16 Apr 2021

How State’s Disinformation-Fighting Arm Uses Artificial Intelligence

The State Department’s Global Engagement Center is utilizing artificial intelligence to counter state-sponsored propaganda and disinformation campaigns in other countries that are aimed at undermining the US. Artificial intelligence is incredibly useful to these efforts, according to the center’s Acting Coordinator Daniel Kimmage, and can be used to identify coordinated

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15 Apr 2021

Lawsuit Filed After Facial Recognition Tech Leads to Wrongful Arrest

Robert Julian-Borchak Williams, a Michigan resident, is suing Detroit officials after facial recognition technology led to his wrongful arrest. Williams filed a federal lawsuit on April 13 against the city of Detroit, claiming that facial recognition technology was misused and relied upon during his arrest, which occurred on January 9,

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14 Apr 2021

Pentagon Launched New Innovation Steering Group

The Defense Department has created a new steering group that is centered around innovation within the department in major technology industries, according to a DoD official. The steering group’s creation was announced on Tuesday at a Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee. The news comes amidst tensions between lawmakers and the agency

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13 Apr 2021

Billions of smartphone owners will soon be authorising payments using facial recognition

A new analysis conducted by Juniper Research found that in the next few years, billions of users will regularly use facial recognition technology to make payments through their devices. Smartphone users already have the capability to use facial recognition to unlock their screens or log into certain applications, however, the

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12 Apr 2021

Army Seeks Info on Biosurveillance Systems that Can Detect Coronavirus

The US Army is allegedly seeking technology that is capable of detecting emerging biological threats, similar to the Covid-19 virus that created a worldwide pandemic. The US Army has released a request for information seeking answers to whether their technology solution project is doable. The solicitation was released by the

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09 Apr 2021

US adds seven Chinese supercomputing organisations onto Entity List

The US Commerce Department has taken another jab at China and their technology development efforts, adding seven Chinese supercomputing entities to its Entity List for allegedly supporting China’s military efforts. The newly listed organizations include the Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, Tianjin Phytium Information Technology. Companies on

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08 Apr 2021

NASA’s Martian Helicopter Readies for Inaugural Flight on Earth’s Neighbor

NASA is preparing its four-pound space helicopter named ingenuity to attempt the first-ever powered and controlled aircraft flight on a planet that is not Earth. The helicopter has completed some major milestones over the past several weeks after traveling to Mars alongside NASA’s Perseverance Rover in late February. Ingenuity’s goal

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07 Apr 2021

Man jailed for trying to buy chemical weapon online able to kill ‘hundreds’ of people

On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice announced that they had arrested and convicted a Missouri man for attempting to buy three 10ml vial batches of highly toxic chemical material through the dark web back in 2018. The man, Jason William Siesser, will spend 12 years in federal prison without

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06 Apr 2021

SpaceX is building launch pad tanks out of Starship parts

SpaceX has launched a program to install the first of numerous propellant storage tanks at its South Texas launch facilities. The move, although it may seem ordinary, is revolutionized by the fact that the storage tanks will be built out of Starship parts. the first signs of the self-built storage

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05 Apr 2021

Army Wants to Automate Base Access With Facial Recognition at Drive-Thru Checkpoints

The Army is currently developing a new biometric camera system that will allow for more thorough checks at base entrances, affirming that the people entering and exiting the facility are who they say they are. The Army has issued a call on its Small Business Innovation Research, looking to form

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