Envoyer moins de courriels : un geste symbolique, mais inefficace pour le climat

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“En tant que chercheurs travaillant sur la quantification des émissions de GES anthropiques, dont celles provenant de l’utilisation des TIC, nous pensons qu’il est important de déboulonner ce mythe, qui perdure depuis plusieurs années, afin que nous puissions nous concentrer sur la réduction des sources les plus importantes de GES dans le secteur des TIC.
[…] La meilleure manière de réduire l’empreinte carbone des courriels consiste à allonger la durée de vie des appareils électroniques et à utiliser ceux moins gourmands en électricité.
Il s’avère ainsi plus judicieux de concentrer notre temps et notre énergie dans des actions qui sont vraiment efficaces pour réduire notre empreinte carbone associée à l’utilisation de services numériques (acheter moins de produits électroniques et surtout prolonger leur durée de vie) et à d’autres activités quotidiennes à fort impact (transport, alimentation et le chauffage).”

Source : Envoyer moins de courriels : un geste symbolique, mais inefficace, pour le climat

CNET Is Experimenting With an AI Assist. Here’s Why

“The goal: to see if the tech can help our busy staff of reporters and editors with their job to cover topics from a 360-degree perspective. Will this AI engine efficiently assist them in using publicly available facts to create the most helpful content so our audience can make better decisions? Will this enable them to create even more deeply researched stories, analyses, features, testing and advice work we’re known for?
I use the term « AI assist » because while the AI engine compiled the story draft or gathered some of the information in the story, every article on CNET – and we publish thousands of new and updated stories each month – is reviewed, fact-checked and edited by an editor with topical expertise before we hit publish. That will remain true as our policy no matter what tools or tech we use to create those stories. And per CNET policy, if we find any errors after we publish, we will publicly correct the story.
Our reputation as a fact-based, unbiased source of news and advice is based on being transparent about how we work and the sources we rely on. So in the past 24 hours, we’ve changed the byline to CNET Money and moved our disclosure so you won’t need to hover over the byline to see it: « This story was assisted by an AI engine and reviewed, fact-checked and edited by our editorial staff. » We always note who edited the story so our audience understands which expert influenced, shaped and fact-checked the article.”

Source : CNET Is Experimenting With an AI Assist. Here’s Why – CNET

Quand l’intelligence artificielle permet d’identifier l’origine inconnue d’un cancer métastasé

“Obtenir le profil d’ARN de la tumeur prend une semaine. Le traitement informatique dure, lui, quelques minutes. Résultat, le jeune homme présente un cancer du rein « avec 95 % de certitude selon le logiciel », précise-t-elle. Ce patient sera donc traité spécifiquement pour le rein, un protocole sans chimiothérapie, car cet organe y est peu réceptif.Janvier 2023. Celui que le laboratoire appelle désormais le « premier patient » ne présente plus aucune maladie. Le recours à l’IA permet d’obtenir « des informations qu’on est incapable d’extraire à l’échelle d’un cerveau humain, reconnaît Sarah Watson. On a environ 25 000 gènes actifs dans chaque tumeur. Cet outil permet de changer de dimension – on va passer de 25 000 à, par exemple, 100 dimensions discriminantes –, et aussi d’obtenir de l’information intelligible. » Elle poursuit : « On peut aller regarder dans chacune de ces 100 dimensions pour affiner les possibilités de traitement. »”

Source : Quand l’intelligence artificielle permet d’identifier l’origine inconnue d’un cancer métastasé

A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?

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“In one particularly revealing shot, a young woman in a lavender T-shirt sits on the toilet, her shorts pulled down to mid-thigh. The images were not taken by a person, but by development versions of iRobot’s Roomba J7 series robot vacuum. They were then sent to Scale AI, a startup that contracts workers around the world to label audio, photo, and video data used to train artificial intelligence.  They were the sorts of scenes that internet-connected devices regularly capture and send back to the cloud—though usually with stricter storage and access controls.”

Source : A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook? | MIT Technology Review

New iPhone emergency feature helped save California couple after crash

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“Gilbert said his team had been alerted by the new Apple feature three times before, though rescuers weren’t needed in the earlier instances, which included an accidental activation and a routine car crash. But Gilbert knew the coordinates from Fields’s phone were inside the canyon, meaning the phone’s owner was likely in danger. Without the alert from the phone, Gilbert said Fields and Zelada may have been stranded. “It’s going to be a game changer,” Gilbert said. “There are many incidents where we’re an hour to an hour-and-a half behind the original emergency before we’re even notified.””

Source : New iPhone emergency feature helped save California couple after crash – The Washington Post

La vidéosurveillance intelligente fera ses premiers pas aux JO et sera expérimentée jusqu’en juin 2025

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“Le texte du projet de loi précise en l’occurrence qu’il s’agit, avec ces traitements algorithmiques, de procéder « exclusivement à un signalement d’attention, strictement limité à l’indication du ou des événements qu’ils ont été programmés pour détecter ». L’utilisation de cet outil ne pourra déboucher sur « aucune décision individuelle ou acte de poursuite ». Si Mme Oudéa-Castéra a assuré que ces dispositifs devront être examinés par la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés et le Conseil d’Etat, ils apparaissent tout aussi « graves » que la reconnaissance faciale, en matière de libertés publiques, aux yeux de certains spécialistes de ce sujet.”

Source : La vidéosurveillance intelligente fera ses premiers pas aux JO et sera expérimentée jusqu’en juin 2025

Google Combines Maps and Waze Teams Amid Pressure to Cut Costs

“Google plans to combine the team working on the mapping service Waze with the group overseeing the company’s Maps product, as the search giant faces pressure to streamline operations and cut costs. Google plans to merge Waze’s more than 500 employees with the company’s Geo organization, which oversees the Maps, Earth and Street View products, beginning on Friday, according to a Google spokeswoman.  Waze CEO Neha Parikh will exit her role following a transition period, the spokeswoman said. Google said it planned to maintain Waze as a stand-alone service and didn’t plan to conduct any layoffs as part of the reorganization.”

Source : Google Combines Maps and Waze Teams Amid Pressure to Cut Costs – WSJ

It’s the End of Trending

“Every few months, someone makes the argument that the internet, with its “there’s a subreddit for everything” ethos, has eroded the monoculture. This isn’t that argument, which has always been flawed. Instead, this is a call to no longer believe that trends on social media are capturing a moment in time or anything worthwhile. Those are caught in well-curated feeds, group chats, very algorithm-fed FYPs on TikTok. The best of these aren’t hot topics, they’re the ideas that evolve and get built upon.
On Thursday, YouTube released its list of the “Top Trending Videos and Creators” in the US. The prizewinners ranged from extremely online creators like MrBeast to a Guardian video of the infamous Oscars slap, to the Try Guys talking about the Ned Fulmer situation. These all seemed like trending topics in the Web 2.0 sense of the term. They’re brief news events that come and go. Watercooler conversation. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it feels lacking. The term “trend” applied to something static that a lot”.

Source : It’s the End of Trending | WIRED

You deserve more than $2 for running your phone’s data through Amazon

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“Amazon is offering some users a whole $2 a month for only one teeny, tiny thing in return: that they route their traffic through an Amazon server so the company can keep track of which Amazon ads they’ve seen. It’s apparently been doing this for months. I’m not sure who needs to hear this, but you Should! Not! Do! That! ”

Source : You deserve more than $2 for running your phone’s data through Amazon – The Verge

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