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  1. Tim Hwang on bots that cause chaos

    The O’Reilly Bots Podcast: Automating “psyops” with AI-driven bots.In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, I speak with Tim Hwang, an affiliated researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, about AI-driven psyops bots and their capacity for social destabilization.Until recently, the psychological operations (psyops) conducted by governments and political organizations were mostly analog: dropping leaflets from airplanes, blasting radio messages across frontiers, planting stories with journalists, and dragging loudspeakers through city streets.

    Now, like some other forms of publishing, the practice of psyops is contemplating an online, AI-driven future in which swarms of carefully targeted bots disseminate information instantly. Compared to traditional psyops, AI-driven bots are highly scalable, offer sophisticated targeting capabilities, and are cheap to deploy—accessible to one-person organizations as well as great-power governments.

    Hwang is the author, with Lea Rosen, of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: International Law and the Future of Online PsyOps (PDF),” published recently by the Oxford Internet Institute.

    He outlines a handful of conceptual “future scenarios” in which hostile actors might use bots to sow chaos—for instance, to find people who might be open to radicalization, or to misdirect crowds of bystanders during terrorist attacks. Hwang says existing legal frameworks aren’t sufficient to manage these threats, but we talk about three possible ways to address them:

    Governments come together to form an international body that brings transparency to the field by cataloging attacks and publicizing methods (a parallel to the INTERPOL approach for policing international crime)

    Governments pressure social media platforms to regulate and stop hostile psyops campaigns

    A social approach that emphasizes “media literacy” among the public

    Other Links:

    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: International Law and the Future of Online PsyOps—Tim Hwang’s recent talk at Oxford on the topic of his new paper

    Bots spread misinformation during the Columbian Chemicals explosion hoax in 2014

    The so-called “50 Cent Army,” which the Chinese government uses to discourage political activity

    O’Reilly’s Artificial Intelligence Conference, June 26-29, 2017

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  2. Code Review Excuses - Developer Tea

    Podcasts for Designers and Developers. Level up your career.

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  3. What it Means to Rush - Developer Tea

    Podcasts for Designers and Developers. Level up your career.

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  4. 118: Email 2 - CodePen Blog

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    Chris, Tim H, and Marie talk about the nuts and bolts of the CodePen’s Spark — the weekly email newsletter that highlights the coolest stuff from the previous week on CodePen. We get into the challenges of getting email just right, from testing the design on various devices to getting it to your inbox each week.

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  5. Ever Wonder What A Woolly Mammoth Sounds Like?

    About a year ago, in a synthetic biology class at London’s Royal College of Art, 24-year-old Marguerite Humeau learned about the work of Japanese researcher Hideyuki Sawada.

    You might have seen his work in a recent viral video: a creepy, dismembered mouth "singing" a Japanese lullaby. That mouth has been called the most mechanically accurate talking robot, with real moving lips, a windpipe that flexes and expands, and even lungs — a pressurized air tank.

    Humeau was inspired to do the same thing. But with animals.

    "I realized there was no area of science that specialized in extinct sound," she says.

    Enlarge this image Marguerite Humeau’s ‘Lucy’ reconstructs the voicebox of an ancient hominid. Marguerite Humeau That was a year ago.

    Since then, Humeau has completed two works of extinct sound, the first of which is Australopithecus Afarensis. You might know her as Lucy — one of the earliest known hominids.

    Lucy Finds Her Voice

    To recreate Lucy’s voice, Humeau studied available skeletal data from Lucy’s remains. As best she could, she constructed synthetic versions of the resonance cavities in Lucy’s skull. She even spoke to the Martin Birchall, a British doctor who performed only the second successful human larynx transplant on a California woman earlier this year.

    "He told me this very funny story," Humeau says. "I was thinking the woman would get the voice of the donor. And actually she recovered her own voice, meaning that the specificity of the voice doesn’t come from the larynx itself — but from the way you shape air in your lungs and the way it resonates in your resonance cavities. So it meant I was on the right track."

