Netflix’s new true-crime show looks like the next ‘Making a Murderer’ — here’s the trailer

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Who killed Sister Cathy? That’s the question Netflix’s new true-crime TV series, “The Keepers,” will strive to answer.

Netflix released the first trailer for the seven-part series on Wednesday, and already people are comparing it to the streaming company’s runaway hit docuseries, “Making a Murderer.”

In “The Keepers,” which will be available May 19, director Ryan White (“The Case Against 8”) tries to find the answer to one of Baltimore’s most memorable unsolved mysteries.

Sister Cathy Cesnik, a 26-year-old nun and a beloved Baltimore Catholic schoolteacher, suddenly disappeared in 1969. Her murder case is still unsolved.

Speaking with friends, relatives, journalists, government officials, and Baltimore citizens, White peels back the layers of the mystery to reveal a potential clergy abuse cover-up by the Catholic Church, the police, and the government.

Watch the trailer below:

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Mark Zuckerberg’s quest to kill the smartphone could have some scary side effects (FB)

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There are really two Facebooks: One, the social network that billions of people use to share baby photos and political opinions; and two, the future factory that’s building autonomous helicopters, artificial brains, and metaphysical selfie sticks.

Right now, they’re still treated as very separate entities. When we talk about the effects of, say, fake news stories or so-called “filter bubbles” under the Trump administration, we’re really talking about that first Facebook, the social network we’re familiar with, and how it informs our interactions with the real world.

Maybe it’s time we stopped thinking like these two different Facebooks are different companies. After all, it seems like Facebook already has.

In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg revealed his ambitious 10-year plan for the company, calling his shot for a future where artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and ubiquitous connectivity are all core to the social network’s strategy.

At this week’s Facebook F8 conference, Zuckerberg underscored that roadmap: His vision for Facebook brings the social network closer to the real world than ever before, using your phone’s camera to project digital imagery into the real world. It’s another milestone on the smartphone’s very slow march to the grave, and a new chance to ask questions we need to think about now, before it’s too late.

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On the one hand, Facebook’s vision of 2026 sounds kind of cool: As Facebook loves to point out, you’ll no longer be limited to physical proximity if you want to spend time with anyone from all over the world; just meet them in virtual reality. And your McDonalds cashier could actually be an artificially-intelligent computer program, with a human-looking avatar beamed into the augmented reality glasses Facebook hopes you’ll be wearing.

To Facebook, this is the natural extension of its mission to help people connect with other people — even the potential commercial applications are to help companies talk to their customers in a more natural way, Facebook has said.

And as Zuckerberg himself noted at F8, it has the potential to replace every screen in your home, including the TV and, one day, the smartphone, as the combination of the digital and physical worlds replaces the need for an additional device. The eventual goal, he says, is for Facebook to build innocuous augmented reality glasses.

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But Facebook had a lot of stumbles over the last year or so, which means this vision is worth taking a very close look at.

From the controversy over allegedly censoring conservative news sources from Facebook’s trending topics, to the recent discussion over “fake news” and fact-checking in the wake of the presidential election, we’re starting to explore how social media, and this company in particular, affect what we read, and perhaps what we think.

In the virtual reality world that Facebook is building, the company could actually control what we see, and what we experience. Facebook’s mysterious algorithms will be at work in ways we’ve never really experienced before, interfacing directly with our senses.

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In the short term, as Buzzfeed’s Nitasha Tiku points out, this is going to make it even harder to tell fantasy from reality on social media: In a world of painstakingly-staged Instagram photos, augmented reality is going to make it even easier to present a version of your life that doesn’t exist. As Zuckerberg says, “you can add a second coffee mug, so it looks like you’re not having breakfast alone.”

If you really take it to the extreme, things could get even weirder. For instance, a Facebook glitch in November suddenly caused two million or so users, including Zuckerberg himself, to be declared dead. That’s distressing when it’s just on a screen. Now, as Facebook’s next big bets infiltrate our daily habits, these kind of algorithm failures could have tremendous consequences.

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What happens if a Facebook glitch in augmented reality causes some people to become invisible in your field of vision? What if you start seeing people who aren’t there? Or an audio error accidentally means you can only communicate in Tagalog until your reset your glasses?

What if a Facebook algorithm change means that people who disagree with you are literally rendered invisible? 

