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Rankwave, an analytics firm sued by Facebook for data misuse

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Facebook will have another Cambridge Analytica on their hands. Last Friday, Facebook has revealed that they have filed a lawsuit against the South Korean analytics firm called Rankwave because they abused their developer platform data.

The company has refused to cooperate with Facebook and has denied the request to delete all its data. The lawsuit center of Facebook and Rankwave was working together to build a Facebook authorization step in their applications so that Rankwave can get access to all the data.

Rankwave basically analyzes all the behavioral traits of the people and from there provides a concrete and targeting assistance to different businesses around. It has also been claimed that the company ends up misusing data of the people who use their applications for checking their influencer score. The main function of the application is to check all the locations and check-ins and then determine where you are. Suppose, it finds out that you are in a baseball stadium, then it will help its clients to target your news feed with different baseball tickets.

This application seems to be very fun, but in reality, it is just there so that it can collect data about the customers. TechCrunch got a hold of a copy of the lawsuit, which goes on to say that Rankwave is accused of using Facebook data outside of the Facebook application which is technically not allowed by Facebook. Since the company has violated Facebook policy they are now being sued.

Jessica Romero Facebook’s director of platform enforcement and litigation wrote:

“By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message to developers that Facebook is serious about enforcing our policies, including requiring developers to cooperate with us during an investigation. To date, Rankwave has not participated in our investigation and we are trying to get more info from them to determine if there was any misuse of Pages data.”

The Facebook lawsuit states that:

“Rankwave used the Facebook data associated with Rankwave’s apps to create and sell advertising and marketing analytics and models which violated Facebook’s policies and terms. Failed to comply with Facebook’s requests for proof of Rankwave’s compliance with Facebook policies, including an audit.”

It has been made sure that Rankwave has accessed data of the users and then used it outside the application which is not correct.

“Platform Policies largely restrict Developers from using Facebook data outside of the environment of the app, for any purpose other than enhancing the app users’ experience on the app.”

Rankwave ended up using Facebook data outside the application, making things worse for the company.

According to the Facebook suit claims:

 “Rankwave’s B2B apps were installed and used by businesses to track and analyze activity on their Facebook Pages . . . Rankwave operated a consumer app called the ‘Rankwave App.’ This consumer app was designed to measure the app user’s popularity on Facebook by analyzing the level of interaction that other users had with the app user’s Facebook posts. On its website, Rankwave claimed that this app calculated a user’s ‘Social influence score’ by ‘evaluating your social activities’ and receiving ‘responses from your friends.”

According to the data which is collected by TechCrunch Rankwave is still known to offer Android apps the option of login with Facebook. This is the perfect way for the application to collect all the data and then use it outside the application. When all the policies of Facebook were not very strict, this kind of application could have got away with it but since 2015 a lot of things have changed.

The company Rankwave was founded in the year 2012 by Sungwha Shim. Facebook has assessed that the value of the data at that point in time was about 9.8 million. Till January 2019, Facebook did not reach Rankwave with their social policies. After Facebook reached out, they Rankwave did not cooperate with Facebook which made Facebook decide on taking legal action on the company. Rankwave has denied that they have violated the policies of Facebook.

Rankwave was promoting all its services openly which is basically a violation of the Facebook laws. Facebook has identified the company as a potential issue and before blocking them, it has tried to fix the issue by itself. Once the issue can get solved, they ended up announcing it publicly. Since there is no official transfer between Rankwave and other companies, the lawsuit will not be that easy for Facebook. Facebook has finally given some attention to its security rather than their growth.

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The reason why Facebook is doing robotics research

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It is weird when you hear that one of the leading social networking sites in now perusing their research on robotics. Facebook is not investing their resource in search of a better competent search engine rather it is spending it on robotics research.

Facebook is one of the biggest organizations with a lot of competing priorities. All these developments will not affect Facebook directly. It is expected that the things that the company will be learning would impact the platform in surprising ways.

Robotics is one of the latest areas where Facebook is spending a lot of time. The bleeding edge work in Artificial intelligence is something Facebook is also taking very seriously. All the mechanics which can be called Artificial Intelligence can govern all sorts of things which include camera effect along with automated moderation of restricted content.

