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SEC decision on Ethereum cryptocurrency could affect others funded by ICOs

May 10th, 2018 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

The SEC is scrutinizing Ether, second only to bitcoin in value, to determine if it should be considered a security; the decision could affect other digital currencies launched through initial coin offerings. The second most valuable cryptocurrency behind bitcoin, Ethereum, is under regulatory scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is considering whether […]



How the world’s first loneliness minister will tackle the sad reality of modern life

April 30th, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

A woman holds the report of the Jo Cox Commission on December 15, 2017 in Batley, England. The report has highlighted that the UK should appoint a “minister for loneliness.” Tracey Crouch knows what it’s like to feel frighteningly alone. After giving birth to her first child, Freddie, in 2016, the British lawmaker says that […]



Chinese cities wanting peace and quiet are using acoustic cameras to catch honking drivers

April 28th, 2018 at 9:32 am » Comments Off

The cameras, which have been rolled out in 40 cities, work by capturing a two-second film of a honking car. The police analyze the footage to determine whether drivers who honked had a fair reason to do so — if not, they could receive a $16 fine. This may be the first step to link […]



The robocops are here

April 7th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

As robotic police head out on the street of Dubai, we look at the technology that’s set to revolutionise law and order. Visitors to Dubai’s busy shopping arcades may be surprised to find themselves under the protection of a humanoid police robot. Though it has no mouth, the expressionless bot communicates in Arabic and English, […]



Beijing police are using facial-recognition glasses to identify car passengers and number plates

March 15th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

A promotion video shows an actor wearing LLVision facial recognition smart glasses during a demonstration at the company’s office in Beijing, China February 28, 2018. Beijing police began testing facial-recognition glasses last week. They appear to be similar to those first used by police in a Henan railway station last month.



Preparing for the economic impact of artificial intelligence

March 13th, 2018 at 12:32 am » Comments Off

Should governments start taxing robots as a way to prepare for a future of mass unemployment brought on by technology?



China is ‘weaponizing capital’ — and it’s keeping the head of the US Navy awake at night

March 8th, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

China has pursued numerous commercial and infrastructure deals around the world in recent years. Critics see this as a Chinese effort to extent its influence abroad. These financial maneuvers are a source of concern for many — including the head of the US Navy.



Venezuela’s own oil-backed cryptocurrency is available for presale today

March 2nd, 2018 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Venezuela launched the presale of its own cryptocurrency, the petro, today. There are currently 82 million tokens available, which the government plans to follow with an initial coin offering (ICO) launch in a month. It’s the world’s first sovereign cryptocurrency, built on the Ethereum blockchain and intended in part to save the country from wild […]



These are the world’s most miserable economies

February 20th, 2018 at 4:27 am » Comments Off

Rising prices are more of a threat to the global economy this year than joblessness, according to Bloomberg’s Misery Index, which sums inflation and unemployment outlooks for 66 economies. Venezuela, South Africa seen as world’s unhappiest economies Thailand, Singapore remain ‘least miserable’ in rankings



Illegal drone use over New York City is steeply rising

February 17th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Within a single year, illegal drone sightings in New York City have increased by 68 percent. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to establish the state’s first drone-testing corridor, this is probably not what he had in mind. New York City has seen an increase in illegal drone use of 68 percent from the […]



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