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One Degree Daily … Friday, August 2, 2019

The secret to getting things done

Since 2010, I’ve been working in Thailand on national issues entangled with the country’s long-running political conflict. This work came to a temporary halt in 2014 when the military staged a coup d’état. At the time, some of my Thai colleagues thought the junta would be able to contain the strife and thereby enable the country to address its challenges. But by 2018, most of them had concluded that the junta had failed to make a difference. One told me that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the former general who headed the junta and later was elected to lead the country, had complained that he was unable to make the changes he wanted to make. “I have given 50,000 orders,” Prayut reportedly said, “but only 500 have been implemented!”


How Much Is Your Face Worth? Google Says $5

How do you train a facial recognition AI reportedly sophisticated enough to rival Apple’s Face ID technology? Simple: You offer strangers $5 if they lend you their faces.

At least that’s how Google employees went about collecting face scans, according to stories from Android Police and ZDNet that Google confirmed with the Verge today. In various cities across the country, they’ve been reportedly doling out $5 Starbucks and Amazon gift cards to people on the street in exchange for the totally not creepy request of a few selfies. This “field research,” as the company referred to it, was an effort to gather additional face-scanning data to ultimately improve the accuracy of its upcoming Pixel 4’s facial recognition technology. With each scan, Google said it was gathering infrared, color, and depth data, which gives us a little look under the hood of how its tech may ultimately work.


Best SEO tools of 2019

At it’s heart SEO (Search Engine Optimization) developed as an extension to web accessibility by following HTML 4 guidelines, in order to better identify the purpose and content of a document.

This meant ensuring that web pages had unique page titles that properly reflected their content, as well as keyword headings to be better highlight the content of individual pages, and that other tags were treated the same accordingly.


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