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Animal Shelter Tried to Use Security Robot to Scare Off Homeless People

December 14th, 2017

Via: The Verge: An animal shelter in San Francisco has been criticized for using a robot security guard to scare off homeless people. The San Francisco branch of the SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) hired a K5 robot built by Knightscope to patrol the sidewalks outside its facilities. According to […]

Food Insecurity in Silicon Valley

December 12th, 2017

Via: Guardian: In a region famed for its foodie culture, where the well-heeled can dine on gold-flecked steaks, $500 tasting menus and $29 loaves of bread, hunger is alarmingly widespread, according to a new study shared exclusively with the Guardian. One in four people in Silicon Valley are at risk of hunger, researchers at the […]

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence

December 11th, 2017

Via: Wired: Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars—and triggering a notorious lawsuit—could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence […]

Tesla Is Working on Its Own New AI Chip

December 8th, 2017

Via: Electrek: There have been rumors that Tesla is developing its own chip optimized for self-driving applications ever since we reported on the automaker quietly hiring legendary chip architect Jim Keller from AMD last year. Now CEO Elon Musk finally confirmed the rumor – specifying that Tesla is working on its own new AI chip […]

Google AI Spawns Other AIs

December 5th, 2017

Via: Independent: Google has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that has created its own “child”. What’s more, the original AI has trained its creation to such a high level that it outperforms every other human-built AI system like it. It’s an impressive achievement, but one that could also trigger fears about what else AI […]

Robots Are Coming for Jobs of as Many as 800 Million Worldwide

November 29th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: As many as 800 million workers worldwide may lose their jobs to robots and automation by 2030, equivalent to more than a fifth of today’s global labor force. That’s according to a new report covering 46 nations and more than 800 occupations by the research arm of McKinsey & Co. The consulting company […]

The Driverless Revolution May Exact a Political Price

November 21st, 2017

Via: Los Angeles Times: In its race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for auto companies and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking. But at a recent hearing, lawmakers absorbed an economic argument that illustrated how the driverless revolution they are encouraging could backfire politically, particularly […]

Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Does Backflip

November 17th, 2017

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TSA Plans to Use Face Recognition to Track Americans Through Airports

November 13th, 2017

Via: EFF: The “PreCheck” program is billed as a convenient service to allow U.S. travelers to “speed through security” at airports. However, the latest proposal released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reveals the Department of Homeland Security’s greater underlying plan to collect face images and iris scans on a nationwide scale. DHS’s programs will […]

Big Data Meets Big Brother as China Moves to Rate Its Citizens

November 8th, 2017

Behold, the biggest Magic 8 Ball ever. Via: Wired: On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System”. In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What […]

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