Science & Technology

Robocop Hits Streets Of Dubai

From GulfNews.com: Dubai: Months after Dubai unveiled the first flying taxis in the world, Dubai Police on Tuesday unveiled another believed world’s first — autonomous, self-driving miniature police cars that are expected to hit the streets by year-end. The robotic vehicles will be equipped with biometric software to scan for wanted criminals and undesirables who are suspected or are breaking …

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Flight attendants to use augmented reality to read our emotions

Curator’s Note: We’re now on the downhill portion of the slippery slope of privacy loss. From News.Com.Au: FLIGHT attendants may soon be able to read our emotions using augmented reality. Well, that’s what Air New Zealand is hoping for. In a collaboration with Dimension Data, the airline is exploring how the Microsoft HoloLens — augmented reality smart glasses — can …

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It’s Happening: Cyberattacks In 12 Nations Said To Use Leaked N.S.A. Hacking Tools!

Curator’s Note:  We saw it coming.  The not so well guarded N.S.A. hacking tools are said to have been used in today’s cyberattacks in 12 nations. Update: Experts from Kasperksy Labs now put the count at 74 nations. From New York Times: LONDON — An extensive cyberattack struck computers across a wide swath of Europe and Asia on Friday, and …

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UBER Faces Criminal Probe Over Software Used To Evade Authorities

From Reuters: By Dan Levine and Joseph Menn | SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc’s use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said. Uber has acknowledged the software, known as “Greyball,” helped it identify and circumvent government officials …

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VIDEO: Facebook Hiring 3,000 New Employees To Censor Posts.

Curator’s Note:  The ABC headline was a bit disingenuous. These people will not just be “monitoring” your facebook posts, they will be censoring them, so we used our own headline. From ABC News: Amid a spate of live broadcasts of grisly incidents, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today he will be hiring 3,000 additional employees over the next year to …

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Facebook Is Analyzing Children’s (Teenagers) Moods And Giving That Info To Advertisers!

Curator’s Note:  This is a terrible invasion of privacy (well, duh it’s facebag…) and advertisers could use this info to target children when they are at their most vulnerable. FROM CNBC: Facebook has been analyzing the emotions of teenagers and acknowledges it passed along the information to an advertiser in violation of its policies, according to published reports. The Australian …

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SpaceX to launch classified US govt payload Sunday

From Yahoo News: Miami (AFP) – SpaceX on Sunday is scheduled to make its first military launch, with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States. No details were made public about the payload, known only as NROL-76, which was first announced last year. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is …

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Facebook Working on Brain-Computer Interface to Translate Thoughts to Text

From Breitbart: Facebook’s Building 8 “moon shot” division is developing a direct brain-to-computer interface, allowing users to type words with their mind. Scientific American reports that Facebook is working on a device that would allow users to type words using a brain-computer interface (BCI). The device would reportedly be strapped to a user’s head and decode words thought by the user, with …

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Cryogenically frozen brains will be ‘woken up’ and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

From Telegraph.co.uk: Sarah Knapton, science editor 27 APRIL 2017 • 11:46AM People who have had their brains cryogenically frozen could be ‘woken up’ within three years, a pioneering Italian surgeon has claimed. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is aiming to carry out the first human head transplant within 10 months and then wants to begin trials …

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Crime Fighting Robots May Be Coming to a Mall Near You

From FoxNews: A Silicon Valley startup has developed a robot that may soon replace mall cops. Knightscope, which specializes in fully autonomous security data machines, says it is officially signed up to patrol malls in New York and Massachusetts, with nearly two dozen accounts set up across 16 cities this year. “We’re starting off in the public arena, so we …

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