November 2019

Technology News Headlines



Here’s why AI deserves the same rights as animals

- By AEON

We will soon have AI robots approximately as cognitively sophisticated as mice or dogs. Now is the time to start thinking about whether, and under what conditions, AI robots might deserve the ethical protections we typically give to animals.
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AI mind-reading tool produces video of human thoughts in real-time

- By David Rivers

A mind-reading tool powered by artificial intelligence has produced a staggering video of human thoughts in real-time. Russian researchers trained the programme to guess what people are thinking based on their brain waves. They trained the AI by using clips of different objects, and the brainwave activity of participants watching them. Participants were then shown clips of nature scenes, people on jet skis and human expressions.
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Russian cows get VR headsets 'to reduce anxiety'

- By BBC

A Russian farm has given its dairy cows virtual reality headsets in a bid to reduce their anxiety. The herd donned VR systems adapted for the "structural features of cow heads" and were shown a "unique summer field simulation program". Moscow's Ministry of Agriculture and Food cited research which they say has shown a link between a cow's emotional experience and its milk yield. Initial tests reportedly boosted "the overall emotional mood of the herd".
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Dead satellites pose ‘very big danger’ to Earth

- By NINA MASSEY

Around two-thirds of the satellites orbiting Earth are dead, posing a “very big danger” to the planet, European space ministers have heard. The European Space Agency (ESA) is proposing a mission to tackle the growing problem of space debris, its director-general said. Speaking at the agency’s ministerial council in Seville, Spain, Johann-Dietrich Worner said that of almost 4 500 satellites in orbit, only 1 500 are active.
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Go grandmaster says computers 'cannot be defeated'

- By AFP

The only human ever to beat Google's computer algorithm at the ancient Chinese strategy game Go decided to retire because he is convinced machines "cannot be defeated", a report said Wednesday. South Korean Lee Se-Dol's five-match showdown with Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in 2016 raised both the game's profile and fears of computer intelligence's seemingly limitless learning capability.
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Mass. State Police Tested Out Boston Dynamics’ Spot The Robot Dog

- By Ally Jarmanning

Massachusetts State Police is the first law enforcement agency in the country to use Boston Dynamics' dog-like robot, called Spot. While the use of robotic technology is not new for state police, the temporary acquisition of Spot — a customizable robot some have called “terrifying” — is raising questions from civil rights advocates about how much oversight there should be over police robotics programs.
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FedEx delivery robots invade New York City streets

- By Israel Salas-Rodriguez

A bunch of FedEx delivery robots rolled around lower Manhattan as part of a promotion last week, prompting bewildered pedestrians to share videos of the jarring sight on social media. “Wall-E out here flexing all over FedEx delivery drivers,” wrote @WhatIsNY while posting a video of one of the boxy cyborgs-on-wheels — part of FedEx’s “SameDay Bot” courier fleet — cutting through a group crossing Crosby Street near Houston Street.
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BITCOIN PLUMMETS $20 BILLION IN SECOND BIZARRE PRICE CRASH

- By Anthony Cuthbertson

The price of bitcoin has fallen to a six-month low following the second major crash in the space of just three days. The latest dip in value took bitcoin below $7,000 (£5,400), wiping nearly $20 billion from its overall market capitalisation since this time last week. Its price remains well up from the start of the year, when it was trading at below $4,000, but is now worth half as much as it was in June.
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Web inventor launches action plan in bid to prevent ‘digital dystopia’

- By Jamie Harris

World wide web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned of a “digital dystopia” as he launches a global action plan aimed at tackling misuse of the web. The British computer scientist will unveil a string of standards in Berlin on Monday, over fears of ever-increasing online threats, such as election interference, harassment, invasion of privacy and the spread of disinformation.
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Killer Robots Geared to ‘Wipe Out Swathes of Human Population’

- By Svetlana Ekimenko

Dozens of countries have been echoing calls to negotiate a treaty to retain “meaningful human control over the use of force”, including 30 states that want to ban fully autonomous weapons. Human Rights Watch director Mary Wareham believes the use of autonomous weaponry has emerged as “one of the most pressing threats to humanity” in the world today, as she berated leading nations for failing to take adequate measures to tackle the problem.
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Japanese hotel Asahi Ryokan offers $1 rooms for guests who live-stream everything