It’s a weird, science-fictional thing to worry about, but it’s increasingly a weird, science-fictional sort of world. Remember that Facebook, once thought about as a toy, is now so crucial to the dialogue that we’re talking about its role in global politics. With virtual reality and augmented reality, Facebook is hoping to repeat the trick.

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Facebook deserves at least a little credit here. Zuckerberg hasn’t always been perfect when it comes to matters of social responsibility and giving, as evidenced by the difficulty the Newark schools had in taking full advantage of his $100 million donation. But his heart seems to be mostly in the right place, and he’s definitely put his money where his mouth is with the Zuckerberg-Chan charity initiative, where he vowed to give 99% of his fortune to social causes. There are worse people to lead the charge into an algorithmically-defined reality.

Still, Zuckerberg won’t be in control of Facebook forever. If he leaves or dies, his super-voting powers do not transfer to his heirs; the company’s investors have seen to that. So, as Facebook enters the third stage of its ambitious 10-year plan, here’s my fondest wish: While we argue about the role of Facebook in our lives today, I’d love for the company to really think — and talk — about the role it might play tomorrow.

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There’s a super easy way to find out what Trump has tweeted about any given subject

There’s a Donald Trump tweet for every occasion. 

When news broke Wednesday that Bill O’Reilly wouldn’t be returning to Fox News, many on Twitter were quick to unearth a tweet from last year in which Trump, who was at the time running for president, defended the primetime host:

Why does the liberal media think Bill O’Reilly (@oreillyfactor) is a complete and total vulgarian? I don’t think so!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2016

Earlier this month after the White House ordered missile strikes on Syria, some people passed around old tweets that illustrated how the president’s views on intervening in the Syrian civil war have changed: 

We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2013

What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013

It turns out, there’s a super easy way to find out what Trump has said in the past on virtually any given subject. 

Trump Twitter archive

This is TrumpTwitterArchive.com.

The website’s homepage features a bunch of Trump tweets organized into categories, like “Fake News,” “Personal Superlatives,” and “Media Disdain.” There’s also a long list of tweets from Trump about his predecessor, President Barack Obama. 

Perhaps most useful is the website’s search function. 

Here’s what it looked like when I searched, “Bill O’Reilly.”

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The website also features an archive of tweets from many in Trump’s inner circle, including Ivanka Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and former Trump advisor Roger Stone.   

According to an FAQ page on TrumpTwitterArchive.com, the website now captures Trump’s deleted tweets. This wasn’t always the case, however, so many tweets that Trump deleted before January 27 are missing from the archive. That includes an infamous tweet in which the president spelled the word unprecedented incorrectly. Thankfully, we’ve got a screenshot of that tweet for posterity’s sake:

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The trailer for ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ season 3 is here, and it looks awesome

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Tina Fey’s Netflix original series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” comes back for season three in May, and it looks awesome based on the trailer that just dropped.

Kimmy is going to college! But it looks like season three will stay true to the show’s roots and be as weird as ever: Titus is still broke (he is literally coloring money with crayons), and Lillian still has that creepy fling with Robert Durst.

Some of the show’s greatest guest stars are back including Fred Armisen as Robert Durst, Jon Hamm as Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, and Josh Charles. 

The full-length trailer also gives us a longer sneak peek at Titus’s “Lemonading,” which is when you dress up like Beyoncé and smash things with a baseball bat when you think your partner is cheating on you. 

Season three of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” makes its debut on Netflix May 19. Watch the trailer below.

 

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Billionaire Larry Ellison teamed up with Robert De Niro and chef Nobu Matsuhisa to open a hotel where rooms start at $1,100 a night

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Ten years after he bought the beachfront Casa Malibu Inn for $20 million, Oracle founder Larry Ellison is just about ready to unveil the first in a new group of ultra-high-end luxury retreats.

He’s doing it with a trio of high-profile partners: Robert De Niro, chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and film producer Meir Teper.

Dubbed Nobu Ryokan Malibu, a new 16-room hotel now stands on the property Ellison bought a decade ago.

It’s the first in what is being called the Nobu Ryokan Collection, a new group of luxury retreats in exotic destinations around the world, created by Ellison and the creative minds behind the Nobu restaurants.

The experience, which is modeled after a traditional Japanese inn, won’t come cheap — according to Curbed, rooms will start around $1,100 a night, though that rate could go up to $2,000 during “preferred” times.

