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Chinese facial recognition system confuses bus ad with a jaywalker

November 25th, 2018 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

It illustrates one of the many issues with China’s surveillance culture. There are many criticisms you can level at China’s growing reliance on facial recognition, including its absolute faith in technology: what happens if there’s a false positive? Unfortunately, we just saw an example of that in action. Police in the city of Ningbo have […]



Dubai Police start training on flying motorbikes

November 17th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

(CNN) — The flying motorbike is back in Dubai — and you could see the police riding one in the not-too-distant future. A year after California-based startup Hoversurf showcased its hoverbike at tech expo GITEX in the white and green livery of the Dubai Police, the company has returned with a new model and evidence […]



Meet the internet researchers unmasking Russian assassins

October 22nd, 2018 at 6:39 am » Comments Off

Aric Toler is part of Bellingcat, an international Internet research organization that has meticulously investigated conflicts around the world. This week, the online group outed one of two Russian agents believed to have been involved in poisonings in the U.K. Aric Toler isn’t exactly sure what to call himself. “Digital researcher, digital investigator, digital something […]



Great green hope: The big picture on legal marijuana

October 15th, 2018 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

The biggest unclaimed territory in the consumer discretionary universe is cannabis. Even though cannabis remains illegal under federal law, Americans spent $6 billion in 2017 on legal recreational and medical marijuana. Why it matters: Americans may have spent a total of $50 billion on recreational cannabis last year, according to the best estimates. That leaves […]



You can bring your weed to the LA airport now

October 3rd, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

LAX is totally cool with passengers packing it in their carry-ons—but if it’s illegal where you land, that’s on you. It looks like travelers in Los Angeles won’t have to cram their weed inside balled-up socks or stash it in their ibuprofen bottles next time they fly—because LAX is totally chill about bringing pot into […]



Engineers discover a glaringly simple way to detect bombs and hidden weapons

August 22nd, 2018 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

How did we not know this already? You probably use Wi-Fi on the regular to connect your smartphone, computer, or other electronic device to the glory of the world wide web. But soon, that same technology could also keep you safe in real-life public areas. According to a peer-reviewed study led by researchers from Rutgers […]



Eye in the sky: Drones are being taught to spot violence in crowds

July 5th, 2018 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

Researchers are developing a real-time drone survelliance system to identify violence in crowds before it occurs. Imagine your every move being watched and analysed by drones designed to predict – and stop – violent behaviour. It sounds like a scene from Black Mirror, but researchers are trialling a drone surveillance system that does just that […]



A single police drone has seriously impacted crime in a Mexican city

June 15th, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

Drones are finding a place in so many industries lately that it’s not much of a surprise that police departments have also been testing the technology for crime-fighting operations. The city of Ensenada in Mexico, for example, has recently achieved positive results using just a single quadcopter, Wired reported this week. The flying machine has […]



The next frontier of police surveillance is drones

June 13th, 2018 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

A major drone company and a major police-camera company are teaming up, and the possibilities are frightening. Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. A company that makes stun guns and body cameras is teaming up with a company that makes […]



Japan’s prisons area haven for elderly women

April 8th, 2018 at 2:29 pm » Comments Off

Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail. Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost twice the share in the U.S.), has been dealing with one it didn’t foresee: senior crime. Complaints and arrests […]



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