Monthly Archives: January 2018

Flushing AI

It’s certainly a bad time to have backward-looking leadership… In Beijing, the government uses facial-recognition machines in public rest rooms to stop people from stealing toilet paper; it limits users to sixty centimetres within a nine-minute period. Making China Great Again – Evan Osnos, New Yorker See also: Singapore will be the first stop in […]

Chinese shadows

Unhinged tech companies are bad, but at least they face public blowback (for the time being). The US forfeiting its leadership might make things worse. And it’s happening. In Beijing, I hailed a cab and headed to the northwest corner of the city, where a Chinese company called SenseTime is working on facial recognition, a […]

Research engines not Russian engine

Let’s consisder that adverstising is just a private form of taxation, except that it doesn’t benefit the public, and will probably never. “Almost 90% of Google’s revenue is derived from advertising, despite Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s original academic paper regarding Google in which they argue that advertising produces mixed motives that make it an […]