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Depression, Men and Social Media…

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  • A recent study indicates that men expressing toxic masculine behaviors on social media are more likely to be highly depressed.

  • These men seek out negative interactions and display their depression as rage and aggression externally.

  • On the contrary, an easy first step in tackling depression in these men can be just to regulate the online presence to be more positive and optimistic.

A new study in town has put forward a disturbing finding i.e. the men who generally express toxic masculinity such as sexism, homophobia, competitiveness through the social media platform are more prone to be depressed in real life. The observations in the study focus on the relationship between toxic male tendencies, destructive online behaviors, and depression. Hence, it might be possible to bring these men out of their toxic selves, even though It may seem like they don’t want to seek out any help for themselves. Nevertheless, the only thing they have to do is focus on being more positive on social media.

So what exactly does the term “toxic masculinity” stand for? According to Michael Parent, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, it represents anti-women attitudes which is paired with zero-sum thinking. He further stated that these characteristics of the mind were definitely co-related to negative online behaviors and finally increased depression.

There have been prior studies on the co-relation between depression and social media but their main point of focus has remained on the amount of time spent online instead of the type of usage. Toxic masculinity demands sheer dominance which is associated with rigidly defined gender roles and aggression and in turn makes itself prominent via social media and becomes linked to mental health problems. Parent’s study hypothesized that toxic masculinity forges a stronger bond between social media use and depression. The researchers conducted a study on 402 men who filled questionnaires centered on toxic traits and signs of depression.

It was also found that the men displaying toxic masculine traits were more likely to make efforts to find information that they didn’t agree with and then go after negative online interactions. It doesn’t end at that. These men keep pondering over these interactions even after they’re not using social media platforms. They exhibit more symptoms of depression and display aggression and rage externally.

On the contrary, positive social media usage such as browsing sites with optimistic messages and desirable interactions is linked to decreased levels of depression. Parent stated that it wasn’t an obvious connection between positive and negative online behaviors at the start of their study. But upon finding that out, it’s fascinating as to how easy it is to monitor and regulate social media behaviors to start to tackle deeply rooted depression.

It should be kept in mind that this study focuses on observing the correlation between toxic male tendencies, negative online presence, and depression but it does not, however, confirm that one is the reason the other occurs. And apart from the toxic masculinity theory, the general hypothesis that the people spending more time online are less content of their lives is still valid. So spending lesser and more positive time on social media is the key to higher levels of satisfaction with one’s life.

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Does Every Android/iOS App breaches Your Security Concerns, like FaceApp?

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Another way of sharing your new looks with your loved ones is to look old or young enough to impress your neighbors, huh? The FaceApp app has gone viral by Apple.

People are having great fun but still confused about few things:

  • Does it upload your camera roll in the background? No such evidence were found nor did security researcher and Guardian App CEO Will Strafach or researcher Baptiste Robert.

  • How it allows you to pick photos without giving photo access to the app, since you choose, “Allow FaceApp to access to Never”?

  • https://twitter.com/karissabe/status/1151276315816783873/photo/1

“It might store some uploaded photos in the cloud for “performance and traffic” reasons. It also said that while the app’s “core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia”, FaceApp reacted to the controversy.

People got worried and started to call out that FaceApp is Russian. “The app that you’re willingly giving all your facial data to says the company’s location is in Saint-Petersburg, Russia,” tweeted the New York Times’s Charlie Warzel. We all are very well aware of the facts that how and what Russians are. They want to harvest your data for wicked purposes. Unlike American techies, of course. Who are always deeply respectful when it comes to personal data, and only use your private information to make the world a better, more connected, place.

“Perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide According to FaceApp’s terms of service, indirectly grant it whenever you use the app.

One-point Matthew makes that stands out:

“While the app does indeed let you pick a single photo without giving it access to your photo library, this is actually 100% allowed by an Apple API introduced in iOS 11. It allows a developer to let a user pick one single photo from a system dialog to let the app work on.”

“My frame of reference for them came from reporting i’m doing on diff apps accessing data/ sending it places we wouldn’t assume (3rd parties, not govts),” Wurzel deleted his tweets about FaceApp, when he realized that the tweet is being misunderstood by audience/users.

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The Geek Herald

“BE CAREFUL WITH FACEAPP….it immediately uploads your photos without asking, whether you chose one or not”, Joshua Nozzi, a software developer, warned people.

As it was mentioned by the developers that the purpose behind such activities is not to harm or put in danger any human being.

“Google researchers disclosed that they used at least 8 million user images to train face recognition. And Facebook researchers mentioned using at least 10 million users.”, Adam Harvey, a privacy expert.

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AI versus humans: 5 Poker Professionals beat in the Texas Hold’em Tournament

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  • Facebook just came out with its own version of the “best” poker player!

