ARTICLES 

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

WIRED

Jan 19, 2019

Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you'd want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people's pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.

 

A map that tracks everything: Blockchain-based mapping hopes to replace GPS -- can it be trusted? 

The Atlantic

January 15, 2019

Blockchain is also backing a new mode of mapping. Crypto-cartographers hope to use it for spatial verification—confirming that things are where they say they are, when they claim to be there....but overall, there is far more fluidity in matters of physical boundaries and access than blockchain allows. Who knows how spaces such as informal infrastructures, indigenous terrains, and the leftover spaces that shelter the marginalized would fare in a crypto-map? 

The cyberattack that sent an Alaskan community back in time

BBC

Jan 9, 2019

In 2018, a remote Alaskan community’s infrastructure was hit by a malware attack which forced it offline. It was only then they realised how much they depended on computers.