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5 Most Bizarre Questions Congress Asked Zuckerberg

Facebook has been in a hot seat recently due to exposure of between 50 million and 87 million Facebook user profiles without the users’ consent. Mark did a good job last few days showing up at US congress and answering most of their questions. Facebook stock regained over $30 billion back.

Facebook had important questions to answer to the public however these senators didn’t do their homework. Most of the congressman are in their 70s and 80s and not used to computer and tech talk. The questions they asked makes you wonder if they even know how to turn on a computer or even know what Facebook does.

So without further ado here are the 5 most weird questions asked, poor Mark (see videos below):

Number 1: South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham (R) asked “Is Twitter the same as what you do?”

Confused much? What does she think Facebook runs a monopoly? “It overlaps with a portion of what we do,” Zuckerberg said.

 

Number 2: Georgia Representative Buddy Carter (R) asked “Did you know that the Motion Picture Association of America is having problems with piracy and…this is challenging their existence?”

OK let’s blame all privacy issues on Facebook. Zuckerburg response: “Congressman, I believe that has been an issue for a long time.”

 

Number 3: Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz (D) “If I’m emailing within WhatsApp…does that inform your advertisers?”

Ahhh hold there a second Mr Schatz – you do realize Whatsapp is a chat, and not an email? Mark without correcting him said: “WhatsApp would not lead to related ads.”

 

Number 4: Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) “What if I don’t want to receive [ads for chocolate]?”

Ahh OK OK – maybe not such a bad question. But its cookie targeted ads used by thousands of websites, not just Facebook. Blame Chrome and IE browsers and their cookies! Mark answered that users can switch off information if they don’t want that info used to select ads for them.

 

Number 5: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) “How do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?”

Zuckerburg said “Senator we run ads.”

 

I think my grandma would probably ask more educated questions than these bunch – enjoy the videos below.

Mark Zuckerberg Explains the Internet (to Old People)!

It’d be painful to watch if it wasn’t so funny.

Posted by CNET on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Confused senators at Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing asked confusing questions

Facebook had important questions to answer. These senators didn’t do their homework.

Posted by ThinkProgress on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Montreal startup Kaloom, efficient data center, gets $14.3m Canadian in funding

Montreal startup Kaloom, company that is revolutionizing how applications and services are delivered to the world, has received $10.7m USD in Series A funding.

The funding was received from Fonds de solidarité FTQ, as well as Somel Investments, MBUZZ Investments, Griffin Fund II.

Company has locations in Montreal as well as Silicon Valley and currently employs about 15 people.

According to their website this is what they do / who they are:

We are a group of technology veterans with a proven track record of delivering large scale networking solutions for the world’s biggest networks. Coming from leading companies including Ericsson, Redback Networks, 3Com, Nortel and Apple, we are building a critically needed solution to address the biggest transformation in networking that we have seen in our lifetimes.

We see a “perfect storm” forming in the networking industry and recognize that no existing solutions from incumbent or emerging vendors are addressing the fundamental challenges ahead. Kaloom was formed specifically to address these challenges and is developing world class technology to allow our customers to fully embrace and leverage these new opportunities in networking and emerge with the highest performance, lowest cost and greenest network possible.

Simon Williams, Co-Founder and CEO of Kaloom said,

“I have spent my entire career in the networking industry. The seismic shift that is taking place in networking around hyper-scale, open networking and the rise of white box solutions is like nothing I have ever seen. The Kaloom solution is designed explicitly with this new wave fully in mind and will allow our customers to benefit from this shift and deliver unsurpassed performance, scale and reliability in a way never before seen. We are delighted to partner with our investors, including the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Somel Investments as their vision and support enable us to begin our journey to transform the networking industry as we know it.”

 

Toronto based Meta, artificial intelligence for science, acquired by Facebook founder foundation

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the organization launched by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan to advance human potential and promote equality, has acquired Meta, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based developer of an AI for scientists to read, understand and prioritize scientific papers.

No financial information was released.

Meta’s platform aims to make relevant scientific papers more discoverable; according to founders and siblings Amy and Sam Molyneux, since 1809, 25 million biomedical research papers have been published. Meta’s platform is meant to make sense of all this data and deliver it to industries within science depending on interest.

Mark Zuckerberg,  Co-founder, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative said:

“Most scientific breakthroughs have been preceded by the invention of new tools that help us see and experiment in new ways.”

A note from Cori Bargmann, President of Science, and Brian Pinkerton, Chief Technology Officer of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative posted on Facebook said:

We are excited to share that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has agreed to acquire Meta, a company that has developed an AI that helps scientists read, understand and prioritize millions of scientific papers.

Believe it or not, that’s not so easy today. In the field of biomedicine alone, researchers publish more than 4,000 scientific papers every day. But many of these papers will not be read by the scientists who could learn the most from them. Scientists know that existing search tools can’t capture all of the relevant knowledge in this immense volume of scientific research. Meta is a tool that helps fill that gap.

Meta uses artificial intelligence to analyze and connect insights across millions of papers. It seeks out the most relevant or impactful studies in a scientific area the moment they are published, and finds patterns in the literature on a scale that no human being could accomplish alone.

We will be working to make Meta even more powerful and useful for the entire scientific community, and are committed to offering these tools and features for free to all researchers.

Meta’s tools can dramatically accelerate scientific progress and move us closer to our goal: to support science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Meta will help scientists learn from others’ discoveries in real time, find key papers that may have gone unnoticed, or even predict where their field is headed.

The potential for this kind of platform is virtually limitless: a researcher could use Meta to help identify emerging techniques for understanding coronary artery disease; a graduate student could see that two different diseases activate the same immune defense pathway; and clinicians could find scientists working on the most promising Zika treatments sooner. In the long run, it could be extended to other areas of knowledge: for example, it could help educators stay up to date on developmental science to better understand how children learn.

We are enthusiastic about working with Sam Molyneux, his sister and co-founder, Amy Molyneux and the entire Meta team to support and improve this new tool. If you are intrigued, you can reserve a free account at meta.org and get a feel for what it does, and stay tuned for updates to the platform.

Scientists and engineers working together can achieve amazing things — and can help us succeed in our mission to advance human potential and promote equal opportunity.