APTN National NewsFront line advocates and family members of Aboriginal women who have been victims of violence say they are disgusted with the Conservative’s $10 million strategy to deal with the hundreds of murdered and missing women cases across the country.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.
APTN National NewsIn light of the federal government’s investment for child welfare there is strong reaction from British Columbia’s Representative for Youth and Children who welcomes the dollars, but says there is still a lot of work to do.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
Internet Services Tech Industry Artificial intelligence (AI) Facebook Tags Comments Share your voice 3 Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says Facebook’s AI can distinguish between images of marijuana (left) and broccoli tempura (right). Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Facebook uses both human beings and artificial intelligence to combat some of its toughest problems, including hate speech, misinformation and election meddling. Now, the social network is doubling down on AI.The tech giant has come under fire for a series of lapses, including its failure to pull down a live video of terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques. Content moderators who review posts shared by the social network’s 2.3 billion users say they’ve suffered trauma from repeatedly looking at gruesome and violent content. But AI has also helped Facebook flag spam, fake accounts, nudity and other offensive content before a user reports it to the social network. Overall, AI has had mixed results.Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer on Wednesday acknowledged that AI hasn’t been a cure-all for the social network’s “complex problems,” but he said the company was making progress. He made the remarks in a keynote at the company’s F8 developer conference.Schroepfer showed the audience photographs of marijuana and broccoli tempura, which look surprisingly similar. Facebook employees, he said, built a new algorithm that can detect differences in similar images, allowing a computer to distinguish which was which.Read more: CBD: What it is, how it affects the body and who it might helpSchroepfer said similar techniques can be used to help machines recognize other images that might otherwise escape the social network’s detection.”If someone reports something like this,” he said, “we can then fan out and look at billions of images in a very short period of time and find things that look similar.”Facebook, which doesn’t allow the sale of recreational drugs on its platform, discovered that people tried to work around its system by using packaging or baked goods, such as Rice Krispies treats. The social network can now flag those images by putting together signals like the text in a post, comments and the identity of the user.”This is an intensely adversarial game,” Schroepfer said. “We build a new technique, we deploy it, people work hard to try to figure out ways around this.”Identifying the right images isn’t the only AI challenge the company is facing. When the company was building a smart camera for its Portal video chat device, Facebook had to make sure the technology wasn’t biased and could recognize age, gender and skin tone.Facebook is also trying to train its computers to learn with less supervision in order to tackle hate speech in elections. But as the social network uses AI to moderate more content, it also has to balance concerns that it’s being fair to all groups. Facebook, for example, has been accused of suppressing conservative speech, but the company has denied those allegations. And people might disagree about what’s considered hate speech or misinformation. Facebook data scientist Isabel Kloumann said in an interview that when the company is determining what is hate speech the identity of the person could be an important factor along with who they’re targeting. At the same time, Facebook has to balance safety concerns with whether they’re treating groups of people equally.”We don’t have a silver bullet for this,” she said. “But the fact that we’re having this conversation is the most important thing.”Originally published May 1, 1:46 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:19 p.m.: Adds comments from Facebook data scientist and more background.
