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The best reason for your city to ban facial recognition

June 17th, 2019 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

  The technology isn’t ready. Society isn’t ready. And the law isn’t ready. This week, San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to bar itself from using facial recognition systems. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 8–1 on Tuesday to prohibit the police and other public agencies — though not private companies — from using the emerging technology […]



Robert Downey Jr. announces footprint coalition to clean up the world with advanced tech

June 15th, 2019 at 1:15 pm » Comments Off

   Robert Downey Jr. used his part of the opening keynote for Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas Tuesday evening to announce the launch of a new organization that is committed to using advanced technologies for the good of the environment. The Footprint Coalition, as the group is called, is scheduled to officially launch by […]



Inspiring woman invents refugee tents that collect rainwater and store solar energy

June 12th, 2019 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

    Since 2011, the Syrian Civil War created one of the most devastating humanitarian disasters in the world, with an estimated number of 13.5 million Syrians internally displaced or are refugees outside Syria, according to the United Nations. Facing the difficulty of finding basic shelter and a home to live in, award-winning Jordanian-Canadian architect Abeer […]



In a world awash in information, the curator is king

June 10th, 2019 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

  A sci-fi novelist on what he learned writing a trilogy of speculative novels that extrapolate how feeds shape our lives, politics, and future Feeds shape our world. Google uses hundreds of variables to determine the search results you see. A complex statistical engine produces your personalized Netflix queue. Facebook uses everything it knows about […]



Tech giant brings software to a gun fight

June 8th, 2019 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Business-software giant Salesforce instituted a new policy barring retail customers from using its technology to sell semiautomatic weapons and some other firearms. SAN FRANCISCO — On its website, Salesforce.com touts retailer Camping World as a leading customer of its business software, highlighting its use of products to help sales staff move product. A Camping World […]



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