- By IRINA IVANOVA

Visitors to Fukuoka, Japan, can get a hotel room at the bargain price of $1 — but there's a catch. To take advantage of the deal, visitors must agree to live-stream almost everything. That doesn't include using the bathroom, which is outside the range of the table-mounted camera, and the guests are permitted to turn out the lights during sleep, the Washington Post reported. Everything else is fair game for 24 hours.
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Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial intelligence moves into care

- By TOM MURPHY

The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online. Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients.
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China surveillance tech seeks to go global

- By Mathieu RABECHAULT

Chinese firms are omnipresent at a Paris homeland security trade show, capitalising on their vast experience in developing surveillance systems for Beijing to conquer the global market despite concerns the technology has been used to violate human rights.
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Artificial skin that can sense a touch from the other side of the world

- By SOPHIE CURTIS

Artificial skin that can sense touch - allowing the wearer to 'hold hands' with a loved one on the other side of the world or feel a pat on the back from a teammate in the online game Fortnite - has been developed by scientists. Described as an 'epidermal VR' system, the artificial skin consists of a six-inch-square sheet of thin, soft, flexible material, embedded with 32 tiny vibrating actuators.
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WHATSAPP 'SECRETLY PART OF SPY PROGRAMME', TELEGRAM FOUNDER CLAIMS

- By Anthony Cuthbertson

A major security flaw within WhatsApp is further proof that spy agencies are habitually using it as a surveillance tool, the founder of rival messaging app Telegram has claimed. Pavel Durov supported this claim by pointing to a recent vulnerability that potentially exposed the private messages and photos of WhatsApp users – just months after a similar security bug was discoverd.
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Android Security Flaw Lets Hackers Spy On You Using Your Phones Camera

- By Kavita Iyer

A security loophole in Google’s camera apps allowed hackers to record videos and take photos secretly even when the phone is locked, according to a new report from Checkmarx who discovered the vulnerability. The bug, dubbed CVE-2019-2234 was discovered by the Checkmarx Security Research Team, is said to be linked to permission bypass issues.
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‘Big Brother’ state? Spain begins tracking mobile phones in controversial study to better public services

- By RT

Millions of Spaniards are being tracked on their mobile phones this week as part of a controversial government study designed to gather information about where citizens are traveling and when in order to “improve public services.” The National Statistics Institute (INE) has assured people that the eight-day project is completely “anonymous” — but that hasn’t stopped concerns being raised over the ‘spy state’ and ‘big brother’ style privacy issues.
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Does Tesla Already Have Over 200,000 Cybertruck Reservations?

- By Steven Loveday

It seems so, and that number could actually be much higher. People are already speculating about how many deposits/reservations Tesla has received over the last ~9-10 hours or so. Has the Silicon Valley automaker racked up more pre-orders for the Cybertruck in a matter of hours than Ford has for the Mustang Mach-E thus far?
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Republicans & Democrats Agree: Give Vast Snooping Powers To The US Government

- By Mac Slavo

Even in our polarized and right vs. left political paradigm, there is one thing both republicans and democrats can agree on: The federal government should have vast snooping powers and conduct mass surveillance on everyone. They simply disagree over who should be in charge of abusing those excessive powers.
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Fears ‘5G weapons system on UK streets’ after conspiracist takes apart light

- By Katy Gill

Street lights installed with 5G are a "weapons system" being released into UK streets, a conspiracist has claimed. Over the last few months claims have been made that 5G systems could be harming the environment and the public. And in a recent video, conspiracist Anthony Steele claimed a whistleblower who works for the police has come forward to confirm it.
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Alphabet's rebooted robotics program starts with trash-sorting machines

- By Georgina Torbet

For all the advances made by robot companies like Boston Dynamics, we're still a long way from having robots living among humans and performing assistive tasks in our day-to-day lives. Google's parent company, Alphabet, is taking on the this challenge through its experimental X Lab, where engineers are working on The Everyday Robot Project.
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Sickening Survey: Smartphones Covered In Bacteria, Yet 1 in 4 NEVER Clean Theirs

