NY Court Has Ruled That Donald Trump Blocking Users on Twitter Is ‘Unconstitutional’

A decision for the social media age. Blocking people on Twitter can be pretty satisfying—who says you have to listen to your trolls? Well, if you’re president, the First Amendment does. A New York court has declared that Donald Trump blocking users on his Twitter account is illegal. The court issued its verdict today, favoring eight plaintiffs who had been blocked...

Who Can You Trust: High-Tech Deception of ‘deepfake’ Videos Invade U.S Political Arena

Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped? New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said. Republicans and Democrats predict this high-tech way of putting words in someone’s mouth will become the latest weapon in disinformation...

Big Data Reveals: More Banks Welcome Marijuana Businesses

A steadily growing number of banks are willing to open accounts for marijuana businesses, according to new federal data. Even as a string of conflicting signals from the Trump administration surrounds the debate about legalization with uncertainty, the number of depository institutions that are actively banking the cannabis industry has increased roughly 18% since the beginning of 2017. Last January,...

Nation’s First High-Speed Chase Warning System Launches in South Carolina

PursuitAlert, a warning system to notify the public in real time when an active high-speed police chase is nearby, has announced its launch in South Carolina. PursuitAlert is a free app that a citizen can download on their cellphone. If a participating agency has an active police pursuit or emergency response within two miles of the user, they will receive...

Apple Informs U.S Lawmakers iPhones Are Not Listening In On Your Consumers

Apple Inc told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that its iPhones do not listen to users without their consent and do not allow third-party apps to do so either, after lawmakers asked the company if its devices were invading users’ privacy. Representatives Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Gregg Harper and Robert Latta wrote to Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook and Alphabet Inc...

White House ‘Plans To Investigate Facebook and Google’

The White House has drafted an executive order for Donald Trump which would instruct federal agencies to investigate the business practices of technology giants including Facebook and Google. Without naming specific companies, a draft copy of the order, obtained by Bloomberg, instructs antitrust (competition law) authorities to "thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust...

Tech This Out: U.S Military Seeks Troops Who Can Unleash Artificial Intelligence

AI won’t solve the military’s shortage of cyber professionals but can act as a force multiplier to ease the strain. The Defense Department’s cyber warriors shouldn’t be too concerned about artificial intelligence taking their jobs, according to their commander, Gen. Paul Nakasone, who concurrently heads the National Security Agency. Instead, U.S. Cyber Command is looking for troops able to wield...

True Story: A Robot Is Literally Running For Mayor In Japan

An "AI candidate" for mayor in Tokyo is promising fair and balanced politics in a news story out of a science fiction novel. Whether it's samurai robots, a hotel staffed by robots, or AI girlfriends, it seems that it safe to say that one should keep their eye on Japan when it comes to developments in the field of artificial intelligence. So while...

Government Has No Idea Whether The Billions It Spends On STEM Education Is Working

An audit by the Government Accountability Office suggests the White House isn’t measuring how well STEM education programs work Keeping America’s workforce competitive in the 21st century will require doubling down on science and technology skills, but the government group in charge of boosting STEM education has not measured how well most of its programs work, a congressional watchdog found. The...

Facebook’s Algorithm Change Could Affect How Cops Speak to Citizens

Facebook has already become a critical communications tool for police and fire departments as well as local governments across the United States. Immediately after a 15-year-old started shooting a handgun inside his western Kentucky high school last week, the state’s police turned to Facebook to warn and inform the greater community. The first post was shared by users more than 6,000 times, and throughout...