Slack forms key alliance as Atlassian throws in the towel on enterprise collaboration

With today’s announcement from Atlassian that it was selling the IP assets of its two enterprise communications tools, Hipchat and Stride, to Slack, it closes the book on one of the earliest competitors in the modern enterprise collaboration space. It was also a clear  signal that Slack is not afraid to take on its giant competitors by forming key alliances.

The fact the announcement came from Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield on Twitter only exacerbated that fact. Atlassian has a set of popular developer tools like Jira, Confluence and Bitbucket. At this point, Hipchat and Stride had really become superfluous to the company and they sold the IP to their competitor.

Not only was Slack buying the assets and Atlassian was effectively shutting down these products, Atlassian was also investing in Slack, a move that shows it’s throwing its financial weight behind the company as well and forming an alliance with them.

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Manerba, turista 17enne molestata: arrestati tre minorenni

Manerba del Garda (Brescia), 26 luglio 2018 – E' arrivata la svolta. I carabinieri della Compagnia di Salò, nel Bresciano, stanno dando esecuzione a un'ordinanza di misura cautelare emessa dal gip del Tribunale per i Minorenni di Brescia, nei confronti
by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #thisisnews

This 3D-printed AI construct analyzes by bending light

Machine learning is everywhere these days, but it’s usually more or less invisible: it sits in the background, optimizing audio or picking out faces in images. But this new system is not only visible, but physical: it performs AI-type analysis not by crunching numbers, but by bending light. It’s weird and unique, but counter-intuitively, it’s an excellent demonstration of how deceptively simple these “artificial intelligence” systems are.

Machine learning systems, which we frequently refer to as a form of artificial intelligence, at their heart are just a series of calculations made on a set of data, each building on the last or feeding back into a loop. The calculations themselves aren’t particularly complex — though they aren’t the kind of math you’d want to do with a pen and paper. Ultimately all that simple math produces a probability that the data going in is a match for various patterns it has “learned” to recognize.

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Amazon’s Facial Recognition System Mistakes Members of Congress for Mugshots

Amazon touts its Rekognition facial recognition system as “simple and easy to use,” encouraging customers to “detect, analyze, and compare faces for a wide variety of user verification, people counting, and public safety use cases.” And yet, in a study released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union, the technology managed to confuse photos of 28 members of Congress with publicly available mug shots. Given that Amazon actively markets Rekognition to law enforcement agencies across the US, that’s simply not good enough.

The ACLU study also illustrated the racial bias that plagues facial recognition today. “Nearly 40 percent of Rekognition’s false matches in our test were of people of color, even though they make up only 20 percent of Congress,” wrote ACLU attorney Jacob Snow. “People of color are already disproportionately harmed by police practices, and it’s easy to see how Rekognition could exacerbate that.”

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Virgin Galactic breaks Mach 2 in third powered test flight

The VSS Unity replaced Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, which crashed in 2014, killing one of its pilots. The company says that tests like the one performed today allow it to collect cabin data like temperature, pressure, thermal response, vibration and radiation.

“The flight was exciting and frankly beautiful,” said pilot Mike “Sooch” Masucci. “We were able to complete a large number of test points which will give us good insight as we progress to our goal of commercial service.”

social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #engadget

Congress seeks more info on Amazon’s facial-recognition tech

Yesterday, the ACLU published a report showing that Amazon’s Rekognition facial mapping software could have some serious problems with accuracy. A test scanned every current member of the House and Senate and compared them to a database of 25,000 mug shots — and matched 28 of those lawmakers with various mugshots. It hasn’t taken long for some politicians to craft a response. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL 4th district) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA 11th district) sent a letter to Amazon and Jeff Bezos asking for more information on Rekogntion, specifically concerning its sale to law enforcement agencies.

Today’s letter from Markey, Gutiérrez and DeSaulnier said that “the efficacy and impact of [facial recognition] technology are not yet fully understood,” going on to note that “serious concerns have been raised about the dangers facial recognition can pose to privacy and civil rights, especially when it is [...]  read more

Apple store, metal detector e ragazzi in fila dalla notte: piazza Liberty blindata per l’inaugurazione

Piazza Liberty blindata dall’esercito e controllli con i metal detector fin dal mattino presto. Grande fermento nel centro di Milano per l’apertura dell’Apple store che, a detta dell’azienda di Cupertino, sarà un’ammiraglia in Italia. Gente arrivata da tutto il nord Italia ha bivaccato sotto al sole fino alle 17, orario di apertura del negozio sorto dove una volta c’era il cinema Apollo.
Milano, centinaia in coda per l’apertura dell’Apple Store. Il primo della fila: ”Ho dormito qui fuori, ne valeva la pena”in riproduzione….