FROM Elizabeth Dwoskin
Poet Robots The virtual assistant is becoming more and more a part of everyday life. But Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa don’t seem to be getting any more human. That is a problem. Imagine spending a day with a coworker you’d describe as “robotic.” Now the tech gurus of Silicon Valley are trying to do something about making our robots friends more friendly, with the help of writers and poets.
Apple Buys "Emotional Recognition" Startup Facial recognition technology is more and more common, but machines are still behind the curve when it comes to emotions. The tech world is predicting a breakthrough this year for machines that don't just recognize your face but can read your emotions. Image: Emotient Now that may be about to change. Apple has purchased a startup called Emotient, which specializes in software that reads emotions. The Wall Street Journal broke the story. That's where Elizabeth Dwoskin covers technology.
The New Frontier for Big Data - An Algorithm of Feelings "Micro-expressions” are those flashes of honest feeling that appear on your face before you can control them. Now software companies are compiling databases with thousands of “micro-expressions” for use in commercial marketing—and potentially for intelligence work. Do they constitute invasions of privacy? Americans know their cell phone calls are recorded and catalogued while their online searches are being tracked, bought and sold. Now there’s an algorithm for recognizing facial expressions. Elizabeth Dwoskin covers innovation and privacy in the world of big data. She’s written abour “micro-expressions” for the Wall Street Journal.
The Downside of Data Mining Your personal data's all over the Internet, and it's up for sale. Data mining is now big business, with some 4000 companies searching everything all of us do on line, looking for patterns and compiling lists for sale to marketers, financial institutions and perspective employers -- a nd don't forget about the NSA. It might be secretly mining even the data of its own corporate partners. If you've just applied for a warranty or googled somebody else's chronic disease, you could be on a list of bad credit risks or unsuitable employees. If the information is wrong, there's not much you can do to correct it, because it's secret and there's almost no regulation, as we discovered in October when we first aired this conversation.
The Downside of Data Mining Your personal data's all over the Internet, and it's up for sale. Data mining is now big business, with some 4000 companies searching everything all of us do on line, looking for patterns and compiling lists for sale to marketers, financial institutions and perspective employers -- a nd don't forget about the NSA. It might be secretly mining even the data of its own corporate partners. If you've just applied for a warranty or googled somebody else's chronic disease, you could be on a list of bad credit risks or unsuitable employees. If the information is wrong, there's not much you can do to correct it, because it's secret and there's almost no regulation.
Profits, Privacy and Your Personal Data Edward Snowden's revelations about Internet spying by the National Security Agency put pressure on the Obama White House. Last week, it issued two reports — not on privacy threats from the NSA, but from corporations that use the same techniques for collecting what's called "meta data" from America's millions of Internet users. It's focusing on the way private companies find patterns in your online habits to create a "digital persona" you don't even know about. The goal is not just to market products you might like. It's also used to predict whether you're a good credit risk, job prospect or candidate for insurance. Privacy advocates welcome proposals for regulation, but Silicon Valley's saying, "Not so fast." We hear from both sides.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?