A TOP Facebook scientist has admitted the firm has terrifying plans to build an AI with "common sense". The super-smart virtual assistant, which will rival Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, will be able to hold a conversation like a real person. Speaking to the Financial Times, Facebook chief AI scientist Yann LeCun revealed some of the company's AI goals. He said Facebook is trying to create creepy software that will chat to you about any topic. "In terms of new uses, one thing Facebook would be interested in is offering smart digital assistants — something that has a level of common sense," LeCun said. "They have background knowledge and you can have a discussion with them on any topic." He added that Facebook wants its AI to think more like humans. That means it will understand "what will happen when the world responds to [its] interactions with it." This level of common sense thinking would make the bot far clever than any virtual assistant available today. AIs like … [Read more...] about Facebook vows to create genius AI ‘smarter than Alexa’ that can have ‘discussions about ANY topic’
THE UK government is trying to crack down on social media giant Facebook after it was deemed ineffective in stopping harmful content and disinformation on the platform. But is Facebook regulated, and what is the company doing to protect personal data and tackle fake news? Is Facebook regulated? The social network is not currently regulated, but recently MPs have called for Facebook and other companies like Google to face a crackdown from a new watchdog. Powerful firms should help users spot fake news and "nudge people towards reading news of high quality", according to a new government report. It would mean Facebook and Google would have to "give more prominence to public interest news", to boost trust in the media and public engagement in politics. The Cairncross review, commissioned by Theresa May, is a wide-ranging report into the future of news in the UK. It says tech companies should be overseen by a news watchdog to create a "level playing field". This body could work … [Read more...] about Is Facebook regulated, how has it violated data privacy laws and how is it tackling fake news?
A STRANGE Facebook search glitch has some critics branding the platform "abusive". Its search bar lets you track down pictures of your female friends, but not your male ones. The creepy find was made by notorious Belgian "ethical" hacker Inti De Ceukelaire, and The Sun can confirm it works across several Facebook accounts. He found that if you type "photos of my female friends" into the search tool, Facebook throws up pictures of the girls you're connected with on the site. But if you type "photos of my male friends", it shows seemingly random snaps from Facebook pages you aren't connected with. Facebook will also brazenly ask if you meant to type "female", assuming you mistyped your query. De Ceukelaire flagged the strange glitch on Twitter on Monday, but it still works today. He said: "Facebook has modified their creepy hidden search feature this weekend. "You can no longer retrieve hidden photos from your male friends. Women can/may still be stalked." To make matters worse, if … [Read more...] about Facebook lets you search for photos of your female friends – but NOT male pals
TECH titans like Facebook and Google should be regulated to restrain their power over online news. The powerful firms should help users spot fake news and "nudge people towards reading news of high quality", according to a new government report. It would mean Facebook and Google would have to "give more prominence to public interest news", to boost trust in the media and public engagement in politics. The Cairncross review, commissioned by Theresa May, is a wide-ranging report into the future of news in the UK. It says tech companies should be overseen by a news watchdog to create a "level playing field". This body could work like the Arts Council, channelling public and private funds to "those parts of the industry it deemed most worthy of support". Undertaken by former journalist Dame Frances Cairncross, the review said a watchdog could tackle "the uneven balance of power" between news publishers and the online platforms that distribute them. Platforms like Google and … [Read more...] about Facebook, Google ‘should face crackdown from NEW watchdog’ designed to fix ‘uneven balance of power’
A recent Twitter post has confirmed that social network Instagram is currently testing a web-based version of its direct messaging functionality. If implemented this would allow users to send direct messages to one another without the use of the mobile app, a significant shift in how the platform may be used. The Twitter post emerged earlier today from mobile app researcher and reverse engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong who was able to bypass loose security and gain access to the testing site. Wong posted several screenshots of the functionality, accessing it through web-based browsing on both a desktop computer and mobile device. According to Wong the system is currently being tested internally by staff with no current wide launch time set. Currently, if Instagram is accessed via a web browser users are unable to do many of the things the app allows for, including uploading photos and sending direct messages to other users. The update to Instagram’s direct … [Read more...] about Instagram looking to bring direct messages to the web