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By Enrique Dans | Relevant technology-related news, curated daily by Enrique Dans (http://www.enriquedans.com)

Elon Musk is right: we should all be worried about killer robots

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, along with 115 other artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, has signed an open letter to urge the United Nations to recognize the dangers of lethal autonomous weapons and to ban their use internationally.<p>The letter was released at the International Joint …

Robots

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war<p>Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer …

Robots

Two-year-olds should learn to code, says computing pioneer

Early start would encourage women to become programmers and reduce gender stereotyping, argues Stephanie Shirley<p>Children as young as two years old should be introduced to the basics of coding, according to one of Britain’s most eminent computing pioneers.<p>Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose company was …

Women's News

Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark | Ars Technica

The case comes two months after court’s “offensive” trademarks ruling.<p>Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark …

Google

Americans Love Ordering Pizza on Facebook

The cutthroat U.S. restaurant industry is getting increasingly aggressive about technology, enlisting Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. in their race …

Trends

Of course parents have a right to spy on their kids

They invade privacy, but apps such as ReplyASAP could also save lives<p>A British father, digital product manager Nick Herbert, has invented an app, ReplyASAP, because his 13-year-old son wasn’t responding to his calls or texts.<p>The app takes over a smartphone screen, locking the phone from further use …

Parenting

Images of Fitbit next smartwatch reveal heart-rate improvements

Fitbit is on schedule, as its boss James Park keeps reminding us, to launch its next smartwatch by the end of the year. We don’t know what the smartwatch will be called, though Blaze 2 seems likely, but thanks to leaks we know its design and some of the hardware improvements.<p>Images obtained by …

Wearable Tech

What your company needs to know about the blockchain movement

The blockchain technology market is projected to see a 61.5 percent compound annual growth rate through 2021 according to MarketWatch. And we’re seeing companies from across the spectrum — from finance, logistics, and manufacturing to research, computing, and insurance — looking to roll out …

Bitcoin

James Damore is proving the alt-right playbook can work in Silicon Valley

If the alt-right had drafted a figurehead to represent them in Silicon Valley, they could not have done much better than James Damore. The former Google engineer is calm, reasoned, and credentialed. He has a pedigree of dropping out of Harvard (despite falsely claiming a PhD). He quotes left-wing …

Silicon Valley

Mark Zuckerberg’s own paternity-leave plans are a step toward a more fair workplace

As he did after the birth of his first child in 2015, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months’ paternity leave from the company when his second daughter arrives. This time, Zuckerberg will break up the leave, spending one month at home with his children and wife Priscilla Chan right after …

Mark Zuckerberg

Waymo Patent Shows Plans to Replace Steering Wheel & Pedals with Push Buttons

Waymo just received approval on a patent for a push-button console that replaces not only a steering wheel in a car but the brake and gas pedals, …

Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see.<p>This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today — including, …

Google

The walls are closing in on tech giants

Tech behemoths Google, Facebook and Amazon are feeling the heat from the far-left and the far-right, and even the center is starting to fold.<p><b>Why it</b> …

Rob Portman

Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression

In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website …

Censorship

AI Is Taking Over the Cloud - MIT Technology Review

The cloud is getting smarter by the minute. In fact, it will soon know more about the photos you’ve uploaded than you do.<p>Cloud storage company Box …

Machine Learning

The World’s Biggest Tech Companies Are No Longer Just American

HONG KONG — The technology world’s $400 billion-and-up club — long a group of exclusively American names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon — needs to make room for two Chinese members.<p>The Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, Chinese companies that dominate their home market, have …

China

Doxing Is a Perilous Form of Justice—Even When It's Outing Nazis

Last Saturday, Logan Smith, the man behind the Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, began posting photos of alleged white supremacist protesters in …

Robert E. Lee

Ask Jack: How can I use airport and hotel wifi safely?

Steve wants to know why public hotspots are not secure. Happily, there are ways to make your connection safer<p>Why are all the free wifi services offered by hotels and airports etc unsecured? I scan networks with AVG and then use TunnelBear’s VPN (virtual private network) whenever I want to use them …

Wi-Fi

Apple Watch to be sold alongside Aetna health insurance plans

The Apple Watch could soon be sold discounted or free to Aetna’s 23 million members, as a way to improve health outcomes and lower insurance costs, according to a CNBC report.<p>Apple held a series of meetings with Aetna executives and hospital chief medical information officers, discussing the …

Smartwatches

In an AI-powered world, what are potential jobs of the future?

With virtual assistants answering our emails and robots replacing humans on manufacturing assembly lines, mass unemployment due to widespread automation seems imminent. But it is easy to forget amid our growing unease that these systems are not “all-knowing” and fully competent.<p>As many of us have …

Intelligence

Robots are only taking jobs in a narrow part of the country — but that's affecting all of us

Fears of an imminent robot takeover of the workplace have gained traction after recent advances on self-driving vehicles and increasingly automated factories.<p>Most technology and employment experts, however, are quick to note that mechanization can have a tremendous positive impact on productivity …

Robots

One chart shows how different the internet landscape looks in China

People in the Americas and Europe use most of the same services and websites when they go online, with Facebook, Amazon, and Google as mainstays for most internet users. The one place these market leaders have struggled to gain users is China.<p>The Chinese government has strict censorship practices …

Internet

In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

KIEV, Ukraine — The hacker, known only by his online alias “Profexer,” kept a low profile. He wrote computer code alone in an apartment and quietly sold his handiwork on the anonymous portion of the internet known as the dark web. Last winter, he suddenly went dark entirely.<p>Profexer’s posts, …

Security

Fiat Chrysler Joins BMW in Race to Make Self-Driving Cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will cooperate with BMW to develop self-driving cars, the companies said Wednesday, as traditional automakers look to defend their turf against cash-rich Silicon Valley giants eager to upend the industry.<p>Autonomous vehicles are expected to transform the auto industry …

Transportation

Andrew Ng is raising a $150M AI Fund

We knew that Andrew Ng had more than just a series of deep learning courses up his sleeve when he announced the first phase of his deeplearning.ai last week. It’s clear now that the turn of Ng’s three part act is a $150 million venture capital fund, first noted by PEHub, targeting AI …

Startups

The Uber Dilemma

By far the most well-known “game” in game theory is the Prisoners’ Dilemma. Albert Tucker, who formalized the game and gave it its name in 1950, …

Venture Capital

The e-mail Larry Page should have written to James Damore

Created on: 15 August 2017 at 15:15 (Delivered after 1 seconds)<br>From: Larry Page <*********@google.com><br>To: James Damore <***********@hotmail.com><br>cc: …

Economics

Why Facebook Just Eradicated Influencer Marketing As We Know It

Today Facebook silently announced that brands now have the ability to seamlessly drive targeted paid media support behind 3rd party influencer …

Marketing

KGI: Apple Watch 3 to come in LTE and non-LTE models, no obvious form factor change

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new forecast on the next generation Apple Watch. According to Kuo, the Apple Watch 3 will ship later this year with both LTE and non-LTE models offered. Kuo also expects the next Apple Watch will retain the same general design and not …

Smartwatches