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Software Removes the Facebook from Facebook’s VR Headset (Mostly)

It’s not a jailbreak, but [basti564]’s Oculess software nevertheless allows one the option to remove telemetry and account dependencies from Facebook’s Oculus Quest VR headsets. It is not normally possible to use these devices without a valid Facebook account (or a legacy Oculus account in the case of the original Quest), so the ability to flip any kind of disconnect switch without bricking the hardware is a step forward, even if there are a few caveats to the process.
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What Facebook and Big Tobacco Got Wrong (but AI Governance Can Still Get Right)

Click to learn more about author Anthony Habayeb.

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony to Congress about abusive algorithms and AI referenced Big Tobacco’s enormous influence and fall in the latter half of the 20th century. What’s challenging about the comparison, however, is that smoking is unequivocally bad for you. AI governance offers great promise to enhance our lives, so we need the software industry to avoid the catastrophic mistakes of tobacco….… Read more...

Why Web3 Matters

Web1 (roughly 1990-2005) was about open protocols that were decentralized and community-governed. Most of the value accrued to the edges of the network — users and builders.
Web2 (roughly 2005-2020) was about siloed, centralized services run by corporations. Most of the value accrued to a handful of companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.
We are now at the beginning of the web3 era, which combines the decentralized, community-governed ethos of web1 with the advanced, modern…… Read more...

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Facebook, Social Media, and Jumping Sharks
The problem, as far as most people could tell, originated with Facebook’s need to upgrade the domain name servers (DNS) after what appeared to be a routine maintenance update. Ordinarily, this process should be pretty straightforward. However, a configuration file was submitted that had the wrong information in it, one that affected the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) that tells Internet routers where the nameservers for the big boys (.com, .org,…

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Lessons to be Learned from the Facebook Outage

The October 4, 2021 great Facebook outage, which lasted for over 6 hours, making all FB properties (including Instagram, Snapshot, and even internal tools employees at FB use to communicate between themselves or even to enter the building) were down. Twitter’s co-founder seemed so happy, and another big winner was DownDetector.com, which for several hours acted as a substitute to FB, with dozens of thousands users expressing their opinions about…

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Facebook and USENIX announce the winners of the 2021 Internet Defense Prize

Today, Facebook and USENIX awarded a total of $200,000 to the top three winners of the Internet Defense Prize. Funded by Facebook and offered in partnership with USENIX, the award celebrates security research contributions to the protection and defense of the internet. In this post, we share details on the research we awarded today and also on the upcoming changes to how the Prize will operate in the future.
Award recipients
We awarded our first-place prize of $100,000 to winners Ofek…

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10 Most Evolving Big Data Technologies to Catch Up on in 2022

Data engirds the entire world. Data is evolving just like any other thing on this globe. Being a part of this tech-oriented world, today we human beings create as much information in just 2 days as we did since the beginning of time till 2003.

Amazed? Well, there’s more.

The number of data industries store and capture magnifies every 1.2 years. Nonetheless, in this modern age of technological innovations and computational advancements, we upload 200 thousand photos on Facebook,…

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From intern to FTE: Four researchers share their journeys with the Facebook Core Data Science team – Facebook Research

Facebook’s Core Data Science (CDS) team is pushing the envelope of what’s possible by exploring and solving novel challenges in science and technology. The CDS internship program was designed to provide researchers with the opportunity to explore career paths in diverse fields of research, such as computer science, statistics, optimization, economics, and social science.

CDS interns are immersed in Facebook culture and see the direct impact their research has on product development, user experience, and the research community as a whole. When transitioning to full-time employees, researchers use passion and curiosity to drive their projects. Here, four researchers share their experiences with the program and what inspired them to transition to their full-time roles.… Read more...

Transform speech into knowledge with Huggingface/Facebook AI and expert.ai

Speech2Data is a blend of open source and free-to-use AI models and technologies powered by Huggingface, Facebook AI and expert.ai. Learn more here.

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Verba volant, scripta manent

(Words are fleeting, text persists)

Hearing isn’t understanding. Studies show that if we listen to a 10-minute speech, on average, we retain 50% of it initially, 25% after 48 hours, and only 10% after a week. In short, we hold on to a very limited amount of what we hear. It’s not difficult to see how this cognitive limit can cause inefficiencies in scenarios where listening is key. Additionally, personal biases have an impact on what we grasp from verbal communication.

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An OpenAI Model Learns to Summarize Books

According to VentureBeat, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are all working on similar tools to deliver text summaries to users. While some individuals use it to collaborate and co-write novels with AI, it may also lead to more news aggregation. Google, Facebook, and a select few other companies are now the gatekeepers and arbiters for the rest of the internet.

Devaluation of News and Knowledge

To earn ad revenue, news companies need to fit their articles to an algorithm, ensuring that people will click. To save on costs, companies are already using automated systems to gather and organize content, or suggest headlines.

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Announcing the winners of the 2021 Next-generation Data Infrastructure request for proposals

In April 2021, Facebook launched the Next-generation Data Infrastructure request for proposals (RFP). Today, we’re announcing the winners of this award.
VIEW RFPThe Facebook Core Data and Data Infra teams were interested in proposals that sought out innovative solutions to the challenges that still remain in the data management community. Areas of interest included, but were not limited to, the following topics:

Large-scale query processing
Physical layout and IO optimizations
Data management and processing at a global scale
Converged architectures for data wrangling, machine learning, and analytics
Advances in testing and verification for storage and processing systems

Read our Q&A with database researchers Stavros Harizopoulos and Shrikanth Shankar to learn more about database research at Facebook, the goal of this RFP, and the inspiration behind the RFP.… Read more...

