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Elizabeth May Wouldn't Let Michelle Rempel's 'Fart' Comment Pass

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel delivered a powerful speech in the House of Commons Tuesday, urging Albertans to participate in the …

Do Driverless Cars Spell Doom for the Insurance Industry?

The insurance-industry landscape is drastically changing in the face of driverless cars. For one thing, rates are expected to go down.<p>Imagine a car accident: You pull out in front of another driver who clearly had the right of way, causing him to run into you. Typically, this would be an obvious …

Bruce Schneier: ‘The internet era of fun and games is over’

Internet pioneer Bruce Schneier issued a dire proclamation in front of the House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee Wednesday: “It might …

Report: Twitter Expected To Make Hundreds Of Job Cuts

Twitter appears to be preparing for a new round of job cuts after shedding about 8% of its total work force a year ago.<p>The company is planning broad job cuts, which could affect about 8% or 300 employees and may be announced as soon as this week, according to a report in <i>Bloomberg News</i> on Monday. …

How massive DDoS attacks are undermining the Internet

Michael DeCesare Contributor<p>Michael DeCesare is CEO of ForeScout.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Modernizing our voting procedures to reflect 21st century realities<p>On Friday morning, I awoke to find that our company-wide single sign-on and cloud storage was disrupted due to the massive distributed …

European Space Agency confirms Mars lander lost during descent

<b>(CNN) —</b> The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed the Schiaparelli spacecraft, which was expected to land on Mars on Wednesday, has been lost.<p>During a press conference on Thursday, scientists said that Schiaparelli stopped transmitting around 50 seconds before the expected landing.<p>The agency …

Space

Trudeau says government's popularity has dampened public's desire for electoral reform

One year after his party's resounding election victory, Justin Trudeau finds himself in a terrible bind: his government is so beloved that it might …

New documents reveal why the FDA says marijuana isn't medicine

The November election will be a pivotal moment for the future of U.S. marijuana policy. Voters in five states, including California, will decide whether to legalize weed for recreational use by adults, and citizens in four others will cast ballots on whether to allow medical marijuana.<p>If all of the …

Cannabis

Oyoty is a chatbot designed to teach kids to be safe online

Given there are apps for everything, it seems inevitable there will soon be bots trying to do everything, And while it remains to be seen which of these AI-powered chatbots will prove to have lasting utility, right now it’s all about the experimentation.<p>To wit: meet Oyoty, a friendly looking bot …

Microsoft claims its speech transcription AI is now better than human professionals

Transcribing a conversation between two humans is one of those tasks that’s deceptively difficult for machines to tackle. Even if the audio file is high quality and doesn’t have any background noise, the algorithm needs to contend with different voices, interruptions, hesitations, corrections, and …

Artificial Intelligence

Racial profiling, by a computer? Police facial-ID tech raises civil rights concerns.

The growing use of facial-recognition systems has led to a high-tech form of racial profiling, with African Americans more likely than others to have their images captured, analyzed and reviewed during computerized searches for crime suspects, according to a new report based on records from dozens …

Why Legalizing Prostitution May Not Work

As a potential means to displace sex trafficking, legalizing prostitution has an obvious appeal. In addition to being a desirable policy among many of those who engage in prostitution on a consensual basis, legalization is assumed to help the market crowd out violent clients, abusive pimps and evil …

Germany wants Tesla to stop advertising its Autopilot feature because it’s “misleading”

Germany’s transit agency, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), has told Tesla to stop calling its semiautonomous self-driving technology “Autopilot,” according to Reuters, because the term is “misleading.” The agency sent a letter to the California electric car manufacturer Sunday (Oct. 16) …

A computer program used for bail and sentencing decisions was labeled biased against blacks. It’s actually not that clear.

This past summer, a heated debate broke out about a tool used in courts across the country to help make bail and sentencing decisions. It’s a controversy that touches on some of the big criminal justice questions facing our society. And it all turns on an algorithm.<p>The algorithm, called COMPAS, is …