Facial Recognition and “ethnicity”

[This post was updated on 22nd May 2018 to include NtechLab’s response] Late on Friday I tweeted the following screenshot: When I came back after the weekend it had been retweeted 11,000 times, which is a new experience for me. The company concerned is the Russian firm Ntech. They’re very good at facial rec, by…

KICK THE FACEBOOK HABIT IN 5 STEPS

Here are my five tips for giving up a Facebook addiction: Uninstall the app This breaks the “see-button-hit-button” habit Also, there is one great reason to use the web-version of FB (see below) ALWAYS log out when you’re done This introduces a little speed-bump to your FB usage, but more importantly it allows you to……

WILL BITCOIN’S BUBBLE BURST?

As Bitcoin’s value surged well past $10,000 per coin, the media’s default description is “bubble” (usually shortly followed by “burst”) I’m not saying some kind of crash won’t happen, but here are three reasons for a counter-narrative: The software behind Bitcoin includes an automated cap on the total number of coins that can ever be…

YOUTUBE AND CHILD GROOMING

A Channel 4 News investigation reveals how adults have used YouTube to message young children and groom them into making inappropriate videos on-demand. Adults have used YouTube to message young children and groom them into making inappropriate videos on-demand, a Channel 4 News investigation can reveal. Once uploaded, the children’s videos receive comments requesting more…

IMMIGRATION ADVICE FOR MEGHAN MARKLE

I’m a tech journalist, not an immigration expert. But having been through a bit of this I thought I’d just run through what Ms Markle needs to know about applying for visas, etc. Presumably when you’ve come to the UK in the past you’ve used either a work or a tourist visa. Now you’re coming…