Here’s How the Government Could Fix Facebook

After years of allowing the world’s largest social network to police itself, Congress and federal regulators are discussing some promising reforms. Gathered in a Washington, D.C., ballroom last Thursday for their annual “tech prom,” hundreds of tech-industry lobbyists and policy makers applauded politely as announcers read out the names of the event’s sponsors. But the room fell silent when “Facebook”...

US Government Suspects Smartphone Spying Devices Exist In DC

For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law...

College Students Admit ‘Flip Their Financial Aid Cash & Buy Bitcoin

More than one-fifth of current college students are pouring cash into the world of virtual currencies – and they are using their student loans to do it. According to a new survey released by The Student Loan Report, 21.2% of active college students with student loan debt admit to using financial aid cash to fund an investment involving cryptocurrencies,...

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...

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,...

Facebook Is In A World of Shit

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc over its use of personal data, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, after a whistleblower said a political consultancy hired by Donald Trump improperly accessed information on 50 million Facebook users to sway public opinion. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook Inc over its use of personal data, Bloomberg News...

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...

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...

Chinese Police Are Using Facial-Recognition Glasses To Scan Travelers: Could NYC Be Next?

Railway police have begun using facial-recognition eyewear to catch criminals. In tests the glasses identified faces within 100 milliseconds. Seven people have been arrested for a range of previous crimes, and another 26 were banned from travel. China has been ramping up its use of facial-recognition technology as it moves toward a nationwide database that can recognize any...

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...