04 Mar 2017

Facebook plans to lay almost 500 miles of fiber cable in Africa for better wireless internet

“Facebook has a new plan to get more of Africa online: Fiber optic cables. The social giant on Monday announced plans to lay nearly 500 miles of fiber cable in Uganda by the end of the year, infrastructure that Facebook believes will provide internet access for more than three million

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04 Mar 2017

Scientists Store an Operating System, a Movie and a Computer Virus on DNA

“The duo successfully stored 214 petabytes of data per gram of DNA, encoding a total number of six files, which include: A full computer operating system An 1895 French movie ‘Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat’ A $50 Amazon gift card A computer virus A Pioneer plaque A 1948

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03 Mar 2017

How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide

“The program, involving a tool called Greyball, uses data collected from the Uber app and other techniques to identify and circumvent officials. Uber used these methods to evade the authorities in cities such as Boston, Paris and Las Vegas, and in countries like Australia, China, Italy and South Korea. Greyball

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03 Mar 2017

How Blockchain Applications Will Move Beyond Finance

“But the practical applications for blockchain technology go way beyond financial assets. Essentially, any type of digital asset can be tracked and traded through a blockchain. Information about the provenance of goods, identity, credentials, and digital rights can be securely stored with a distributed ledger. Experiments in this space tend to

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02 Mar 2017

The upside and downside of swarming drones

“The US and Chinese militaries are starting to test swarming drones – distributed collaborative systems made up of many small, cheap, unmanned aircraft. This new subset of independently operating or ‘autonomous’ weapons is giving rise to new strategic, ethical, and legal questions. Swarming drones could offer real advantages, including reducing

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01 Mar 2017

JPMorgan Marshals an Army of Developers to Automate High Finance

“At JPMorgan Chase & Co., a learning machine is parsing financial deals that once kept legal teams busy for thousands of hours. The program, called COIN, for Contract Intelligence, does the mind-numbing job of interpreting commercial-loan agreements that, until the project went online in June, consumed 360,000 hours of work

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27 Feb 2017

Pentagon Counter-Terror Chief: Expect Terrorist Drone Swarms ‘Soon’

“Militaries could face a new threat: swarms of cheap enemy drones, according to the Pentagon’s counter-terrorism chief. ‘It is conceivable that some day soon we will see someone’s otherwise capable military security force penetrated, defeated or even overrun by such technologies,’ Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, director of the National Counterterrorism Center,

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22 Feb 2017

Google’s new AI has learned to become “highly aggressive” in stressful situations

“It was only when the Google team tested more and more complex forms of DeepMind that sabotage, greed, and aggression set in.  As Rhett Jones reports for Gizmodo, when the researchers used smaller DeepMind networks as the agents, there was a greater likelihood for peaceful co-existence. But when they used

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12 Feb 2017

Robots Are Taking Over Oil Rigs

“The impact of technology extends well beyond the wellhead. Automation-related jobs for software specialists and data technicians are in demand as the oil industry recovers, said Janette Marx, chief operating officer of Airswift, an oilfield recruiter. She sees explorers and service companies being much more methodical and selective in their

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12 Feb 2017

Trump’s Oval Office Tweets Force CEOs to Choose Fight or Flight

“Not even three weeks into Trump’s presidency, the moves fit a familiar pattern in his dealings with companies: do what Trump wants, or face a presidential rebuke. This direct, company-by-company intervention is forcing CEOs and corporate boards into a choice they’ve never before faced with a sitting president — are

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