- John Anderer

Tens of millions of people carry their smartphone with them everywhere they go, including the bathroom. Our phones are always within our grasp, which means they are also constantly being exposed to whatever bacteria we may have accumulated on our hands. Unfortunately, a new survey of 1,200 Americans and their cleaning habits finds that one in four (23%) have never cleaned their phone.
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Scientists decode human thoughts and emotions using MRI and computer analysis

- By CBS

Scientists can actually identify what we are thinking and now even feeling, Lesley Stahl reports on this Sunday's 60 Minutes. Her story on the use of functional MRIs and computer analysis to interpret human thoughts will be broadcast on Sunday, November 24, at 7 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.
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DONALD TRUMP FACES PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE FROM TRANSHUMANIST CYBORG

- By Anthony Cuthbertson

Mr Istvan previously ran as a third-party candidate in the 2016 US elections for the Transhumanist Party but decided the Republican ticket would provide a better platform to promote his message that science and technology can profoundly transform both America and Americans. Some of the more extreme promises of transhumanism include reversing ageing and eventually curing death, though some methods of artificially improving the human body are already under development, such as Neuralink’s brain-computer interface.
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New federal bill would restrict police use of facial recognition

- By Jon Schuppe

Federal agents would have to get a judge's approval before using facial recognition to conduct surveillance of a criminal suspect under a bill introduced Thursday in the Senate. The proposal is the first attempt by federal lawmakers to restrict law enforcement's use of the technology, which has become the subject of growing public opposition, with several U.S. cities banning its use by local authorities this year.
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Man Dies After Smartphone On Charging Explodes

- By Kavita Iyer

A young man in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, unfortunately, lost his life after the mobile phone that he was charging exploded at night while he was asleep. The deceased has been identified as Kuna Pradhan, a 22-year-old resident of Ranpur village of Nayagarh district in the state.
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Space travel barrier removed as docs freeze and revive human for first time

- By Michael Moran

Journeys to other star systems will forever be out of reach unless a massive breakthrough in physics makes faster-than-light travel a reality, or a breakthrough in medicine makes suspended animation possible. Now, at least, one of those things has happened.
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'Rude' robot able to distract gamers

- By BBC

Video-game players perform worse when being insulted - even when the insults come from a robot, a study suggests. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University asked participants to play a logic-based game with Pepper, a personal assistant from SoftBank. The robot switched between giving players encouragement and mild insults. Gamers played better when Pepper stayed positive but made less rational decisions when the robot gave them grief.
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Can Bots Surpass the ‘Realism’ of Human Dialogue?

- By SYNCED

The idea that machine-generated conversations could be more “realistic” than human conversations may seem absurd or even logically flawed. Yet we’re getting there. Microsoft’s new tunable gigaword-scale neural network DialogGPT is a virtual master of conversation that outperforms strong baseline systems in generating relevant and context-consistent responses and attains near human level performance in conversational response generation tasks.
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Invisibility Shield makes objects ‘disappear’ behind incredible light-bending material developed for army

- By Charlotte Edwards

An invisibility shield that can actually make objects disappear before your eyes has been developed by a military camouflage company. The incredible material works by bending light so that objects placed behind it can no longer be seen. HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp said its new technology is like an invisibility cloak. It works by bending light waves around the object behind it, which removes visuals and even the shadow of the object.
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South Korea’s Robots Are Both Friends and Job Killers

- By Sam Kim

Few countries in the world are embracing automation like South Korea. The government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to help automate and upgrade its industries and last year teamed up with Samsung Electronics Co. to create a 100 billion won fund that would help 2,500 companies make the leap to “smart factories.”
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Don’t get ‘juice jacked’! Officials warn not to plug your phone into public USB chargers

- By MICHAEL THOMSEN

Officials have warned about the growing threat of malware being transmitted through public USB charging stations. As these charging stations have become more common—in hotels, airports, train stations, and even on some city sidewalks—hackers have developed a new set of hacking techniques to take advantage of them.
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AI systems used by local councils – targeting and punishing the vulnerable

- By TruePublica

A UN human rights expert has expressed serious concerns about the emergence of the “digital welfare state”, saying that all too often the real motives behind such artificial intelligence programs are to slash welfare spending, set up intrusive government surveillance systems and generate profits for private corporate interests, while effectively targeting and punishing the vulnerable.
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Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

