Facebook Is Steering Users Away From Privacy Protections

Facebook Is Steering Users Away From Privacy Protections

Facebook announced changes to how it asks users for permission to collect their personal information, in order to comply with strict new European privacy rules. But critics say Facebook’s new offerings seem designed to encourage users to make few changes and share as much information as possible.

The European rules … require that consumers give informed consent to how their data is being collected and used. Critics, however, say the consent process Facebook outlined relies on design tricks that encourage users to share their personal information widely.

Syphilis Google Searches Help Public Health Officials Predict New Cases

Syphilis Google Searches Help Public Health Officials Predict New Cases

A weird bump pops up. It’s probably nothing, but, what if it’s not? You don’t want to visit a doctor because visiting a doctor for what’s probably nothing is inconvenient and expensive. So we google our symptoms, and do our best to filter out the more terrifying results.

It’s easy to think these late night google searches are private and forgotten as quickly as possible. But it turns out that the government is watching. Not in a creepy “we’ve got our eyes on you” way, but in the way that Google search trends and geotagged tweets are already publicly available – and public health researchers are studying them.

Your Future Doctor May Not be Human. This Is the Rise of AI in Medicine.

Your Future Doctor May Not be Human. This Is the Rise of AI in Medicine.

A new kind of doctor has entered the exam room, but doesn’t have a name. In fact, these doctors don’t even have faces. Artificial intelligence has made its way into hospitals around the world. Those wary of a robot takeover have nothing to fear; the introduction of AI into health care is not necessarily about pitting human minds against machines. AI is in the exam room to expand, sharpen, and at times ease the mind of the physician so that doctors are able to do the same for their patients.

The Solution to Our Education Crisis Might be AI

The Solution to Our Education Crisis Might be AI

Tomorrow’s Teachers Robots will replace teachers by 2027.

That’s the bold claim that Anthony Seldon , a British education expert. Seldon may be the first to set such a specific deadline for the automation of education, but he’s not the first to note technology’s potential to replace human workers. Whether the “robots” take the form of artificially intelligent (AI) software programs or humanoid machines, research suggests that technology is poised to automate a huge proportion of jobs worldwide, disrupting the global economy and leaving millions unemployed.

The Internet Has Altered the Meaning of “Truth” and “Trust”

The Internet Has Altered the Meaning of “Truth” and “Trust”

As children, we were always told to avoid strangers. Yet today we’re comfortable getting into their cars via Uber or Lyft, or staying in their homes with Airbnb. As our enthusiasm in trusting one another has risen, it’s declined when it comes to institutions, from banks to media outlets to governments. Why is this happening, and what does it have to do with the omnipresence of technology?

Addiction for Fun and Profit

Addiction for Fun and Profit

Photo illustration by Slate . Photo by iStock. You’re here because Facebook really wants you here. Are Facebook and other social media companies intentionally exploiting people’s psychological vulnerabilities to keep them addicted? You bet, says Sean Parker, who made a fortune as an early Facebook investor and its first […]

Skip to toolbar