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I've been asked several times why I continue to work, especially at a job. No one understands how much --for me--the ability to work is such a gift that I want to continue doing it. Leisure time, for me, is not a gift, it's a sign that I have no purpose.
Amazon.com Inc. is developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions. The wrist-worn gadget is described as a health and wellness product in internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg. It's a collaboration between Lab126…
francine hardawayThis is so frightening. Or necessary. Would it help marriages?
The Washington Post
– May 23, 11:41 AM
Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across social media, highlighting how political disinformation that clouds public understanding can…
francine hardawayActually she sounded a little slow this morning on a live interview. She's a terrible speaker.
I have a dumb question that no one seems capable of answering directly: Why is 5G a race? Everyone — the wireless industry, Democrats, Republicans, the major media, you name it — frames the building of next-generation 5G networks as a…
Researchers at the Samsung AI Center in Moscow developed a way to create 'living portraits' from a very small dataset—as few as one photograph, in some of their models. The paper, ' Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking…
francine hardawayIt doesn't take much AI to fake a face. That's surprising.
Early-stage venture capital can be a bloodbath. New funds are created by the month, all fighting for deals. But in this crowded landscape, Human Ventures in New York is an investor to watch. The nearly 4-year-old fund and startup studio, founded by…
francine hardawaySo they have experienced investors who can help the companies? Is that so different?
Facebook Inc. said it removed 2.2 billion fake accounts in the first quarter, a record that shows how the company is battling an avalanche of bad actors trying to undermine the authenticity of the world's largest social network. In the final…
francine hardawayI've heard it's more like 3 billion. If anything brings FB down, it's all this. It diverts them from developing new tech.
The Washington Post
Devlin Barrett, Rachel Weiner, Matt Zapotosky
– May 23, 12:58 PM
Prosecutors allege Assange worked with a former Army intelligence analyst to obtain and disseminate classified information — conduct of which many traditional reporters might also be accused. Prosecutors, though, sought to distinguish the…
francine hardawayI grew up in a first Amendment environment that seems to have vanished.
The New York Times
Concepción de León
– May 22, 4:04 PM
Donald Trump Jr. will write a book that is expected to be published later this year, according to Center Street Press, the Hachette imprint that has acquired the title. In a news release announcing the book deal, Mr. Trump, the president's eldest…
francine hardawayWhat could he have to say? But he's following his father's playbook.
Shark Tank — the reality show where entrepreneurs pitch ideas to a panel of celebrity investors — just wrapped up its 10th season. That's 222 episodes, 895 pitches, 499 deals, $143.8m worth of invested capital, and nearly $1B in…
francine hardawayYes, women undersell themselves. My boss told me yesterday that even I do that.