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26 Nov 2017
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Elon Musk’s Tweet Gives Creepy Insight Into Future Of Humanoid Robots

Elon Musk’s predictions about robots is the stuff of nightmares. 

Twitter user Alex Medina captioned a promotional video of Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot doing backflips and jumps in an obstacle course with the panicked caption: “We dead.” Musk responded to Medina by essentially telling him to buckle in for a lot more terrifying features to these humanoid robot advancements. 

“This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will move so fast you’ll need a strobe light to see it. Sweet dreams…” Musk wrote. 

The Atlas robot is marketed as the “world’s most dynamic humanoid,” but even that impressive advancement might soon be eclipsed by artificial intelligence. The Tesla CEO followed up his creepy comment with a warning about the future of leaving such technology unchecked.

“Got to regulate AI/robotics like we do food, drugs, aircraft & cars,” Musk tweeted. “Public risks require public oversight. Getting rid of the FAA [wouldn’t] make flying safer. They’re there for good reason.”

So Musk is basically backing up every horror movie theory about artificial intelligence and robots ever. And this isn’t the first time the tech mogul has warned about these types of advancements. Musk said in September that artificial intelligence will probably be the spark that ignites a world war

“China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science,” Musk wrote on Twitter in September. “Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.” 

Well, hopefully Will Smith can protect humanity in the upcoming robot apocalypse. 

23 Nov 2017
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Justin Trudeau, Other World Leaders Praise Net Neutrality Ahead Of FCC’s Planned Repeal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among the world leaders who have spoken up in support of net neutrality this week in the wake of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s announcement that it plans to throw out regulations that require internet providers to treat all online content equally.

Trudeau told Motherboard on Wednesday that the Trump administration’s plan to repeal net neutrality “does not make sense.” 

“I am very concerned about the attacks on net neutrality,” Trudeau said. “Net neutrality is something that is essential for small businesses, for consumers, and it is essential to keep the freedom associated with the internet alive.”

He added that he’ll look into ways to defend net neutrality for the internet as a whole.

Speaking at the Global Conference on Cyberspace held in New Delhi on Thursday, India’s minister of law and justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that “right of access” to the internet should be “non-negotiable.”

“Internet is supposed to be democratic. It is a big global platform, but must be linked the local ideas and concepts,” Prasad said, according to The Indian Express. 

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who also attended the event, similarly expressed his support for net neutrality, saying that the protection “lowers the barriers of entry by preserving the internet as a fair and level playing field and helps businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive online.”

“Open internet facilitates the marginalized and oppressed segments that are not adequately represented in the mainstream media, to tell their stories and to mobilize justice, as we have seen in recent times,” he added.

In the U.S., tech giants including Facebook, Google, Reddit and Netflix have expressed their disappointment and opposition to the FCC’s plan.  

Opponents of net neutrality, including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon ― which owns HuffPost’s parent company, Oath ― have also been vocal, arguing that services such as Netflix that use more bandwidth should have to pay more.

On Wednesday, a top FCC official urged the American public to “stop us from killing net neutrality.” 

Reach out to the rest of the FCC now,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote in a Los Angeles Times op-ed. “Tell them they can’t take away internet openness without a fight.” 

21 Nov 2017
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How YouTube ‘Free’ Killed Video, And What Comes Next

On Feb. 14, 2005, three partners gathered at a pizza parlor in San Mateo, Calif. Like most startups, they’d found a problem they wanted to solve. They were making videos with their friends of hanging out at social events, just what kids do — and they had no way to share them. YouTube was born, and user-generated video (UGC) took off like a rocket.

Massive user engagement uploads and views followed. People liked YouTube because it was easy, it was fun, and it was free.

But behind the scenes, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim had a problem. The server and traffic bills were growing exponentially. Sequoia Capital stemmed the bleeding with at first $3.5 million, and then $8 million.

Just a year and a half after its launch, YouTube was sold to Google for $1.65 billion in stock.

But the costs continued to mushroom, and the looming legal threats from copyright holders hung like a cloud over YouTube’s future. People were uploading movies, music, and all sorts of digital video that made the sharing site popular with copyright scofflaws. Perhaps not surprising, but YouTube would need deep pockets to address it. Viacom filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against Google for copyright infringement in 2007.

And YouTube’s problems have been growing worse by the day for 10 years, creating what is now a massive gap between what video was — television — and what it strives to be: useful, engaging, nichified, targeted motion media delivered by the internet.

So far it’s been an ocean of tears as companies have tried to meet audience demand for relevant video, and been crushed trying to compete with the powerful economics of “free.”

Angel.co lists 5,880 video startups, many more than I need to name here. But here’s just a few you may remember: Revver, Blip.TV, Joost, 5min, Motionbox, Ramp, Pluto TV, Vidyard, Airtime, Daily Motion, Tout, Metacafe and Frequency. 5,880 startups with an average valuation of $4.5 million equals $26.4 billion.

And so every day, when you read about another company “pivoting to video,” it’s worth noting that so far, with the benefit of hindsight, and BILLIONS of dollars spent, no one has made that work — not in technology, content, aggregation, or curation. There are many “at bats” — and so far, all strike-outs.

