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‘Deepfakes’ called new election threat, with no easy fix

June 26th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Deepfake” videos pose a clear and growing threat to America’s national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that’s not easily answered. A House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday served up a public warning about the deceptive powers of artificial intelligence software and offered a sobering […]



The U.S. is purging Chinese cancer researchers from top institutions

June 25th, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

  The NIH and the FBI are targeting ethnic Chinese scientists, including U.S. citizens, searching for a cancer cure. Here’s the first account of what happened to Xifeng Wu. The dossier on cancer researcher Xifeng Wu was thick with intrigue, if hardly the stuff of a spy thriller. It contained findings that she’d improperly shared […]



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 […]



Bitcoin regulation : South Korea is making progress

June 11th, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

  On June 8th, the South Korean Advisory Committee met to develop a legal framework for national crypto exchanges. Following the Coinrail Market’s recent hack, the South Korean government is enforcing stricter investor protection guidelines: Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML).



The FDA Tells the Food Industry to Change How It Uses ‘Expiration’ Dates

June 2nd, 2019 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

The Food and Drug Administration is going after food waste with a new effort to make sure we don’t throw out groceries until they’re absolutely inedible. On Thursday, the agency issued a letter to the food industry at large, throwing its support behind a growing trend to almost universally adopt a “Best if Used By” […]



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