Let’s take a look inside the hotel, which opens April 28. 

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The two-story hotel is situated on an oceanfront lot on Carbon Beach, an affluent community in Malibu where Ellison has been rumored to own as many as 10 homes.

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That location makes for some amazing sunsets.

While this isn’t the first Nobu-branded hotel, it’s the first to be created in the new collection of ryokan-inspired properties.

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Amazon’s CTO takes a shot at Oracle and the ‘nightmare’ of other legacy databases (AMZN, ORCL, MSFT)

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Late last year, Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison set off a war of words with Amazon Web Services — the retailer’s insanely profitable $14 billion cloud computing platform — after spending an entire keynote session talking trash.

Almost six months later, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels seems unfazed.

At today’s Amazon Web Services Summit, Vogels announced that customers have used its Amazon Database Migration Service (DMS) to move 23,000 databases from “old world” IT companies like Oracle or Microsoft. That’s up from 20,000 in March.

While he didn’t name names, he chided those legacy companies for what he called “punitive” licensing practices. Those companies make customers predict years in advance for the database capacity they’ll need under a long-term sales contract, and may sometimes subject them to intense audits to verify they’re not using more than they’ve paid for.

By Vogels’ reckoning, this “nightmare” practice means companies tend to buy as many as 30% more licenses than they actually wind up needing, as a hedge against the dreaded licensing audit, “because it’s very hard to predict the future.” 

And so, Vogels says, those “old world” licensing practices are driving more and more customers towards databases like MySQL or Postgres, which are available as free open source for anyone to use. The problem, Vogels says, is that it can be hard to take those database products and scale them up to the size you need.

The Amazon sales pitch

Meanwhile, a big part of the sales pitch for Amazon Web Services is that you rent computing resources from Amazon’s global data center infrastructure, paying only for what you need. It means that AWS customers like Slack or Airbnb can serve their ever-growing customer base just by flipping a few virtual switches. 

So the Amazon Database Migration Service provides an easy way for customers to not only leave those “old world” databases behind, Vogels says, but also to get started with those free databases in a scalable cloud platform that grows to meet your requirements, however large or small, “for a fraction of the price.”

Of course, they can also use the migration service to start using Amazon’s own home-grown Aurora database (which is not free). Vogels says that Aurora can quickly and easily analyze the data stored in a database, and is also easy for the IT department to manage.

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All of this is another sign that Amazon is serious about winning over even the largest companies, getting them started with the Amazon Web Services cloud either a little at a time or all at once.

And Vogels highlights Amazon Web Service’s very fast growth, which he says is leading the hypercompetitive cloud computing market, even against titans like Oracle and Microsoft.

“They’re actually retreating,” Vogels says. “They’re contracting their growth instead of expanding it like Amazon is doing.”

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Canada’s minister of immigration explains what successful immigration policies look like

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Canada has a long history of resettling people from war-torn countries, beginning with the US itself.

In 1776, black slaves found refuge in Canada during the American Revolution. At the turn of the 20th century, Jews fleeing Russian pogroms settled there. And within the last 50 years, the country has welcomed more than 60,000 refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, as well as another 40,000 from Syria.

“Canada is a nation of immigrants,” Canadian Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen tells Business Insider. “We’ve always had immigration as a key tool for economic growth and nation-building.”

But to hear Hussen celebrate Canada’s attitude toward immigration — however motivated by economic gain it may be — puts in stark relief the changing sentiments in the US about immigration. A century after millions of European migrants arrived on Ellis Island, a lot of US hopefuls — many of them well-educated, here on professional work visas — now fear deportation.

Some have even cancelled their food stamps, worried the government benefit could lead to an unexpected ICE raid.

In Canada, immigrants often observe a different mentality. Over the past year, many of the Syrian refugees who shacked up with Canadian families — essentially their adoptive guardians — came to see the sponsors as kin.

“I’m not anxious because I know our sponsors love us. They won’t leave us,” one refugee, Wissam Al-Hajj, told the New York Times.

“There’s an understanding in Canada that immigration is a net-positive for our society,” Hussen says, “and that we should continue to have a very robust immigration system that welcomes those in need of protection but also those that want to come and give us their skills and talents.”

In the US, that’s historically been true, too. Each year, the US issues 85,000 H-1B visas to highly skilled workers, many of whom find jobs at places like Google, Facebook, and other large tech companies. But critics, like President Trump, who recently signed an executive order to overhaul the program, say it robs native-born Americans of jobs in favor of cheap, outsourced labor.

