Robert Batten

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Analysis AI experts, lawyers, and law enforcement urged US Congress to regulate the use of facial recognition technology during a hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday.The technical issues and social impacts of using AI software to analyse images or videos are well known.San Francisco just passed an ordinance banning the local government using facial recognition technology.At a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday, Joy Buolamwini, founder of Algorithmic Justice League, an activist collective focused on highlighting the shortcomings of facial recognition, found that commercial computer models struggled most when it came to recognizing women with darker skin.IBM’s system was incorrect for 34.7 per cent of the time when it came to identifying black women, she said.Below is a video of the hearing, or read on for a summary...
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Select future DJI drones will feature built-in technology that helps them avoid potential collisions with airplanes and helicopters.The company announced its intention to offer this technology on Wednesday, stating that it will be available on all drones that weigh more than 250 grams released after January 1, 2020.Key to the new feature will be AirSense, a technology that picks up on the ADS-B signals from planes and helicopters in the nearby vicinity.The FAA and other regulatory bodies have scrambled to establish rules on consumer and commercial drones.These rules, in part, are designed to protect individuals from potentially catastrophic collisions between drones and helicopters.Drone operators are not allowed to operate UAVs within a certain range of airports as a result, for example.
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A protein from Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), which can infect monkeys and apes, has shown promise as a potential component of a vaccine against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), in a new study from scientists at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California."We've shown here that one can use shapes from chimpanzee-infecting SIV to stimulate the production of antibodies against the human-infecting HIV," says co-senior author Dennis Burton, PhD, the James and Jessie Minor Chair in Immunology in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research.Despite medications that can control HIV and reduce transmission, the disease remains a leading cause of death and a health threat to millions worldwide.Approximately 37 million people worldwide were living with HIV at the end of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The traditional approach to designing a viral vaccine is to use a weakened or engineered version of the virus as the "immunogen" that stimulates the immune system to produce protective antibodies.As an alternative approach, Burton's group and others want to design HIV vaccines that focus the antibody response on the few truly vulnerable parts of the virus.
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Every gamer deserves to have a full HD gaming monitor that provides a stunning visual experience, sharp graphics, and fast gameplay with minimum lag time.To help feed into your gaming addiction, Walmart is has a sweet discount on the Dell S2419HGF 24-inch full HD gaming monitor.At first glance, a recon-blue metallic finish makes this gaming display stand out from the rest of the gaming monitors on sale at Walmart.The Dell S2419HGF 24-inch also offers flexibility so you can tilt, pivot, and make height adjustments, allowing you the ability to game comfortably for hours on end.Like most gaming monitors, the Dell S2419HGF 24-inch has a headphone input so you can put Fortnite on full blast.As far as features go, the Dell S2419HGF 24-inch gaming monitor offers a high, 1,920 x 1080 resolution, ensuring your graphics card doesn’t get beat up.
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Normally, you’d want to keep malware off your laptop at any cost, but it seems that people are prepared to pay a ridiculous amount of money – in excess of a million bucks, in fact – to purchase a virus-infested notebook if it’s declared a work of art.The venerable Samsung netbook in question has been infected with six infamous pieces of malware, but as mentioned, this is not a laptop, but a piece of art.In other words, this isn’t a Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-inch netbook from 2008 – this is (drum roll)... ‘The Persistence of Chaos’.As Vice reports, this chaos-themed art project is a collaboration between Guo O Dong, a Chinese internet artist, and security firm Deep Instinct, with bidding currently running at $1.13 million (around £900,000, AU$1.65 million) at the time of writing (you’ll be pleased to hear the reserve has been successfully met).The netbook is being live streamed on Twitch (with just over 90,000 total views thus far), although the machine isn’t doing anything except sitting there with a ransomware demand being displayed (unsurprisingly).The six pieces of malware installed are: WannaCry, BlackEnergy, ILoveYou, MyDoom, SoBig and DarkTequila.
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Did you know that Snapchat allows you to turn on Story notifications for specific friends and/or accounts you follow?When you turn on Story notifications for a specific account, the application will notify you when they post a new Story.Our guide will show you how to turn on Story notifications for a specific account.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Snapchat app on iOS.Step 1: On the Friends screen, tap and hold on the friend you wish to receive Story notifications for.Step 3: Tap the toggle to the right of “Story Notifications” to turn this setting on.
