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OPLIN 4Cast #794: Is the U.S. about to get its own digital dollar?

Posted in cryptocurrency

We’ve certainly covered cryptocurrency here before, and even discussed how my husband is mining it and simultaneously heating his office. But, in every prior case, the crypto under discussion was backed by a third party. What if the United States had its own? The rumors are not just flying…the U.S. is actively investigating what it might take for it to have its own digital currency.


OPLIN 4Cast #793: Facial recognition might be more well-known, but the problems only increase

Posted in facial recognition

“This is one of many important wins to come, and I think everyone really has to ask, ‘What kind of society do we want to live in? Do we want the face to be the final frontier of privacy?'”–Joy Buolamwini, founder and executive director of Algorithmic Justice League


OPLIN 4Cast #791: Even if it’s not sentient yet, AI development is rushing forward

Posted in AI

To be honest, when I’m crawling my RSS feeds for trends for OPLIN’s weekly 4Cast blog, artificial intelligence is the one that makes me the most nervous. Aside from the many films warning about the potential dangers of AI, it does seem to me that the technology is moving far faster than human capability to absorb or control it.


OPLIN 4Cast #788: Spotify is having a moment. And it’s not a good one

Posted in Spotify

Another, bigger fight is happening right now though, directly involving streaming music’s golden child. Artist Neil Young is removing his music from the platform as a result of Spotify’s support of podcaster Joe Rogan, who is reportedly perpetuating COVID-19 misinformation. This, in turn, has opened to floodgates, and the controversy rages on.