appears other countries besides China are heading toward a bleak dystopian
future where a human being is scored by their online activities. Only this
time, it’s a tech company and not a government implementing the social credit
score. While not as bleak as China’s social credit system, today Line, Japan’s
dominant social media company, introduced a slew of new products—the most
alarming among them, Line Score, reports the Verge.
Line Score will use AI to give a social credit score to Line
users. The strength of their social credit score will allow them to get access
to better special deals and offers that Line users with lower social credit
scores will not have access to.
While the new
product is unnerving, it’s not completely out of character for Line. Recently
the company has been positioning itself as a fintech provider, and its Line Pay
digital wallet system is wildly popular in Japan. Line Pay also allows users to
shop for insurance and allows them to invest in personal portfolios. Line Score
builds on top of Line Pay by offering those with higher scores better perks.
However, before George Orwell rolls over in his grave, it’s
important to note that Line stresses Line Score is opt-in only and that the
company will never share a user’s Line Score with third parties without the
user’s permission and it will not read a user’s online chats to determine their
Line Score. Still, it’s unnerving that tech companies seem to think that social
credit ratings are the next big thing for now. Hopefully, this is a trend that
will not catch on.
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
Visualizing The Power Of The World's Supercomputers BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 21, 2022 - 04:15 AM A supercomputer is a machine that is built to handle billions, if not trillions of calculations at once. Each supercomputer is actually made up of many individual computers (known as nodes) that work together in parallel. A common metric for measuring the performance of these machines is flops , or floating point operations per second . In this visualization, Visual Capitalist's Marcus Lu uses November 2021 data from TOP500 to visualize the computing power of the world’s top five supercomputers. For added context, a number of modern consumer devices were included in the comparison. Ranking by Teraflops Because supercomputers can achieve over one quadrillion flops, and consumer devices are much less powerful, we’ve used teraflops as our comparison metric. 1 teraflop = 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) flops. Supercomputer Fugaku was completed in March 202
Too Much Power to the People? A Food Safety Site Tests the Limits Several national chain restaurants have been the target of complaints on IWasPoisoned.com since the site began in 2009. By KEVIN ROOSE FEB. 13, 2018 Dan Laptev, an electronics analyst, was making his way through the Charlotte, N.C., airport this month when he stopped at Starbucks for a light dinner — a ham-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of hot chocolate. He ate, drank, boarded his flight and got home. And that’s when the trouble started. Mr. Laptev spent much of that night hunched over the toilet with a violently upset stomach. Suspecting his Starbucks meal as the source of his ills, he sent a complaint through the company’s website, but got only an automated form email back. So he did the next best thing: He logged on to his computer and went to IWasPoisoned.com, a website that allows users to post reports of food poisoning, and submitted his saga. “I wanted to let people know to stop eating at Star