Samantha Akkineni in Oh! BabyTwitterActress Samantha Akkineni has revealed that she is not getting enough film offers as she used to get before her marriage with longtime boyfriend Naga Chaitanya.Samantha Akkineni is awaiting the release of her upcoming film Oh! Baby, which is set to hit the screens July 5. It is a female-centric movie and she is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to make it a big hit solo film of her career. She started its publicity more than a month before its release. As part of its promotion, she interacted with her fans live on Twitter on Sunday.Bollywood film critic Rajeev Masand moderated the Twitter chat session of Samantha Akkineni. While talking to him, the actress made a shocking revelation about her career. “I am not getting as many films as I did before marriage. But I don’t think it’s because I am married, but I think filmmakers are confused about what to do with me now,” Samantha told the critic jokingly.It is true that any actress would face this situation after her marriage, as she will have inhibition in doing a glamorous role and romantic scenes. But Samantha has two more reasons for getting fewer offers. Firstly, she is the daughter-in-law of one of the few esteemed families of Tollywood. The filmmakers and heroes will have a second thought about getting her to do romantic roles.Secondly, Samantha Akkineni is also carefully choosing the films, keeping the prestige of the Akkineni family. After wrapping the projects that she committed before her wedding, the actress is said to be preferring women-oriented movies and U-Turn and Oh! Baby are her attempts in that direction. Thirdly, she also needs to start her family, which may not allow her to take more projects that she did before wedding.What is appreciable about the Akkineni family is that it is not forcing her to quit her acting career. Instead, it is supporting her to get good scripts, directors and producers to keep her career. Suresh Babu, who is a family member, is jointly producing Oh! Baby with Sunitha Tati under the banners Suresh Productions and Guru Films.The owner of Suresh Productions tweeted on Sunday, “#OhBaby is a very special film and i really wish every women out there comes to the theatres to watch it. Its so much more than a comedy film. Its a film you can watch it with your entire family – @Samanthaprabhu2.”Watch me LIVE w/ @samanthaprabhu2 abt her new film Oh Baby & her terrific performances in Super Deluxe, Majili and more https://t.co/iRmJhbBBrk— Rajeev Masand (@RajeevMasand) June 16, 2019
Holy smokes, Batman, this thing is crazy cool.Swedish custom carmaker Caresto has manufactured a real-life Batmobile. Led by founder Leif Tufvesson, the Caresto team took design cues from the Batmobile in the popular Batman: Arkham Knight video game.Even if you’re not a comic nerd or a gear head (I’m both, sadly, proudly …), you have to see this to believe it. Check out this video from Caresto:Related: 5 Amazing Innovations Coming to CarsWhile Caresto typically builds its custom cars to customer specifications, it built this vehicle — dubbed The TGX — to take part in the Gumball 3000, a European car rally. This thing is more than a pretty bucket of bolts. For the gear heads who are reading this, here some some fun specs/details:560hp V 10 engineWheel base is more than 11 feet26-inch wheelsFully independent front and rear suspensions Body is made from carbon fiberRelated: The Best New Tech to Look Out For in 2016 and BeyondAnd, boy can she move. See the car in action in the video at the top of the page, courtesy of car blog MrJWW. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 4, 2016 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read
Last week, RedTeam Pentesting had discovered a command injection vulnerability in the web-based certificate generator feature of the Cisco RV320 router. According to RedTeam Pentesting, the feature was inadequately patched by the vendor. On Saturday, Cisco acknowledged that it had mismanaged a patch which would give rise to a vulnerability in two router models, namely, Cisco RV320 and RV325 WAN VPN routers. The security flaws These router vulnerabilities were discovered way back in September 2018. Post four months the discovery, a patch was issued for blacklisting the curl which is a command-line tool used for transferring data online and is also integrated into internet scanners. The idea behind introducing this curl was to prevent the devices from the attackers. Cisco patches were intended to protect these vulnerable devices. And initially, it was believed that Cisco’s patches were the ideal choice for businesses. Cisco’s RV320 product page reads, “Keep your employees, your business, and yourself productive and effective. The Cisco RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router is an ideal choice for any small office or small business looking for performance, security, and reliability in its network.” Around 10,000 of these devices are still accessible online and are vulnerable to attacks. Cisco’s patch could merely blacklist the curl which turned out be a major problem. In January, this year, security researcher David Davidson published a proof-of-concept for two Cisco RV320 and RV325 vulnerabilities. The security flaws patched by Cisco were: CVE-2019-1652 This flaw allows remote attackers to inject and run admin commands on the device without using a password. CVE-2019-1653 This flaw allows remote attackers to get sensitive device configuration details without using a password. But it seems instead of fixing the vulnerable code in the actual firmware, Cisco has instead blacklisted the user agent for curl. Most of the users are surprised by this news and they think that these patches can be easily bypassed by the attackers. To know more about this news, check out RedTeam Pentesting’s post. Read Next Redis Labs raises $60 Million in Series E Funding led by Francisco partners San Francisco legislation proposes a citywide ban on government’s use of facial recognition technology Cisco and Huawei Routers hacked via backdoor attacks and botnets