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OPLIN 4Cast #793: Facial recognition might be more well-known, but the problems only increase

Posted in facial recognition

“This is one of many important wins to come, and I think everyone really has to ask, ‘What kind of society do we want to live in? Do we want the face to be the final frontier of privacy?'”–Joy Buolamwini, founder and executive director of Algorithmic Justice League


OPLIN 4Cast #791: Even if it’s not sentient yet, AI development is rushing forward

Posted in AI

To be honest, when I’m crawling my RSS feeds for trends for OPLIN’s weekly 4Cast blog, artificial intelligence is the one that makes me the most nervous. Aside from the many films warning about the potential dangers of AI, it does seem to me that the technology is moving far faster than human capability to absorb or control it.


OPLIN 4Cast #788: Spotify is having a moment. And it’s not a good one

Posted in Spotify

Another, bigger fight is happening right now though, directly involving streaming music’s golden child. Artist Neil Young is removing his music from the platform as a result of Spotify’s support of podcaster Joe Rogan, who is reportedly perpetuating COVID-19 misinformation. This, in turn, has opened to floodgates, and the controversy rages on.


OPLIN 4Cast #786: The NFT backlash is now in full swing

Posted in 4cast, and Trends

Last week a friend got a free NFT for seeing a movie, but found that creating an account just to see it—a simple animation clip, like a GIF—was not worth the effort: “really dumb” was his assessment. While many sectors are treating the advent of NFT like a gold rush, a backlash seems to be growing, with a lot resistance originating in the gamer community.


OPLIN 4Cast #785: Cryptocurrency is going mainstream and it’s heating my husband’s office

Posted in 4cast, and cryptocurrency

My husband’s basement office is always warm. It has nothing to do with any HVAC or space heaters. Rather, the temperature can be attributed to…


OPLIN 4Cast #784: CES might be partially digital, but exciting things still coming

Posted in 4cast

Each January in Las Vegas, the Consumer Technology Association holds the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), where many world-changing gadgets and innovations have debuted: VCRs, satellite…