PRG News Roundup 11/15

Emiliano Falcon and Eli Siems contributed

A recent Op-Ed in the New York Times assailed the academic community for being asleep at the wheel on the critical study of algorithms and technology more broadly. Meanwhile NYU officially launched the AInow Institute for the study of the social implications of AI.

News from the Internet of things: an app-integrated remote control sex toy was secretly recording audio and usage data; the FDA approved digital “Smart Pills.”

Some facebook users have noted that the site’s “people you might know” feature has gotten strikingly– and sometimes inexplicably– accurate. It seems that the company uses “shadow profiles” that are “built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users”.

Rhizome Artbase is accepting proposals for papers, presentations, and scholarship on the ethics of archiving the web.  

Less than a month after it went on sale, Apple’s Face ID, the newest feature of the iPhone X, got hacked by a Vietnamese security company. They used a 3D printed mask to fool the camera. Apple declined to comment, and some people are skeptical about the threat.