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Dating Apps Under Fire; AI isn't All Good; Trump and AI; Amazon NYC HQ2 No Longer Certain


February 11 · Issue #145 · View online
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Dating Apps Under Fire; AI isn’t All Good; Trump and AI; Amazon NYC HQ2 No Longer Certain

Protecting kids. When I think of dating apps, I imagine young adults hoping for a lasting connection (or something much more short-term) as they swipe left or right on potential matches. However, most of these apps allow people as young as 13 (they only match them with people in similar age-ranges). Using an app to date at that age seems wrong to me, but then I grew up in a generation without social media. More concerning, though, is that actual children might be getting on these apps, leading to some potentially terrifying results, at least according to one report. Now dating apps are facing some very tough questions.
Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse – TechCrunch
A new threat. Artificial Intelligence holds tremendous promise and is sure to change all of our lives over the next few decades, but some companies are starting to realize that AI is truly a double-edged sword. In recent earnings reports, both Google and Microsoft, two companies with huge investments in AI, started listing the technology as a risk factor. On the one hand this could be warning to investors and maybe the world that we should be prepared if, say, AI does become self-aware and attack us (okay, it doesn’t say that). More likely these statements about ethics and bias risks are cover-your-you-know-what moves, in case a bit of home-grown AI makes some truly embarrassing or boneheaded decisions that lead the company to court or some big financial loss. Remember when AI was fun?
Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things | WIRED
Moar AI. While we’re on the topic of AI, our nation’s tech-disinterested President is about to sign an Executive Order calling for more federal investment in Artificial Intelligence. Some say the order is a direct response to China’s own massive AI push. While I think it’s critical for the U.S. to invest in AI as much as possible, this order sounds woefully thin on details. As far as I’m concerned, if it was truly important to this Administration, Trump would’ve mentioned it in his State of the Union speech, which, by the way, didn’t have a single mention of technology or innovation.
The Trump Administration lays out a plan to keep the U.S. in the AI vanguard
Not Prime. After an exhaustive beauty-pageant-like search, the selection of Long Island City, and then months of questions, concerns and opposition, Amazon is having second thoughts. The retail giant had selected NYC for its coveted HQ2 project, but not everyone was happy about the tax breaks or private helipads for the company’s “other” headquarters. Amazon clearly isn’t feeling the love and last week some unnamed sources made it clear that Amazon is rethinking the whole thing. While opponents will cheer, proponents will see this as a huge loss (think 25,000 jobs) to the region. Nothing’s settled yet, but Amazon might just cancel this order and then the whole thing starts over again. 🤦‍♂️
Amazon 'reconsidering' Long Island City move, sources tell Eyewitness News |
P.S. Game on
P.S.S. It’s good to not be the President
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