New Tech Startup’s Racial-Profiling Algorithm Shows AI Can Be Dangerous Way Before Any Robot Apocalypse

The new algorithm which promises to accurately look at images of people and determine their ethnic background. The biggest danger AI poses today isn’t the potential of killer robots or Roko’s Basilisk—it’s the potential to scale bias and racism to the size of the internet. The latest example of this is an “ethnicity detection” algorithm marketed by Moscow-based NtechLab as an “upcoming...

Amazon: Echo Device Sent Conversation To Family’s Fontact

An “unlikely” string of events prompted Amazon’s Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family’s private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday. The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband contacted them to say he thought their device had been hacked. He told them he had...

Coming To America: Facial Recognition Software Used At Concerts

As people continue to feed more and more of their interior selves — our likes, dislikes, wants, needs, social cartographies — into digital networks that harvest and parse that information into profiles used to make money, a new frontier of monitoring that hones in on our physical features is ascendant. In Jiaxing, China, on Sunday evening, a man — one...

HMD Global Just Raised $100 Million to ‘Rebirth’ Nokia

HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the right to use the Nokia brand on phones, has raised $100 million of funding intended to boost growth, it said on Monday. Having sold about 70 million Nokia phones and generated sales of 1.8 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in its first year, 2017, HMD said it plans to expand its Nokia smartphone...

Tech This Out: Enter The World’s Most Expensive iPhone X Comes With Its Own Solar Battery

A Russian accessories maker called Caviar just released one of the most expensive iPhones you can buy. The iPhone X Tesla is a customized iPhone X plated in carbon and gold with a built-in solar battery. The device starts at more than $US4,000, and comes in its own wooden carrying case. Caviar is known for making elaborate accessories that cost thousands of dollars. What...

Take A Look At The New UPS Electric Trucks

UK-based startup Arrival has developed a neat-looking all-electric delivery truck and after scoring a contract with Royal Mail, the company has now secured an order of 35 electric trucks with UPS, which has several programs in place to electrify its massive fleet of delivery vehicles. When unveiling the vehicle last year, Arrival talked about a “revolutionary ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the...

Finney: The World’s First Blockchain Smartphone May Be Just What Cryptocurrency Needs

A Blockchain smartphone is not just a gimmick anymore as Sirin Labs has made it official and released the specification of Finney – the long-awaited and revolutionary smartphone. The world’s first blockchain smartphone, Finney – named after bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney, is due to hit the shelves at some point this year.   Last year, Sirin labs raised $157.8 million during a campaign, boasting one of the largest...

Tech This Out: American Soldier Gets First Total Penis and Scrotum Transplant

Breakthrough procedure treated a common and often ignored war wound. When soldiers injured in battle wake from surgery, their first question is often about their sexual organs. Genitourinary injuries have been called the “hidden wounds” of war, seldom spoken about, yet bringing on devastating physical and psychological trauma. However, advances in organ transplantation are giving wounded warriors new hope. This week, the...

How To Stop People Using Your Face For Porn (or other scarier things)

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a video’s worth a thousand pictures. For as long as videos have existed, we’ve trusted them as a reliable form of evidence. Nothing is as impactful as seeing something happen on video (e.g. the Kennedy assassination) or seeing someone say something on video, especially if it’s recorded in an inconspicuous manner...

Data May Be The New Oil But Artificial Intelligence Is The Engine That It Fuels

Balancing benefits and risks will continue to be a challenge for federal agencies. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in 2017 that the country that establishes superiority in artificial intelligence will become the ruler of the world. More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and renowned psychologist Steven Pinker engaged in some rather heated debates over AI use, risks and regulation, with Musk warning that while...