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Facial recognition company CEO says he doesn’t need permission to use your face

Facial recognition company CEO says he doesn’t need permission to use...

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The CEO of facial recognition company Clearview AI, Hoan Ton-That, today gave his first network television interview on “CBS This Morning.” During the brief conversation Ton-That told news-anchor Errol Burnett that he believed he had a First Amendment right to access, scrape, and store billions of files containing images of people’s faces. Ton-That’s argument is…
Report: Amazon’s negotiation strategy for HQ2 was called ‘Fuck you. We’re Amazon’

Report: Amazon’s negotiation strategy for HQ2 was called ‘Fuck you. We’re...

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A recent report from Bloomberg revealed that Amazon‘s negotiation strategy during its recent failed bid to build a second headquarters (HQ2) in New York and Virginia was internally referred to as “Fuck you. We’re Amazon.” In 2017 Amazon announced it had begun a global search for a city to host HQ2 prompting hundreds of cities…
New bill could kill NASA’s Moon base plans

New bill could kill NASA’s Moon base plans

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The US House of Representatives recently proposed a bipartisan bill that would essentially tank NASA‘s plans to build a fully-functioning lunar base. The proposal comes from the House Aeronautics and Space Subcommittee of the House Space and Science Committee and seeks to limit NASA‘s extraterrestrial endeavors going forward. Among various other caveats, the bill would…
Why Amazon’s Ring and facial recognition technology are a clear and present danger to society

Why Amazon’s Ring and facial recognition technology are a clear and...

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“The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage to be queried centrally are simply not compatible with a free society.” Amazon engineer Max Eliaser The greatest threat posed to democracy in any free nation is that of ubiquitous government surveillance. Many countries today are struggling to find the proper balance between useful facial…
Joe Biden derides game dev ‘creeps’ who ‘teach you how to kill’

Joe Biden derides game dev ‘creeps’ who ‘teach you how to...

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Former US Vice President and current Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, became the latest politician to make his disdain for video games plain — not unusual by itself, but in the middle of a campaign is probably the wrong time to do it. It doesn’t help that his words strike a particularly dismissive and nasty note…
Biden wants Sec. 230 gone, calls tech “totally irresponsible,” “little creeps”

Biden wants Sec. 230 gone, calls tech “totally irresponsible,” “little creeps”

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Enlarge / Former Vice President Joe Biden poking at a mobile phone in October 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling for one of the primary laws defining how Internet content is regulated to be "revoked," adding that the "little creeps" who run some of Silicon Valley's biggest businesses aren't the economic powerhouses they…
Trump, China sign new trade deal staving off impending tech tariffs

Trump, China sign new trade deal staving off impending tech tariffs

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Enlarge / President Donald J. Trump signs a trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Liu He, in the East Room at the White House on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. Trade War! USA v. China View more stories After years of posturing, tariffs, retaliation, and heated rhetoric,…
Everything you need to know about the drone used by the US to assassinate an Iranian general

Everything you need to know about the drone used by the...

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Meet the Reaper, a $64M death-dealing assassination drone straight out of a science-fiction nightmare. Designated the MQ-9 Reaper multi-purpose drone, it’s widely considered the deadliest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the sky. And for good reason. On 3 January 2020, US President Donald Trump authorized the military’s use of an MQ-9 in the assassination of Iranian…
Why two world-renowned AI experts might have to eat a million Tesla robo-taxis in 2020

Why two world-renowned AI experts might have to eat a million...

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2019 is almost over and that means it’s time to check in on Tesla’s progress towards fielding a million robo-taxis. You see, Elon Musk told the world he’d have a million fully autonomous robotaxis by the end of 2020, and we wanted to see how many he’s managed to produce so far. Let’s count together.…
Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the lawyers got involved

Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the...

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AI has a “black box” problem. We cram data in one side of a machine learning system and we get results out the other, but we’re often unsure what happens in the middle. Researchers and developers nearly had the issue licked, with “explainable algorithms” and “transparent AI” trending over the past few years. Then came…

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