GeekSpeak for 2019-03-22

Web Auth; Predicting Wind; Anti-Vax Videos

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Wind prediction with AI, Anti-Vax movies pulled from Amazon Prime, Web Authn, and Home Automation and the cloud.

Alphabet Subsidiary Trained AI to Predict Wind Output 36 Hours in Advance

Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind (it was acquired by Alphabet in 2014) has been developing artificial-intelligence programs since 2010 to solve complex problems. One of DeepMind’s latest projects, according to a recent Google post, has centered around the predictability of wind power.

Amazon Removes Anti-Vaccine Content After CNN Business Report

Amazon has apparently started removing anti-vaccine documentaries from its Amazon Prime Video streaming service. The move came days after a CNN Business report highlighted the anti-vaccine comment available on the site, and hours after Rep. Adam Schiff wrote an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, saying he is concerned “that Amazon is surfacing and recommending” anti-vaccination books and movies.

W3C Approves WebAuthn, Web Standard for Password-Free Logins

The specification lets users log into online accounts using biometrics, mobile devices, and/or FIDO security keys. WebAuthn is supported by Android and Windows 10. On the browser side, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge all added support last year. Apple has supported WebAuthn in preview versions of Safari since December.


Please note, this episode was edited on iPad while in Japan.