    After more meetings with paleontologists and even an ear, nose and throat doctor, Humeau set to work reconstructing Lucy’s voice box out of resin, silicone and rubber. The result is a haunting yowl that sounds a lot like a human groan.

    "It was an interesting being to me," she says. "What makes the difference between a human voice and an animal sound? The difference is the brain, so we think before we talk. I mean, for most people."

    A Shaggy Sequel

    Enlarge this image Marguerite Humeau worked with the the Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin to study the resonance cavities of elephants, a distant mammoth relative. Marguerite Humeau About the same time she was working on Lucy, Humeau decided she wanted to go bigger.

    How much bigger? Woolly mammoth bigger.

    She met with more experts, elephant vocalization specialists, even the guy who advised Stephen Speilberg on the dinosaur sounds in Jurassic Park.

    French explorer Bernard Buigues was one of her most helpful sources.

    "He has actually been able to touch these animals. They are completely preserved. And so he told me about the smell of them, and being able to touch the fur of a mammoth that lived 10,000 years ago."

    Both works — Lucy and the mammoth — went on display earlier this year at the Royal College of Art. And Humeau was told that children would run in fear from the mammoth’s chest-thumping growl.

    "I would have loved to have seen that," she says. "That was the whole purpose!"

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  6. Amir Shevat on enterprise workplace communication

    The O’Reilly Bots Podcast: Slack’s head of developer relations talks about what bots can bring to Slack channels.In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, Pete Skomoroch and I speak with Amir Shevat, head of developer relations at Slack and the author of the forthcoming O’Reilly book Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experiences.We often talk about consumer bots on the podcast, but workplace bots are arguably a more attractive market for the time being. Companies are able to drive adoption by fiat (“all employees are now required to file TPS reports through the bot”), and bots can draw on large volumes of well-linked internal data in ERP systems, calendars, and so on.

    Slack is principally a workplace messaging platform, so we kick off our conversation with Shevat by talking about design considerations for workplace bots and bots that can work with groups of human users. We also cover the recent release of Slack Enterprise Grid, a new Slack offering for very large companies with up to half a million users.

    Discussion points:

    Developing bots for very large installations

    How bot developers can test bots for the enterprise

    Slack’s January release of threaded conversations and its impact on bot development (see Shevat’s VentureBeat post “Building better bots with threads” for more details)

    The state of conversational AI: Shevat describes two types of conversations—“topical” (for which a great deal of AI is necessary) and “task-led” (which needs less AI)

    Other Links:

    Eric Stromberg’s “Startup Idea Matrix,” which outlines markets and ways to create new products for them

    The O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence conference, June 27-29, 2017, in New York

    Videos of Siberian Huskies saying “I love you,” the inspiration for Shevat’s choice of an animal for the front cover of his book


    Tagged with slack

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  7. 13: Begrudging Applause (Aaron Patterson) | The Bike Shed

    Live from RailsConf, Aaron Patterson joins the show to talk about Rails 5, Rack 2, Contributing to Open Source, and cats. We also field audience questions.

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  8. MBMBaM 316: Smart Stuff — My Brother, My Brother And Me — Overcast


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  9. 121 - Make Space for Creativity with Kate Bingaman-Burt

    121 - Making Space for Creativity with Kate Bingaman-Burt

    Today on the show we have creative sensation KATE BINGAMAN-BURT! Get ready to GET ULTRA PEPPED and learn from one of the most creatively wise humans I know!

    Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at

    Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music.

    Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes!

    Astropad App - Turn Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet! The episode art was made using Astropad!

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  10. It’s Working Out Very Nicely | This American Life

    This week we document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect temporarily banning travel from seven countries, and we talk about the way it was implemented. A major policy change thrown into the world like a fastball with no warning. It’s hard not to ask: “What just happened? What was that all about?”

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