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Worries About Police Doing Online DNA Searches Have Already Been Validated

The story of California police tracking down and arresting the man they believe to be the Golden State Killer has been remarkable to watch …

Revealed: Facebook hate speech exploded in Myanmar during Rohingya crisis

Hate speech exploded on Facebook at the start of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar last year, analysis has revealed, with experts blaming the social network for creating “chaos” in the country.<p>Young lives hang by a thread as past haunts Rohingya mothers<p>Read more<p>Evidence of the spike emerged after the …

Social Media

The struggle to conceive with frozen eggs

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.<p>Brigitte Adams caused a sensation four years ago when she appeared on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek under the headline, “Freeze your eggs, Free your career.” She was single and blond, a Vassar graduate who spoke fluent Italian, and was working in tech marketing for a …

A healthcare algorithm started cutting care, and no one knew why

For most of her life, Tammy Dobbs, who has cerebral palsy, relied on her family in Missouri for care. But in 2008, she moved to Arkansas, where she signed up for a state program that provided for a caretaker to give her the help she needed.<p>There, under a Medicaid waiver program, assessors …

Washing Machines

Pot Meet Kettle Alert: Google’s AI Guru Attacks Facebook’s Algorithms

A Google software lead is scared of Facebook’s power, but shouldn’t he be scared of himself too?<p>Last night Google’s deep-learning expert François Chollet tweeted a long and slightly illuminating thread, decrying the state of artificial intelligence programming. In light of Facebook’s Cambridge …

This Is The A-Bomb Moment For Computer Science

Physics made the atomic bomb and chemistry created nerve gas. Today, computer scientists need to confront the weaponization of their work.<p>“Computer science is a field which hasn't yet encountered consequences,” ex-Googler Yonatan Zunger wrote on Sunday. Physics made the atomic bomb, chemistry …

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Artificial Intelligence

The Observer view on how Facebook’s destructive ethos imperils democracy

Facebook likes to present itself as a tech company, but often appears more like an advertising corporation that happens to use digital technology in order to conduct its core business. The personal information and data trails left by its 2 billion users to construct detailed profiles allows …

Mary Shelley

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at …

Cambridge Analytica

The Tech Industry’s War on Kids

How psychology is being used as a weapon against children<p>“We called the police because she wrecked her room and hit her mom… all because we took her …

Psychology

Here’s why Bitcoin has been crashing and what it all means

But speaking to the BBC, crypto expert and author of <i>Attack of the 50ft Blockchain</i> David Gerard said:<p>“This is all a good move. It’s about tackling the …

What the distant past told us about work in the future

Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Report 2017

Ericsson

Women must act now, or male-designed robots will take over our lives

The overarching problem of men dictating the rules has found new expression in something that is currently changing the way we live and breathe: artificial intelligence (AI).<p>Let us be clear. There are great benefits in the use of AI and we should cherish them. However, the issue is not innovation, …

Artificial Intelligence

FINLAND: First Results from Pilot Study? Not Exactly

On Tuesday, May 9, an article published in <i>The Independent</i> alleged that Finland’s Basic Income Experiment has already produced evidence that …

Basic Income

Finland evaluates the results of its Universal Basic Income experiment

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>As automation threatens to make tens, if not hundreds, of millions of people redundant, governments are trialling new …

This insanely popular YouTube channel is making bank off fake science

Some of the channel’s videos have millions of views, but its explanations appear completely fabricated.<p>An enormously popular YouTube video, uploaded …

UFOs

Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous

On the days when Bitcoin crashes, a holiday atmosphere takes over in my corners of the internet. People tweet screengrabs of Reddit fights. It’s …

Peter Thiel

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other …

Physics

Hansa down, this is cool: How Dutch cops snatched the wheel of dark web charabanc

Presumably while singing 'takedowns from Amsterdam'The takedown of the Hansa dark web marketplace, done live on national TV by Dutch police, was …

When nonprofit Meets Blockchain

<b>The Issue At Hand:</b><p>Every year, around 380 billion dollars are donated to nonprofit organizations. Aimed at feeding hungry, clothing the homeless, or …

Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract us. “The thought process was: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” he …

Neuroscience

Googlers are furious about their AI being used with military drones

Gizmodo reports that Google employees are enraged at the company after discovering that the AI they built is presently being used by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to analyze the massive troves of video footage captured by military drones.<p>It’s part of Project Maven, aka, Algorithmic Warfare …

What would the ultimate child-friendly city look like?

Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk away, so you can go to the park, another 10 minutes’ walk. The problem is, there’s a big, dangerous road between you and your friend, and another between them and the park. You ask …

Urban Design

Venezuela Claims Petro Cryptocurrency Has Raised $3bn from Investors in 127 Countries

<b>The Venezuelan government has made some new claims about the pre-sale of the country’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, the petro. After one week,</b> …

What We've Learned About Venezuela's Cryptocurrency

The government of Venezuela published several guides Tuesday in support of the presale for its "petro" cryptocurrency.<p>Announcing the oil-backed token …

Using blockchain to improve data management in the public sector

It’s not just for financial institutions; government agencies can use this digital ledger technology to protect trusted records and simplify …

Blockchain