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Sad news! We lost SofT The rabbit. SofT cross the rainbo bridge on March 17th. She has joined her friends Rudder and Tigger. SofT was one of the main characters in our magazine. She will be missed.
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***First article:
Hello, Jenny the giraffe here, I can hear you! Alexa has ears around the world and is recording your conversations. Be careful what you say. This according in a published report. Read on:
Busted: Thousands of Amazon Employees Listening to Alexa Conversations Amazon employs thousands of people to listen in on what people around the world are saying to their Alexa digital assistant, according to what is sure to be a Congressional hearing-inspiring report by Bloomberg, which cites seven people who have worked on the program. While their job is to “help improve” NSAlexa – which powers the company’s line of Echo speakers – the team “listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices,” which are then transcribed, annotated and fed back into the software in order to try and improve Alexa’s understanding of human speech for more successful interactions. In other words, humans are effectively helping to train Amazon’s algorithm. In marketing materials Amazon says Alexa “lives in the cloud and is always getting smarter.” But like many software tools built to learn from experience, humans are doing some of the teaching. -Bloomberg The listening team is comprised of part-time contractors and full-time Amazon employees based all over the world; including India, Romania, Boston and Costa Rica. Listeners work nine hour shifts, with each reviewing as many as 1,000 audio clips per shift according to two employees from Amazon’s Bucharest office – located in the top three floors of the Romanian capital’s Globalworth building. The location “stands out amid the crumbling infrastructure” of the Pipera district and “bears no exterior sign advertising Amazon’s presence.” While much of the work is boring (one worker said his job was to mine for accumulated voice data for specific phrases such as “Taylor Swift” – letting the system know that the searcher was looking for the artist), reviewers are also listening on people’s most personal moments. Occasionally the listeners pick up things Echo owners likely would rather stay private: a woman singing badly off key in the shower, say, or a child screaming for help. The teams use internal chat rooms to share files when they need help parsing a muddled word—or come across an amusing recording. -Bloomberg Occasionally Amazon listeners come across upsetting or possibly criminal recordings – such as two workers who say they listened in on what sounded like a sexual assault. According to the report, when things like this happen the workers will mention it in the internal chat room to “relieve stress.” And while Amazon says that it has procedures to follow when workers hear distressing things, two of the Romania-based employees say they were told “it wasn’t Amazon’s job to interfere” when they requested guidance for such instances. “We take the security and privacy of our customers’ personal information seriously,” said an Amazon spokesman in a statement provided to Bloomberg. “We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order improve the customer experience. For example, this information helps us train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems, so Alexa can better understand your requests, and ensure the service works well for everyone,” the statement continues. “We have strict technical and operational safeguards, and have a zero tolerance policy for the abuse of our system. Employees do not have direct access to information that can identify the person or account as part of this workflow. All information is treated with high confidentiality and we use multi-factor authentication to restrict access, service encryption and audits of our control environment to protect it.” That said, Amazon does not mention the fact that humans are listening to recordings of some of the conversations picked up by Alexa. Instead, they have a generic disclaimer in their FAQ that says “We use your requests to Alexa to train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems.” What Amazon Records According to Amazon’s Alexa terms of use, the company collects and stores most of what you say to Alexa – including the geolocation of the product along with your voice instructions, reported CNBC‘s Todd Haselton last November. Your messages, communication requests (e.g., “Alexa, call Mom”), and related instructions are “Alexa interactions,” as described in the Alexa Terms of Use. Amazon processes and retains your Alexa Interactions and related information in the cloud in order to respond to your requests (e.g., “Send a message to Mom”), to provide additional functionality (e.g., speech to text transcription and vice versa), and to improve our services. -Amazon Terms of Use Wrong, Brian (screen name: leonidasmoderus) Wrong, Brian (screen name: leonidasmoderus) Alexa: *coughs* No, of course not. Last May, an Amazon Echo recorded a conversation between a husband and wife, then sent it to one of the husband’s phone contacts. Amazon claims that during the conversation someone used a word that sounded like “Alexa,” which caused the device to begin recording. The wife, Danielle, however said that the Echo never requested her permission to send the audio. “At first, my husband was like, ‘No, you didn’t,’” Danielle told KIRO7. “And he’s like, ‘You sat there talking about hardwood floors.’ And we said, ‘Oh gosh, you really did!’” Can You Disable? Alexa does allow people to stop sharing their voice recordings for the development of new features, while a screenshot reviewed by Bloomberg reveals that the recordings provided to Alexa’s listeners do not provide the full name or address of a user. It does, however, link the recording to an account number, the user’s first name, and the device’s serial number. “You don’t necessarily think of another human listening to what you’re telling your smart speaker in the intimacy of your home,” said UMich professor Florian Schaub, who has researched privacy issues related to smart speakers. “I think we’ve been conditioned to the [assumption] that these machines are just doing magic machine learning. But the fact is there is still manual processing involved.” “Whether that’s a privacy concern or not depends on how cautious Amazon and other companies are in what type of information they have manually annotated, and how they present that information to someone,” added Schaub.