- By AFP

Americans are increasingly fearful of monitoring of their online and offline activities, both by governments and private companies, a survey showed Friday. The Pew Research Center report said more than 60 percent of US adults believe it is impossible to go about daily life without having personal information collected by companies or the government.
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Is Technology Enabling Human CULLING? The Rise of Genetic Editing Suggests It Is

- By Activist Post

Is technology enabling human culling? The rise of genetic editing suggests it is. This terrifying advance in technology comes with high risks to not only those children who are genetically modified, but to the whole human race.
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PBS Frontline: “In The Age of AI” Provides a Stark Look of How Tech Companies Have Misused Public Trust

- By B.N. Frank

You won’t see cell phones or personal computers much in movies or TV shows until the late 1990s because most people didn’t own them. Of course most people didn’t need them either. If you couldn’t afford a “home phone” – pay phones usually weren’t hard to find. Anyone who needed to be “on call” – like doctors – wore pagers.
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DHS EXPECTS TO HAVE THE BIOMETRICS DATA OF 259 MILLION PEOPLE BY 2022

- By Mac Slavo

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects to have face, fingerprint, and iris scans of at least 259 million people in its biometrics database by 2022. Is there any way to escape the mass surveillance and tracking that George Orwell warned us all about in his iconic book, 1984?
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DJI makes app to identify drones and find pilots

- By Dave Lee

Drone maker DJI has demonstrated a way to quickly identify a nearby drone, and pinpoint the location of its pilot, via a smartphone. The technique makes use of a protocol called “Wi-Fi Aware”, with which the drone essentially broadcasts information about itself. The company said it would help prevent security threats and disruption, and give members of the public peace of mind.
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Vision-Box expands in Portugal to triple production of airport biometric tech

- By Airport Technology

Vision-Box, a provider of self-service biometric-based airport solutions, has opened a new manufacturing and logistics facility in Portugal. The company provides technology for biometric recognition and automation for passenger handling, border control and digital identity management.
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Deployment starts for VSBLTY’s $10M facial recognition smart city contract with Mexico City

- By VSBLTY

A leading retail software technology company VSBLTY, and Energetika, an international provider of “intelligent lighting” solutions, have begun deployment of their smart city security contract which combines Energetika’s smart lighting with VSBLTY’s crowd analytics and facial recognition to help keep Mexico City’s neighborhoods safe.
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Japanese Scientist Insists His Robot Twin Is Not Creepy

- By SYNCED

The Japanese robotics professor whose creations were voted the world’s creepiest on the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) website is not amused — especially since one of the androids is his robot twin.
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Chinese killer robots sold to Middle East will leave 'every human dead'

- By Tim Hanlon

China is selling its most advanced “fully autonomous” military drones with fears that it could lead to a bloodbath in the Middle East. The Asian superpower is reportedly selling AI-enhanced combat drones to the region, with potentially disastrous consequences.
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Protesters Took Down a Drone With Standard Laser Pointers

- By Aaron Boyd

Video of Chilean protesters using beams of green light to ground a police drone has been making the rounds on social media. The low-powered presentation laser pointers is becoming a weapon of choice for protesters around the world trying to take down or disable surveillance tech.
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Intel will build AI brains into your laptop for tomorrow's speed boost

- By Stephen Shankland

It may not be obvious, but you're almost certainly using AI every day. Artificial intelligence-boosting hardware in your phone enables voice recognition and spots your friends in photos. In the cloud, it delivers search results and weeds out spam email. Next up for dedicated AI hardware will be your laptop, Intel expects.
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Man sells his baby for $11,000 and spends the cash on tipping female streamers

- By Naga Pramod

A man in China sold his daughter to strangers for nearly $11,000 and used the cash to tip his favorite female hosts on live-streaming sites, a court says. He is now faced with trafficking charges.
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Woman's eye bursts after using her mobile phone too much

- By Michael Moran

A woman who was addicted to her smartphone temporarily blinded herself by overusing it, causing her eye to burst. Doctors managed to save the female patient's vision after her phone addiction left her blind in one eye because blood vessels in her retina had burst from excessive strain.
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Asteroid warning: London Eye-sized asteroid barrelling toward Earth at 103,000 KM per hour

