Things We Saw Today: Amazon’s Facial Recognition Tech Is Super Racist, Even Against Members of Congress
Rekognition misidentified 28 members of Congress as matching those mugshots, which is only a five percent error rate if you're taking into account the 535 members total. But among non-white members of Congress, the error rate shoots to 39%. Six of those misidentified were members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who had already penned an open letter to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, urging him to stop selling this face recognition technology to police.Read More
"Space...what is the point of it?"
Botnik Studios is at it again with their predictive text, and this time, they're here for Star Trek!Read More
A tweet from Netflix poking fun at the 53 users they said watched "A Christmas Prince" every day for the past 18 days "went viral," as the kids say, and provoked questions about just how much data Netflix has stockpiled about our binge-watching, and who has access to it.Read More
We welcome everyone to the Nazi-banning party. You're all late.
In case you haven't been paying attention over the last few years, some very dangerous hate movements have taken hold on the internet, and online entities have been hesitant to do anything about it. After the weekend's white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, some of them seem to have finally taken notice of the need for action, and now Discord has jumped in to show them how it's done.Read More
Nintendo's patent filings suggest that their forthcoming Switch console could feature motion controls and image projection, among other things.Read More
The Hollywood Reporter recently did a survey of Fall Television with "a number of this year's top showrunners about their new series, making content in 2016 and the state of broadcast TV." Sure, we can talk about how only two of the sixteen showrunners surveyed are female. Or, we could talk about how of the sixteen showrunners surveyed here, all of them are white. But first, I want to talk about something really important: live tweeting.Read More
Currently, laser scientists at Lockheed Martin, an advanced technologies company, are in the process of working on their version of the phaser, a classic weapon and tool that has been used in Star Trek for everything from stunning an enemy to cutting through a rock wall.Read More
The actor cosplayed as Squirrel Girl, Zapp Brannigan and Harley Quinn.
The actor cosplayed as Squirrel Girl, Zapp Brannigan and Harley Quinn.Read More
For all that people are talking about the importance of diversity across all fields, it seems that there are always those willing to pay the idea lip service while remaining apathetic and short-sighted. What's sad is that it's the people that are supposedly the most creative and imaginative that are guilty of being the most myopic.Read More
Suck it, plants—this bionic leaf has got you beat ten times over! A team of researchers at Harvard University, led by Daniel Nocera and Pamela Silver, have been perfecting this leaf's ability to perform artificial photosynthesis.Read More
If you didn't hit up any social media services last night, you missed out on a photo-sharing celebration of the best and worst fashion on display at the 2016 Met Gala. Let's have a look at some of the best, shall we?Read More
A vote for Leia is a vote to protect the Republic.
Claudia Gray's Star Wars novel Bloodline goes on sale May 3rd! To celebrate, feast your eyes on these ridiculously cool posters.Read More
There were quite a few commercial breaks at last night's Oscars, so I totally get it if you spaced out and missed the IBM Watson commercial starring Carrie Fisher.Read More
Things We Saw Today: Meet the “Out Queer Person of Color” Who Led the Discovery of Gravitational Waves
Last week, the science world (and science enthusiasts!) rejoiced with the discovery of gravitational waves. Logo's NewNowNext now has a profile on the self-proclaimed "out queer person of color" who led the effort toward this discovery - Dr. Nergis Mavalvala at MIT. Check it out, and revel in her awesomeness.Read More
Motion capture technology is rad.
In the video, Carnegie Mellon Ph.D candidate Madeline Gannon explains how she's using motion capture technology to get the robot to "see" humans.Read More
We already talk about being addicted to our phones, or addicted to video games - and there's some actual concern as to whether or not we're legitimately addicted to our tech - so it makes sense that as things like Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift emerge, we'll wonder about what kind of impact virtual reality will have on our lives and minds.Read More
Neil deGrasse Tyson is on another Twitter spree, and this time it's about Back to the Future.Read More
You may know her as overachieving law student (and accessory to murder!) Michaela on the Shonda Rhimes hit, How to Get Away With Murder on ABC, but Aja Naomi King should now also be on your geek radar thanks to her new sci-fi film, Reversion, which opens today in select theaters.Read More
Star Wars fans can now geek up their cars in style!Read More
The company's gone, but their work and expertise are not.
After four years of working tirelessly to improve diversity in tech, the Ada Initiative is shutting down.Read More