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Malicious use of A.I. could turn self-driving cars and drones into weapons, top researchers warn

February 21, 2018

The report, titled "The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence," cautioned against various security threats posed by the misuse of AI. Self-driving cars, for example, could be tricked into misinterpreting a stop sign that might cause road accidents, while a swarm of drones, controlled by an AI system, could be used for surveillance or launching quick, coordinated attacks, the report said.

Changes Urged to Protect Children from Tech Addiction

February 20, 2018

Former technology industry leaders are calling for urgent measures to protect children from smartphone addiction. Among those urging major changes is Tristan Harris - a former high-level employee at Google. He just launched a group that will seek to gather and publish evidence of how digital devices and social media can harm children and young people.

Facebook Notification Spam Has Crossed the Line

February 19, 2018

Facebook has always nudged truant users back to its platform though emails and notifications. But recently, those prods have evolved beyond comments related to activity on your own profile. Now Facebook will nag you when an acquaintance comments on someone else’s photo, or when a distant family member updates their status.

U.S. Senators Concerned About Chinese Access to Intellectual Property

February 19, 2018

Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he worried about the spread in the United States of what he called "counterintelligence and information security risks that come prepackaged with the goods and services of certain overseas vendors."

The Trump administration is reportedly moving to privatize the International Space Station

February 18, 2018

The Trump administration is planning to privatize the international space station instead of simply decommissioning the orbiting international experiment in 2024, according to a report in The Washington Post. According to a document obtained by the Post, the current administration is mulling handing the International Space Station off to private industry instead of de-orbiting it as NASA “will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”

These Chinese military innovations threaten U.S. superiority, experts say

February 18, 2018

The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday, but the country's military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale. Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States.

SpaceX gets closer to launching satellite broadband Internet service

February 15, 2018

SpaceX, the Elon Musk-founded company that last week launched its Falcon Heavy rocket - and a Tesla into space - came a step closer to deploying satellites that would deliver broadband Internet across the U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday began circulating a proposal to fellow commissioners recommending approval of SpaceX's application for a satellite-delivered Internet service.

US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

February 14, 2018

In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years.

A self-driving semi truck just made its first cross-country trip

February 14, 2018

Embark’s self-driving semi truck just drove from Los Angeles to Jacksonville with minimal help from its on-board human driver, the company reports. The autonomous tractor trailer completed a 2,400 mile trip from Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida in five days, traveling for “hours at a time with no disengagements,” says Embark CEO Alex Rodriguez.

FBI says Chinese operatives active at scores of U.S. universities

February 14, 2018

Amid heightened concern about Russian election meddling, the FBI on Tuesday warned U.S. universities about Chinese intelligence operatives active on their campuses, adding that many academics display “a level of naiveté” about the level of infiltration.

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