Stephen E. Arnold: Ignoring Amazon — Bad Idea…

Ignoring Amazon: Risky, Short Sighted, Maybe Not an Informed Decision I read “AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source.” The write up does a good job of explaining how convenience can generate cash for old line businesses. There are several facets of Amazon’s system and method for competition which may be more important …

Stephen E. Arnold: False Positives from Flawed Algorithms and Flawed Image Matching Ruin Lives

False Positives: The New Normal And this is why so many people are wary of handing too much power to algorithms. TechDirt reports, “School Security Software Decided Innocent Parent Is Actually a Registered Sex Offender.” That said, it seems some common sense on the part of the humans involved would have prevented the unwarranted humiliation. …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon End of Year Wrap

Amazonia for 31 December 2018 Highlights: Amazon Does Ontologies Amazon Drones Stalled More Store Fronts and More Pressure on Delivery Services Amazon Flicks to Physical Theaters Play Ball with Amazon Amazon Wants to AWS Health Care Amazon Solimo: Stalled? What’s a Solimo

Stephen E. Arnold: Google’s $350 Billion Haircut

By Rick Webb at Medium. Google’s $350 Billion Haircut The math’s not pretty on digital advertising’s future revenues. That could mean a massive devaluation for both Google and Facebook.

Stephen E. Arnold: Search for a Person in China…

Search for a Person in China: Three Seconds and You Are Good to Go read “Welcome to Dystopia : China Introduces AI Powered Tracking Uniform in Schools.” The article explains that “China has started to introduce school uniforms which track pupils all the time.” The “all” is problematic. A student equipped with the new uniform …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Update…

Amazonia Update Sharing the Digital Goodies Amazon Means Delivering the Goods Alleged Dirty Tricks The Amazon Marketplace Jungle AWS: How Big? $600 Billion Big Crystal City to Gleam Again? What? Us Worry? Ask FedEx and UPS Amazon In House Brands Read post with links.

Stephen E. Arnold: Facebook, WhatsApp, Enabling Crypto-Porn

Facebook: WhatsApp and In App Payment I noted two developments which Facebook may roll out. The first is the story in Newsweek “WhatsApp Child Porn Groups Exposed.” WhatsApp is an encrypted messaging service. As pressure on “old school” Dark Web sites continues to escalate, bad actors are looking for new, easy ways to communicate, share, …

Stephen E. Arnold: Do It Yourself Neural Network

DIY Neural Network Could Be First Step In Big Change The once complex is beginning to become easy. Data scientists make a lot of comparisons between the network of neurons in our brain and the way big data search operates. We tend to think that’s a pretty good comparison. So, when we discovered someone came …

Stephen E. Arnold: Deep Fakes – AI Shows Its Hand in Creating the Matrix

Deep Fakes: Technology Is Usually Neutral Ferreting out fake news has become an obsession for search and AI jockeys around the globe. However, those jobs are nothing compared to the wave of fake photos and videos that grow increasingly convincing as technology helps to iron out the wrinkles. That’s a scary prospect to more than …