The best thing is the Artificial Intelligence and robotics kind of naturally overlap each other and this is why all the events will be covering both of them. It is not something exceptional that Facebook has a strong interest in Artificial Intelligence.

Learn to walk from scratch

Walking is one of the hardest actions when it comes to 6 legged robots. It is very hard to make sure how the movement of the robots will be done. The only reason we are able to walk is that we have the capability to understand and these robots will also need something similar. This is when the robotics come into play. The team tries to teach the robot to walk by itself so that it can perform more like a human.

This is not something new when it comes to Artificial Intelligence and robotics. All these algorithms go back for a long time. A lot of people have written interesting papers on these topics in the past.

Some of the basic priorities are set to the robots. Rewards are also given moving forward so that the robot can understand that it is being appreciated and walk on its own. The team did not make the robot teach about walking but gave the robot the opportunity to figure it out on its own. The main goal here is to make sure that there is a reduction in the amount of time it takes for the robot to go from zero to reliable locomotion from weeks to hours.

What will this be useful for?

Facebook has a wide range of data which is very complex in nature. The main idea here is to make sure that the artificial intelligence learns in a short period of time with the help of some goals and rules.

Learning how Artificial Intelligence teaches themselves and how exactly you can remove all the roadblocks like all the mistaken priorities along with wired data hoarding and cheating the rules is important for agents which are meant to lose in both the virtual as well as the real world. If there is a time when there will be a humanitarian crisis, then Facebook can monitor its platform with the help of Artificial Intelligence. The Artificial Intelligence model will end up helping and will also be informed by the autodidactic efficiencies that turn up here.

Leveraging curiosity

These works are not very visual in nature. Everyone is very curious in a certain degree to know more than who exactly kills the cat. Facebook has successfully put the concept of curiosity in the robot’s arm and has asked it to perform different tasks.

It is very odd that people can simply imbue a robot arm with curiosity. The main meaning of the term is that Artificial Intelligence is responsible for the actions of the arm. The decision of how to grip is totally on the arm and it will take the help of Artificial Intelligence to perform all these tasks.

These will be implemented in a lot of things. It can be used in a camera. When twisting a camera, it can give a better view. The first thing that it will look at is the target area. Then it will check the distance between both points. The Artificial Intelligence latitude will find the action that will help to increase the confidence and this could eventually let the completed task faster. In the beginning, curiosity might be a bit slow to react to.

What can we use this for?

When it comes to vision Facebook has big ideas. This will be implemented in both cameras as well as image work. This could also be used in different devices like a portal which helps to follow you around the room with its face. Learning about the environment is also useful for both applications.

Any kind of camera operating applications in the application or device like on Facebook generally analyze the images and stores all the information which are important to save. A face helps to put a lot of algorithm in place so that the image can be made better. If there is a QR code, then the address is also auto-triggered and people end up in that landing page.

If the camera or any kind of gadget is left with these tasks, then they will end up producing CPU usage spikes along with some visual latency in the images. Instead of using the Artificial Intelligence agent is exerting curiosity t check all these things when there is a bit of uncertainty in the scene then that is a happy medium. This is the simple way how Facebook ends up prioritizing all the important ones.

Vision is very important when it comes to robotics. Many robots have a lot of sensors and sound modalities but they have one thing missing which is the vision. It is important to have a good tactile interfaces Nerveless Facebook wants to look into the data which is tactile in nature as a surrogate for visual data.

If we talk about people with the bad vision they generally sue their touch to feel their surroundings. Sensing via touch plays a very important role here. The robots will have to navigate around so that they have a clear understanding of what kind of surroundings are there beside it. There is a big overlap between all these concepts. All the Facebook researchers have ended up deploying Artificial Intelligence model that generally helps in deciding what action to take depending on the video that is captured in high resolution.

It is true that the algorithm does not really care if there is an image of the world as long as the data is displayed visually. It will basically look for patterns which will help the robot to get a better understanding of the entire place just like a photographic image.

What can this be used for?

It is not very sure if Facebook really wants to connect with the people with this technology. This has been made clear that it is not the touch which is just dependent on artificial intelligence. There are other factors which come into play here.

If you have ended up presenting two distinct objects for the first time in front of the robot, then it will be very trivial to distinguish between each other by keeping their eyes closed. This is because by seeing the items we can differentiate between both objects which are not possible when our eyes are closed.

