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Can emotion-regulating tech translate across cultures? | Aeon Essays
Gadgets and algorithms give a robotic materiality to what the ancient Greeks called doxa: ‘the common opinion, commonsense repeated over and over, a Medusa that petrifies anyone who watches it,’ as the cultural theorist Roland Barthes defined the term in 1975.
11 weeks ago by libbymiller
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition | Privacy - Consumer Reports
According to Amazon’s Children’s Privacy Disclosure, the company may capture data such as “name, birthdate, contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses), voice, photos, videos, location, certain activity and device information.”
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may 2018 by libbymiller
Facebook to launch two smart speakers in July 2018
Facebook is set to officially foray into the global smart speaker market in mid-2018 by launching two new models, codenamed Aloha and Fiona - both with 15-inch touchscreens - in July at the latest, with the devices positioned as a way to allow family and friends to stay in touch with video chat and various social features, according to industry sources.
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february 2018 by libbymiller
Facebook’s Virtual Assistant M Is Dead. So Are Chatbots | WIRED
One source familiar with the program estimates M never surpassed 30 percent automation.
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january 2018 by libbymiller

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