So what happened, and what’s next?

What Happened?

After Google purchased YouTube, the search giant set out to bring its powerful and successful AdSense offering to long-tail video. YouTube had the videos, it had the creators — now it just needed to get the AdWords economic engine to point its efforts at video.

Google tried with any number of products, but the model didn’t translate. Text ads were easy to make, low-cost to place, and understandable. Video ads, even with a number of self-serve tools, just didn’t catch fire. Google was a public company (since August 2004) and as such needed to find big opportunities that could generate big new sources of revenue.

Madison Avenue — with its coffers full of brand advertising spend — wasn’t about to buy into Google’s UGC YouTube offering.

“We are in the advertising business,” Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, told The New Yorker back in 2008. The purchase of DoubleClick for $3.1 billion made clear that Google was going to buy its way into the swank private clubhouse of brand advertising.

The company’s mission back in 2008 was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Making information accessible takes on the established makers and publishers of media, whose raison d’être is to own and distribute content.

So today 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. But the vast majority of that video doesn’t meet the rather stringent requirements of big brand advertisers. And as long-tail video advertising hasn’t really showed up, YouTube is in the complicated spot of being both a disrupter of web video, and a net loser of revenue.

Statisticbrain.com reports that the annual cost of running and maintaining YouTube is $6.3 billion, while the annual revenue generated from YouTube is $4 billion. That’s a loss of more than $2 billion dollars. And before you think that Google partners are the big winners in this equation, Statisticbrain notes that the average YouTube partner earns just 32 cents per 5,000 views — or a CPM of .064. Those numbers sting.

Wondering how this works, I asked an insider at Google if the company ever considers abandoning the free YouTube upload business to start charging for users whose videos weren’t monetizable (which is most of them). The answer? “Sure, we talk about it, but then we realize our comScore numbers would plummet, and we leave things as they are.”

So, here we are. Video uploads are free. Anyone who charges for video services has to compete with Google. And even as video becomes the format of choice for both advertisers and consumers in the mobile web, finding business models for creators and networks seems like a distant mirage in the desert.

What’s Next?

We’re at the cusp of a next-generation video offering: YouTube, but with a modern mix of free, paid, and sponsored revenue elements. Video makers and uploaders are pushing at the edges of the one-size-fits-all thinking that has made YouTube the upload site of choice.

With strategic focus, Facebook has made uploads to its platform the preferential way for display video for its 2.07 billion monthly active users. LinkedIn has rolled out a somewhat limited video upload offering. Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram all now invite uploads. And Amazon, with its massive AWS infrastructure, has taken a cautious step into video uploads with Amazon Video Direct, though ironically it requires an .srt subtitle file, and recommends using the YouTube automated transcription tool to create the lower third text.

  • Video isn’t free to make.

  • Video isn’t free to store.

  • Video isn’t free to deliver.

As long as YouTube continues to rely on its big brother Google’s ad revenue to underwrite its video losses, the video space is stuck, unable to connect revenues, audiences and makers.

Just around the corner, there is a new generation online video platform that provides a flexible, fast, multi-platform solution to turns video’s many speed bumps into an economic SaaS solution. Upload once, publish to many platforms — and pay with either advertising avails or a service fee.

Consumers need more quality curated video. Advertisers need more targeted video opportunities. And publishers need more videos on their pages that come with an equitable shared economic benefit. Video 3.0 is on the horizon. Stay tuned!

21 Nov 2017
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Amazon Launches ‘Secret’ Cloud Service For Intelligence Agencies

Amazon is launching a “secret” cloud service for U.S. intelligence agencies, developed three years ago with the CIA. 

Amazon Web Services Secret Region “can operate workloads up to the Secret U.S. security classification level,” Amazon said in a statement Monday. “AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret and Top Secret.”

Other personnel from government departments and contractors with security clearance also can access the “secret region,” the company said. 

The service debuts after the exposure of vulnerabilities in Amazon cloud services. Last week, information collected by the Pentagon in AWS cloud databases was exposed online for anyone to see. The databases contained at least 1.8 billion internet posts collected over eight years by intelligence agencies from news sites, comment sections, web forums and social media. In May, an engineer at defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton left some 60,000 files linked to a Pentagon program on an Amazon server accessible to the public, Gizmodo reported.

Six years ago Amazon launched AWS GovCloud, its first data-center region for the public sector. 

Amazon inked a $600 million so-called spook cloud contract with the CIA in 2013 to help the agency build its own private cloud system. The massive classified data storage was up and running by 2014. Rolling out the service to other agencies is part of that contract.

“This had never been done before,” said CIA chief information officer John Edwards. “We put an entire Amazon cloud region on our space, in our premises. It was risky; neither side new how it was going to turn out.”

To operate a platform guarding the nation’s secret data, Amazon must comply with security standards monitored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The new service is immediately available to intelligence agencies, reports ZD Net.

20 Nov 2017
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Apple Black Friday Deals That Are Actually Worth Your Time And Money

If you were waiting for a time to score some heavily discounted Apple gear, the time is Black Friday 2017

While Apple doesn’t really *do* Black Friday, resellers and refurbished sites like Newegg and OWC are probably offering the best deals on the new iPhone X and iPhone 8, and we’re seeing some deep price cuts on MacBooks, Apple watches, Beats, and more.

