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Police face-tracking network covers nearly 50% of US adults

October 25th, 2016 at 7:15 am » Comments Off

Using state driver’s license data, US law enforcement agencies have created a huge network of ID photographs that can be searched using facial-recognition software, raising legal and privacy concerns about its use. Photographs of more than 117 million adult US citizens are now part of the “perpetual line-up,” according to a report by that name […]

Limiting Children’s Screen Time: We Were Wrong

October 25th, 2016 at 6:54 am » Comments Off

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.

‘Unplugged’ Tourism Is Booming Because We’re So Addicted to Our Gadgets

October 25th, 2016 at 6:04 am » Comments Off

If a tree falls in the Amazon, but you don’t capture it on Snapchat, did it actually fall? I had the thought while hiking through the rainforest, on the third day of a digital detox that was slowly killing me. What’s the point of eating a live worm or luring a monkey onto my shoulder […]

AT&T using drones to inspect cell towers and find bird nests

October 24th, 2016 at 7:12 am » Comments Off

  AT&T is using drones to conduct cell tower inspections and find birds’ nests that can potentially affect cell coverage, reports Recode. The telco provider is doing this as part of a new drone initiative it announced in July.

Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.

At one school students can finish high school with bachelor’s degree

October 19th, 2016 at 6:56 am » Comments Off

  BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Aya Tal-mason’s excitement as she describes her research on cancer-fighting drugs rivals her schoolmate Paige Fries’ audible enthusiasm about her recently published science-fiction novel. Fellow student Hannah Herbst recently visited President Barack Obama to explain the inexpensive generator she designed that uses plastic spoons and the hydropower of streams […]

An “A.I. teacherless” world is how we beat the jobs doomsday clock

October 14th, 2016 at 6:59 am » Comments Off

By Raymond Alvarez On Special Assignment – DaVinci Institute (Oct. 13, 2016) His quote has been following him around the globe. “A staggering 2 billion jobs will be lost to technological advancement by 2030.” The author is a tall Colorado author whom looks the part of seer – and maybe trumpet player for a jazz […]

Driverless cars could save the UK around £14.3 billion annually

October 13th, 2016 at 5:11 am » Comments Off

  It goes without saying that preservation of life is the reason to invest in road and car safety technology, but the financial implications which fatal and non-fatal accidents have on the economy are another factor which cannot be ignored. According to Reported Road Casualties Great Britain Annual Report 2014 the total cost of prevention […]

The three biggest problems facing AI today

October 13th, 2016 at 4:55 am » Comments Off

Speaking to attendees at a deep learning conference in London last month, there was one particularly noteworthy recurring theme: humility, or at least, the need for it. While companies like Google are confidently pronouncing that we live in an “AI-first age,” with machine learning breaking new ground in areas like speech and image recognition, those at the […]

Westworld-style sex with robots: When will it happen – and is it really a good idea?

October 8th, 2016 at 6:39 am » Comments Off

  Would you have sex with a robot? An impromptu poll of colleagues and friends drew answers ranging from “yes, but only if it was a fully sentient, consenting robot” to “yes, but only if it wasn’t a sentient robot” to “yes, if I could program it and specify exactly what I wanted…no unexpected exploratory penetration, please”. […]

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