By Tom Wheeler – The tremor in Silicon Valley emerged from Brussels, not the San Andreas Fault. The European Union’s decision on Google’s search practices makes clear the absence of domestic regulation has opened the door for policies to be decided by foreign governments.
It should be a worry – and a wake-up – for all the companies whose platforms drive internet services.
Thanks to the interconnectedness of the internet, imposing rules in one major market necessarily impacts operations in other markets. While the internet platform companies may celebrate how they have avoided regulation at home, it does not mean they have avoided government oversight – just that such policies come from other governments. And because the effects of a keystroke can circle the world in seconds, policy imposed by the EU, for instance, can be felt far beyond the European continent.
While protecting consumers and competition is their goal, it would be an unnatural act for foreign regulators not to take into consideration the effect the internet giants have on companies in the countries of those regulators.
Thus, the question occurs whether the success of the U.S. internet giants in keeping their own government at arms’ length is not actually counter-productive.
Rather than the U.S. setting the international standard for appropriate oversight of the platforms of the internet – and in doing so advancing and protecting American economic influence, consumer interests and innovation – the U.S. internet companies’ actions have defaulted the leadership to other countries with perhaps other goals. more> https://goo.gl/XFu73j
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Tagged EU, FCC, Internet, Regulation, Standards, United States
By Jeff Bier – When we think about embedded vision (or, more generically, computer vision), we typically think about algorithms for identifying objects: a car, a curb, a pedestrian, etc. And, to be sure, identifying objects is an important part of visual intelligence. But it’s only one part.
Particularly for devices that interact with the physical world, it’s important to know not only what objects are in the vicinity, but also where they are.
Knowing where things are enables a camera to focus on faces when taking a photo, a vacuum cleaning robot to avoid getting wedged under the sofa, and a factory robot to safely collaborate with humans. Similarly, it’s often useful to know the size and shape of objects – for example, to enable a robot to grasp them.
Historically, depth sensors have been bulky and expensive, like the LiDAR sensors seen on top of Google’s self-driving car prototypes. But this is changing fast. The first version of the Microsoft Kinect, introduced in 2010, showed that it was possible – and useful – to incorporate depth sensing into a consumer product.
Since then, many companies have made enormous investments to create depth sensors that are more accurate, smaller, less expensive and less power hungry. Other companies (such as Google with Project Tango and Intel with RealSense) have invested in algorithms and software to turn raw depth sensor data into data that applications can use. And application developers are finding lots of ways to use this data. more> https://goo.gl/AhMCOe
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Tagged Broadband, Business improvement, Computer vision, Electronics, LIDAR, Sensors
By Meredith McGehee – Why do supporters go to the trouble of creating innocuous-sounding groups that fund all the ads? Because it works.
Viewers are more likely to be persuaded by political TV ads, several recent studies reveal, when the groups behind them are undisclosed. The studies help explain why ads by secret independent groups have become the vehicle of choice in the 2016 presidential election.
Recognizing that it makes a big difference when a viewer or listener knows the actual sponsor behind an ad can help build a strong case for why the Federal Communications Commission needs to enforce on-air sponsorship requirements.
Even in the age of social media, television continues to stand out as “the most influential medium when it comes to voting behavior among all age groups and political affiliations,” according to a new study. So U.S. voters need to know who is behind the political ads broadcast on television. more> http://goo.gl/4L2t1O
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Tagged Congress Watch, Election campaign, FCC, Government, Leadership, Regulations, United States