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What we’re reading: On SKYNET, BuzzFeed, security & more


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We’ve started a new series where we curate some of interesting reads on how technology affects us. They range from stories or blogs on how to run a tech business to detailed analysis of emerging industry sectors. Tell us what you think and also share some good reads you’ve come across.

The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people – ArsTechnica

“In 2014, the former director of both the CIA and NSA proclaimed that “we kill people based on metadata.” Now, a new examination of previously published Snowden documents suggests that many of those people may have been innocent.”

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The Internet Of Medicine Is Just What The Doctor Ordered – TechCrunch

“Hospitals, responding to cost pressures from insurers, are turning to IoM solutions to trim expenses – solutions they will pay for on a recurring revenue basis. Sophisticated tools such as sensor-enhanced imaging systems enable doctors to diagnose disease sooner, while new wearable devices allow them to monitor patients remotely.”

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I Wish Vinod Khosla Could Write A Decent Essay – Medium

“Unencumbered by his uninformed rhetoric, unsupported conclusions and his confusion of storytelling with factual assertions, Khosla moves swiftly onward. “Humanities later,” he declares. He does not specify when.”

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US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you – The Guardian

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence said.’

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Why Uber Will—and Should—Be Regulated – The Slate (from 2015)

“While Uber has done much good, its defenders are wrong to argue that Uber should not be regulated. So far, critics have focused on safety and data privacy, which are important but unrelated to the surge pricing controversy. There is an even more basic problem with Uber that so far its critics have Uberlooked.”

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‘Appocalypse,’ Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI – TechCrunch

“Stephen Hawking believes AI will destroy humanity, while Bill Gates thinks we should at least be cautious of that happening. Elon Musk has repeatedly voiced similar concerns. He also added a fifth jewel in his humanity scaling ventures crown called OpenAI.”

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Google Search Chief Amit Singhal Talks Searching Apps – NYTimes

“I think of it as the web was the platform. And Google was the intelligence layer on that, that allowed you to use that platform effectively. That intelligence is still needed. The platform has now moved to apps. But your need to find the best service for what you need to do has not gone away.”

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Study Of ISIS Extremists On Twitter Suggests Repeat Account Suspensions Do Take A Toll – TechCrunch

“We found suspensions typically had a very significant detrimental effect on these repeat offenders, shrinking both the size of their networks and the pace of their activity. Returning accounts rarely reached their previous heights, even when the pressure of suspension was removed.”

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Digital Digging: How BuzzFeed built an investigative team inside a viral hit factory – Poynter

“BuzzFeed’s I-team has carved out a niche in the vanguard of news organizations doing high-impact digital journalism amid industry-wide disruption that has claimed investigative jobs at regional and local newspapers nationwide.”

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I dared two expert hackers to destroy my life. Here’s what happened. – Fusion (video)

“From his computer on the other side of the country, the hacker spied on me through my webcam, saw that I was unenthused, and used my laptop’s text-to-speech function to tell me “you look bored.” I had to admit, it was a pretty good troll. And I couldn’t even be mad, because I’d asked for it.”

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Stop calling every news article clickbait – Poynter

“If a story doesn’t pass any of the myriad journalistic tests for relevancy, edification or revelation, or it doesn’t specifically serve the defined geographic audience, then the only reason for distributing it is to get clicks. Hence, clickbait. But if it’s in your organization’s mission to provide simple, delightful stories that entertain the audience, the derogatory label is less appropriate.”

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Read previous articles from this series here.

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