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Toy maker Mattel has put aside its smart voice assistant project, aimed at kids. Many voices were raised against this project, both on the side of privacy advocates and early childhood specialists. Mattel said in an official statement that upon examination, Aristotle, by his little name, was “Not aligned with Mattel’s new technology strategy”
Aristotle was unveiled in January under the Nabi brand and was often described as a speaker connected to the Amazon Echo for children. Besides his connected camera, he was also able to tell the stories in the evening, soothe them in case of night scares or teach them the ABCs.
A petition, organized by a child protection association and addressed to Mattel against the marketing of this product, gathered 15,000 signatures. Concerns not only concerned the protection of children’s privacy, but also the effects on their psychological development, and even the device’s substitution of human interaction. Certain politicians have also seized the debate, questioning Mattel on the retention of data. The company had declared that it would encrypt these, and that they would not be marketed.
In addition to the issue of privacy, the case raises the thorny question of the relationship of children to new technologies. The Washington Post thus indicates that some studies have shown that children tend to believe that robots are “social beings” with “mental states” and that they interact with them accordingly. We have long been talking about the effects of screens on young children, but it is to be expected that the voice interfaces that allow them to interact with the digital world from an early age will become a matter of concern for parents …
Mattel has canceled plans for a kid-focused AI device that drew privacy concerns
This is Digiday which asks this judicious question. Remember, Instant Articles was this format appeared in 2015 on Facebook and intended for publishers, in order to allow a quick and optimized display of articles – however keeping them warm in the walled garden of the social network. This is probably the reason why publishers like The New York Times or The Guardian have slackened or stopped using the feature altogether, arguing that the benefits are more to Facebook than their side. Some even add that Facebook has not made any great effort to retain them. And then, as Facebook focused its efforts on video and ways to monetize it, we heard less of Instant Articles.
But Facebook denies its side that the format is no longer a priority. The company would even test new features, taking into account feedback from publishers, such as the possibility of taking out subscriptions. He would also work to better promote the publisher, to respond to the fear of the latter who felt that their brands were diluted, to the point where the reader no longer identified the source.
Facebook reported that the number of publishers using Instant Articles has increased by 25% this year to more than 10,000, of which Fox News, who has just joined Instant Articles after withdrawing from it; and Politico, who started using it for the first time.
However, it is clear that the focus is maintained on the video. As one editor puts it: “We mainly talk about mid-roll, live and Facebook Watch. Instant Articles is never at the top of the list of topics we discuss with them. “
With Facebook’s focus on video, publishers hear less about Instant Articles
Cybersecurity is not on the agenda right now. While Yahoo! and Equifax are experiencing great difficulty in assessing the damage caused by the cyber attacks of which the two American companies have been victims, now the NSA has suffered a sensitive data leak… because of Russian hackers.
According to Wall Street Journal, the latter were able to access data from the American intelligence agency by infiltrating the personal computer of an NSA service provider. It was equipped with the Kaspersky antivirus … Thanks to the software of the Russian company, a scan of the files would have enabled Russian hackers to identify and then steal sensitive elements, including NSA spy tools.
These new revelations come less than a month after Washington has decided to ban the use of Kaspersky software. The Department of Homeland Security then said it was “worried about possible links between certain Kaspersky executives and Russian intelligence, and about Russian law which may force Kaspersky to collaborate to intercept communications transiting on Russian networks”. To prevent these possible links between the Russian antivirus publisher and the Kremlin Secret Service (FSB) from resulting in information leaks or cyber attacks, Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, had ordered all federal officials to uninstall all Kaspersky anti-virus software from government and federal agency computers within 90 days.
It will not have escaped your notice that the automobile industry is on the cusp of its great revolution: shared car, autonomous car, electric car… And investors are not mistaken: Tesla shares have taken 66% this year . And the raw materials necessary for the manufacture of batteries have logically become prized, at a time of energy transition and facing the ambitions of manufacturers in this field. Volkswagen has announced that it wants to double its investments in electric cars, bringing them to 20 billion euros by 2030. Since 2015, lithium has taken 200% since 2015. Here is the evolution of the price of SQM (Sociedad Quimica y Minera), a Chilean company, and Albermarle, an American company, two lithium producers. To date, SQM and Albermarle have taken 110% and 70% respectively.
For some, 40 is a second youth (because never forget, as the late Aaliyah sang: age ain’t nothin ‘but a number). Not in Silicon Valley. The latest Visier survey, “The truth about ageism in the Tech industry», Shows that Millennials are more likely to be hired by tech companies than their elders.
The study was based on 330,000 data. According to the analysis, the average tech worker is 38, or 5 years less than in other companies. Silicon Valley hires 42.6% of young people against 45.3% of Generation X and 11.7% for Baby Boomers. The study compares these figures with those of non-tech companies: Millennials are 26.1% to work there against 46.4% for Generation X and 26.7% for Baby Boomers.
Discrimination in hiring in the United States is punishable by law (“Age Discrimination in Employment Act“). Between 2008 and 2015, the 150 largest tech companies received 226 complaints of discrimination in hiring. Gary Glouner, a 52-year-old former Facebook employee, filed a complaint. He was dismissed in 2015 because of his age, his handicap, because he did not “move fast enough” and did not follow the pace of work imposed by the structure. A man named Stephen Cohen, 61, is said to have failed Facebook after mentioning the date of his graduation, and also decided to take the matter to court.
After 48, you’re less likely to get jobs in Silicon Valley, report finds