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  • Ian O'Byrne 2:58 pm on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Desperate for Wi-Fi, Many Have Nowhere to Go but a Parking Lot – The New York Times 

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/technology/parking-lots-wifi-coronavirus.html

    Desperate for Wi-Fi, Many Have Nowhere to Go but a Parking Lot

    With cafes and libraries closed, Americans without internet access are sitting outside them to get free and fast connections.

    The dependence on Wi-Fi in parking lots shows the lengths to which people are going to combat the country’s digital divide, one of the most stubborn problems in technology — and one the coronavirus has exacerbated.

     
  • Ian O'Byrne 2:50 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Emergency Internet Access During COVID-19 

    Some Internet providers are offering Internet access at no cost during the pandemic. Here are a few. Please be aware this information is subject to change quickly–confirm details with each provider.

    T-Mobile: The mobile phone service provider is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.  — https://t-mo.co/2QmPd3O

    Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It’s also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can’t pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers. (USA Today) https://comca.st/2WmP8AY

    AT&T:  Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hot spots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data.  — https://soc.att.com/2QosvbI

    Charter Communications: The telecommunications company is providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don’t already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it’s also offering its Wi-Fi hot spots for free to the public. http://bit.ly/2U0mfcp

    Sprint

    • Providing Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18)
    • Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18)
    • Offering complimentary rates from the U.S. to CDC-defined Level 3 countries to customers with international long-distance plans (effective 3/17) — https://sprint.co/33v25dQ
     
  • Ian O'Byrne 2:47 pm on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Democratizing AI 

    Three part series on ethics and artificial intelligence from Richard Whitt,

    Democratize AI (Part I)

    How to ensure human autonomy over our computational “screens, scenes, and unseens.”

    Democratize AI (Part 2): The Personal AI 

    a potentially effective way to challenge the one-sided proliferation of Institutional AIs is the introduction of human-agential artificial intelligence — let’s just call them Personal AIs. These virtual avatars would directly serve each of us as human beings, and our chosen communities of interest — including family, friends, and other social ties. Part III in this series (coming soon) will lay out a proposed action plan — the “how” — to help make these aspirations a reality.

    Democratizing AI (Part 3)

    The thesis is that not just billionaire industrialists deserve to have personalized virtual assistants. Ordinary people should have the ability to own a Personal AI, acting as a fully accountable computational agent to represent their self-sovereign interests. Without our concerted push-back against current trendlines, however, Institutional AIs instead will become the de facto norm of our time.

     
  • Ian O'Byrne 1:01 am on April 6, 2018 Permalink
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    Unknown Tech Brands Aren’t Like Groceries. Don’t Just Grab Them. 

    Unknown Tech Brands Aren’t Like Groceries. Don’t Just Grab Them. by Brian X. Chen (nytimes.com)

    It’s time to stop using technology and the internet as though you were shopping at a supermarket.

    It’s time to stop using technology and the internet as though you were shopping at a supermarket. In a grocery store, you can reasonably assume that the food labels are accurate and the products safe to eat, because the food industry is heavily regulated. The handling of personal digital information, in contrast, is loosely regulated. There have been scores of obscure companies baiting you with products that purport to improve your life — but actually capitalize on your data.

     
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