Artificial Intelligence agent may end up needing to transfer from one domain to another. All the auditory data simply telling about the grip on how exactly it will hold up an object.

Facebook is now working hard to expand in the influence of walled garden applications and services into the rich and totally unstructured world. We can see any Facebook robots recently that’s for sure.

 

 

 

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Microsoft is aiming to train about 15,000 workers by 2022 on AI skills

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Microsoft is investing a lot of money on training people on Artificial Intelligence in partnership with the education provider General Assembly. The goal is to make sure that they train 15,000 people by 2022 so that there is an increase in people who have knowledge in Artificial Intelligence, machine learning along with data engineering and more.

This program will first train a total of 2,000 workers in the machine learning role. In the three years, they will be training a total of 13,000 workers with Artificial Intelligence related skills. Microsoft will be joining the General Assembly’s Artificial Intelligence Standards Board, with other companies. In the next six months, the Board will be helping in defining AI skills and develop assessment and also create credentials.

The training which has been organized by Microsoft will be conducted with people who are not skilled enough to use Azure in aerospace, manufacturing and elsewhere. The training will totally focus on the needs of the customer who are looking to use Artificial Intelligence.

The training will include Artificial Intelligence Talent Network that will help source candidates for a longer period of time. General Assembly will be helping with the assistance of connected campuses and the broader Adecco ecosystem to these jobs pipeline.

Microsoft has a vision for the job creators because of AI in the future. There will 133 million new roles created and this training will come in handy for people who will be taking them. The main focus is to make sure that software along with cloud customers can find people who have knowledge in working with Azure.

“As a technology company committed to driving innovation, we have a responsibility to help workers access the AI training they need to ensure they thrive in the workplace of today and tomorrow,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president of Global Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft, in a statement. “We are thrilled to combine our industry and technical expertise with General Assembly to help close the skills gap and ensure businesses can maximize their potential in our AI-driven economy.”

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Lilium finally announces their five-seater air taxi prototype after their success on the maiden flight for its jet

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Lilium unveils five-seater air taxi prototype after a successful maiden flight for its latest jet

Lilium which is basically a startup which is based on Munich and is known for developing air taxi services. They have finally unveiled their five seated prototype. They have also announced that the companies maiden flight was successfully completed in the month of May. This is not the first time that Lilium Jet which is a company making all-electric jets have taken off and landed with the help of all the extensive ground testing. Lilium has finally ended up releasing a video with the two seated version of the flight two years ago.

The prototype which has been made is a full scale and all the 36 jet engines were responsible for the takeoff and landing of the plane. The company has claimed that the cruise flight is extremely remarkable and works well. In a call, the Chief executing officer of the company Daniel Wiegand the test flights was a little behind the schedule but this will definitely be going to change the urban mobility problem. The jet performed perfectly according to the company which helped Lilium team get the much-needed validation.

Since the design is not like the aircraft but still it can hold five passengers is impressive. The technology which the company is using is very impressive and the fully vertical mobility is what makes it so much interesting. This transport is going to make things easy for everyone and the transportation cost will also become very less.

The company has claimed that the speed of the air taxi is 300 km/hr. The company is also claiming that the air taxi that they have designed is capable of completing longer trips which makes it very promising in the future. It is also calculated that the flight will require about 10 percent of the 2000 horsepower which is maximum for the cruise flight.

Lilium said:

 “This efficiency, which is comparable to the energy usage of an electric car over the same distance, means the aircraft would not just be capable of connecting suburbs to city centers and airports to main train stations, but would also deliver affordable high-speed connections across entire regions”

The first flight was on the 4th of May 2019 at 8:03 local time Munich, Germany. According to the Chief executing officer, the Lilium Jets were all remotely controlled. It has also been confirmed that the flights were given all kinds of clearance before they were tested. The flights were also certified with the aircraft safety standards. The next move for the country will be trying to develop a flight with horizontal take off.

It has also been revealed that the company desires to be fully functional by the year 2025. The trial services for the company will start much before that. The company is now backed by Tencent; LGT which is an international private banking and management group; Atomico and many more including co-founder of Skype and Twitter.

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