Tech Global conference, Twitter Breakup, AI-based Segmentation, Crypto Crisis Push the SEC, and future of digital realms

Why Disability-Focused Tech Is The Future of Achieving Equal Rights For All

If you're not following the topic of assistive tech, maybe you should.

That's because a lot of cutting-edge tech over the years—think OCR and NLP—was developed at the outset with blind people in mind, and went from there to more mainstream uses.

At this year's Sight Tech Global Conference, we have sessions with the creators of several new devices to assist with vision, and we'll talk about the technology architecture decisions that went into balancing capability with cost and tapping existing platforms. We'll also take our first look at accessibility in VR, which is an area of huge concern because if/when VR takes off in entertainment or business worlds, it's vital that people without vision have access like they do today on smart phones and computers thanks to screenreaders like JAWS and NVDA.

Our third big slab of programming is about AI itself—no shortage of hype as far as AI's capabilities! We'll discuss some serious limitations and deficits in how today's AI works for people with disabilities, not to mention humanity in general—but also why it may be the best core technology ever for people without sight. Understanding AI is vital to everyone with disabilities for all those reasons! Read more...

Social Media After the Twitter Breakup

When the Twitter deal was announced, it seemed like Twitter users would be looking for an alternative. And they found one: Mastodon.

This social media platform is a decentralized microblogging service, meaning it’s open source and doesn’t rely on a central server. It also lets you control your own data.

Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko recently announced that the platform had topped 1 million monthly active users—a milestone it hit after seeing 322,000 new downloads from U.S. app stores in just 12 days following Twitter’s acquisition.

But Mastodon isn’t the only app profiting from Twitter’s upheaval. In a new report, app intelligence firm Sensor Tower analyzed social app growth after Musk took over. It found that other third-party Mastodon clients saw a bump as well, with Metatext and Tootle both growing from less than 1,000 installs to 19,000 and 7,000, respectively , between the two time periods (October 27 through November 7). Read more...

How AI-based Segmentation Can Save Your Company Time and Money While Reducing Risk

It's a problem that's been around for decades: we have too much data, and most of it is unstructured. We don't know which data is sensitive, because it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

But there's a solution! Artificial intelligence (AI)-based segmentation can save your company time and money while reducing risk.

With AI-based segmentation, we scan just a small statistical sample of files to ascertain what attributes of a file point to it being more likely to contain sensitive data after scanning just a small statistical sample of files. This provides us with important information to prioritize our search for high-risk data. For example, are Word documents at a higher risk than PowerPoint presentations? Is there a particular folder that is more likely to contain sensitive data?

Once we have our riskiest data highlighted, we can immediately start a full scan and remediation process, eliminating the highest risk as early in the process as possible. Thus, we have prioritized the remediation process to achieve the greatest risk reduction in the least amount of time. Read more...

This Crypto Crisis Is The Perfect Time To Push For The SEC To Make Some Real Regulations

There's a new crisis in the cryptocurrency world, and it's about time.

The FTX contagion is spreading, and it seems that nobody is safe from its reach.

FTX, FTX group (130 affiliated companies), and Alameda Research have all begun filing for bankruptcy.

But don't worry! The magic of the blockchain means that we can still see what happened behind closed doors during this crisis.

It turns out that FTX resumed withdrawals!....but only for users in the Bahamas. That’s right, only the Bahamas. Sounds a bit, specific right?

Well turns out, most of the main employees (including SBF) all live there. 

Some people even started using this as a loophole to withdraw money. Here's how it worked. Bahamian residents created NFTs, sold them within the FTX marketplace at inflated prices to non-residents, then withdrew the cash for the buyers (for a small $100k fee). Millions of dollars were transacted before the Bahamas SEC shut this down.

Then reports came out that SBF lives in a $35m house & owns $200m+ of land in the Bahamas. Turns out Bahamas HQ was just a fat mansion where Samuel & all his closest friends/employees lived & ran their scheme. Read more...

This sci-fi blockchain game hints at the future of digital realms

The universe is vast. Most of it is shrouded in darkness. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to venture into the unknown, avoid being destroyed by opposing players who may be lurking in the dark, and build an empire of the planets you discover and can make your own.

But while the video game seemingly looks and plays much like other online strategy games, under the hood it’s a very different story. That’s because it doesn’t rely on the servers running popular online strategy games like Eve Online and World of Warcraft. Instead, Dark Forest runs completely on a blockchain, in a way that means no one is in control of how it plays out.

Its early success doesn’t just reflect a fun way of making games that work in an entirely different way. It also helps prove that blockchains can be used for far more interesting and complex applications than just moving digital money around—something some blockchain boosters have been saying since the technology first emerged. In fact, the game’s most die-hard fans believe that what makes it so cool is something even more profound—something that hints at the future of our shared digital realms. Read more...

OptiMonk 3.0

We've been working on this new version for months to bring you an all-in-one tool that empowers the average online business with Amazon-like superpowers.

OptiMonk 3.0 allows you to personalize shopping experiences with ease, maximize conversions, run powerful experiments and scale your messages with a peace of mind. Since our last launch we have made huge progress. Today, more than 30,000 brands like yours use OptiMonk to create and deliver their onsite messages.

OptiMonk 3.0 is the direct result of your feedback and amazing ideas. With OptiMonk 3.0, you can now:

Create beautiful, branded messages with ease

Leverage the power of segmentation in your visitors’ website experience

Optimize your campaigns to maximize performance like never before Here’s a sneak peek of some of the new features this launch brings:

Embedded Content 2.0 - Add lightning-fast, personalized sections to your website without involving developers. Point & Click Placement - Determine where to place embedded content on your website with hassle-free zero code. 

Themes 2.0 - Create your own on-brand template family and build cohesive experiences and much more...

Know more about OptiMonk 3.0 here...

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