- By SEAN MARTIN

An asteroid bigger than the London Eye is coming close to Earth and NASA has warned that it is “potentially hazardous” to our planet. The space rock known as 2019 UN12 is 147 metres wide, meaning it easily outsizes the 135 metres height of the London Eye, and will pass Earth on November 14.
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Terminally-ill scientist completes transformation into 'world's first full cyborg'

- By Tom Bevan & Shivali Best

A terminally-ill British scientist dying from a muscle wasting disease says has fully completed his transition into the world's first full cyborg - called Peter 2.0. Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, 61, decided to challenge what it meant to be human when he refused to accept his fate following a diagnosis of motor neurone disease in 2017.
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Miami-Dade Cops Want Permanent Access to Controversial Facial Recognition Database

- By JERRY IANNELLI

Since 2001, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) has operated one of the largest facial recognition databases in America. Numerous police departments statewide have opted into accessing the information.
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‘CLEAN ENERGY’ BREAKTHROUGH: New catalyst efficiently produces hydrogen from seawater

- By AAAS and EurekAlert!

Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a significant breakthrough with a new oxygen evolution reaction catalyst that, combined with a hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst, achieved current densities capable of supporting industrial demands while requiring relatively low voltage to start seawater electrolysis.
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The Runit Dome spilling deadly radioactive sludge into Pacific Ocean

- By Charlotte Edwards

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times and Columbia University has revealed that the Runit Dome 'concrete tomb' is leaking. A research team made five trips to the area and found that sea levels around the dome are rising every year and there is evidence of coral bleaching, fish dying and negative impacts on the health of locals.
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Facebook is secretly using your iPhone’s camera as you scroll your feed

- By MIX

iPhone owners, beware. It appears Facebook might be actively using your camera without your knowledge while you’re scrolling your feed. The issue has come to light after a user going by the name Joshua Maddux took to Twitter to report the unusual behavior, which occurs in the Facebook app for iOS.
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AI can predict if you'll die soon – but we've no idea how it works

- By Donna Lu

Artificial intelligence can predict a person’s chances of dying within a year by looking at heart test results – even when they look normal to doctors. How it does so is a mystery.
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Adidas Abandons Robotic Factory Experiment in U.S., Europe

- By Tim Loh

Adidas AG plans to idle experimental “speed factories” in the U.S. and Germany, redeploying techniques developed there to suppliers in Asia, where the vast majority of its products are already made.
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Google's Project Nightingale has allegedly collected tens of millions of health records without patient consent

- By Zach Laidlaw

Tech giants like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are moving aggressively into healthcare, but Google could leapfrog them all thanks to a troubling secret project. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has allegedly been gathering troughs of health data on millions of Americans spanning 21 different states since last year.
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Putin calls for worldwide 'moral rules' to control AI-powered killer robots

- By Michael Moran

Inventor Elon Musk , scientist Stephen Hawking , and even 60s rocker Roger Daltrey have sounded warnings about the dangers of artificial intelligence. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin has added his voice to the call for a set of international guidelines to control the powerful new technology.
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Dog-like robots do backflips and play soccer

- By Bronte Lord

On a recent fall day at MIT, a group of players kicked around a soccer ball on the school's Killian Court lawn. They ran around and jumped in piles of leaves. They even did backflips. But these weren't students, they were cheetahs. Mini cheetahs, actually. Oh, and they're robots.
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Sex robot factory 'looks like Westworld' after producing 'hyper-realistic' dolls

- By David Rivers

A sex robot giant is set to make human-like dolls in a factory that looks like "something out of Westworld". Silicone Lovers told Daily Star Online it is eyeing the production of AI girlfriends that boast "hyper-realism". This includes humanoid movement, voice recognition and sensors that respond to human touch.
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Creepy Chinese facial recognition system puts your name and photo on a billboard if you jaywalk

- By Shivali Best

Facial recognition technology is being used in several Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Shenzhen, which can spot people jaywalking, and post their photo and ID to a huge billboard.
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The rise of microchipping: are we ready for technology to get under the skin?

