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How deepfakes could actually do some good
- Because survivors can rarely reveal their own identities safely, the team behind the film Welcome to Chechnya turned to the same sort of technology typically seen in deepfake videos.
- Still, the promise of deepfake-like technology to anonymize people may grow more popular, experts told Recode, complicating the debate over the ethics and the regulation of this controversial application of artificial intelligence.
- The man behind Welcome to Chechnya’s technology is visual effects expert Ryan Laney, who says the technology used in the film essentially moves faces like marionette puppets.
- When asked about the questions surrounding deepfakes, Welcome to Chechnya’s Laney says that his technology doesn’t technically count because “deepfakes as a practice are inherently nonconsensual.” To him, the artificial intelligence used in the film required both the agreement of those filmed to be anonymized and the consent of the activists who volunteered their faces.
Florida inmates will comfort dogs frightened by Fourth of July fireworks
- That's why some inmates in Brevard County Jail in Florida, are spending this Independence Day comforting homeless dogs frightened by fireworks and other loud noises.
- To help ease the dogs' pain and anxiety, the inmates will read, play and feed dogs at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Animal Care Center during the peak hours of celebration, the sheriff's office announced Friday.
- Originally started as a suggestion by citizens before turning into "an amazing idea to help calm our homeless pets," this is the second year in a row inmates at the jail have spent the holiday comforting dogs, according to the sheriff's office.
- The loud noise, coupled with bright flashes, can confuse and scare dogs, inducing stress-related symptoms, including heightened heart and respiration rates.
- Dogs also hear at higher frequencies — between 45,000 and 65,000 hertz, compared to humans' 20,000 hertz — which can make prolonged noise physically painful.
Afghan translator who saved US lives and helped fellow translators escape danger becomes a US citizen
- Shinwari, 42, served nine years as a translator for US forces, knowing he was risking his life and endangering his family.
- During that span, Shinwari saved the lives of several US soldiers, including one who helped bring Shinwari and his family to the US.
- Cuccinelli honored Shinwari for his service and for saving the lives of five American soldiers.
- During that time, the 38-year-old Zeller worked tirelessly to help Shinwari.
- Once in the United States, Zeller helped the Shinwaris settle into their new home.
- But Shinwari thought about the other translators who were still in danger in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- So Shinwari and Zeller used part of the money to create No One Left Behind, a non-profit that has helped thousands of combat translators resettle in the US.
- In 2018, Matt Zeller was named a CNN Hero honoring his and Shinwari's work.
After 76 days in a hospital, this 24-year-old is celebrating freedom from Covid-19
- By the time Avery arrived at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas, on April 6, he says he had what felt like every Covid-19 symptom, including chills, high fever and body aches.
- Shakell's mother, Willetta Avery, says her son first started getting sick in late March, when some health guidance had not developed into what it is now.
- Willetta Avery remembers getting a call from the hospital at 4:30 a.m. on April 11.
- According to HCA Healthcare, on April 20 Avery became one of the first patients in the region to receive convalescent plasma after they obtained it from a fully recovered Covid-19 patient in New York.
- Willetta Avery says that after receiving the plasma, her son's condition started to improve.
- Shakell returned to Menorah Medical Center with his family on Tuesday to thank staff for helping him.
Transgender advocacy group launches Spanish language hotline service
- Trans Lifeline, which started as a hotline in 2014 and is run by transgender volunteers, says it has witnessed a massive increase of Spanish speakers seeking help in the last two years, according to a blog post announcing the language option.
- Trans Lifeline also said that, like their English language hotline, all calls are anonymous and confidential, and that they won't call emergency services on a caller unless they are asked to.
- Trans people, immigrants and people of color are at a higher risk of suffering harm from law enforcement and other authorities, the group said in the blog post.
- Two of the most common themes for Spanish language calls prior to the launch were police violence and legal aid help, according to the group's call data.
- Mara Keisling, executive director of the NCTE, said she is glad Trans Lifeline is able to provide this service.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: The rise and fall of the five stages of grief
- He worked with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and co-authored her last book, On Grief and Grieving, and an interview he gave to the Harvard Business Review at the start of the pandemic went viral, as people sought to understand their emotional responses to the crisis.
- She wanted to talk more widely about death and dying: helping terminally ill people come to terms with their diagnoses, helping caregivers and family members listen to them and support them while dealing with their own emotions, and encouraging everybody to live their life as fully as possible in the knowledge that their time on Earth is finite.
- In Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's last book, On Grief and Grieving, she wrote that her theory of stages was "never meant to help tuck messy emotions into neat packages".
Flexport is hiring engineers in Amsterdam – we’ll get you a visa in 3 weeks
- The greater the challenge, the bigger the reward.
- At Flexport, we’re reinventing the over $1-trillion freight-forwarding industry to make global trade easier for all.
- It’s a big job, with huge upside.
- At Flexport, we’re adding technology to freight forwarding to simplify global trade, help businesses and economies thrive, and enrich the lives of people everywhere.
- We specialize without losing perspective on the big picture and broader goals.
- We seek to create the most value by doing the hardest things that best serve every stakeholder over the long term.
- I've never seen anyone afraid of a challenge.
- So we have created a welcoming culture for everyone to do the best work of their lives.
- Flexport Academy is our one-week intensive onboarding program to help equip every employee around the world with the knowledge, tools, and personal connections to do their best work.
Migrant teens need school. Around the world, they face pressure not to go.
- For years, Rahimi has been spending 19 hours a day working in restaurant kitchens, attending school, and studying.
- When Sandra Aparicio’s Phoenix, Arizona, middle school switched to distance learning, only five out of her 85 English immersion students were logging into online lessons, which can be a struggle for those learning a new language or with limited access to technology.
- Even before the pandemic, migrant teens were under overwhelming pressure to skip school to make money—to pay down smuggling debts, to send remittances to their families, to help younger siblings, to survive.
- Their father can't work and their mother is illiterate, but the children in the Al Razzaq family, ages six to 13, still attended school before the pandemic.
- Educators at the school, which serves new immigrants with limited English skills, tried to track them down and keep the rest of the students engaged online.