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Killer Robots: Experts Warn of ‘Third Revolution in Warfare’

August 21st, 2017

I was warning about this 15 years ago. Nowadays, I’m more into yawning and wondering why the mushroom clouds haven’t gone up yet. Via: BBC: More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”. In a letter to the organisation, artificial […]

“Is Alexa Spying On Us? We’re Too Busy to Care”

August 12th, 2017

Oblivion. Via: McClatchy: It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone. Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to. That single action can […]

Audits Show Lax Oversight by Wisconsin Agency Counting Foxconn Jobs

August 11th, 2017

From, Taiwan’s Foxconn, Assembler of iPhones, Considering Wisconsin Plant: My guess is that the plant will be centered around robotic manufacturing and the thousands of workers thing is being thrown out there for political fodder to secure corporate welfare from the state. And now… Via: Reuters: The Wisconsin agency tasked with holding Foxconn accountable for […]

Tesla Is Looking to Test Self-Driving, Electric Trucks With No Driver On Board

August 10th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in “platoons” that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the car company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by […]

Smartphones and Social Media Causing Mental Health Disaster with Children

August 4th, 2017

Via: The Atlantic: Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of […]

‘Apple’s Silence in China Sets a Dangerous Precedent’

July 31st, 2017

Dangerous precedent? I think it’s more of a dangerous precedent du jour. Apple blocks apps for the Chinese regime. Yes, that’s bad. But Cisco built China’s god damned Great Firewall in the first place! In mentioning Apple’s, “Dangerous Precedent,” this New York Times article doesn’t mention Cisco at all. I’m definitely not defending Apple—their manufacturing […]

Facebook Lobbies to Prevent State Limits on Facial Recognition

July 31st, 2017

Via: The Center for Public Integrity: When Chicago resident Carlo Licata joined Facebook in 2009, he did what the 390 million other users of the world’s largest social network had already done: He posted photos of himself and friends, tagging the images with names. But what Licata, now 34, didn’t know was that every time […]

Your Banker Is Always In: Sweden Rolls Out the Robots

July 31st, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Aida is the perfect employee: always courteous, always learning and, as she says, “always at work, 24/7, 365 days a year.” Aida, of course, is not a person but a virtual customer-service representative that SEB AB, one of Sweden’s biggest banks, is rolling out. The goal is to give the actual humans more […]

Tech May Replace Half of All Low-Skilled Jobs in the U.S.

July 17th, 2017

Via: CBS: Ball State University sits in Muncie, Indiana, at the heart the “Rust Belt,” so educators there have the right to be pessimistic about the drift of the U.S. economy. But a report by the school’s Center for Business and Economic Research goes even further. “We found a toxic brew,” said CBER Director Michael […]

Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras

July 17th, 2017

Via: Defense One: Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn’t recognize you, the body camera on his chest just might in the future. Device-maker Motorola announced Monday that would partner with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on Motorola products such as the Si500 […]

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