A letter signed by thousands of Google employees and addressed to Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai proclaims that Google should abstain from “the business of war.” The letter, endorsed by over 3,100 employees of the tech giant, asks Google to cease all work on Project Maven, which is described as “a customized AI surveillance engine that uses ‘Wide Area Motion Imagery’ data captured by US Government drones to detect vehicles and other objects, track their motions, and provide results to the Department of Defense.”The letter implores Google to do two things: First, to immediately cancel all involvement with Project Maven, and second, to “draft, publicize, and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.” If not, the dissenting voices believe that “this plan will irreparably damage Google’s brand and its ability to compete for talent.” The letter … [Read more...] about Google Employees Protest Working with Pentagon to Make Drones More Accurate
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm | UPDATED: April 5, 2018 at 1:54 pm Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor who bankrolled Cambridge Analytica — the data consulting firm at the center of Facebook’s latest privacy scandal — also was the largest donor to a group that targeted swing-state voters with anti-Muslim ads during the 2016 U.S. elections. Last year, Facebook and Google defended their role in pushing the anti-Muslim ads on their platforms. Bloomberg reported that the companies worked “closely” with Secure America Now to place ads that included imagining an “Islamic States of America” or featured a burqa-clad Mona Lisa — ads that seemed to be meant to alarm people who feared Muslims or didn’t want Syrian refugees to enter the United States. Google later took down some of the ads, while Facebook said it didn’t work directly with Secure … [Read more...] about Robert Mercer funded group that ran anti-Muslim ads on Facebook, Google: report
Farmers markets have been in Los Angeles for decades, long before the trend took off nationally. (The pioneering Santa Monica market, a favorite among local chefs, started in 1981.)As anyone knows who frequents the dozens of markets all over this city, they're a pivotal aspect of life here. Unlike other parts of the country, we have them year-round, with the kind of produce that brings out not only locals but also restaurant suppliers from colder states. Farmers markets are our version of the European town square, where we shop for dinner, check in with farmers, maybe grab a coffee and a pretzel croissant with friends.To make things easier, we've compiled a current list and map of L.A. farmers markets. It's both an interactive Google map and an itemized list, organized first by day of week and then alphabetically. A note: Markets change, days and hours fluctuate, locations shift. Also, remember that market dates that fall on holidays are likely to be closed or have different schedules. … [Read more...] about The Ultimate L.A. Farmers Market Guide + Google Map!
U.S. Edition EditionsAustralia EditionChina EditionIndia EditionSingapore EditionUnited KingdomUnited States Apr 05, 1:05 PM EDT Subscribe BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureMillennial MoneyOpinionSportsLuxury World By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 On 04/03/18 AT 5:29 AM On Tuesday, Google dedicated its doodle in honor of British inventor John Harrison’s 325th birthday — the man who famously invented the first marine chronometer to calculate longitude at sea.An animated Harrison, also called the “clockmaker” for his exceptional contribution in the world of sea navigation, was depicted in the doodle, hard at work, surrounded by clock-making tools.In the modern era, people often tend to confuse him with the famed ice cream tester or actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek character, both of whom go by the same name. So, in order to refresh your memory, here are some facts regarding the 18th-century inventor:1) Harrison was born … [Read more...] about John Harrison Facts: Google Doodle Honors Marine Chronometer Inventor On 325th Birthday
Ahead of Breitbart News’ “Masters of the Universe” town hall tonight, panelist Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, Robert Epstein outlined his reasons for appearing at the event. Breitbart News asked Epstein how he initially became interested in Google and search engine manipulation, and when he first noticed that there might be issues with how Google manipulates search results. “I’ve had a strong interest in computers and programming most of my life,” said Epstein. “I started getting curious about Google early in 2012 when the company notified me that my website had been hacked. Who, I wondered, had made Google the guardian of the internet, and how on earth was the company blocking access to my website through Safari (an Apple browser) and Firefox (a browser run by a nonprofit company?) Later that year, when I read about recent studies on the power … [Read more...] about Masters of the Universe Town Hall Preview: Robert Epstein Asks ‘Who Made Google the Guardian of the Internet?’