Announcing the winners of the 2021 Towards Trustworthy Products in AR, VR, and Smart Devices request for proposals

In June 2021, Facebook launched the 2021 Towards Trustworthy Products in AR, VR, and Smart Devices request for proposals (RFP). Today, we’re announcing the winners of this award.
VIEW RFPThis RFP is a continuation of the 2020 Explorations of Trust in AR, VR, and Smart Devices RFP. Through this series of RFPs, the Facebook Reality Labs Security Assurance team aims to foster further innovation and deepen their collaboration with academia in the areas of trust in AR, VR, and smart device products. The mixed-reality and smart device industries continue to evolve and present unique use cases and considerations. They bring entirely new categories of technologies and thus entirely new security and privacy challenges.… Read more...

👑 Big Tech and their Favorite Deep Learning Schools

📝 Editorial Last week we started a new series focused on self-supervised learning (SSL). You will notice that many relevant papers and tech come from Facebook AI Research (FAIR). This is because FAIR has become the leading AI lab championing SSL, but this is not an isolated pattern. Most of the top AI labs in the world have sort of picked different schools of deep learning to champion. Here are some of my favorite examples:  DeepMind — Reinforcement Learning: Without a doubt,…… Read more...

What We Can Learn from Facebook’s Study on Emotions

The ideal model is the ‘Linear model’ in which you come up with a theory/model on which you hypothesize, collect data on a sample, analyze and interpret the data, validate its findings and present it. But anyone who has worked in research or even in a lab experiment knows that this is far from how reality works. This is why we need the ‘Iterative Model’. In reality the researcher goes through various iterations of self-doubt, analysis, theories, data gathering and even iterations where the original research question is analyzed to check if the correct question has been asked and whether the approach taken is the correct one.

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Five Smart Marketing Use Cases For AI

Leveraging () is now commonplace in marketing. Tools, platforms, and services put sophisticated audience targeting and segmentation tools at marketers’ fingertips, making it easier than ever to connect your products and services to customers.

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As organizations grow more sophisticated in their adoption of , they can start to look beyond core uses cases and solutions such as the basic targeted advertising tools offered by Google and Facebook. Today, consistently finding new applications of data and smart algorithms is essential to building and maintaining a competitive advantage.

It’s important because if you’re simply using to do the same as everyone else then your results won’t differentiate you from your competitors in the eyes of potential customers.

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Announcing the 2021 recipients of research awards in misinformation and polarization

In June 2021, Facebook launched the third Foundational Integrity Research request for proposals (RFP) on misinformation and polarization. Today, we’re announcing the winners of this award.

VIEW RFPThrough this RFP, we aim to support the growth of scientific knowledge in the areas of misinformation, polarization, information quality, and social conflict on social media and social technology platforms. Our goal is also to contribute to a shared understanding across the broader scientific community and technology industry on how social technology companies can better address social issues on their platforms.

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Facebook supports research on misinformation and polarization with $2 million commitment

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Announcing the winners of the 2021 Engineering Approaches to Responsible Neural Interface Design request for proposals

In May 2021, Facebook launched the Engineering Approaches to Responsible Neural Interface Design request for proposals (RFP). Today, we’re announcing the winners of this award.
VIEW RFPFacebook Reality Labs (FRL) has been exploring neural interfaces as potential input paradigms for controlling augmented reality and/or virtual reality systems. In keeping with Facebook’s Responsible Innovation principles, FRL’s neurotechnology researchers are dedicated to surfacing and considering neuroethical considerations in tandem with system design. As part of these efforts, FRL solicited proposals that leverage engineering to address the following Responsible Innovation principles: considering everyone by promoting inclusivity in system design, putting people first by treating data with care, and providing controls that matter by developing tools and methods for data management and privacy.… Read more...

Covid’s Willing Executioners

Todd Hayen

A subject in the famous Milgram experiment, administering electric shocks just because he’s told to.

A few weeks ago, three friends on Facebook told me that they wished for my death.

One of them I didn’t really know. He freaked out when I calmly suggested there were viable treatment options for those with Covid. He responded: “Stay out of my life!! I hope you get Covid and die!”

The other two friends were people I knew in college 45 years ago, one was my freshman year roommate, and the other guy introduced me to my first wife. He suggested that I prove Darwin’s theory and perish from the virus, the other just basically said I deserved what was coming as a selfish unvaccinated science-denier.

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Q&A with Edward Oughton, professor at George Mason University and Facebook academic collaborator

In this monthly interview series, we turn the spotlight on members of the academic community and the important research they do — as thought partners, collaborators, and independent contributors.

For September, we nominated Edward Oughton, a professor at George Mason University. Oughton has been an active member of the Facebook research community since 2018 and has contributed unique cross-disciplinary insight to connectivity challenges. In this Q&A, Oughton shares more about his research background, the start of his collaboration with Facebook, his research interests, and his current projects.

Q: Tell us about your background in academia.

Edward Oughton: I have an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.… Read more...