**Singular 'they' crowned word of the decade by US linguists**
"US linguists have picked the gender-neutral pronoun "they" as their word of the decade. The term beat a list of contenders that included "meme," "#BlackLivesMatter" and "'MeToo" to win the crown."
"This psychological bias in favor of faceless surveillance may explain why Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker faced such a backlash after reports revealed that Amazon hired thousands of people to listen to the recordings. Few people had seemed bothered that Amazon could store conversations for eternity and using them for targeted advertising or other profitable ends. That feeling curdled only when Alexa users learned that real people were listening in."
Not a fan of the NYT in general, but this series on privacy and tracking is pretty good.
**Jair Bolsonaro pardons Brazilian police who used violence**
"Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has pardoned some police officers accused or convicted of using violence during operations and sometimes off duty. A record number of people have been killed by police in Rio this year."
(so we're agreed then that pretty much all "deep learning" research for the past decade has been an attempt on the part of whichever big tech company to somehow launder cheap toxic user data into profit and political influence?)
Mastodon x appdot.net = fun? A place for former ADN users - on the whole