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Facebook’s VR AR visionary on what comes after the Oculus Quest 2

Egocentric. It’s a weird word. To Facebook, regarding AR and VR, it means a world where computers start processing the world as you perceive it. It’s a cornerstone of a strange future we seem to already be heading towards, where assistants and notifications and social media meet us where we’re already looking. Or where we…

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Fb’s most modern virtual actuality headset is presumably the most efficient but, but serene feels delinquent

Facebook on Wednesday announced the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset. It’s a successor to last year’s Quest and, like that version, doesn’t require a computer to run. Everything you need to use VR is bundled inside.This is the strategy Facebook is taking moving forward. It’s ditching the Oculus Rift headset, which required a PC…

Why Facebook’s political-ad ban is taking on the wrong problem thumbnail

Why Facebook’s political-ad ban is taking on the wrong problem

When Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would stop accepting political advertising in the week before the US presidential election, he was responding to widespread fear that social media has outsize power to change the balance of an election.   Political campaigns have long believed that direct voter contact and personalized messaging are effective tools to convince people to vote for a particular candidate. But in 2016, it seemed that social media was amplifying…

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says He’s Got Election Stuff Under Control

It’s the evening of November 3rd. Election Day 2020. The polls have closed, and in-person vote totals are being reported, but millions of mail-in ballots, which skew heavily Democratic, won’t be counted for days or weeks. Donald Trump, unsurprisingly, doesn’t care to wait for that to happen. He’s leading the in-person vote in the decisive…

Facebook’s Internal Black Lives Matter Debate Got So Bad Zuckerberg Had to Step In

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admonished some of his own employees this week over remarks on the company’s internal messaging platform about racism and violence against Black men.In a post on the social-media giant’s internal communications channel Workplace last week, a Facebook staffer shared a post titled “In Support of Law Enforcement and Black Lives.” The…

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Facebook’s push to fix its fake news problem isn’t working in Africa either

Just over a year ago, Facebook announced it would add fake news checks on local language content in a bid to boost trust and reliability among African users. It came along with other measures, including shutting down suspected networks of fake accounts targeting African elections with misinformation.But recent data suggests those moves have not yet…

AI Weekly: Facebook’s discriminatory ad targeting illustrates the dangers of biased algorithms thumbnail

AI Weekly: Facebook’s discriminatory ad targeting illustrates the dangers of biased algorithms

This summer has been littered with stories about algorithms gone awry. For one example, a recent study found evidence Facebook’s ad platform may discriminate against certain demographic groups. The team of coauthors from Carnegie Mellon University say the biases exacerbate socioeconomic inequalities, an insight applicable to a broad swath of algorithmic decision-making. Facebook, of course,…

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Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook’s Decision to Not Take Down Kenosha Militia Page Was a Mistake

In a video posted to Facebook on Friday, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that the social media giant made a mistake by not removing a page and event that urged people in Kenosha, Wis., to carry weapons amid protests. On Tuesday night, a 17-year-old named Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly fatally shot two people and injured…

Facebook’s Ties to India’s Ruling Party Complicate Its Fight Against Hate Speech thumbnail

Facebook’s Ties to India’s Ruling Party Complicate Its Fight Against Hate Speech

In July 2019, Alaphia Zoyab was on a video call with Facebook employees in India, discussing some 180 posts by users in the country that Avaaz, the watchdog group where she worked, said violated Facebook’s hate speech rules. But half way through the hour-long meeting, Shivnath Thukral, the most senior Facebook official on the call,…

Why Facebook’s plan to give virtual assistants bodies is both awesome and terrifying thumbnail

Why Facebook’s plan to give virtual assistants bodies is both awesome and terrifying

Facebook recently showed off the progress its AI research team has made in the realm of household robotics. The dream is to take the virtual assistant out of the speaker and put it into an autonomous body capable of traversing your house. If you’re thinking “Rosie the Robot” from The Jetsons, you’re not far off.…

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Facebook’s Selective Enforcement of Rules Stirs Debate

Last week two major stories broke about the ways in which Facebook silently bends or waives its rules to accommodate influential voices. In India, the company waived its hate speech rules to avoid upsetting the government, while here in the U.S. it has avoided enforcing its fact-checking policies against select conservative outlets to avoid political…

How Facebook’s Yann LeCun is charting a path to human-level artificial intelligence thumbnail

How Facebook’s Yann LeCun is charting a path to human-level artificial intelligence

When Yann LeCun founded the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab in 2013, artificial intelligence was entering a boom period that his research helped trigger.   Facebook’s chief AI scientist had been among a group of computer scientists who retained faith in deep neural networks during an “AI winter” of reduced funding and interest in the field. In…