It’s become more and more difficult over the years for the average American to trust some of the large technology companies out there like Facebook and Google. A new report has surfaced that claims Google moved during 2020 to tighten control over researchers working inside the company and the papers they publish. According to the report, Google launched a “sensitive topics” review, and in at least three cases, requested that authors adopt a positive tone in their research.
Google allegedly told at least three authors not to cast its technology in a negative light. Word of what Google is doing surfaced in internal Google communications and from interviews with researchers involved in the work. The new review procedure in place at the technology company asked researchers to consult with legal, policy, and public relations teams before pursuing topics like face and sentiment analysis and categorizations of race, gender, or political affiliation.
Those details came from an internal Google webpage that explains its policy. Google said some advances in technology increasingly lead to situations where projects that seem inoffensive raise ethical, reputational, regulatory, or legal issues. While the webpage carried no date, Reuters reports that current employees said the policy began in June.
Google’s “sensitive topics” process added another round of inspection to its standard review of papers for potential issues such as disclosing trade secrets. In some instances, Google reportedly intervened in the research in later stages. In one example, Google officials reportedly intervened, telling researchers on a study into content recommendation technology to “take great care to strike a positive tone.”
In that instance, the manager reportedly added the request didn’t mean “we should hide from the real challenges” the software raised. In that instance, the researchers allegedly updated their study to remove all references to Google products. An original draft mentioned YouTube. Google’s policies have come to the forefront after a scientist called Timnit Gebru, who led a 12-person team focusing on ethics and artificial intelligence software, was abruptly fired. The researcher claimed she was fired after questioning an order not to publish research that claimed AI able to mimic speech could disadvantage marginalized populations.
Cyberpunk 2077 is now the biggest digital game launch of all time – Eurogamer.net
Selling 10.2 million digital copies in December 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 is the biggest digital game launch of all time.
According to a report by industry analyst SuperData, PC games revenue jumped 40 per cent in December 2020, “thanks to the release of Cyberpunk 2077”.
Interestingly, while the sale estimates do include refunds, the “data shows that refunds did not substantially affect the game’s aggregate sales”.
“A successful marketing campaign and the reputation of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt provided the hype necessary for the CD Projekt Red title to break records despite issues including performance problems on consoles, widespread glitches and the indefinite removal of the game from the PlayStation Store,” the report said. “An extremely high share of digital sales (80 per cent) were on PC, likely due to the delisting on PlayStation and overall state of the console versions.
“Regardless of the short-term financial success, the critical backlash means the developer will now have to invest significant resources fixing the game in order to rehabilitate its image before the launch of its next title.”
The report also confirms that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War boasted the highest earnings on console last month, with Pokemon Go dominating on mobile (thanks, VGC).
The long road to recovery for Cyberpunk 2077 continues with the release of the game’s first major patch.
As we reported yesterday, this update – which brings Cyberpunk 2077 up to version 1.1 – focuses on stability improvements as opposed to quality-of-life, balance or AI reworks. It’s under 10GB on PC, and just under 17GB on console.
The patch improves the game’s memory usage within its various systems (characters, interactions, navigation, in-game videos, foliage, laser effects, minimap, devices, AI, street traffic, environmental damage system, GPU-related, and more), and makes various crash fixes related to loading saves, game opening and closing and the Point of No Return, among other aspects.
When will Corpse Husband stream on Twitch? YouTuber looks to new platform – Dexerto
Corpse Husband has found a lot of success on YouTube, but will he ever stream on Twitch? If his recent comments are anything to go by, it sounds like he’s already amassed a strong following on there and is thinking about doing a surprise stream.
Corpse Husband is one of the most successful streamers on YouTube. It happened after his popularity skyrocketed in 2020. However, most fans don’t realize he also has a Twitch channel.
It has no content, but he’s still managed to amass more than half a million followers on there. He probably only made it to lock in his name in case he ever switched platforms. However, it raises the question: will he ever stream on it?
He has no reason to switch permanently, at least for the time being. But that could change if he was offered a lucrative contract. Still, he has pondered the idea of doing a surprise stream.
Corpse mentioned the idea to his fans when he was playing Among Us live on stream. Initially, it sounded like he was all for it. However, he quickly talked himself out of it, or rather, played it down.
“Someday, I will stream on Twitch,” he said. “I checked it recently, and I had like 600,000 followers for some reason. I might go there to… I wanna have like a chilled… no, I could probably do that now.”
It’s impossible to know whether it was anything more than a passing thought. If it ever did come to fruition, though, it would undoubtedly be a smash hit and potentially break records.
In the meantime, it’s become a talking point among fans. Some are all for it, regardless of whether it’s temporary or permanent. Others are less enthusiastic, and feel like YouTube is his rightful home.
Either way, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. A one-off Twitch stream could be an exciting event. It might even be a good way to test the water. But at the same time, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
List of second batch of devices getting OriginOS public beta released – gizmochina
The recruitment for the public beta will begin on January 25 according to the official OriginOS Weibo account and will run until January 27. The build will then be pushed to selected users on the 28th of January. Below is the list of devices:
The update should bring not only a new user interface but also bring Android 11 to these devices.
OriginOS is a complete design change from Vivo’s other operating system, Funtouch OS. The homescreen is arranged in a Klotski Grid format and features tiny pop-up widgets called Nano Alerts that display details such as upcoming flights and package delivery status. Nano Alerts not only show up on the homescreen but also on Always-On Display.
The new operating system also has system enhancements that include memory and app optimizations, intelligent app freezing, and application preloading for a smooth and fast experience.
Vivo is yet to announce OrginOS for the international market. Its new phones for the international markets running Android 11 have Funtouch OS 11 pre-installed. If and when OriginOS gets a global realease, it will take a while before it is available as a stable update for eligible devices.
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