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Top experts warn against the ‘malicious use’ of AI

Posted by on 21/02/2018
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Top experts warn against the ‘malicious use’ of AI

Top experts warn against the ‘malicious use’ of AI

‘AI may pose new threats, or change the nature of existing threats’ PARIS: Artificial intelligence could be deployed by dictators, criminals and terrorists to manipulate elections and use drones in terrorist attacks, more than two dozen experts said Wednesday as they sounded the alarm over misuse of the technology. In a 100-page analysis, they outlined […]

UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuse

Posted by on 19/02/2018
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UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuse

UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuse

LONDON: A Cambridge University graduate who admitted 137 criminal offences involving online abuse, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy, was sentenced yesterday to 32 years in prison. Matthew Falder, who dubbed himself “666devil” and “evilmind” online, blackmailed many of his 45 victims into sending “severe abuse images” of themselves, according to Britain’s National […]

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Posted by on 17/02/2018
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Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

‘Facebook must also destroy all personal data obtained illegally’ BRUSSELS: A Belgian court on Friday ordered Facebook to stop tracking internet users in Belgium who have no accounts with the social network, or face fines of 250,000 euros a day. The California-based firm vowed to appeal the ruling amid increased efforts in Europe to boost […]

App delivery boom shakes up China food sector

Posted by on 14/02/2018
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App delivery boom shakes up China food sector

App delivery boom shakes up China food sector

Guo Bonan has opened several new branches of his “8Peppers” spicy Sichuan-style restaurants across Shanghai since last year, and not one has a dining room. He doesn’t need them-stationed outside each outlet are packs of food deliverymen on motorbikes waiting to whisk dishes from Guo’s steaming kitchens to homes, office buildings and factories across the […]

Honduras lawmakers seeking to curb online speech

Posted by on 13/02/2018
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Honduras lawmakers seeking to curb online speech

Honduras lawmakers seeking to curb online speech

TEGUCIGALPA: Lawmakers in Honduras are debating a bill that wants to fine administrators of social media networks for online comments deemed offensive or promoting “hate campaigns.” The measure was introduced by a member of the ruling National Party as the country is wracked by protests claiming President Juan Orlando Hernandez won a new mandate through […]

Amazon paid $90m for camera maker’s chip technology

Posted by on 12/02/2018
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Amazon paid $90m for camera maker’s chip technology

Amazon paid $90m for camera maker’s chip technology

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com Inc paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup’s energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The deal’s rationale and price tag, previously unreported, underscore how Amazon aims to do more than sell another popular […]

Stereo vision: Mantises see 3-D differently, study says

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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Stereo vision: Mantises see 3-D differently, study says

Stereo vision: Mantises see 3-D differently, study says

‘Current machine stereo algorithms require a lot of computing power’ PARIS: Praying mantises sporting tiny 3-D glasses that were held in place with beeswax have revealed a new kind of “stereo” vision that may help improve robot sight, researchers said Thursday. With two teardrop-shaped, light-filtering lenses perched on their heads, the insects lashed out in […]

Chinese police don high-tech glasses to capture suspects

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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Chinese police don high-tech glasses to capture suspects

Chinese police don high-tech glasses to capture suspects

BEIJING: Chinese police are sporting high-tech sunglasses that can spot suspects in a crowded train station, the newest use of facial recognition technology that has drawn concerns among human rights groups. In a scene reminiscent of the dystopian sci-fi television show “Black Mirror”, officers in the central city of Zhengzhou are wearing the digital shades […]

Elon Musk, the visionary Tesla and SpaceX founder

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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Elon Musk, the visionary Tesla and SpaceX founder

Elon Musk, the visionary Tesla and SpaceX founder

SAN FRANCISCO: From cars to rockets, Elon Musk dreams big. On Tuesday, the South African-born entrepreneur combined both of those passions, blasting one of his Tesla electric cars into space aboard his own rocket. It was the latest feat for the 46-year-old Silicon Valley billionaire who has been hailed as a leading innovator and visionary. […]

Trappist planets have water and may be ‘habitable’: Researchers

Posted by on 06/02/2018
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Trappist planets have water and may be ‘habitable’: Researchers

Trappist planets have water and may be ‘habitable’: Researchers

‘All the traffic lights we have passed so far are green’ PARIS: Seven planets recently spotted orbiting a dim star in our Milky Way galaxy are rocky, seem to have water, and are potentially “habitable”, researchers studying the distant system said Monday. Though much remains unknown about the planets’ surfaces and atmospheres, the new measurements […]

As the world goes digital, is there a hack for inequality?

Posted by on 05/02/2018
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As the world goes digital, is there a hack for inequality?

As the world goes digital, is there a hack for inequality?

‘Poor people are the ones most likely to be left outside of the digital sphere’ BARCELONA: In the fashionable Poblenou district of Barcelona, hipsters and entrepreneurs rub shoulders with homeless people and immigrants, as the city authorities try to reduce digital inequality. The futuristic Media-TIC building is one of several venues around the city where […]

Creating a new generation of space enthusiasts in Kuwait

Posted by on 04/02/2018
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Creating a new generation of space enthusiasts in Kuwait

Creating a new generation of space enthusiasts in Kuwait

Kuwait Times speaks to the founder of Space Generation KUWAIT: Space lovers will now have their chances to see their dreams of being involved in space activities come true and be a part of the future of space science in Kuwait. Ghanim Khalid Al-Otaibi is a 32 years old mechanical engineer and graduate from Kuwait […]

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