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South African civilian surveillance aircraft fueling digital apartheid

Johannesburg, the vast metropolis where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once lived, is now creating its own surveillance model in South Africa. Over the last five years, the city has become a host of centralized, coordinated and fully privatized mass surveillance activities. Vumacam, which has a nationwide CCTV network, already owns more than 6,600 cameras, of which more than 5,000 are concentrated in Johannesburg. The captured video footage is sent to security rooms across the country, using all types of AI tools such as license plate recognition to track migration and individuals. These tools have been enthusiastically adopted by the local security industry to address the pressures of the criminal environment.

Civil rights activists are worried that new surveillance may be fueling digital apartheid and unraveling people’s democratic freedom, but more expert choruses say stakes are even higher. .. They argue that the effects of artificial intelligence are repeating patterns of colonial history, and in South Africa, where there is a lot of colonial heritage, the unlimited deployment of AI surveillance promises to bring society to the future. We offer only one case study of the technologies we have made, threatening to send them back in the past.Read the full text..

— Karen Hao and Heidi Swat

This is the first part of a series on AI colonialism that delves into how technology is making communities and countries that have no say in its development poor. Part 2-4 is scheduled for the second half of the week and you can read Karen Hao’s introductory essay.Here..

How can we fix the AI ​​inequality problem?

The economy is being transformed by digital technologies, especially artificial intelligence, that are rapidly changing the way we live and work. But this transformation poses a nasty problem. These technologies have not helped the economy grow much, and income inequality is exacerbated. Productivity growth, which economists consider essential for improving living standards, has been significantly sluggish in many countries, at least since the mid-2000s.

Why can’t these technologies generate more economic growth? Why don’t they promote broader prosperity? To find the answer, some key economists and policy experts are digging into how to invent and deploy AI and automation, and how to identify ways to make better choices.Read the full text..

— David Lotman

The aging clock aims to predict how long you will live

Age is much more than the number of birthdays you clocked. Stress, sleep, and diet all affect how our organs deal with the damage in our daily lives. This can lead to aging earlier or later than those born on the same day. This means that your biological age can be quite different from your chronological age, the number of years you have lived.

Your biological age may better reflect your physical health and even your own mortality rate than your chronological age. But it’s not that easy to calculate. That’s why scientists have been developing tools called aging clocks for the past decade that evaluate markers in the body to reveal biological age and predict healthy years. Proponents of aging watches are already trying to use anti-aging interventions to show that individuals can be biologically young. However, it is unclear if they are accurate or reliable enough to make such claims.Read the full text..

— Jessica Hamzerou

Aged watches have emerged as the clear winner of Tech ReviewThe 11th breakthrough technology in 2022.. Over 10,000 readers voted — if you’re one of them, thank you!

Today’s quote

“It’s like packing a bikini for Siberia, eating steak with chopsticks, and teaching an eagle how to swim.”

— Anonymous Shanghai residents elaborate on the frustration of living in the city’s extreme Zero-COVID blockade while incidents continue to proliferate. Parents..

Must read

I searched the internet and found today’s most fun / important / scary / fascinating stories about technology.

1 Russian soldiers are attacking the Ukrainian 300-mile front
The purpose is to have complete control of the Donbus region in the eastern part of the country. ((((NYT $)
+ + Putin’s desire to conquer Donbus is symbolic.. ((((BBC) + The State Department has accused Russia of air strikes as a “terrorist campaign.” ((((WP $)
+ + The siege of Mariupol seems to be nearing its end. ((((FT $)

2 Cryptographic hackers are stealing the largest amount of money ever
And it mainly depends on vulnerable and poorly managed open source code. ((TR).
+ + Bitcoin mining devastated Plattsburgh, New York.. ((((TR).
+ + When storing cash. ((((TR).

3 Even democracy uses controversial spyware
The NSO has paved the way for this kind of surveillance to become horribly commonplace. ((((New Yorker $)
+ + The British Prime Minister’s Office is allegedly hit by an NSO spyware attack. ((((Parents).
+ + The hacker industry for hiring is now too big to fail. ((((TR).

4 Facebook’s investment in Nigeria’s Internet infrastructure comes at a price
Yeah, you guessed it. User data. ((((Parents).
+ + Africa has been accused of failing to mitigate false information. ((((Parents).

5 Intel claims that AI can read student emotions
Plot spoilers: No. Anyway, it’s not accurate. ((((protocol).
+ + Emotional AI researchers say exaggerated claims give a bad name to their work.. ((((TR).

6 How serious is Elon Musk about owning Twitter?
And do we need to worry? ((((Atlantic $)
+ + Twitter’s board is working hard to avoid the scenario where he buys 100% of the company. ((((Bloomberg $)
+ + The edit button on Twitter may indicate how the tweet was initially displayed. ((((TechCrunch).

7 Metaverse food is not very good
Because — Shocker — you can’t really eat it! ((((insider).
+ + Here’s how to kill the Metaverse with dignity: ((((polygon).

8 Former Dollar General Workers Use TikTok to Promote Union Representatives
Instead of listening to her concerns, the company fired her. But she doesn’t go quietly. ((((NYT $)
+ + The Amazon warehouse in New Jersey is the latest to be voted by the union. ((((WP $)

9 Online white supremacist community preys on teenagers
Even anti-racist material to fight it has been weaponized. ((((Atlantic $)

10 This is how you should send a text message
Excuse me, Grammar Stickler! ((((WP $)

We can still have good stuff

A place for the comfort, fun and distractions of these strange times. (Do you have any ideas?Contact meAlsoTweet’day to me.. )

+ This video from Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)Speak English with Star Wars SetIt’s cheerful to help Harrison Ford react to his lines.
+ I have a grudge against this unpleasant lookIs it a cake?
+ Yet another Wordle clone,RedactleForces you to guess the edited word from the Wikipedia article.
+ +Terrible mapTwitter accounts may not be very useful, but they are interesting.
+ This profile of mob chef David RuggerioCompletely mind-boggling..
+ Read the sweet story of Molly and DavidMeet in a pandemic while he shields..
+ Rating of comedian MunyaHow about the sun coming out second in the UK?It’s a spot. Download April 19, 2022: Neocolonial AI and Aged Clock

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