20 Nov 2020

Interagency Committee Issues Recommendations for Using Cloud to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has released recommendations for how agencies can utilize cloud computing resources for research and development efforts. The report highlights that cloud computing provides reliable and agile computing capabilities despite technical and administrative challenges that remain in the technology. The committee created the publication at

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19 Nov 2020

LAPD Bans Facial Recognition, Citing Privacy Concerns

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has banned the use of commercial facial recognition services, citing privacy and public trust considerations after an expose showed that Clearview AI used the technology 475 times during the trial period alone. The report proved that 25 employees of the department utilized Clearview AI

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18 Nov 2020

COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium Shifts Focus to Patient Outcomes

The COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium was created at the beginning of the pandemic, aiming to allow researchers to access supercomputers to assist them in studies of the infectious virus. The group has announced that it will be moving into the next chapter after eight months of operation, during which it

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17 Nov 2020

SpaceX Dragon capsule docks with space station

On Monday, SpaceX launched an innovative mission to send its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. As of last night, the capsule successfully performed a series of intricate maneuvers to attach to the ISS. Four astronauts, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Soichi Noguchi will spend the next

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16 Nov 2020

AI, ML Tech ‘Needed Today’ to Enhance Decision-Making Process at the Edge, DOD Officials Say

Earlier this week, Pentagon officials announced that they were seeking ways to capitalize on the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence for automating the decision making processes from a tactical standpoint. In 2019, the Defense Department released a digital modernization strategy that highlighted the uses of AI and machine

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13 Nov 2020

Huawei Wins Stay Against Exclusion From Sweden 5G

Sweden has delayed its decision to ban all Huawei equipment from the country’s development of 5G capabilities while it reconsiders the merits of the case against the powerful Chinese telecoms company. The ruling was made by the Stockholm administrative court just one day before an auction of 5G network frequencies

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12 Nov 2020

Amazon Says Alexa Can Predict ‘Latent’ Requests—Even If You Don’t Say Them

Amazon has stated that its in-home voice assistant technology Alexa can anticipate and respond to user requests that are not explicitly stated, called a latent request. The company made the announcement on Wednesday, and critics have already called the new feature creepy and have expressed concerns over privacy violations over

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12 Nov 2020

The Plan to Turn Scrapped Rockets Into Space Stations

An innovative new program titled Outpost seeks to modify old out-of-use rockets and transform them into space stations. The company behind the program is Nanoracks, a space logistics company that hosts private payloads on the International Space Station. The European Space Agency has highlighted the threat abandoned rocket bodies pose

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11 Nov 2020

EU Agrees on Tighter Rules for Surveillance Tech Exports

On Monday, the European Union agreed to implement stricter regulations on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technology. EU lawmakers reached a deal on new restrictions for dual-use goods like facial recognition technology, biometric data tech, and spyware to prevent spreading them to areas in which they may be used

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10 Nov 2020

Uber rolls out a new feature that lets you book a ride 30 days in advance

Soon, Uber customers will be able to book a ride up to 30 days in advance due to a new service called Uber Reserve. Although Uber has been letting customers schedule rides in advance for several years, the new update extends the reserve maximum period and allows customers to easily

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