Is President Trump ready to mend fences with Silicon Valley?The White House is hosting a summit Monday with top talent in technology. It’s the first meeting of the American Technology Council, which was created by an executive order Trump signed last month.The group will talk about reforming the H-1B visa program, which Trump has criticized and says is abused by tech firms that use it to import cheap labor.Also on the council’s agenda: modernizing the government’s technology infrastructure and keeping its computers safe from cyber attacks.Related: CEOs to Trump: You’re failingAn administration official said leaders from 18 companies are expected to attend, including Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) CEO Satya Nadella, Founders Fund’s Peter Thiel and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet (GOOG).
Uber has been rocked by a steady stream of scandals and negative publicity in recent years, including revelations of questionable spy programs, a high-stakes technology lawsuit, claims of sexual harassment and discrimination and embarrassing leaks about executive conduct.The PR disasters culminated in CEO Travis Kalanick taking an indefinite leave of absence this week and promises of bold reform that largely ignored the ride-hailing companys strained relationship with drivers.Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes indefinite leave of absence Read moreHere is a timeline of some of the most consequential controversies.
pylône, 2d version, 2017
watch the 360 version here: vimeo.com/221752552
Pylône is part of br\che, an on going exploration of the spherical video workflow now accessible to a broader audience thanks to the consumer tech. Shot on the island of Orleans, we are immersed in the center of a corridor of electricity pylons connecting the south and north shore of the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec.
The footage is manipulated to reveal its true nature; an empty sphere upholstered by equirectangular projections attempting to simulate the real world. Giant human hands disturb this landscape collage to break reality into abstraction.
Created during a creative residency at La Bande Video, Quebec.
Google has unveiled four measures it will use to tackle the spread of terror-related material online.Among the measures it is deploying will be smarter software that can spot extremist material and greater use of human experts to vet content.It said terrorism was an “attack on open societies” and tackling its influence was a critical challenge.It said it had worked hard to remove terrorist content for a long time but acknowledged that more had to be done.The steps it plans to take were outlined in an editorial published in the Financial Times newspaper.The steps apply mainly to Google’s video sharing site YouTube.It said it would:put more engineering resources into training software that uses “machine learning” to identify videos glorifying terrorism and violencerecruit more people to act as “trusted flaggers” who could make final decisions about videos its software struggled to classifytake a tougher stance on videos that violated YouTube policiesexpand the work it did to help counter-radicalisation efforts
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