Asked if he expected a higher adoption rate for the wearable devices or if adoption was hindered by privacy concerns, he pointed to user issues as well as having a device that people could more easily leave in their bags or wear. This, he added, would help drive up participation rate. "But again, I want to come back to my first point that it is not just about technology. You need to make sure that the human remains at the centre of it all. Maintaining trust, respecting privacy, and getting voluntary participation is absolutely essential," said Balakrishnan. … [Read more...] about Singapore looking at wearable devices to support COVID-19 contact tracing
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Hod offered that robotics is a pathway of that kind, the ability for machines to learn by navigating the world. LeCun concurred, referencing the work of Sergey Levine, a U.C. Berkeley professor whose lab does a lot of work on what might be called self-supervised, or semi-supervised learning in robotics systems. The same kind of work is going on at Facebook, LeCun noted. "One of the most interesting areas today is learning models of the world," he offered. "It would be a step toward the kind of learning humans do, which is different from supervised learning or reinforcement learning," he added. … [Read more...] about Artificial general intelligence is a Rorschach Test: Perhaps we need orangutans?
All of this assumes that this round of Nintendo account hijackers either harvested usernames and their matching passwords (which is bad) or found a way to log in to users' accounts without any passwords attached (which is much worse). The potential harm only gets worse if the leak includes payment credentials or home addresses and phone numbers—but we're still waiting to hear whether those leaked. Update, April 21: Hours after the company's European arm issued a statement to Eurogamer, formally asking all of its users to turn on 2FA, a Nintendo of America representative offered a nearly identical statement to Ars Technica: … [Read more...] about 160,000 Nintendo accounts were compromised—including one of ours [Updated]
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