leader in surface and air purification solutions, announced Wednesday that impartial take a look at results on their Hydroxyl Blaster with ActivePure Expertise confirms that the product kills the SARS-CoV-2 virus on surfaces. After China’s Huawei was banned from U.S. telecom networks, Nokia and Ericsson are dominating the race for 5G deployment in the country, with Samsung slowly catching up. Guarantee adherence to regulatory compliance norms: Healthcare industry is without doubt one of the foremost industry that has to abide with stringiest of compliance regulations corresponding to HIPAA, OSHA and CLIA. Failing to comply with these laws could obliterate small gamers as well as behemoths. Compliance is an intensive and constant train that involves in depth documentation to reveal compliance to stipulated norms. Without an automated and centralized system, managing compliance becomes nothing wanting a nightmare for the organisations. To be thought-about a robust candidate for … Read more

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