Technology

Former Facebook employee denounces some practices of the company before the United States Capitol

Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, denounced in the United States Capitol that the social network misleads the public about the harmful effects of its platforms and that it prioritizes profits over the public good. Haugen told a Senate Commerce Committee panel that Facebook fuels division, harms democracy and harms the mental health of its younger users. The former employee shared several internal studies of the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission and with the newspaper The Wall Street Journal to support their claims.

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Haugen said he witnessed many occasions in which Facebook had conflicts between its own benefits and the safety of its users and chose its own interest. The woman also spoke about her work on the civic misinformation team and said that "The company intentionally withholds vital information from users, the US government, and world governments". 

Frances Haugen mentioned last October 3 in the CBS program '60 minutes' that Facebook knows that people would spend less time on the site if they activate the security systems of its algorithm. The former employee was the one who filtered Facebook's internal report where it was detailed that the company's products were harming girls. A day after the massive crash of Facebook and its platforms in various parts of the world, the whistleblower asked US lawmakers to regulate Zuckerberg's company.

Innovation

Russian crew arrives at the International Space Station to shoot the first film in space

This Tuesday the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft took off towards the International Space Station (ISS) with the aim of filming some scenes from a fictional movie. For this reason, filmmaker Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Perisid travel there. The spacecraft took off from the Baikour cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, and docked with the Russian segment of the ISS after almost 3 hours of flight. The team made up of Russians Shipenko and Perisid will stay at the International Space Station for at least 12 days to shoot 'The Challenge'.

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Photo: Roscosmos

In the film, a doctor travels to the ISS to save an astronaut who suffered from cardiac arrest. The role of the astronaut will be filled by current station crewman Aleg Novitsky, while other cosmonauts such as Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov will also participate in the production. Shkaplerov is the Soyuz MS-19 mission commander and will play one of the roles in the feature film. The 2 filmmakers who traveled into space received accelerated training to learn how to withstand acceleration of takeoff and weightlessness. Yulia Perisid was selected from the nearly 3.000 candidates who aspired to play the lead role and said it was a grueling experience on a physical and psychological level.

Science

Physical modeling of the Earth's climate and other contributions from the 2021 Nobel Prize winners in Physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 the Japanese Syukuro Manabe, the German Klaus Hasselmann and the Italian Giorgio Parisi for their contributions to the understanding of complex systems. Scientists Manabe and Hasselmann laid the foundation for human knowledge about Earth's climate and how our species influences it. Also, Parisi revolutionized the theory of disordered materials and random processes. In accordance with Engadget, in 1820 the French physicist Joseph Fourier determined that the Earth did not freeze in space thanks to what we know today as the greenhouse effect, and in 1903 the Swedish Svante Arrhenius, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, understood that there was physics in Fourier's discoveries .

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Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi. Photo: Niklas Elmehed (Nobel Prizes)

Now Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann succeeded in creating a physical modeling of the Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming. The design took into account human influence. On the other hand, Giorgio Parisi discovered the interaction of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from the atomic to the planetary scale. Their contributions allow us to understand and describe many seemingly random materials and phenomena in physics and other fields. We recommend to our readers this note from Agencia Sinc about the topic.

More ICT news

Microsoft has already started to distribute Windows 11

Windows 11 is now available on new PCs that incorporate it as standard and from today you can start installing on Windows 10 computers eligible for the update. The company indicated that in order to install the new operating system, a 64-bit processor with a frequency of at least 1 Ghz or more and at least 2 cores is necessary. Likewise, it requires a RAM memory of at least 4GB and an internal storage capacity of 64 GB or more.

EA Sports and Atlético Nacional sign agreement

The football club and the video game company announced an agreement to marketing and a 2-year license that will allow EA Sports to create new experiences for team fans and players in the series. With this agreement, the Antioquia club becomes the only Colombian team to have an agreement with EA Sports Fifa. The 2020 version of the game is now available for PlayStation 5, Xbox One Series X and S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Switch.


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