See below for our ultimate round-up of the best Black Friday Apple deals:

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17 Nov 2017
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With Net Neutrality On The Chopping Block, Communities Are Taking Matters Into their Own Hands—And Scaring The Hell Out Of Comcast

Here we go again.

Word is Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Republican Ajit Pai, will hold a vote next month on reversing the landmark 2015 net neutrality order that bars corporations like Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable from blocking or slowing internet content.

We should be loud and clear in the coming weeks like we’ve been before: net neutrality is crucial to helping everyone, regardless of where they live or how much money they make, get online.

But there’s another way we can fight for an open internet.

Last week, 19 towns across Colorado voted to allow the exploration of creating a local, public alternative to expensive private providers.

Fort Collins voters went the furthest, passing a measure to finance an assessment of starting a city-owned broadband utility, which would aim to provide faster service at a cheaper price. That means residents could have a say in whether a new public network maintains the principle of net neutrality, whatever the FCC decides in the future.

“People who don’t normally get excited or vote actually turned out this time and actually got energized,” said one resident who had campaigned for the measure.

Not everyone was excited. Industry groups spent more than $450,000 campaigning against the measure. In fact, the very reason Colorado towns had to vote “yes” before even exploring public broadband is because of an industry-backed state law requiring municipalities to jump through hoops to take control of their internet infrastructure. (The industry has successfully pushed similar legislation in over 20 states.)

Comcast and the like are quaking in their boots about a public option, and they should be. Cities like Chattanooga, Tennessee, which became the first U.S. city to offer gigabit internet speed after going public, are outperforming private providers and even forcing them to innovate to play catch up.

Why shouldn’t internet access be a public good? The web should be like the Postal Service, which, because it’s public, provides affordable mail service to everyone, rich or poor, in all areas of the country.

And why should a handful of corporate executives and investors get rich while providing expensive, slow access and unbearable customer service? Comcast’s CEO, billionaire Brian Roberts, pocketed $33 million last year alone while running America’s most hated corporation.

People need the internet for life in the 21st century, to communicate, apply for jobs, and access crucial resources. Everyone should have affordable access.

16 Nov 2017
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Here’s How To Get Free 2-Day Shipping On Your Black Friday Purchases

Wondering where else you can snag good deals and free two-day shipping on Black Friday other than Amazon? You’re in luck.

That’s why we’ve rounded up some of Jet’s best Black Friday deals. Note that these deals will go live at 12:01 a.m. EST on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, and last through Nov. 27, Cyber Monday: 

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16 Nov 2017
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Here’s Where To Get The Best Black Friday Deal On An XBox One

The hunt for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals is on, with more than 164 million shoppers planning to whip out their wallets across the weekend on wish-list purchases. 

Among 2017′s hottest holiday gifts are big-ticket items like laptops, FitBits, KitchenAid stand mixers and, unsurprisingly, gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch and the just-released versions of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

Unfortunately, we’re not seeing any deals on the brand-new Xbox One X (so far). Check out Xbox’s website for the nitty-gritty differences between the two consoles if you’re new to shopping Xbox consoles.

Otherwise, if you’re simply looking for the best game console for your buck, the Xbox One S is the more wallet-friendly choice for families and hobbyist gamers.

Below, we’ve rounded up what we believe are the best Black Friday deals on the Xbox One S. We’ll be sure to update this list as more deals are announced. 

Best Black Friday Deals On Xbox One S

1. Best Deal: Kohl’s

Get $45 Kohl’s Cash when you purchase an Xbox One S 500GB from Kohl’s on Black Friday. On sale for $190 (normally $280). 

2. Second-Best Deal: Target

Get a free $25 Target gift card when you purchase an Xbox One S 500GB from Target on Black Friday. On sale for $190 (normally $280). 

3. Other Deals:

Jet.com: Get an Xbox One S 500GB from Jet on Black Friday for $190 (normally $280). (Bonus: snag free two-day shipping when you check out!)

Sam’s Club: Get an Xbox One S 500GB from Sam’s Club on Black Friday for $190 (normally $250).

Walmart: Get an Xbox One S 500GB from Walmart on Black Friday for $190 (normally $250).

Newegg: Get an Xbox One S 500GB from Newegg on Black Friday for $190 (normally $280).

Best Buy: Get an Xbox One S 500GB from Best Buy on Black Friday for $190 (normally $280).

 

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15 Nov 2017
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15 Black Friday Laptop Deals Actually Worth Your Time And Money

On Black Friday shoppers will be hitting the streets (and the web) in search of the best deals on the year’s big-ticket holiday items, like MacBooks, FitBits, Xbox Ones, KitchenAid stand mixers and, you guessed it, laptops.

Whether you’re looking for a gaming laptop, a new MacBook Pro or a convertible laptop with a touch screen, there’s something on sale for every type of user. We’ve combed through the deals clutter to find our favorites. 

Below are 15 Black Friday laptop deals worth whipping out your wallet for: 

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