Proponents say the visas give immigrants the opportunity to live out their version of the American Dream, pursing a life that in many other cases would be impossible.

Recently, however, Silicon Valley firms have started relocating workers across the border to protect them from possible deportation. For $6,000, a firm can pay the Canadian-founded company True North to fly their employee to Vancouver, house them for two nights, and have them meet with an immigration expert to sort out gaining residency.

Canada’s government may have a greater incentive to be friendly to immigrants than the US, given the country’s low fertility rate and small population. Immigrants represent a much more immediate economic benefit to a country of 36 million than one of 318 million.

Hussen concedes the fiscal upsides, but he says there are other benefits, too.

“There are very substantial contributions to our economic growth, our prosperity, to our social and cultural mosaic” that come from immigration, he says.

Canada’s immigration process used to be lengthy and difficult, sometimes taking 8-10 years for applications to go through. But since 2015, Canada has offered a so-called Express Entry system. Modeled after the New Zealand and Australian models, people in the Express Entry program only wait at most six months to have their residency applications processed. People earn certain scores for the skills they bring, such as experience level, number of degrees, and so on.

For all others, there are several routes to gaining residency, and then full citizenship. The cost can run into the thousands, but logistically the process is more straightforward than a lot of other countries.

The system isn’t perfect, which the Canadian government freely admits. Temporary foreign workers and international students may struggle to fully integrate in the eyes of the law, for instance. But Hussen says the country is receptive to making the necessary changes.

And though he didn’t want to comment specifically on what the US could do better, he emphasized what, in his opinion, has made Canada great for so long.

“Our immigration system welcomes everyone from all over the world,” he says.

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Facebook is working on tech to let you type with your brain and ‘hear with your skin’ (FB)

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Facebook wants to let you type with your thoughts and “hear with your skin.”

The social network is working on brain-computer-interface technology that “one day will let you communicate using only your mind,” according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The project is part of Facebook’s consumer hardware lab known as Building 8, as Business Insider first reported in January. Little had been publicly revealed about Building 8 until Wednesday, when Facebook took the wraps off the division’s first two projects at its annual developers conference in San Jose, California.

Regina DuganBuilding 8 chief Regina Dugan said her team of 60 scientists was working on a noninvasive system capable of typing 100 words per minute using only brain waves. An even more futuristic project intends to deliver spoken language through human skin.

The goal is to be able to think in Mandarin and feel in Spanish, according to Dugan, who joined Facebook last year from Google’s advanced projects division.

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The projects are still a ways off from becoming products, but the company believes they will.

“Eventually, we want to turn it into a wearable technology that can be manufactured at scale,” Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Dugan, in her blog post, described both of the projects as “silent speech interfaces,” which she said would offer the convenience of speaking with your voice but the privacy of sending a text message.

Here’s Facebook’s full announcement about the tech that Building 8 is working on:

Project: Type with your brain

  • “Recently there has been a lot of hype surrounding brain technology. We have taken a distinctly different, non-invasive and deeply scientific approach to building a brain-computer speech-to-text interface. A silent speech interface with the speed and flexibility of voice and privacy of text.”
  • “We have a goal of creating a system capable of typing 100 words per minute, straight from the speech center of your brain — this is 5x faster than you can type on your smart phone today.”
  • “This isn’t about decoding random thoughts. This is about decoding the words you’ve already decided to share by sending them to the speech center of your brain. Think of it like this: You take many photos and choose to share only some of them. Similarly, you have many thoughts and choose to share only some of them.”
  • “We will do this via non-invasive sensors that can be shipped at scale.”
  • “We’ll need new, non-invasive sensors that can measure brain activity hundreds of times per second, from locations precise to millimeters and without signal distortions. Today there is no non-invasive imaging method that can do this.”
  • “Optical imaging is the only non-invasive technique capable of providing both the spatial and temporal resolution we need. And thanks to improvements in performance, cost and miniaturization from the telecom industry, we have a big wave to ride.”
  • “Six months ago this project was just an idea. Today, we have a team of over 60 scientists, engineers and system integrators from UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis specializing in machine learning methods for decoding speech and language, in optical neuroimaging systems that push the limits of spatial resolution and in the most advanced neural prosthetics in the world.”

