20 Jul 2017

DHS Issues Report on AI Risk to Critical Infrastructure

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging risk that will affect critical infrastructure (CI) as it becomes common throughout the United States. The purpose of this research paper is to analyze the narratives about AI to understand the prominence of perceived key benefits and threats from AI adoption and the resulting

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18 Jul 2017

US general warns of out-of-control killer robots

“America’s second-highest ranking military officer, Gen. Paul Selva, advocated Tuesday for ‘keeping the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don’t know how to control.’ Selva was responding to a question from Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, about his

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18 Jul 2017

Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras

“Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn’t recognize you, the body camera on his chest eventually just might. Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build ‘real-time learning for a person of interest search’ on products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the firm

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15 Jul 2017

Elon Musk: Artificial intelligence a ‘fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization’

“Telsa CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that people ‘should be really concerned’ about artificial intelligence which ‘is a fundamental risk for human civilization.’ He made the comment at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I., after being asked by newly elected NGA chair Gov. Brian Sandoval about whether

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14 Jul 2017

Facebook, Google obliged to decrypt online messages to help Government fight terrorism

“Social media giants like Facebook and Google will face new laws to compel them to help Australian security agencies get access to encrypted messages from suspected terrorists and other criminals. Key points: George Brandis says laws will help with investigations into paedophile networks, organised crime Security expert warns against ‘building

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12 Jul 2017

Tech firms unite for ‘net neutrality’ protest

“A host of internet giants – from social networks to dating apps to porn sites – will join a protest Wednesday against plans to roll back rules protecting ‘net neutrality’. The sites will display a variety of messages, or simulate the potential effects of losing the basic principle of all

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06 Jul 2017

The Israeli Military is Buying Copter Drones With Machine Guns

“The Israeli military is buying small multi-rotor drones modified to carry a machine gun, a grenade launcher and variety of other weapons to fight tomorrow’s urban warfare battles. Their maker, Florida startup Duke Robotics, is pitching the TIKAD drone to the U.S military as well.” Source: The Israeli Military is Buying

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23 Jun 2017

Neal Stephenson Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

“Twenty-five years later, Stephenson’s cult classic has become canon in Silicon Valley, where a host of engineers, entrepreneurs, futurists, and assorted computer geeks (including Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos) still revere Snow Crash as a remarkably prescient vision of today’s tech landscape. Among the the more prophetic inventions in the book

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05 Jun 2017

Facebook wants to be ‘hostile’ to terrorists

“Facebook says it wants to make its platform ‘hostile’ to terrorists after an attack in London left at least seven people dead this weekend. Simon Milner, the company’s director of policy, issued a widely reported statement Sunday that said the social media platform works ‘aggressively’ to remove terrorist content. ‘We

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05 Jun 2017

Forget far-right populism – crypto-anarchists are the new masters

“The rise of crypto-anarchism might be good news for individual users – and there are plenty working on ways of using this technology for decent social purposes – but it’s also bad news for governments. It’s not a direct path, but digital technology tends to empower the individual at the

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