Genius Claims Google Stole Lyrics Embedded With Secret Morse Code

Lyrics website Genius has accused Google of stealing lyrics from its site and reposting them in search results without permission. Genius claims they caught the search engine “red handed” thanks to Morse code embedded in their lyrics. Starting in 2016, Genius positioned both “straight” and “curly” apostrophes in their lyrics which, when converted into dots and dashes like Morse code,…

Digitally Literate #201

Mastering Your Life Digitally Lit #201 – 6/15/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #201 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I curate the news of the week and distilling this down into an easy-to-read resource for you. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week…

Scary deepfake tool lets you put words into someone’s mouth

Last week, Stanford researchers announced they’d created an algorithm that makes “editing video as easy as editing text.” Imagine using a video editing program in which you can modify talking-head videos (footage from the shoulders up) by extracting patterns from real clips. The system uses machine learning to create a realistic video of a person saying something…

Digitally Literate #200

It goes on. Digitally Lit #200 – 6/8/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. Welcome to issue #200!!! I started this newsletter several years ago with in the intention of curating during the week and distilling this down into an easy-to-read source for you to quickly consume. My goal…

Who gets grant money? The (gendered) words decide

A report from Meredith Somers on a paper by Julian Kolev, Yuly Fuentes-Medel, and Fiona Murray. The top level analysis from the paper suggests: Female scientists are 16% less likely than men to get a high score on their grant proposal due to word choice. That needs to change. The researchers gathered data from nearly…

Facebook’s cryptocurrency will reportedly be announced this month

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly planning to announce its cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin, later this month, June 2019. Facebook also indicated they could even allow employees working on the project to accept payment in the cryptocurrency, which is said to be a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar. According to The Information (via CNBC), the company will let users…

Facebook shareholders try and fail to limit Mark Zuckerberg’s power

As a regular reader of my newsletter (subscribe here), you’ve been a witness to the relentless stories of Facebook playing fast and loose with user data, identity, security. Facebook then obfuscates, hides, and then slow-walks a response and possible changes. This is followed by returning to their earlier habits and repeating the cycle again months…

Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, and why AI may not abide by them

A great thought piece by Hans A. Gunno, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engineer studying at the University of Southampton. First, a refresher on the three laws of robotics. Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) was, in addition to being a professor of biochemistry, considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers of his time. In the mid-1900s, he…

Digitally Literate #199

Nothing lessDigitally Lit #199 – 5/25/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. In this newsletter, I try to synthesize what happened this week so you can be digitally literate as well. This week I worked on several things behind the scenes that will hopefully blossom later. One of the…