Should Robots Have Legal Rights?

Are we becoming legally reckless when it comes to Robots and AI? Three recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence are raising eyebrows among even the most optimistic of futurists and simultaneously intensifying concerns harbored by AI alarmists. Robots being granted legal rights Last October in Saudi Arabia, Sophia—a robot created by Hanson Robotics—was granted honorary citizenship during a presentation at the Future...

Google Defends Gmail Data Sharing

Google provided details of how it protects user data in Gmail from third-party apps. In a letter to US lawmakers, Google said it uses automated scans to help monitor third parties with access to Google data. Alphabet Inc's Google defended how it polices third-party add-ons for Gmail in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday, saying that upfront...

Yesterday, World Leaders Gathered at a Secretive Meeting to Decide the Fate of AI

Today, top individuals from around the world convened at the World Government Summit to discuss the agenda that should govern the next generation of governments. Yesterday, a select few of these leaders gathered in a secretive meeting to discuss the guidelines that nations should use as they help their people come to terms with no longer being the only sentient species...

ACLU Speaks Up: Amazon Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tools To The Police

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.” The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by at least one agency — the Washington County...

Sources Say: Alibaba Is The Force Behind Hit Chinese Communist Party

A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation’s tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’ and is a play on the government propaganda theme of...

Do You Really Know Who Has Access To Your Gmail Account?

Google has a lot of explaining to do regarding the privacy of its popular email service Gmail, according to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Commerce Committee Sens. John Thune, R- S.D., Roger Wicker, R-Miss. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., sent a letter to Google's parent company Alphabet and its CEO Larry Page, following news that Gmail allowed third-party developers to read users' emails, according...

By 2025 NYC Is Making A Push To Bring Wi Fi Hotspots By Utilizing Its Streetlights

The de Blasio administration is in the early phases of exploring how it can turn the city’s 250,000-plus streetlights into high-speed public Wi-Fi hotspots, the New York Post reports. The move would advance Mayor de Blasio’s goal of bringing “affordable, reliable, high-speed” internet to the city by 2025. The initiative is hardly out of the gate: The city has yet to determine...

24 Million People In America Still Can’t Get Broadband Internet Service

Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas. The Trump administration announced a rural broadband initiative on Wednesday, saying federal agencies will work together to help companies deploy high-speed internet access in locations without service. As part of the effort, which is being called the American Broadband Initiative,...

The U.S. Military Just Figures Out How To Do Facial Recognition in the Dark

It’s no mean feat for a computer to identify an individual’s face in daylight. The process involves precisely measuring a photograph — eye size, distance from nose to mouth, etc. — adjusting the distances for three dimensions, and searching a database for a match. But to do it at night, when all you have is far lower-resolution thermal images, the Army...

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...