Facebook attempts to tackle a difficult issue. It's The Daily Crunch.
THE DAILY CRUNCH
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 2017 By Darrell Etherington
Facebook will use AI to try to intervene in potentially suicidal situations, Airbnb lets group travelers split the cost more easily and U.S. Senators introduce a bill to help curb revenge porn. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for November 28, 2017.
Facebook's unprecedented, massive scale and social sharing tools have meant the tech company faces previously unheard of challenges when it comes to how to deal with its community, and that can get even more difficult when it comes to topics like suicide.
The company is hoping to use its unmatched reach and access to potentially prevent some tragedies with algorithmic detection and flagging of potentially suicidal intent expressed via posts. It's an effort that seems rooted in good intentions, but it also seems like a feature that could lead to all sorts of unintended consequences.
Airbnb is putting its Tilt acquisition to good use: The company just added the ability to split the cost of bookings across various Airbnb users. It's a smart integration and could become a more core component of the platform as Airbnb continues to branch out into other travel booking services beyond accommodations.
Three U.S. Senators and one congresswoman today introduced a bill designed to increase protections around victims of revenge porn, or the non-consensual sharing of private photos online. The bill also has strong industry support from companies including Facebook and Twitter.
Two IRL meeting giants could combine, as coworking company WeWork intends to purchase Meetup, the events attendance and organization platform. It's a logical enough union, and probably a decent way to maximize utilization rates of WeWork-owned properties globally.
SoftBank and other investors have made an offer to Uber shareholders with a price per share of just over $30, which would work out to a valuation around $20 billion under its most recent $70 billion worth.
Researchers at MIT CSAIL and Harvard have created a kind of artificial muscle that could be used to make soft robots super strong and super durable – affordably. Origami-inspired, these fake muscles can lift up to 1000x their own weight. Do you even lift, brobot?
One of the criticisms levied against self-driving companies is that they still face a lot of challenges in inclement weather conditions. Russian internet giant Yandex is pressing one of its advantages in this regard, driving its modified Prius autonomous testing prototypes in snowy conditions that would be challenging for even the most winter-ready humans behind the wheel.