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Google's vision of total data collection revealed

Google's disturbing vision of TOTAL data collection: Leaked video reveals a Black Mirror-style future in which technology could be used to control …

Cambridge Analytica

Google's Duplex AI voice assistant will identify itself as a robot

Google's 'horrifying' human-sounding Duplex AI will now identify itself as a robot when making phone calls to humans after a massive backlash<p><b>Google</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Black Mirror-style robots can now chase you and find its way around

Terrifying Black Mirror-style robots by Boston Dynamics can now CHASE you, climb stairs and even find their way around on their own<p><b>The firm posted</b> …

Robotics

Would you hang up on Google's AI?

<b>The demo was impressive, I’ll give them that. A machine - Google’s voice assistant - booked an appointment at a hair salon. And then a table at a restaurant.</b><p>Not online, or through some automated system. But by talking to a human. Over the phone. Blimey.<p>Google Duplex, unveiled at the firm’s annual …

Artificial Intelligence

What is GDPR? Technology explained

<b>A new law that changes how companies use our personal information kicks in on 25 May.</b><p>The BBC's Chris Foxx explains what GDPR is and how it will affect you.

Personal Information

Facial recognition AI built into police body cameras could lead to FALSE ARRESTS, experts warn

Facial recognition AI built into police body cameras will suffer from racial bias and could lead to false arrests, civil liberties experts warn<p><b>Police</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

US Army using AI to try and give soldiers super-learning capabilities

The birth of the AI supersoldier: US Army reveals hi-tech system to help troops on the battlefield analyse information far more quickly<p><b>Uses a</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Reality Check: Who controls your data?

<b>New data protection rules will come into force in the UK in May.</b><p>The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.<p>With the biggest change to data privacy in the UK since 1998 coming up, Reality Check explains what you need to …

Privacy

TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

<b>For two months in early 2018, technology journalist Kashmir Hill let innocent household items spy on her.</b><p>She had turned her one-bedroom apartment into a "smart home" and was measuring how much data was being collected by the firms that made the devices.<p>Her smart toothbrush betrayed when she had not …

Future devices could let companies scan YOUR body to detect your mood and health

Spy cameras could soon know what we're thinking and feeling simply by scanning our BODIES - and there may be no way to opt-out<p><b>The claims were made by</b> …

Brainwaves

Google trains its AI to pick out voices in a noisy crowd

Google trains its AI to pick out voices in a noisy crowd to SPY on your secret conversations<p><b>The AI 'looks' at people's faces and can isolate their</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Experts in Europe are at loggerheads over 'electronic persons' legal status for robots

Outrage over European plans to grant ROBOTS legal status as experts warn it could breach human rights<p><b>MEPs passed a resolution in 2017 urging Brussels</b> …

The Future

Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert

<b>Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers.</b><p>The suspect, who has been identified only as Mr Ao, was attending a concert by pop star Jacky Cheung in Nanchang city last weekend when he was caught.<p>Police said the …

TED 2018: Fake Obama video creator defends invention

<b>A researcher who created a fake video of President Obama has defended his invention at the latest TED talks.</b><p>The clip shows a computer-generated version of the former US leader mapped to fit an audio recording. Experts have warned the tech involved could spark a "political crisis".<p>Dr Supasorn …

Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

<b>Facebook's chief executive has revealed that his data was among that harvested in a privacy scandal.</b><p>Mark Zuckerberg made the disclosure during his second day of being questioned in Washington.<p>In a related development, the political consultancy at the heart of the affair has announced its acting …

Internet

Twitter thinks it can stop abuse by better explaining its policies

Twitter's plan to combat abuse: App attempts to stop trolls simply by explaining its policies to them<p><b>Twitter is launching a study to publicise its</b> …

Internet

Facebook data: How it was used by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has said it believes that up to 87 million users' data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.<p>Cambridge Analytica claims its data and research helped Donald Trump win the US presidency.<p>But how did it turn a Facebook user’s data into a personality type, and what did it do with that …

Cambridge Analytica

Doctors blast hospital bosses after they find SECRET monitoring devices

Furious doctors blast hospital bosses after they find SECRET monitoring devices under their desks in an 'astonishing invasion of privacy'<p><b>Hull Royal</b> …

Jeremy Hunt

AI assistants are sexist and understand men better

Are Alexa and Siri SEXIST? Expert says AI assistants struggle to understand female speech because it is quieter and more 'breathy'<p><b>Voice-recognition</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

‘Black Mirror’ Meets Reality: China Moves To Rate Its Citizens Using A ‘Social Credit System’

Can you imagine a rating system being fully implemented into society that is not only meant to establish your “trustworthiness,” but is available for</i> …

Would you choose a partner based on their 'citizen score'?

<b>Imagine if everything you did on Facebook or Twitter counted towards a government-imposed 'citizen score'.</b><p>All your online behaviour would be analysed and assessed to come up with a measure of your online reputation, character and trustworthiness.<p>This could then be used by employers to decide …

Ancient city in Mexico had as many buildings as Manhattan

Thousand-year-old 'lost' pyramid city uncovered in the heart of Mexico using lasers had as many buildings as modern Manhattan<p><b>Experts used lasers to</b> …

Archaeology

CCTV cameras will soon have face recognition technology

AI surveillance cameras could soon identify faces in a crowd with 99 percent accuracy<p><b>CCTV cameras across the country will soon have facial</b> …

Surveillance

How to control a machine using your mind

<b>Imagine being able to make a machine do your bidding with your thoughts alone, no button pressing, typing, screen tapping or fumbling with remote controls, just brain power. Well, this sci-fi scenario could be closer to reality than you think.</b><p>Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, …

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle

<b>Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough.</b><p>Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications.<p>The landscape, near already-known Maya …

Fitness app Strava lights up staff at military bases

<b>Security concerns have been raised after a fitness tracking firm showed the exercise routes of military personnel in bases around the world.</b><p>Online fitness tracker Strava has published a "heatmap" showing the paths its users log as they run or cycle.<p>It appears to show the structure of foreign …

UK PM seeks 'safe and ethical' artificial intelligence

<b>The prime minister says she wants the UK to lead the world in deciding how artificial intelligence can be deployed in a safe and ethical manner.</b><p>In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Theresa May said a new advisory body, previously announced in the Autumn Budget, will co-ordinate efforts …

Will we ever be able to trust self-driving cars?

<b>When you're sitting in the driver's seat at 60mph on a rain-lashed motorway, covering your eyes would normally be a dangerous, if not downright suicidal move.</b><p>Putting on a virtual reality headset, obscuring the view of the road altogether, might seem even crazier.<p>But that's exactly what I did …

More melted nuclear fuel found inside a Fukushima reactor

Underwater robot finds melted fuel inside a second Fukushima reactor seven years after Japan's worst nuclear disaster<p><b>A 2011 earthquake and tsunami</b> …

Nuclear Energy

Microsoft AI sketches art based on a simple description

The robot 'artist' that transforms your imagination into reality: Microsoft's creative AI sketches drawings based on a simple description<p><b>The software</b> …

Deep Learning