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The Rise of AR Will Unleash Competing Corporate ‘Realities’

This week, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled what he calls the world’s first augmented reality platform, a way of layering digital effects atop anything we see through our smartphone cameras. Eventually, he says, this platform will even let you “pin” digital objects … Continue reading

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Facebook Unveils Two New VR Cameras With ‘Six Degrees of Freedom’

Facebook believes that video is the future. Not just any video, but immersive 360-degree video that approaches virtual reality. Of course, creating such video requires a very different breed of camera. So, a team of Facebook engineers, led by a … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Augmented Reality Engine Brings AI Right to Your Phone

When Hussein Mehanna showed off a new incarnation of Facebook’s Big Blue App back in November, it seemed a tiny improvement—at least on the surface. The app could transform a photo from your cousin’s wedding into a Picasso or a … Continue reading

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AI Isn’t Smart Enough (Yet) to Spot Horrific Facebook Videos

When Steve Stephens uploaded a 57-second video to Facebook of himself shooting and killing a man Sunday, the video stayed on Stephens’ Facebook page for more than 2 hours before the company finally pulled it down. It was enough time … Continue reading

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Anger Isn’t Enough, So the #Resistance Is Weaponizing Data

If Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, wins today’s special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district—a seat Republicans have held since 1979—it won’t be because he’s young. It won’t be because he’s idealistic, camera-friendly, or Star Wars-savvy. Mostly, it will be because … Continue reading

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Meet the Cute, Wobbly Robot That Started the AI Revolution

Have you ever relied on your smartphone’s maps to get around? Asked Siri, Alexa, or Google Home to find you the best dim sum? Let a Tesla ferry you in Autopilot mode? Then you owe Shakey some thanks. Who’s Shakey? … Continue reading

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Trump’s Executive Order Won’t Give Tech Clarity on H-1B Visas

During a scheduled trip to Wisconsin tomorrow, President Trump will sign a long-awaited executive order that aims to address fraud and abuse in the visa program tech companies use to hire high-skilled foreign workers. As a candidate, Trump vowed to … Continue reading

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Want Real Choice in Broadband? Make These Three Things Happen

Regulators are now off the backs of big internet providers. Thanks to a resolution signed by President Trump earlier this month, consumer-friendly privacy rules passed by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission won’t take effect. Rules designed to protect net neutrality—the … Continue reading

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A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies. Two years into this stealth project, backed by $8 million in funding, they won’t say much about the virtual world they’re building—at least not … Continue reading

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Don’t Despair: Big Ideas Can Still Change The World

In the late summer of 1954, a brilliant young psychologist was reading the newspaper when his eye fell on a strange headline on the back page: prophecy from planet clarion call to city: flee that flood.it’ll swamp us on dec … Continue reading

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