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    Capitalism: Electric cars and free market hand
    • Tesla Inc., General Motors Co. and other major carmakers pushing to boost U.S. electric car sales were dealt a blow by House Republicans who on Thursday proposed eliminating a $7,500 per vehicle tax credit that has helped stoke early demand for the still small segment of the U.S. auto market.

      “That will stop any electric vehicle market in the U.S., apart from sales of the highly expensive Tesla Model S,” said Xavier Mosquet, senior partner at consultant Boston Consulting Group, who authored a study on the growth of battery powered vehicles. “There’s no Tesla 3, no Bolt, no Leaf in a market without incentives.”

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    Capitalism: China moves to rate its citizens
    • Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not).

      It's already getting underway in China, where the government is developing the Social Credit System (SCS) to rate the trustworthiness of its 1.3 billion citizens. The Chinese government is pitching the system as a desirable way to measure and enhance "trust" nationwide and to build a culture of "sincerity".

      For now, technically, participating in China's Citizen Scores is voluntary. But by 2020 it will be mandatory. The behavior of every single citizen and legal person (which includes every company or other entity)in China will be rated and ranked, whether they like it or not.

      Individuals on Sesame Credit are measured by a score ranging between 350 and 950 points. Alibaba does not divulge the "complex algorithm" it uses to calculate the number but they do reveal the five factors taken into account. The first is credit history. For example, does the citizen pay their electricity or phone bill on time? Next is fulfillment capacity, which it defines in its guidelines as "a user's ability to fulfill his/her contract obligations". The third factor is personal characteristics, verifying personal information such as someone's mobile phone number and address. But the fourth category, behavior and preference, is where it gets interesting. Alibaba admits it judges people by the types of products they buy.

      http://www.wired.co.uk/article/chinese-government-social-credit-score-privacy-invasion

      Thing that you see is developing capitalism inventing methods to survive little more.

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    Journalists and fake image enhancements
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      Scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have come up with a clever solution that is capable of producing better results than anything we've seen so far.

      The team has developed a tool called EnhanceNet-PAT, which is capable of creating high-definition versions of low-resolution images, using artificial intelligence.

      To explain it short - this guys trained big neural network using big amount of very similar images. After this they feed almost same image to neural network and asked it to guess missed pixels in higher resolution. OF course they also hand selected such images and rejected all where network made horrible results.

      This approach is not scalable and not really useful for anything outside very specific field. It also frequently can produce unpredictably bad results.

      https://arxiv.org/abs/1612.07919

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    Your Google Docs can't contain fake news and abusive content
    • A number of Google Docs users have reported being locked out of their documents today for, according to the message that pops up when they try to access the affected document, violating Google's terms of service.

      Google present response

      Google has sent us a statement regarding the lock-outs. "This morning, we made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their docs," said a company spokesperson. "Protecting users from viruses, malware, and other abusive content is central to user safety. We apologize for the disruption and will put processes in place to prevent this from happening again."

      Remember this.

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    Cameras sales: Nikon also not bad
    • Regarding the first half ending September 30, 2017, the operating profit of the Imaging Products Business and the Precision Equipment Business are both expected to exceed the previous forecast due to the following reasons.

      In the Imaging Products Business, the costs related sales, promotion and R&D are effectively controlled, and the yen depreciation trend against the euro also works as a beneficial factor. In the Precision Equipment Business, while some sales of the FPD Lithography Systems has shifted to the second half, service businesses are extended and cost reductions are being implemented. In addition, corporate profit (loss) which cannot be attributable to any reportable segments is improved. Based on these situations, consolidated financial forecast announced on August 3, 2017 is revised as above. Consolidated financial forecast for the full year ending March 31, 2018 is currently under thorough review and will be announced on the release of the financial results for the second quarter of the year ending March 31, 2018.

      http://www.nikon.com/news/2017/1030_02_e.pdf

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