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AI expert says that Russia is on the verge of a ‘major breakthrough’ in artificial intelligence

At an artificial intelligence conference in New York City last week, Professor Alexi Samsonovich from the Moscow-based National Research Nuclear …

I Replaced My Fingerprints With Prosthetics to Avoid Surveillance

In preparation for an age of biometric data megabreaches, I covered my real fingerprints with replaceable, fully-functional fake ones that are nearly impossible to copy.<p>With face recognition on the rise and fingerprint readers on our phones, it's no secret that biometrics are quickly becoming the …

While you're browsing in a shop, the shop is browsing you

In your wallet, there is a loyalty card. The store's computer knows what you've spent in there, what you've bought, how often you purchase things. It …

Facial Recognition Will Soon End Your Anonymity in Public

Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you've been seen by several of them today. Most people barely notice their presence anymore -- on the streets, inside stores, and even within our homes. We accept the fact that we are constantly …

Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Make the World 'Thrive'

Hollywood loves to give us stories of super-intelligent robots running wild with their orders. And we love to watch these stories. If artificial …

Artificial Intelligence: Gods, egos and Ex Machina

Even with its flaws, last year’s <i>Ex Machina</i> perfectly captured the curious relationship between artificial intelligence, God and ego. A tiny change in its closing moments would have given it an intriguing new dimension.<p>It’s taken me a year and a several viewings to collect my thoughts about <i>Ex …

Singularity

Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end

Artificial Intelligence

The White House Is Prepping For a Huge Solar Storm That Could Kick Us Back Into The Dark Ages

Here's the plan.<p>For our electronic way of life, the Sun is a formidable foe, and the White House is taking protective action against it. On October …

The White House

Confusion as Germany announces curbs on Syrian refugees

News from interior ministry that those fleeing civil war will not be given refugee status was promptly disputed by Merkel’s junior coalition partner<p>Angela Merkel’s generous open-door policy towards people fleeing Syria’s civil war has been thrown into confusion after Berlin announced that the …

War

The ultra-paranoiac's guide: nine steps to become impervious to cyberattackers

A 'full profile' of your data is worth around £300 to cyber criminals. But some tricks can make your entire web use 'hacker-proof'<p>Trillions of items of data are circulating in cyberspace, including many of your own personal details – from your address and phone number, and full name and date of …

Eugenics need not be a dirty word - instead, it could be lifesaving technology

The UK becomes the only country to legalise 3-parent IVF on Thursday, and we have to stop being afraid of what that means<p>On Thursday, the UK will become the first country in the world that allows “3-person IVF” – the creation of a baby with three parents.<p>While this may sound like something out of a …

Tiny crystals give forensics an update, making fingerprints glow in the dark

Dusting for fingerprints at a crime scene is a centuries-old process, but one Australian scientist has figured out a way to make it quicker, easier …

What Pig Carcasses Could Teach Coroners About Human Death

Burying pigs at sea turns out to be a good way to study how human bodies decay.<p>A dead pig is a good proxy for a dead person: It's roughly the size of a human torso, it has no fur, and its gut holds similar bacteria. These parallels mean that injury and decay are comparable in the two species, which …

A Guide to Detecting an Alien Apocalypse

To find intelligent extraterrestrial life, we might need to find proof of its demise.<p>For more than 50 years, we’ve been eavesdropping on the cosmos, searching for transmissions that would reveal the existence of intelligent, extraterrestrial life.<p>To date, nobody’s bothered to call.<p>Is it something …

Tesla Builds A Car To Survive The Coming Apocalypse

Finally: Elon Musk concocts a Batmobile with a “bioweapon defense mode.”<p>Elon Musk: automotive pioneer, environmentalist, doomsday prepper?<p>Tesla …

Stephen Hawking Says Advanced Alien Life Could Wipe Out Humanity

Hawking says the human race needs to find new homes elsewhere.<p>Theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking believes that a visit from an advanced …

Stem Cell Experts Support Using CRISPR In Human Embryos

Attitudes toward gene editing research may be shifting<p>Almost six months ago exactly, a group of scientists published an editorial in <i>Nature</i> entitled “Don’t edit the human germ line” in response to the rapid development and rising popularity of an accurate and easy-to-use gene-editing technique …

The Nasa team keeping tabs on intergalactic death rays

A space mission tracking the most violent explosions in the Universe has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Richard Hollingham discovers how Swift has changed our view of the cosmos.<p>You do not want to get in the way of a gamma ray burst.<p>“They’re the most luminous, high energy explosions that …

Universe

The cyborg revolution is here. Is it good for the Jews?

In the 1991 film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg, a combination of robot and human who is sent back in time to …

To Catch A Bomb-Maker

This is the story of a little-known FBI forensics lab and how it changed the war on terror<p>The insurgent began with a cordless phone—one of the knockoffs of a Chinese-built Senao so popular in northern Iraq. Hunched over a worktable somewhere near the refinery town of Baiji, about 150 miles north of …

Forensic review of sexual assault cases ordered after poor practice concerns

The forensic science regulator is reviewing a series of sexual assault cases to examine whether poor evidence gathering at crime scenes may be compromising criminal justice in the UK, she has told the Guardian.<p>Dr Gill Tully, whose remit is to establish quality standards in forensic science and …

Meet the Food Engineers of the Apocalypse

When the apocalypse comes, what's for dinner? Multiple studies indicate that if global warming continues at the current rate, we're likely to see vast swaths of our food supply vanish. Scientists at UC Davis found that fruit and nut trees rely on a stretch of cold temperatures in order to grow. No …

Agriculture

The cybernetic you is coming — and it’s nothing to fear

We manage our work calendars and our home calendars, we read social media feeds, we obediently respond to emails and text messages and dismiss push notifications. But as the volume of data we are expected to process and react to in our personal and professional lives balloons, we have started to …

Is Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Possible? - h+ Media

• authors John Danaher<p>The halcyon days of the mid-20th century, when researchers at the (in?)famous Dartmouth summer school on AI dreamed of creating …

Immortality sought through B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit

Judges get asked to rule on many things: Keegan Macintosh wants them to help him live forever.<p>The B.C. man has filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. …

Killer robots will leave humans 'utterly defenceless' warns professor

Robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – will be able to kill without human intervention<p>Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned.<p>Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research …

How To Create Super-Intelligent Machines That Won't Kill Us

Preventing an Age of Ultron<p>In the most recent installment of Marvel's Avengers franchise, the artificial intelligence Ultron is hell-bent on exterminating humanity. In Ultron's own words, "I was designed to save the world," but the robot ultimately concludes that when it comes to humans, "there's …