19 Dec 2014

Bots Now Outnumber Humans on the Web

“Today, bots account for 56 percent of all of website visits, says Marc Gaffan, CEO of Incapsula, a company that sells online security services. Incapsula recently an an analysis of 20,000 websites to get a snapshot of part of the web, and on smaller websites, it found that bot traffic

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03 Nov 2014

China unveils laser drone defence system

“China has developed a highly accurate laser weapon system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, state media reported. The machine has a 1.2-mile range and can bring down ‘various small aircraft’ within five seconds of locating its target, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a statement

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22 Oct 2014

Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally

“Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard. The draft tax code contains a provision for Internet providers to pay a

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06 Oct 2014

Watch the developer become god in this precursor to the Metaverse

“Brian Peiris built a live-coding web app for the Oculus Rift that lets you manipulate your virtual 3D environment in real-time. Sure, it’s just a bunch of simple manipulation of geometry for now, but it’s clearly a precursor to where the technology could take us: a metaverse where citizens of

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07 Jul 2014

New Artificial Intelligence Technology Will Threaten Survival of Humankind

“Physicist and author of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution, Louis Del Monte, believes that new artificial intelligence technology will threaten the survival of humankind, and in 30 years, probably, the top species on our planet, Earth, will not be humans.” Source:New Artificial Intelligence Technology Will Threaten Survival of Humankind: Louis Del

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19 Jun 2014

Elon Musk: We Should Fear a ‘Terminator’ Future

“Vicarious describes its mission as creating ‘human-level intelligence in vision, language, and motor control’, and is seen as being at the forefront of artificial intelligence research. ‘ I like to just keep an eye on what’s going on with artificial intelligence,’ said Musk on the reasoning behind his investment in

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15 May 2014

Russia threatens to disrupt GPS navigation in tantrum over sanctions

“With regards to GPS, Deputy PM Dimitry Rogozin says that he’ll shut down Russian base stations that keep the system going, unless the US promises to house reciprocal stations to support the competing GLONASS platform. He’s quoted as saying that Russia is wary about developing future ‘high-tech projects with such

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14 May 2014

VITAL Named To Board

“A Hong Kong VC fund has just appointed an algorithm to its board. Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and regenerative medicine projects, says the program, called VITAL, can make investment recommendations about life sciences firms by poring over large amounts of data.” Source: VITAL

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18 Apr 2014

The New Cop on the Beat May Be a Bot

“The Knightscope K5 is a five-foot-tall autonomous robot (one presumes that its resemblance to a Dalek is merely coincidental) that roams around your neighborhood, observing and gathering data and trying to predict where and when criminal activity will occur. It carries no weaponry, but it has a pretty complete sensor

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18 Apr 2014

Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising

“‘We show that these systems are likely to behave in anti-social and harmful ways unless they are very carefully designed. Designers will be motivated to create systems that act approximately rationally and rational systems exhibit universal drives towards self-protection, resource acquisition, replication and efficiency. The current computing infrastructure would be

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