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Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans to Closely Track Search Users in China

September 21st, 2018

Via: The Intercept: Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned. The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search […]

China’s Chilling ‘Social Credit System’ Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It’s Already Switched On

September 20th, 2018

Via: Science Alert: It’s been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it’s already been switched on. China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. […]

At This High-Tech Farm, the Boss Is an AI-Powered Algorithm

September 20th, 2018

Via: Bloomberg: Each morning when she gets to work at Bowery Farming Inc., Katie Morich changes into a clean uniform, puts on a hairnet and cleans her hands with sanitizer. Then she consults a computer monitor displaying all the tasks she needs to accomplish that day. The to-do list’s author isn’t human; it’s a piece […]

Amazon Will Consider Opening Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021

September 20th, 2018

Via: Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. is considering a plan to open as many as 3,000 new AmazonGo cashierless stores in the next few years, according to people familiar with matter, an aggressive and costly expansion that would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven Inc., quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, and mom-and-pop pizzerias and taco […]

U.S. Air Force Testing Reaper Drones for Air-to-Air Combat

September 20th, 2018

Via: Military.com: An MQ-9 Reaper drone has bagged its first air-to-air kill of another small, aerial vehicle in a controlled simulation, an official revealed to Military.com this week. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like […]

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Tap Google to Power In-Car Systems

September 18th, 2018

What’s next? New homes with Google hardware and software embedded in the walls? Via: Engadget: This week, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, the world’s largest maker of cars, signed a deal with Alphabet’s Google to be able to use Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Android OS in its vehicles. The new systems will debut […]

Self-Driving Cars Can Handle Neither Rain nor Sleet nor Snow

September 18th, 2018

Via: Bloomberg: As things stand today, the driverless car of the future can’t handle more than a dusting of snow. It’s a known problem in the field, and vaguely embarrassing when the end result is supposed to be robots sophisticated enough to navigate the uncertainties of traffic and improve on lackluster human perception. In Boston, […]

Volvo Unveils All-Electric and Autonomous Truck Without a Cab

September 13th, 2018

Via: Electrek: If your truck is completely autonomous, why would you need a cab? Volvo Trucks believes that you don’t and that’s why they built a new all-electric and autonomous truck without a cab called Vera.

Pentagon Will Spend $2 Billion Developing Next-Generation AI

September 8th, 2018

Via: Nextgov: The Pentagon on Friday announced it would spend more than $2 billion over the next five years to advance the foundations of artificial intelligence technology. Through the AI Next initiative, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aims to bring about so-called “third wave” AI, tools capable of human-like communication and contextual reasoning that […]

The U.S. Army Wants to Transmit Power to Drones with Lasers

September 8th, 2018

Via: Defense Systems: Even as drone technology advances, power constraints limit the amount of equipment unmanned systems can carry as well as the time they can stay in the air. Some drone systems, like the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications drone from CyPhy Works, deliver power through a tether to keep a small drone aloft […]

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