Project: Hear with your skin

  • “Our second project is directed at allowing you to hear with your skin. We are building the hardware and software necessary to deliver language through the skin. Your skin is a 2 m2 network of nerves that transmits information to your brain.”
  • “Braille, invented in France in the 19th century, has proven that small bumps on a surface can be interpreted in the brain as words.”
  • “We know from the Tadoma method, developed in the early 20th century based off the experience of Helen Keller, that deaf and blind children could learn and communicate through slight pressure changes created by puffs of air and vibrations felt by their hands placed over a person’s throat and jaw.”
  • “From the 1950s to today, what all of these techniques have in common is our brain’s ability to reconstruct language from components.”
  • “The cochlea in your ear takes in sound and separates it into frequency components that are transmitted to the brain. We can do the same work of the cochlea, but transmit the resulting frequency information, instead, via your skin.”
  • “With this technology, the ability to learn language and vocabulary are just the beginning of that we can ‘hear’ with our skin.”

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Dogs see the world very differently from human beings — here’s how it works

As humans, how we perceive the world is how we define our own reality. And for the vast majority of humans, perception is handled through sight. 

Sight (Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru)

Your hearing, and your senses of smell, taste, and touch also play roles — no doubt — but sight is the most immediate way we experience the world around us. 

This isn’t the case for dogs.

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The adorable snout on your pup isn’t just for petting — dogs “see” the world with their nose first. “We assume that non-human animals’ perception would be kind of like ours, but simpler,” dog cognition researcher Dr. Alexandra Horowitz told me in an interview earlier this year.

But that isn’t the case. Instead, dogs “see” the world through smells. Here’s how it works.

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“It’s really hard to get outside our perspective.”

Because our perception of the world colors our perception of how others see the world, we assume that dogs primarily perceive the world through sight. But it’s not so hard to understand — and even experience — the concept of smell as a primary input.

“You could think of it as just another perceptual modality,” Horowitz told me. “You can close your eyes. You’re still having an experience as a human, and it’s transformed in some ways. But there’s still a room. There’s still a reality — a room that you can hear, you can smell, you can touch. And even though it’s not one that we’re that familiar with, we’re still co-existing.”

That’s the first way to understand how dogs see the world — close your eyes, maybe cover your ears with sound-canceling headphones. Now take a sniff! As humans, our sense of smell is nowhere near as adept as that of dogs — but you can begin to understand how a dog perceives the world. Maybe you smell something delicious, or something rotting, or the sterile blow of an office air conditioner.

“We basically have a cloud of smell around us. That’s interesting, because it means a dog can smell you before you’re really there,” Horowitz said. “If you’re around the corner, your cloud of smell is coming around ahead of you.”

“Ultimately, their bigger interest is smell than vision.”

Which isn’t to say that dogs don’t literally see you — their eyes are another form of input, just not the primary one. “They might look at someone with their eyes; as you approach, they look at you,” Horowitz said. “But then once they’ve noticed that there’s something with their eyes, they use smell to tell that it’s you. So they sort of reverse that very familiar use of ours.”

And that’s crucial to understanding how dogs see the world.

You, as a human, might smell something delicious and then use your eyes to look around to locate the source of that delicious smell. “Ah, it’s pasta sauce slowly coming together on a stove!” 

For dogs, the opposite is true. Or, as Horowitz put it:

“We smell something and then when we see it we’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s it. That’s what it was. It was cinnamon buns.’ And dogs when they see you, they’re like, ‘Okay, that’s something to explore, I’m gonna smell it. Oh yeah that’s Ben.'”

“Instead of all the things that are bouncing into my eyes when I sit in a room, I’m just perceiving that room through things — molecules of smell. That’s really the transformation you have to make.”

We perceive depth, as humans, through stereo vision — our two eyes triangulate on the world around us, and our brain converts that video feed into three dimensions. That same concept applies to dogs, except — once again — it’s through scent rather than sight.

“Where something is in a room, or what something even is, kind of changes a bit if you imagine it as an olfactory precept instead of as only a visual precept,” Horowitz said. To translate that a bit, your perception of the world fundamentally changes if it’s viewed through the lens of scent.

It means not only do you perceive what’s immediately around you, but also what was once around you and what’s coming up. In this way, how dogs perceive the world is actually more developed than humans — their sense of smell doesn’t just alert them to the present, but it also travels through time.

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