claims that it has disabled a feature within its document editor that was
correcting language to make it ‘more inclusive’, but only while it refines the
tool to make it work more effectively.
As we reported Monday,
Google Docs was trialling ‘inclusive warnings’, which act like a language
checker, suggesting that users refrain from using terms such as ‘policeman’ or
‘landlord’, because they are gendered, and words like ‘fierce’ and ‘annoyed’
for being threatening.
(even ones with rainbow flags in the bio) compared the move to the Ministry of
Truth from Orwell’s 1984, policing language and making sure that its Newspeak is
implemented whenever necessary.
Now, following the backlash, The Daily Wire notes
that Google is pausing the tool.
Google spokeswoman Jenny Thomson told the outlet that “inclusive
language suggestions—an assisted writing feature—can over or undercorrect
certain phrases. We’re looking more carefully at the
inclusive language suggestions and have paused those for further review while
we continue to improve this feature.”
In a creepy admission, Thomson noted that the feature is “a form
of AI that uses language understanding models, based on millions of common
phrases and sentences, to automatically learn how people communicate and
In comments to the Telegraph,
Big Brother Watch’s Silkie Carlo urged that “Google’s new word warnings aren’t
assistive, they’re deeply intrusive,” adding that
“This speech-policing is profoundly clumsy, creepy and wrong, often reinforcing
The purpose of Newspeak was not only to
provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to
the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.
no vocabulary expressing the function of Science as a habit of mind, or a
method of thought irrespective of its particular branches. There was, indeed,
no word for ‘Science,’ any meaning that it could possibly bear being already
sufficiently covered by the word Ingsoc.
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.
Facebook says hackers saw personal info of 14 million people The exposed data included relationship status, birth date, hometown, education and the 15 most recent searches, Facebook said. by David Ingram / Oct.12.2018 / 9:55 AM PDT / Updated 10:54 AM PDT Facebook said on Friday that hackers were able to access the personal information of 14 million people through a security flaw that the company first disclosed last month, and that the data exposed included information such as recent check-ins and searches. Facebook said in a blog post that people would be able to check whether they were affected by the attack by visiting a Facebook help center online. The company also said that in the coming days it would send customized messages to users to explain what information might have been accessed. The social networking company disclosed two weeks ago that a security flaw in Facebook's "view as" feature had allowed hackers to see into and potentially take
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