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Myfitnesspal was a startup that offered Internet of Shit-based fitness and diet tracking; they were purchased by Under Armor for $475,000,000 in 2015; three years later, Under Armor has admitted that hackers stole the personal data of 150,000,000 Myfitnesspal users. Internet of Things companies can’t be profitable —…

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Matt Burns at TechCrunch: “The additional horsepower isn’t needed for general use, but the added graphics cards supercharge Macs for VR rendering and gaming. Only a handful of eGPUs are compatible with macOS so choose carefully before adding one to your rig.” The AMD Radeon RX 580…

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Robot law pioneer Ryan Calo (previously) teamed up with U Washington computer science and law-school colleagues to write Is Tricking a Robot Hacking? — a University of Washington School of Law Research Paper. Calo and co are looking at the intersection of adversarial examples (blind spots in machine…

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What Went Wrong? is a citizen journalism project started in sub-Saharan Africa to document all the unsustainable aid projects started by Westerners who fail to follow through after their PR blitz. Journalist Peter DeCampo spoke with BRIGHT magazine about the project, where Africans can text reports on local fiascoes and…

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Can a “griefbot” help you mourn? In recent years a few computer scientists have created chatbots of deceased loved ones, by training AIs on transcripts of the deceased’s online utterances. There’s the case of Roman Mazurenko, a Russian man whose friends created a chatbot based on his texts; there’s…

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