Welcome to Thursday.
If you were ever curious about how you’d look with Asian features or eager to see how Donald Trump looks as a Black man, FaceApp would give you a pretty good idea. Sorry, you missed your chance. The app’s “ethnicity change filters” is defunct. According to TechCrunch, CEO Yaroslav Goncharov confirmed the removal. Back in April, Goncharov apologized for a racist algorithm after users blasted the app’s ‘hot filter’ that drastically lightened skin tones. Four months later and the same result.
When companies take the heat and endure a PR nightmare for poor internal decision making, one has to ask, “Who signed off on this?”. What channels did this product/device/copy, etc. have to go through before the final “okay”? We work in teams, especially in remote settings these days by collaborating with ease in platforms like Slack, Trello, and Asana. How does tasteless material slip through the cracks? There is no slipping. The intent was there all along. You can always count on the Twitter brigade to shut it down.
Augmented reality is the new black (face).
|So-called “smart cities” are deploying technology in the name of everything from gathering information about commuters to accessibility. D4BL is focusing on racial justice.|
|DEONNA ANDERSON | NEXTCITY|
|3 Diverse Founders Share Their Experiences Starting up in Texas|
|Devin Baptiste, CEO of Houston-based social fundraising platform GroupRaise, is proud of his team’s ethnic diversity. Having headquarters in Houston – which in recent years has become the country’s most diverse city — has helped somewhat normalize his company’s situation.|
|MARY ANN AZEVEDO | VENTUREBEAT|
|Alphabet expands in Africa|
|Alphabet will also increase its funding to African startups, provide $20 million in grants to digital nonprofits, and offer modified versions of products (such as YouTube) in Africa ― where internet users can face costlier data plans and slower download speeds than other Google markets.|
|JAKE BRIGHT | TECH CRUNCH|
|Sorry, Google Memo Man: Women Were in Tech Long Before You|
|Katherine Johnson, spoke of a time “when the computer wore a skirt” – not faded jeans and five days’ stubble. Johnson worked out the trajectories that successfully got us to the moon, by the way.|
|HOLLY BROCKWELL | THE GUARDIAN|
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