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Facebook App Collects Data on Users' Phone Calls, Texts Outside of Platform

March 26, 2018

“This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data Facebook had collected from him in an archive he had pulled down from the social networking site. While scanning the information Facebook had stored about his contacts, Dylan McKay discovered something distressing: Facebook also had about two years’ worth of phone call metadata from his Android phone, including names, phone numbers, and the length of each call made or received,” the news outlet reported.

How to download a copy of everything Facebook knows about you

March 26, 2018

Facebook stores almost every single interaction you've had with the social network since you joined, including every time you've logged in, ads you've clicked, events you've been invited to, a list of the people you follow, your friends, your hometown, every time you've sent or received a message, every single status update and more.

Teen scientists win $1.8 million at Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018

March 25, 2018

Benjamin Firester won the top award at Regeneron STS 2018, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Benjy won first place for his development of a mathematical model that uses disease data to predict how weather patterns could spread spores of the late blight fungus, which caused the Irish Potato Famine.

What Would Regulating Facebook Look Like?

March 23, 2018

The drumbeat to regulate Big Tech began pounding long before the Cambridge Analytica scandal rocked Facebook--six long years ago, the Obama administration pushed a “Privacy Bill of Rights” that, like most other legislative attempts to safeguard your data online, went nowhere. But this time, as they say, feels different. Thanks to repeated lapses from not just Facebook but all corners of Silicon Valley, some sort of regulation seems not only plausible but imminent.

How Much Does Artificial Intelligence Threaten National Security?

March 22, 2018

As policymakers debate the government’s role in developing artificial intelligence, a House bill aims to shed light on the emerging technology’s role in strengthening national security. The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Act would create an independent panel to explore recent advancements in artificial intelligence and assess the economic and national security impacts of the budding technology.

Uber's Self-Driving Car Just Killed Somebody. Now What?

March 21, 2018

At about 10 pm on Sunday evening, a self-driving Uber struck and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona. The crash appears to be the first time a self-driving vehicle has killed someone--and could alter the course of a scantily regulated, poorly understood technology that has the power to save lives and create fortunes.

This Futurist Predicts How China Will Use Technology To Change The World

March 20, 2018

In Kelly’s view, cognification -- the process of making objects smarter by connecting, integrating sensors, and building software/artificial intelligence into them -- is the most impactful trend on the horizon, one that he details in his new book The Inevitable.

Welcome to the US-China technology war, which could affect us greatly

March 20, 2018

The US and China are in a high-stakes arms race for technological supremacy. Technology and innovation will determine who will dominate the modern digital economy, cyber space and defence systems for the 21st century. In an unprecedented decision, President Trump blocked Singapore-based Broadcom's proposed $US117 billion ($152 billion) takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm on national security grounds.

Navy's new attack submarine, the Colorado, enters the fleet

March 20, 2018

The U.S. Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet Saturday in a ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said the submarine is a “marvel of technology and innovation.” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, said the people of Colorado are remarkably proud that this submarine will silently protect the nation’s interests.

Emerging players challenge leadership of U.S., China in artificial intelligence innovations

March 18, 2018

“While the US and China continue to lead in AI technology, we see considerable strides being made by other countries,” said Jeff Wong, EY Global Chief Innovation Officer. “With high-growth start-up scenes in Israel and Japan and a recognized academic community in the UK, the true factor for success will lie in access to quality data and governments prioritizing innovation.”

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