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Kaila Colbin

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  • There's A Backlash Against Tech Giants -- And It's Good in Media Insider on 01/19/2018

    The bomb dropped earlier this week: BlackRock, the largest investor in the world, with more than $6 trillion in investments, put its portfolio companies on notice: Do good or get out.

  • The One Resolution That Matters in Media Insider on 01/05/2018

    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday -- whatever you choose to celebrate -- and a terrific New Year´s celebration. I myself have returned to the place where my mother spent her formative years: Mar del Plata, Argentina. As a kid and young adult, I spent a lot of time here. In fact, my two oldest friends are from Mar del Plata, despite the obvious challenges presented by distance and ever-changing circumstances. There were others, no less loved, with whom I had lost contact. Facebook's great, but nothing beats bumping into someone on the street whom you haven't seen for 20 years.

  • Maybe Unicorns Aren't So Great After All in Media Insider on 12/22/2017

    Once again, Uber has been knocked back. Earlier this week, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling that the rideshare giant was in fact a "transport service" and not a mere "technology platform." The distinction is significant: a transport service is required to maintain minimum standards and comply with a level of regulation that a technology platform is not. Seen in context, this event is indicative of a wider movement toward finally, finally setting some boundaries on the actions and impact of technology supercorporations.

  • AI Isn't Becoming More Intelligent, But More Capable in Media Insider on 12/08/2017

    Just a year and a half after the artificially intelligent Go player AlphaGo beat champion Lee Sedol at Go, DeepMind came out with AlphaGo Zero -- which beat the original AlphaGo 100 games to none. This week, DeepMind turned the technology on chess- and beat the best AI chess system in the world in just four hours. Amazing. And yet, as AI researcher Joanna Bryson tweeted, "It's still a discrete task." Is this accomplishment not as impressive as it seems at first glance? Or is she just being curmudgeonly?

  • Embracing The Totality Of Thanksgiving in Media Insider on 11/24/2017

    It's depressing to contemplate the totality of our complicity in the state of the world, and not just in the context of historical atrocities. It's depressing for me to consider my air travel's impact on the planet, or the fact that some of my clothes were almost certainly made in sweatshops. But if I want to have a hope of growing as a human, my first job is to see myself clearly and honestly -- just as, if we want to have a hope of becoming a more inclusive, more thoughtful, more compassionate society, our first job is to see ourselves unflinchingly.

  • Sorry, Senator Franken: Facebook Neutrality Is Impossible in Media Insider on 11/10/2017

    "As tech giants become a new kind of Internet gatekeeper," said Senator Al Franken this week, "I believe the same basic principles of net neutrality should apply here. No one company should have the power to pick and choose which content reaches consumers and which doesn't." He went on: "Facebook, Google, and Amazon, like ISPs, should be neutral in their treatment of the flow of lawful information and commerce on their platform." It sounds reasonable. After all, he is speaking in defense of private citizens' right to choose. Surely we should be the ones to decide what content we consume, not some faceless Silicon Valley behemoth. But while it sounds reasonable, Franken's declaration is, in fact, impossible.

  • Yep, We Should Be Scared Of AI in Media Insider on 10/27/2017

    They had invited me to talk about the technological singularity: the moment when computer intelligence surpasses human intelligence. "Is it true?" they asked, brows furrowed. "Are the robots going to kill us all?" "Very possibly," I replied. "But that's not why we should be scared." Let me explain.

  • OF COURSE Google Home Is Spying On You in Media Insider on 10/13/2017

    It was a shocking headline: "Google Home Mini spied on user 'thousands of times a day,' sent recordings to Google." But not really that shocking. Home, Echo, Siri... they all have a job to do: wait until you say their name, and then deliver whatever you ask. But here's the catch: In order to hear you saying their name, they have to listen. All. The. Time.

  • The American News Media's Most Important Story Right Now  in Media Insider on 09/29/2017

    There is no debate that the media is not adequately covering the story of Puerto Rick after the hurricane, where there's no power, limited food, limited clean water and limited operational infrastructure.

  • Thanks To Technology, Propaganda Is Now Exponential in Media Insider on 09/15/2017

    Remember when propaganda used to be straightforward? It came in the form of leaflets, flyers, treatises. It was aired on state-run television and broadcast on state-run radio. In its more insidious form, it came via "independent media" -- without the audience being aware of how much that media may have been controlled by shadowy authority figures lurking in the background. Those were the days. Today, thanks to the disintermediation of the media, propaganda happens online, peer to peer, by armies of trolls and bots crafted ever more exactingly to resemble real humans

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