- By Oscar Schwartz

As implants grow more common, experts fear surveillance and exploitation of workers. Advocates say the concerns are irrational.
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AI robots will be 'as smart as monkeys and have murderous thoughts about humans'

- By Sofie Jackson

Artificial Intelligence robots will soon become as "smart as monkeys" and develop self-awareness, according to theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku.
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How to Deal with Smartphone Stress

- Brad Ridout

In the past decade, smartphones have gone from being a status item to an indispensable part of our everyday lives. And we spend a lot of time on them, around four hours a day on average.
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AI DEEMED ‘TOO DANGEROUS TO RELEASE’ MAKES IT OUT INTO THE WORLD

- By Andrew Griffin

An AI that was deemed too dangerous to be released has now been released into the world. Researchers had feared that the model, known as "GPT-2", was so powerful that it could be maliciously misused by everyone from politicians to scammers.
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This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

- By Dave Gershgorn

Over the last 15 years, the United States military has developed a new addition to its arsenal. The weapon is deployed around the world, largely invisible, and grows more powerful by the day. That weapon is a vast database, packed with millions of images of faces, irises, fingerprints, and DNA data — a biometric dragnet of anyone who has come in contact with the U.S. military abroad.
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If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

- By MATT SIMON

In what will go down as one of the greatest robotics experiments ever, a few years back researchers in Japan let a robot loose in a mall and watched how kids reacted. Far from the sense of wonder you might expect from children, the mood soured into a sense of concern for the next generation, as the kids proceeded to kick and punch the robot and call it names.
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Critics blast a proposal to curb climate change by halting population growth

- By James Temple

More than 11,000 scientists from a broad range of disciplines signed a new editorial declaring a “climate emergency,” but other researchers immediately criticized one of the proposed remedies: halting population growth.
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E-cigs may damage the heart, study says

- By Elizabeth Donovan

Vaping devices and the chemicals they deliver—increasingly popular among teens—may damage the cardiovascular system, a study said Thursday, adding to a growing chorus of concern over injury and deaths related to e-cigarettes.
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Facebook may soon scan your face to verify your identity

- By MICHAEL GROTHAUS

Facebook is testing a feature that will require users to scan their faces to verify their identities on the platform under certain conditions—that’s according to the findings of developer and researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who found the unreleased verification system buried in a recent build of the app.
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Google Wants More Work from the Defense Department

- By PATRICK TUCKER

If you thought that Google was getting out of the national security business, think again. The company’s senior vice president for global affairs said Tuesday that the search giant has Pentagon contracts to work on cybersecurity, business automation, and deepfake detection — and is looking for more.
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The Internet Is Less Free Than It Was a Decade Ago, Report Says

- By Kiley Roache

The internet is less free than it was a decade ago, and it’s getting worse as some governments expand efforts to use social media to manipulate elections and monitor citizens, according to Freedom House, a Washington-based pro-democracy group.
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French High School Students Will Learn About Bitcoin And Crypto

- By Joeri Cant

France is about to introduce an educational module to its high school curriculum that covers Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrencies.
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US federal agencies sued for facial recognition deployment info as UK Commissioner calls for police use rules

- By Chris Burt

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to obtain records relating to their use of biometric facial recognition from the U.S. Justice Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigations, The Washington Post reports.
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Virgin Hyperloop seeks backing to build U.S. certification center

- By David Shepardson

Virgin Hyperloop One said Monday it is asking states to support and host the development of a center to advance its futuristic super high-speed travel plans by testing and validating the technology.
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A RUSSIAN STARTUP IS SELLING ROBOT CLONES OF REAL PEOPLE

- By KRISTIN HOUSER

Russian startup Promobot is now selling autonomous androids — and buyers can choose to make the robots look like any person on Earth. “Everyone will now be able to order a robot with any appearance — for professional or personal use,” Aleksei Iuzhakov, Chairman of Promobot’s Board of Directors, said in a press release.
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Too much screen time changes children's brains, study from Cincinnati Children's finds

- By Anne Saker

Young children who get more screen time than doctors recommend have differences in parts of the brain that support language and self-regulation, a study at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has found.
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World’s largest robotics contest challenged students to find solutions to ocean pollution

- By Associated Press

Seeking to bolster its image as a forward-looking metropolis, Dubai hosted the largest-ever international robotics contest this week, challenging young people from 190 countries to find solutions to global ocean pollution.
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SCIENCE OF ZOMBIES: THE BRAIN-MUNCHING UNDEAD COULD NEVER BE REAL OR COULD THEY?

