- AI beats hivemind
Technology Review points to some research by folks at the online review site pitting an AI against people engaged through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service. The problem they were investigating is one of basic classification, an arena where certain algorithms have proven to be pretty strong. It is surprising how poorly the human agents did, even in the pre-qualification tests just to participate on a reasonably even footing. I don’t know that these results can be generalized too far but are definitely intriguing.
- Venezuela passes new law drastically limiting online freedoms
Xeni at BoingBoing has details of what is an expansion of existing laws from traditional media to now also cover the internet. The goal is to place responsibility squarely on web site operators, unlike other countries that have developed safe harbors for mere publishers of content. Speech that questions authority or fosters unrest will be squelched by this legislative update.
- First details of FCC’s new neutrality plan disallows paid prioritization , Ars Technica
- FCC cites openness of Android as reason for not needing neutrality for wireless internet, BoingBoing
- Gillmor’s insightful and incisive critique of the new network neutrality rules, BoingBoing
- Firefox 4 beta 8 is available, The H Open
- Mozilla also releases new Firefox 4 beta for mobile devices, The Register