This week in dystopia.

This week in dystopia: The New York Times has an article about the next steps in dystopian future. A start-up evolving face recognition algorithms, fed by a database with facial images, scraped from the open web.

Clearview - This week in Dystopia.
Clearview – This week in Dystopia.

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.

The New York Times: The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Further, the article describes the sheer size of the database. At a rate of massive duplicate numbers, three billion images is still impressive.

The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.

The New York Times: The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

In times in which criticism of big tech is on the rise. Just this week Jannis Brühl, Head of Tech News Department at @sueddeutsche Zeitung published an opinion that this technology is dangerous and should be banned,. The article include an appeal to German government to create legislation to do so. Jannis is in good company with other tech critics like Eyvgen Morozov

Source: The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

A new decade

31. December 2019 marks the end of a decade. Time to reflect upon the past years but also to look forward and think about exciting developments.

31. December 2019

Feuerwerk
Feuerwerk

A lot happened. Many things changed. Ten years ago, I was not married, I did not have kids. I grew up to become a responsible father and husband. And I took on areas of responsibilities I never thought of, both privately and professionally.

Today, 31. December 2019, marks the end of a decade, before a new decade begins. It doesn’t feel like it, even when the past years will be remembered as the 10s. And we’re entering the twenties now.

At the beginning of the decade, I only earned my MBA. Back then, I worked for one of the most amazing companies I could imagine up till today. At that company, I was given an assignment, not only abroad but on a different continent. After having traveled Europe and the entire Middle East in the years before, I had an opportunity to visit all countries South East Asia from Singapore in this decade.

During that time, cloud computing did merely exist, it was a newly coined term. And people were excited by what Apple shaped in form of the iPhone. Social Media was still new and innocent, people were excited by the opportunity to exchange with friends, family but also to meet total strangers on the Internet.

Feuerwerk 2009
Feuerwerk

Since then, I did not only have the opportunity to take on responsibility for one of the most popular smart lighting products, also did I have the opportunity to transition to a role I wanted to grow into.

In this role today I work for one of the largest European software vendor, proudly contributing to a product in the hottest Enterprise Software space.

A new decade

I had the opportunity to see it all grow and develop, into technology that shapes both society and business. And I had an opportunity to exchange ideas in that space with the brightest minds in the industry. And to build a network of friends and colleagues that are among the best and most motivated.

We’ll see more development in technology and society. Social media has seen it’s peak. Consumers are sceptical of being tracked. Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are exciting technologies. Society will benefit from these, but it will require policy and products that use them right. Awareness for the correct use of technology will increase and sustainability will become more important.

31. December 2019 does mark the end of a decade. It does not mark the end of anything else. It’s a random day that marks a rather arbitrary ten years timeframe. I’m thankful for the past decade and excited for the next.

Former Munich Mayor Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux

Christian Ude, Oberbürgermeister von München zwischen 1993 und 2014.

Christian Ude speaks in a new interview about what Microsoft did in Munich and elsewhere in Europe in order to undermine GNU/Linux and impose Microsoft Windows on everybody, together with all the spyware Microsoft provides for it (likely violation of privacy laws)

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Source: Former Mayor of Munich Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux | Techrights

Wunderlist

In 2015, it was big news to the Startup and VC scene, when Microsoft announced it would acquire Wunderlist. Back then, 6Wunderkinder was one of the most promising StartUps in the German Capital. The social media bubble immediately started debating the future of the product and whether Microsoft would spoil it or even shut it down.

The recent past showed all fears held true when Microsoft announced the shutdown of Wunderlist in favour of a “To-Do” app, to the disappointment of it’s entire user base.

Now, another two years later, Christian Reber, CEO and Founder of 6 Wunderkinder, announced his plans to buy back the core application from Microsoft. VentureBeat has more

Blockchain and bitcoin are over.

Quick noted: The tech world predicted if for a while, Axios proves the hype is over with numbers.

Corporate America’s blockchain and bitcoin fever is over

Source: Corporate America’s blockchain and bitcoin fever is over – Axios

Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room 

Machine Learning helps identifying the elephant in the room. Literally.

A visual prank exposes an Achilles’ heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they can’t do a double take.

Source: Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room | Quanta Magazine

on technology

This a bit old already, but came to my attention only today. Every Product Manager, Designer and Front End Engineer should read and repeat this every day. Every corporate marketing guy should print and frame this and have it hanging somewhere in sight from his desk.

Telefónica on protecting #IoT

Whatever we do, it’s not sufficient. Because the technology is developing and evolving at a pace too quick. That’s what Telefónica concludes. No surprise there.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is developing at an enormous pace, much so that it outpaces any and all security efforts.

via: ITProPortal.com