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Peanuts the elephant here.
Swung-on and missed, strike 3!
My friend Bob Branco wrote a letter about his favorite passtime and how he is missing the play-by-play.
Hi, Everyone, Below is a letter I wrote to the Bay State Council of the Blind, asking for their assistance. Here it is. Dear Kim, As you know, I enjoy listening to the radio broadcasts of Red Sox games. When I don’t see the action, I want to hear as much of a description as I possibly can. During the baseball off-season, Radio Station WEEI made a decision to incorporate more conversational radio broadcasts. I think this was a big mistake. More often than I care to admit, announcers are now spending more time talking with one another in the broadcast booth instead of calling the games. They have been missing a few balls and strikes, and occasionally they don’t let you know who’s at the plate. Last night, Sean McDunna was so busy talking about septic tanks, buying groceries at Shaws, and other matters that are totally unrelated to baseball. To be honest, it was childish. I realize that many sighted people listen to the radio when they can, so I am fully aware that this is not strictly an issue for a consumer organization of the blind to tackle. However, the Bay State Council of the Blind is an organization. Many of its members are Red Sox fans, and hopefully all of its members recognize when to advocate for blind people. Kim, I would like to propose that the Bay State Council of the Blind take some kind of action to stop this new brand of conversational radio broadcasting during Red Sox games. It makes a mockery of the entire business. I find myself wanting to shut the radio off, hoping that the television broadcasts, although geared for sighted people, will be much better than what I’ve been hearing on the radio. I sincerely hope that you and the Bay State Council of the Blind can assist me and other people in the blindness community who find conversational broadcasting a disgrace. I hope to hear from you soon regarding this matter. Together, we should all make a statement that conversational broadcasting on the radio does not work, even though WEEI thinks it’s the greatest thing since sex. I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Warm regards, Bob Branco Sox Fan.

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Hi, Jenny the giraffe here. I have a big heart. That does not mean I can't have physical problems with my heart. Read below an article I found.
