This is a decent product — “Nokia has announced one of the first budget Android smartphones designed to be repaired at home allowing users to swap out the battery in under five minutes, in partnership with iFixit.” I’ve been planning to buy a more repairable phone for my next iteration, so it’s either this or a Fairphone.
(tags: android hardware nokia phones right-to-repair repair ifixit)
copyright-respecting AI model training
Alex J Champandard is thinking about how AI model training can be done in a copyright-respecting and legal fashion:
With the criticism of web-scale datasets, it’s legitimate to ask the question: “What models are trained with best-in-class Copyright practices?” Answer: StyleGAN and FFHQ github.com/NVlabs/ffhq-dataset 100% transparent dataset, clear copyright, opt-in licensing, model respects terms.
(tags: copyright legal rights ip ai ml models training stylegan ffhq flickr)
The tech tycoon martyrdom charade
It’s impossible to overstate the degree to which many big tech CEOs and venture capitalists are being radicalized by living within their own cultural and social bubble. Their level of paranoia and contrived self-victimization is off the charts, and is getting worse now that they increasingly only consume media that they have funded, created by their own acolytes. In a way, it’s sort of like a “VC Qanon”, and it colors almost everything that some of the most powerful people in the tech industry see and do — and not just in their companies or work, but in culture, politics and society overall. We’re already seeing more and more irrational, extremist decision-making that can only be understood through this lens, because on its own their choices seem increasingly unfathomable.
(tags: vc tech anil-dash radicalization politics us-politics)