09 Jan 2020

We’re fighting fake news AI bots by using more AI. That’s a mistake.

Recent fake-news scandals have revealed the prevalence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in disseminating inaccurate media. The efforts to combat AI’s pervasiveness, however, are led by AI technology. In his 2018 Congressional testimony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that AI will be at the forefront of tackling digital propaganda.   Samuel Woolley,

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09 Jan 2020

A Lance Corporal’s Phone Selfie Got His Marine Unit ‘Killed’ at 29 Palms

This week over ten thousand US and NATO troops gathered in 29 Palms, the Marine Corps’ largest base, located near San Bernardino, California for the largest joint training exercise in decades. The forces tackled cyber attacks, drone exercises and other forms of war games. Crucially, the exercise demonstrated the massive

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08 Jan 2020

UK Man Jailed for Using RAT to Spy on Women

A UK man named Scott Cowley was sentenced to jail in Liverpool Crown Court earlier this week after pleading guilty to violating the UK Computer Misuse Act and Sexual Offences Act. Cowley used a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to spy on various women via their webcams. RAT, notorious for its

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08 Jan 2020

Tesla will make the Model Y in Shanghai and design an ‘original car’ in China

Tesla began selling its new Shanghai-built Model 3 car to the Chinese public on Tuesday. While Tesla has sold cars in China since 2013 the Shanghai “Gigafactory” started construction precisely a year ago. Tesla’s Shanghai plant is only the company’s third factory but its first outside of the United States.

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08 Jan 2020

Sonos sues Google over wireless speaker tech

Sonos, an American-based speaker company sued Google on Tuesday in two federal lawsuits, accusing the tech giant of breaching patents. Sonos’ executives claim that Google pirated their technology, namely the wireless speaker-to-speaker capability. Sonos contends that Google stole its intellectual property after a 2013 partnership whereby Google agreed to design

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07 Jan 2020

White House Proposes ‘Light-Touch Regulatory Approach’ for Artificial Intelligence

Earlier this week, the Trump administration proposed new regulations for the artificial intelligence community in the private sector, requiring that they abide by a new series of principles set forward by the administration. The US Chief Technology Officer detailed the principles on Tuesday morning, stating that they are the first

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07 Jan 2020

Facial recognition hardware to reach over 800 million devices by 2024

Juniper Research recently published a report that found that facial recognition hardware will be the fastest evolving and growing industry in terms of smartphone biometric hardware. Juniper Research concluded that it will reach over 800 million in 2024 compared to an estimated 96 million users in 2019. The report stated

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07 Jan 2020

Facebook Moves to Detect and Remove Deepfake Videos

On Monday, Facebook announced that it aims to ban “misleading manipulated media” from its platform. More specifically, it aims to detect and remove deepfakes, i.e. highly realistic video or audio content that has been created or doctored through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Because deepfakes can be used

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06 Jan 2020

New Trump Ruling Limits AI Surveillance Exports Over China Military Fears

On Monday, the US tightened its restrictions on US exports of artificial intelligence (AI) technology designed for geospatial intelligence purposes like detecting and classifying objects from planes and satellites. While the move targets all countries except for Canada, it is widely believed to be directed at China’s AI surveillance sector.

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03 Jan 2020

Wearable industrial tech is coming to a production line near you

A Research and Markets report predicted massive growth in the market of industrial wearables, which includes VR training and heads-up schematics. The report stated that annual growth is expected to be just over 50% between 2019 and 2024, meaning that the current $1.1 billion industry would reach $8.9 billion by

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