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Meet Ella: New Zealand Police unveil first artificial intelligence officer

February 19th, 2020 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

The police have unveiled their first AI officer, with hopes she’ll soon be smiling and blinking out of screens in stations all around New Zealand. Ella, the artificial intelligence cop at the centre of the police’s new digital services, was revealed at the police national headquarters in Wellington this morning. Ella, which stands for Electronic […]



AI can help find illegal opioid sellers online. And wildlife traffickers. And counterfeits.

January 26th, 2020 at 5:16 pm » Comments Off

Tablets suspected by the Drug Enforcement Administration to be fentanyl. Don Emmert/Getty Images The government is investing in an AI-based tool that could help catch illegal opioid sales on the internet. But the same approach could find lots of other illicit transactions. An estimated 130 people die from opioid-related drug overdoses each day in the […]



7 Anti-drone weapons used by the military and law enforcement around the world

December 7th, 2019 at 1:40 pm » Comments Off

Drones can be used for some very nefarious activities. For this reason, armies and law enforcement need some effective means of countering them. Drones are, frankly, awesome. But there are some bad actors who could use them for nefarious activities. For these reasons, many companies around the world, including engineering-giants like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, […]



Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to New York prison inmates

November 11th, 2019 at 3:42 pm » Comments Off

Prisoners participating in Bard College initiative to provide them a liberal arts education beat Ivy League students who won national title only months ago Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern correctional facility in New York, […]



Rick Smith: The man who plans to make bullets obsolete

October 23rd, 2019 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

Axon Enterprise CEO Rick Smith Rick Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Axon Enterprise, a pioneer in less-lethal weapons and a global market leader in law enforcement technology. He notes that the gun is antiquated technology, and it is responsible for tens of thousands of senseless killings every year. Humanity has accepted that killing […]



Amazon’s Ring wanted to use 911 calls to activate its video doorbells

September 28th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Ring wanted 911 calls to activate its doorbells.  The company worked with police and cities to build in this real-time feature, emails showed. Ring considered building a tool that would use calls to the 911 emergency number to automatically activate the video cameras on its smart doorbells, according to emails obtained by CNET. The Amazon-owned […]



Revealed: This is Palintir’s top-secret user manual for cops

July 24th, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Motherboard obtained a Palantir user manual through a public records request, and it gives unprecedented insight into how the company logs and tracks individuals. Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan […]



Huntington Park Police to deploy ‘RoboCop’ to monitor public areas

July 7th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

The Huntington Park Police Department is set to unveil “HP RoboCop,” the latest tool in the force’s arsenal that will keep an electronic eye on public areas, the city of Huntington Park announced in a news release. The device is “an autonomous data machine that is meant to serve outdoors,” that will use 360-degree HD […]



His DNA solved a century-old jailhouse rape. The victim: His Grandmother

June 18th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Commercial DNA tests showed that Hiram and Bruce were related. But their link proved to be much deeper — and darker — than either could have imagined. As a black teenager in Compton, California, in the 1970s, Hiram Johnson began to wonder about his father’s fine curly hair, and the light-brown skin that strangers sometimes […]



San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition technology tools

May 23rd, 2019 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition technology tools Pedestrians walk along Post Street in San Francisco. The city became the first in the United States to ban facial recognition technology by police and city agencies. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Concerned that some new surveillance technologies may be too intrusive, San Francisco became […]



New Research : Prison time doesn’t actually deter repeat offenders

May 22nd, 2019 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

The American penal system assumes that being imprisoned is bad enough to deter people convicted of a crime from breaking the law again. But there’s new evidence that prison time doesn’t deter future crimes nearly as well as people tend to assume. That’s the result of a study published Monday in the journal Nature Human […]



Denver becomes first U.S. city to decriminalize “Magic Mushrooms”

May 13th, 2019 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

  This week, Denver, CO became the first city in the United States to decriminalize psilocybin, a compound with hallucinogenic properties that occurs in some mushrooms — a move that could signal new frontiers both in the country’s evolving relationship with mind-altering substances and in the medical community’s accelerating exploration of psychedelics. “Because psilocybin has […]