Former House Minority Leader and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams spoke with the New York Times about the struggle to organize progressive support in her state.
She details the Democratic losses in the state in 2010, the redistricting in the following year, low confidence from donors, and a litany of other roadblocks she and local organizers overcame.
Here’s a particularly powerful quote:
“I have always loved those lines, ‘Give me a place to stand and I can move the world.’ Well, give me a place to stand and I can convince you Georgia is real.”
Read the entire interview here:
Bring some joy — and maybe a career change — into your life with six-year-old Robert Samuel’s alphabetical exploration of potential life trajectories.
I really can’t do justice to how sweet the song is, so here it is.
If you were creeped out by the news of Clearview AI vacuuming more than 3 billion pictures off the internet to build a facial recognition database, then OneZero writer Thomas Smith has the tool for you.
A startup called Generated Media has released a tool called Anonymizer, which uses an A.I. system to analyze your face and synthesize a new portrait that’s mathematically similar. This doesn’t mean it actually looks like you, just that the algorithm thinks so.
It’s an interesting idea on the future of anonymity but contributes to my growing fear that nothing you see online is real.
David N. Dinkins, who New York City voters elected as mayor in 1989, died Monday, November 23, in his home, according to an obituary in the New York Daily News.
Dinkins was the first and only Black mayor elected so far in New York City and leaves behind a legacy of quiet and fundamental civil rights work in the mayor’s office.
During his time in office, he proposed ideas like a civilian-run police oversight agency and marched with a gay Irish group in the 1991 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He also established the African Burial Ground Committee, which helped navigate the discovery of more than 400 graves of free and enslaved Africans. (The project was taken over by the federal government, which funded a monument.)
Read more about Dinkins’ life in the Daily News’ obituary:
Over the last three years, hundreds of thousands of freight trucks in the United States have been equipped with machine learning algorithms to analyze drivers’ behavior. They can detect how many times per trip drivers pick up their cellphone, get distracted while driving, or even just look fatigued when they’re behind the wheel.
The tech is built into driver-facing dash cameras, which have been adopted by the trucking industry over the last 10 years. These cameras have already been a contentious issue in the trucking community. But the ability to proactively recognize behaviors in the cabin using machine learning adds a new layer of surveillance to the cameras. Rather than just reacting to a hard brake or a swerve of the truck, the A.I.-powered …
A few weeks ago I got myself an Ember mug for my birthday.
If you don’t know about this wildly frivolous mug, its 80% a typical coffee mug, except its base is stuffed with internal heating thingies, four thermometers, and a battery. As the temperature of your drink naturally falls, the mug’s job is to catch it.
More than any other gadget, this mug reminds me of a beautiful passage from John Markoff’s Machines of Loving Grace, which I recommend to anyone interested in artificial intelligence.
Markoff, writing about self-driving cars:
We will be saved from ourselves by a generation of cheap cameras, radars, and lidars that, when coupled with pattern-sensing computers, will wrap an all-seeing eye around our cars, whether we are driving or are being driven. …
This week, the Los Angeles Police Department told BuzzFeed News that it would stop using Clearview AI, the company that scraped billions of images from the internet, including social media sites, to form a massive searchable database of faces and identities.
Reading that story, it’s important to keep in mind that despite the headline, L.A. law enforcement is far from giving up facial recognition technology. The police department will still use its existing facial recognition database with more than eight million booking photos run by facial recognition contractor DataWorks Plus.
DataWorks Plus sells photo management software that connects to third-party facial recognition algorithms, like those from NEC and Rank One. Last year, OneZero reported that DataWorks Plus was working on bridging these facial recognition databases across California in a service called the California Facial Recognition Interconnect. …
OneZero’s General Intelligence is a roundup of the most important artificial intelligence and facial recognition news of the week.
Less than 10 years ago, some of the most basic artificial intelligence algorithms, like image recognition, required the sort of computing power typically found in data centers. Today, those tools are available on your smartphone, and are far more powerful and precise.
Like nuclear power or rocket propulsion, artificial intelligence is considered a “dual-use” technology, which means that its capacity for harm is equal to its potential for good.
Earlier this week Vice reported the latest example of one of these harms: Coders were using images of sexual abuse to train algorithms to make porn. The article details how nonconsensual images were compiled by an anonymous PhD student into a dataset and combined with off-the-shelf algorithms to generate custom videos. …
Before April, Radiant RFID, a 16-year-old tech company based in Austin, was mainly in the business of tracking equipment around the workplace. Radiant’s tags, which can use Bluetooth or GPS, can be stuck to anything valuable, like a crash cart in a hospital or a specialty tool in an auto manufacturing plant. Then, the object’s location can be constantly tracked through Radiant’s website or app.
But the coronavirus pandemic has pushed the company to stand up an entirely new business: tracking worker interactions.
Radiant now sells a stripped-down Samsung smartwatch as a social distance monitoring tool. When an employee wears the watch, it constantly searches for other similar devices worn by other employees, and estimates their distance based on how strong that signal is. If a strong signal is detected for more than 15 minutes, the interaction is recorded and uploaded to the cloud for the company to reference later if a worker tests positive. In addition, an employer can opt to use the device to monitor the specific location of individual employees. …
Starting in February 2021, New York City will send teams of trained mental health and emergency medical professionals, rather than police, to respond to 911 calls involving a mental health crisis.
The new initiative, announced Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will be trialed in two undisclosed neighborhoods, and is an attempt to deescalate the potential for police violence.
The idea of sending professionals actually trained to deal with mental health, rather than police with the capability to respond with lethal force, is rooted in police abolition. …