Thursday, May 03, 2018

Despite all of the Cambridge Analytica drama, Facebook’s F8 still felt like F8 - Recode

For F8 keynote recaps, see F8 2018: Sharing to Stories, AR Camera Effects, Oculus Go and More Highlights from Day 1 and F8 2018: Open AI Frameworks, New AR/VR Advancements, and Other Highlights from Day 2 (Facebook Newsroom)

"This year, Facebook’s day two presentation was very technical and focused on short-term problems, like text translation and the use of AI to identify questionable content. The company never mentioned the in-home speakers it’s building, and Bloomberg reported before the conference that Facebook’s plan to unveil them at F8 was scrapped to avoid a bad look right after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Apparently it’s not a great time to ask people to put a Facebook speaker in their living room.

“I think we wanted to make sure we were putting a spotlight on the ways in which we’re using tech in the very near future to help with these [privacy and security] issues,” CTO Schroepfer said in an interview with Recode after his keynote. “We’re still working on other awesome stuff, but I didn’t think it was the time to come out with a big science show today.”"
Despite all of the Cambridge Analytica drama, Facebook’s F8 still felt like F8 - Recode
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