13 Jul 2018

U.S. Needs a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, Lawmakers and Experts Say

“Policymakers and technology experts said without a broad national strategy for driving artificial intelligence forward, the U.S. risks letting global competitors direct the growth of the budding industry. The Trump administration has taken a largely hands-off approach in regards to AI, arguing it’s still too early for the government to

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11 Jul 2018

US brokerages must declare all crypto-related activities

The US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has stated that brokerages must declare their all activities “related to digital assets such as crypto-currencies, virtual coins and tokens” so that the authority can monitor “developments in the digital asset marketplace” and undertake “efforts to ascertain the extent of involvement related to digital

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06 Jul 2018

As mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages sweep India, authorities struggle to combat fake news

Rumors spreading across Indian villages via WhatsApp have fueled more than 12 mob lynchings in recent months. Most recently, a mob killed 5 beggars after a rumor suggested they were trafficking children. National authorities are still struggling to combat this trend and local authorities are attempting a number of human-based

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06 Jul 2018

The Pentagon’s drone and anti-drone budget nearly doubles in 2019

Drone and counter-drone budgets have doubled between 2018 and 2019, with 1.4% of the US defense budget now going to the sector. A drone association developed a detailed breakdown of the expenditures, showing that the 2019 budget allocates $7 billion for unmanned aircraft, $1.5 billion for counter drone systems, $1.3

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06 Jul 2018

Drone activity soaring at the US-Mexico border

Drone sightings at the U.S.-Mexican border are on track to double during fiscal year 2018 over the previous year. Only 1 of the 36 sightings from this year has resulted in a drone seizure, and the one seizure was attributed to counter-surveillance operations by narcotics smugglers. The U.S. Customs and

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05 Jul 2018

Facial recognition technology, military bases, and face paint

Facial recognition technology, in many of its current forms, is unable to match individuals wearing heavy face paint with the same individuals without paint. This gap in the technology poses a risk to sites that use facial recognition security systems like military basis and also engage high numbers of contractors.

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03 Jul 2018

Researchers developing shape-transforming drones

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a floating aircraft known as the DRAGON that can fly in a straight, snake-shaped configuration through small spaces, but also transform into shapes capable of carrying loads. The design, while still in its early stages, solves many of the obstacles facing modern drones

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02 Jul 2018

International Space Station Welcomes Robot Crew Member

The International Space Station is now equipped with a robot programmed to serve astronauts. The Crew Interactive Mbile Companion (CIMON) was developed by IBM and Airbus, and is designed as a floating computer that can take orders from crew members, display requested information, while creating “a feeling of talking to

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29 Jun 2018

Technological entanglement

An interesting paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute looking at issues of entanglement and dual-use technologies.

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29 Jun 2018

Facebook files patent for remote smartphone microphone activation

Facebook filed a patent for a technology that embeds an audio signal into other broadcast content that would activate smartphone microphones and then transfer the resulting audio data. Because of the massive privacy violations that would accompany any implementation of this technology at present, a Facebook spokesperson has emphasized that

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