Cardiac Arrest: What You Should Know What Is It? Cardiac arrest, sometimes called sudden cardiac arrest, means that your heart suddenly stops beating. This cuts off blood flow to the brain and other organs. It’s an emergency and is deadly if not treated immediately. Call 911 right away!1/17 Symptoms Cardiac arrest is quick and drastic: You suddenly collapse, lose consciousness, have no pulse, and aren’t breathing. Right before it happens, you could be very tired, dizzy, weak, short of breath, or sick to your stomach. You may pass out or have chest pain. But not always. Cardiac arrest can happen with no warning signs at all. our heart has an electrical system that keeps it beating regularly. Cardiac arrest can strike if the electrical signals go haywire and cause an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. There are different types of arrhythmias, and most aren’t dangerous. One called ventricular fibrillation triggers cardiac arrest the most. If this happens, the heart can’t pump enough blood to your body. That’s life-threatening within minutes. Many people who have cardiac arrest also have coronary artery disease. Often, that’s where the trouble starts. Having coronary artery disease means less blood flows into your heart. This can lead to a heart attack that damages your heart’s electrical system. Other Causes Cardiac arrest can also happen for other reasons, including: • Major blood loss or severe lack of oxygen • Intense exercise, if you have heart problems • Too high levels of potassium or magnesium, which could lead to a deadly heart rhythm • Your genes. You may inherit certain arrhythmias or a tendency to get them. • Changes to your heart's structure. For instance, an enlarged heart or changes caused by an infection. Not a Heart Attack Unlike cardiac arrest, your heart doesn’t usually stop during a heart attack. Rather, blood flow is blocked in a heart attack, so your heart doesn’t get enough oxygen. That can kill some of the heart muscle. But the two are linked: The scar tissue that grows as you recover from a heart attack can mess with the heart’s electrical signals and could put you at risk. And a heart attack itself can sometimes trigger cardiac arrest. Not Heart Failure, Either Cardiac arrest strikes suddenly. It’s an instant crisis. Heart failure is different. It’s a condition where your heart gets weaker over time until it can’t send enough blood and oxygen around your body. When your cells don’t get enough of these nutrients, your body doesn’t work as well. You may find it hard to catch your breath when you do simple things like carry groceries, climb stairs, or even walk. At Risk for Cardiac Arrest It’s more likely if you: • Have coronary artery disease (This is the biggest risk.) • Are a man • Have had arrhythmias or cardiac arrest, or someone in your family has • Smoke or abuse drugs or alcohol • Have had one or more heart attacks • Have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart failure • Are obese Intense Emotion Sudden strong feelings, especially out-of-control anger, can prompt arrhythmias that trigger cardiac arrest. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression also may make you more likely to have it. That’s one more reason to tell your doctor or see a counselor if you’re having a hard time. Treatment If you have cardiac arrest, you need immediate treatment with a defibrillator, a machine that sends an electric shock to the heart. This shock sometimes can get your heart to beat normally again. But it must be done within minutes to help. First responders like police, firefighters, and paramedics usually have a defibrillator and know how to use it. Some public places have a version of the machine, called an AED, that anyone can use. AED: What to Do You don’t need training to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). Just follow the directions. This device can sense dangerous arrhythmias and send a lifesaving shock to the heart if needed. If you think someone is having cardiac arrest, call 911 and send someone to look for an AED. Do CPR until the AED or emergency responders arrive. At the Hospital The doctors will watch you closely. They will try to find out what caused your cardiac arrest and treat the problem. If you have coronary artery disease, you may get a bypass or a procedure called angioplasty to open narrowed or blocked arteries in your heart. You may also get medicines and advice for lifestyle changes to lower your chances of having it again. See a Cardiologist After you recover, you’ll see a heart doctor (cardiologist), who will check your heart’s electrical system and come up with your treatment plan to try to prevent another cardiac arrest. You might get blood tests and other types of studies to check on your heart. What Other Tests Might I Get? Your doctor may recommend: • EKG (electrocardiogram): It reads your heart's electrical activity. • Echocardiography: It shows your heart’s size, shape, and how well it works. • Cardiac MRI(magnetic resonance imaging): This makes detailed pictures of your heart at work. • MUGA (multiple gated acquisition): You get a little radioactive material injected into your bloodstream to help special cameras take pictures of your heart. Cardiac Catheterization Your doctor may put a soft, thin tube called a catheter into a blood vessel in your neck, arm, or upper thigh and guide it to your heart. She may send a special dye that’s visible on X-rays into the tube to check for narrowed or blocked arteries. She can also test your heart’s response to certain drugs or electrical signals. She may even use the tube to do angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries. If You Need an ICD This device is a small automated defibrillator that a surgeon can implant under your skin to send an electric shock to your heart if it finds certain irregular heartbeats. Your doctor may suggest that you get one if you have severe heart disease or have already had cardiac arrest. A surgeon places the ICD under your skin. Some devices include a pacemaker as well as an ICD to keep your heart rhythm regular.

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