  • The AI group has developed a program that beat 5 human professionals in a single game in the Texas Hold’em tournament, which has never been achieved before.

  • The purpose of this activity is to apply the generic techniques and observations to all other AI problems working on the principle of “hidden information” that need to be processed.

Just when you thought Facebook Inc. is only the largest social network in the world, it comes up with its own ‘ALLEGEDLY’ world’s best poker player.

This new player is none other than the latest artificial intelligence program known as Pluribus which was developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. The program got the best of its 5 professional adversaries in the Texas Hold’em tournament. The system was able to reap profits of around $1,000 per hour using $1 chips after 10,000 hands, which is classified as a conclusive margin of victory.

You may ask what’s new in this? Since AI has been known to compete and win against humans in recent years. Well, the previously developed technologies were able to compete with only a single player. But this program is able to beat 5 humans playing simultaneously in a single game which of course comes with its own complications and bluffing techniques.

There is probably no other game which consists of the challenge of “hidden information”, which means that each player is restricted to the knowledge of only his or her cards which is inaccessible by all others. If a program is meant to be successful at such a game, it should be able to process the accessible information and the lack thereof while also being able to pick appropriate yet unpredictable actions.

Why poker? Out of all the possible issues Facebook is facing, which includes posting of fake, controversial and dangerous content, why choose creating a poker superstar? The live terrorist shooting video that was posted in March had been re-posted 1.5 million times, with Facebook’s AI system not being able to detect it more than 205 of the time. Where exactly are we going with poker then?

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According to Facebook AI Research, the goal of this poker bot program is not to develop AI for only such a restricted application or product. Elaborations of this development are given by Noam Brown who is one of the company’s leading researchers in the program. Noam says that the purpose of the group’s working is to look at AI in a broad spectrum, while using the observations in applications meant to solve industry-wide issues. Numerous other current AI problems including self-navigating car or understanding human negotiations work on the same principle of hidden information which needs to be accounted for by the system. And these aspects are quite similar to what’s going on in poker.

So the bottom line is that the techniques being developed and used in the poker bot have general applications in solving major problems in the industry and that is in fact the goal of this program.

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Did You Know Bees Can Decode Symbols Into Numbers!?

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  • Bees can relate a character to a particular quantity and in this way are going to establish a system of communication.

  • The discovery is made by the same team who first discovered that bees can sense zero and can do simple arithmetic.

  • This evolution in detecting numbers can be helpful in various fields of science from biotech to operating machine.

Bees are mostly studied because of their uncanny intelligence to sense things like they can hear or sense when there is a danger especially honeybees. They often move their honey from one place to another when they confront danger. Researchers have already discovered that bees can sense zero and can-do basic math which further confirms their importance in the field of technology. But recently a new sparking discovery has made regarding their intelligence and that is they can sense the symbols into numbers. Isn’t it a discovery that could make a revolution in several fields of science?

There is a famous saying that if bees were removed from the surface of Earth, man would have only four years to live. That is precisely true and with the advancement of technology, it seems that we are going to depend on them a little more.

Humans Are Not The Only Ones To Count Numbers

Researchers have trained bees to relate the symbols to some numerical value and believe me this discovery could lead to some serious change in the world of science. Associate Professor Adrian Dyer has put on some light on the fact that before this, humans were only able to detect numbers and are able to detect Arab numerical but now this same thing could be detected by the brain far little than man’s and we must find how n this era we can breach.

Humans have over 86 billion neurons and bees have less than a million but discovering that a million neurons can understand a complex thing like a human brain, it just opens up a whole another level of studying at a micro level.

Birds and primates have also shown signs of this technicality, but insects are the first ones in this era.

Non-Human Species Have Little Minds But A Great Potential

The recent studies on some animals have shown some amazing power of arithmetic like chimpanzees were able to learn Arabic numeral and can order them correctly while an AFRICAN bird named ALEX was able to learn numbers and can add them quite easily. The World just got amazing right!?

But this technique was not limited to vertebrates until now. Bees have become the center of attention as they are the tiniest creatures to able to do this type of thing.

The Bee Experiment

The bee experiment was conducted by Dr. Scarlett Howard, a former Ph.D., and a researcher. A Y- shaped maze was constructed to train the bees to match a character to a specific quantity. Then they were trained that if they could match a specific character to a specific quantity of same or different elements. They did it!

A second group was treated the opposite way that they were to track a quantity to its character. Then both the groups were tested in a reverse manner to know that they could develop a linkage between the concepts given to them.

The result showed that they are not at the same level as other animals, but they have a sense of quick learning ability to act upon the concept given to them. To know that a single million and tiniest brain could have this much sense of approach about such things is just the beginning of a new World of science.

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