- By AFP

Hordes of brain-munching undead terrorizing neighborhoods make for fun television and movies, but zombies could never be real... or could they? There are in fact a growing number of documented examples in the animal kingdom of parasites that change their hosts' behavior — and increasing evidence that humans are not immune to zombie-like manipulations.
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Google’s big plan to fight tech addiction: A piece of paper

- By Tanya Basu

Google announced the company’s new “device” involves printing out information that would normally be accessed through a phone—directions, phone numbers, games, and more—on a single piece of paper that’s then folded into eighths. Et voilà, the Paper Phone.
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The most bizarre things Elon Musk has said

- By Mark Matousek

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has an interesting way of looking at both the world and the universe. In August, Musk tweeted, "Nuke Mars," repeating a sentiment he expressed on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" in 2015.
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New printer creates extremely realistic colorful holograms

- By The Optical Society

Researchers have developed a new printer that produces digital 3-D holograms with an unprecedented level of detail and realistic color. The new printer could be used to make high-resolution color recreations of objects or scenes for museum displays, architectural models, fine art or advertisements that do not require glasses or special viewing aids.
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The Most Disturbing But Real Techs of the Past Years

- By Nhx Tingson

Technology is more advanced than ever, and more techs are being produced that will break the world and change the way we see it. But, not everything is awe-inspiring. They're more like spooky and disturbing.
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UFO-themed Nevada brothel, Alien Cathouse is offering online interactive sex robots

- By STACY LIBERATORE

A Nevada brothel that specializes in extraterrestrial fantasies has added futuristic elements to its line-up. Alien Cathouse is offering AI sex robots alongside its human 'Cosmic Kittens' for customers 'that have fetishes that courtesans might not be interested in'.
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Nasa reveals most terrifying planets

- By Harry Pettit

NASA has revealed the scariest planets in the universe in a hilarious video ahead of tomorrow's Halloween celebrations. Deadly worlds with storms of flying glass and surfaces hotter than the Sun feature in the clip, which has been mocked up to look like a 1950s-era B-movie horror trailer.
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China rolls out 5G telecom services

- By AP

China's three major state-run telecom operators have unveiled their 5G network, as the country aims at becoming the global leader in next generation telecom technology surpassing the US and other western nations.
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Russia enacts 'sovereign internet' law, free speech activists cry foul

- By reuters

A law known as the “sovereign internet” bill came into force on Friday in Russia, tightening state control over the global network, which free speech activists say will strengthen government oversight of the country’s cyberspace.
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Microsoft is testing a smartphone-based AI system for driving license tests in India

- By IVAN MEHTA

Microsoft has partnered with a Regional Transport Office in the northern city of Dehradun India to roll out a smartphone-based system for driving license tests. The company’s Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety (HAMS) uses AI to monitor drivers and their driving.
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What Blade Runner predictions did Harrison Ford movie get right for November 2019?

- By GEORGE SIMPSON

Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi noir is set in Los Angeles in November 2019, this very month. And just like Back to the Future in 2015, the movie’s idea of the future is slightly off, but arguably predicted a few things too.
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Beijing to use facial recognition technology in metro security checks – state media

- By AFP

Beijing will use facial recognition tools to speed up security checks in the city’s overcrowded metro, using a ‘credit system’ to sort passengers into different channels, state-run media reported on Wednesday.
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Inside the dystopian nightmare of an internet shutdown

- By KATIE COLLINS

On Oct. 1, the Iraqi government pulled the plug on the country's internet. With no warning, out it went like a light. Ever since, the internet, messaging services and social networks have flickered on and off like faulty bulbs.
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Toronto is reining in Sidewalk Labs’ futuristic smart city dream

- By Nick Summers

Sidewalk Labs, the part of Google-parent Alphabet that's focused on futuristic cities and urban development, has agreed to compromise on a proposed smart neighborhood in Toronto.
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China preps for the launch of government-backed cryptocurrency, censors any negative backlash

- By Arnold Zafra

It what could one of the biggest turn of events in digital currency space, China, the world’s second-largest economy is reported to be launching its cryptocurrency soon. To prepare for this launch, the Chinese government has started campaigning positively about digital currency – and, of course, silencing those that criticize it.
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