While some are suggesting that letting autonomous weapons kill on their own could actually save lives, comparing them to a self-driving car, the Future of Life Institute wants to ban them altogether, releasing the above video as an example of what kind of future we could expect. And if the fact that Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are on board with the idea is not good enough to convince you, perhaps knowing that AI can't tell the difference between a turtle and a machine gun might.139More
Motherboard brings to attention how 482 of the world's most popular website run some form of keylogger, capturing everything you type and do. Considering companies care more about your data than your privacy, it should be no surprise the internet has become such a sad, manipulative place. Some are calling for regulation.
These scripts, or bits of code that websites run, are called “session replay” scripts. Session replay scripts are used by companies to gain insight into how their customers are using their sites and to identify confusing webpages. But the scripts don’t just aggregate general statistics, they record and are capable of playing back individual browsing sessions. The scripts don’t run on every page, but are often placed on pages where users input sensitive information, like passwords and medical conditions.
According to HelpNet Security, the latest assessment of online freedom, Freedom of the Net 2017, determined that online manipulation and disinformation tactics impacted the elections of 18 countries, including the United States.
“The use of paid commentators and political bots to spread government propaganda was pioneered by China and Russia but has now gone global,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “The effects of these rapidly spreading techniques on democracy and civic activism are potentially devastating.”ton, who frequently highlights endangered species.
Wiped out in the wild, there are only three Northern White Rhino left in captivity. Researchers are attempting to save the species using Assisted Reproductive Techniques as breeding has failed due to the age of the animals. They live under armed guard.
Sudan is the only surviving male of the species and lives with the last two females on a wildlife conservancy in Kenya as scientists race to develop IVF techniques that might keep their lineage alive.
His image was posted on Twitter by Daniel Schneider, a biologist from Boston, who frequently highlights endangered species.
With the Tesla truck being announced, Volvo unveiling their self-driving truck in Beijing, and Embark already hauling freight autonomously, truck driver Finn Murphy of The Guardian wants to know what the displaced — and not just truck drivers — are supposed to do when they are made redundant.
For drivers like me, driverless trucks are the power loom and the sheepskin. There are about 3 million of us in the US alone (plus 600,000 in Britain), and we will soon be extraneous – roadkill, so to speak, except we won’t be dead. That makes us, as one driver said, “disposable people”. Too bad for us, you might think. We’re on the wrong side of history.
Maybe so, but guess what? You’re next. When automation starts displacing lawyers, accountants and bankers, then we…
According to New Scientists, astronomers sent a message to another solar system that is a mere 12 light years away, hoping to hear back in about 25 years — Stephen Hawking had suggested not doing so. In the mean time, while we wait to go to Mars, you can always join Asgardia, a virtual country that hopes to be located in space, one day.
This new message – beamed from an antenna in Norway over roughly eight hours over a three-day period in October – is simpler and may be more readily understood, Vakoch says.
It begins with information about counting, arithmetic, geometry, and trigonometry, and includes a description of the radio waves that carry the message, as well as a tutorial on clocks and timekeeping, to see if any potential inhabitants of GJ 273b have an…
Radio-Canada's Jeff Yates looks at the proliferation of fake Facebook profiles, how they work, and how they are ultimately used to generate profit using sextortion. The moral of the story here is not to accept friend requests from strangers, especially if they appear to be young, well-endowed, clearly-underage girls wanting to show you more than they should — or at the very least, please try not to masturbate in front of a webcam.
You receive a Facebook friend request. Judging by the photos, she’s a young woman. You don’t know her, but she’s lovely, and you’re intrigued. Why not? You accept her request. You’ve just unknowingly triggered the first mechanisms of a sextortion trap.
While investigating the world of fake Facebook profiles, my colleague Marie-Eve Tremblay and I have discovered a massive network of fraudulent accounts that catfish their male victims using stolen photos of young women…
RC model builder PeterSripol shows off his homemade electric airplane capable of carrying one passenger.
aaaannnd now to fly out of ground effect! The homemade airplane does indeed fly! This part 103 electric plane has probably been my craziest build yet!
According to Wired, self-driving trucks monitored by a human have been driving 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California, courtesy of startup Embark. They believe that the need for self-driving trucks is far more pressing than self-driving cars and achievable with the technology available now.
For now, the Embark milk runs are designed to test logistics as well as the safety of the technology. On each trip, a human driver working for Ryder (a major trucking company and Embark’s partner on this venture) heads over to the Frigidaire lot in El Paso, picks up a load of refrigerators, hauls them to the rest stop right off the highway, and unhitches the trailer. Then, a driver working for Embark hooks that trailer up to the robotruck, cruises…
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