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The most valuable startup in the world is planning to launch a streaming music app.It will likely come out in “poorer countries” that don’t have large streaming music audiences yet, as Bloomberg so gracelessly put it.South China Morning Post first wrote last month that Bytedance was building a Spotify-like app, but the article was short on details.Bloomberg’s sources asked not to be identified as the company has not yet announced the music service.TechCrunch also confirmed with familiar sources the app is coming “as soon as end of this quarter.” Bytedance did not respond to a Gizmodo request for confirmation that it is launching the app.The app seems to be more than just a WeChat or WhatsApp duplicate – it can also be used for delivery orders, ride-hailing, and money exchange.
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Many Chinese tech firms are equipping the country's farms with artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and blockchain technologies to monitor their pigs' health.But none of this hasmanaged to curb the biggest epidemic facing Chinese farms today — the outbreak of the African swine flu, a gruesome and deadly disease that's poised to leave 200 million pigs dead.It shows the limit to China's technological ambitions, which many observers consider dystopian and Orwellian.China is the world's largest consumer and producer of pork, and the swine flu is expected to affect the world's supply, demand, and price of pork.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.China is rolling out artificial intelligence, facial recognition and blockchain technology across its rural farms to protect its pigs — but it still isn't enough to curb a deadly swine flu that's spread across the country and is killing a third of its hogs.
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Kubecon Europe The ongoing game of tit-for-tat feature updates among the Big Three cloud players continued this week, with Google confirming support for Windows Server Containers at Kubecon.Google joins Microsoft, which announced the container tech last week, and Amazon, which has had the thing lurking around as a developer preview since March.While Amazon's Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) started with Kubernetes 1.11, Google, having enjoyed a hosted Kubernetes environment pretty much since day one of the orchestration tech, held back until Kubernetes 1.14, when production-level support for Windows nodes put in an appearance.As for the thinking behind the wait, Aparna Sinha, director of product management for Kubernetes OSS and Kubernetes Engine, told The Register: "In 1.14, we think that it is ready for our users to try.Sinha also pointed out that it wasn't just Kubernetes that Google was waiting for.She went on to highlight the likes of Windows storage and networking that needed to be worked out, remarking that "the Windows operating system didn't initially support some, you know, some of these capabilities as far as Kubernetes Containers were concerned."
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It feels as though Lego Ideas is announcing more sets more often these days.In fact it's only been about three months since the last wave of results, which saw the company announce the Steamboat Willie and Central Perk sets.But a new wave of results is here, and it means there are another two Lego Ideas sets coming sometime in the future.First is a collection of dinosaur skeletons, and the other is a fully-functional Lego piano.I swear that Lego has a nice little backlog of sets that have yet to see the light of day.Whatever happened to the jungle treehouse?
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And the ops team replies: “it must be a code issue.”Developers and ops people sometimes have different perspectives on why a deployment went wrong.It really did work in stagingEveryone on the team wants to get things right the first time, deploying a quality product with every feature release.But, as the saying goes, we’re all only human.A slightly different network configuration here, an older version of a PHP extension or NPM module there, and suddenly the places where code is being tested before launching it to the world aren’t quite perfectly in sync.
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The US administration is ratcheting up pressure on China’s technology champions amid reports that it is also considering restrictions on the ability of video surveillance group Hikvision to buy American products.The move would likely inflame tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.Coming hot on the heels of US President Donald Trump’s decision to add Huawei to a US trade blacklist, which is threatening to put the Chinese telecoms giant out of business outside of China, it is now looking at similar limits on Hikvision, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.The US Commerce Department may require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision, limiting the company’s access to technology that helps power its equipment, according to The New York Times.China has promised to retaliate against American industries.The combination of more traditional surveillance equipment with new technologies like AI, speech monitoring, and genetic testing is helping make monitoring networks increasingly effective – and intrusive.
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What happened: HSBC is planning to add more than 1,000 new employees this year at its China technology development centers in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Xi’an.The technology centers, which currently employ around 7,000, have become increasingly crucial to HSBC’s China and fintech strategy.The bank has been using its China centers to develop risk and fraud management technologies, mobile apps, and other technology products for its global markets.The European bank said it will invest up to $3.5 billion in its group technology operations annually over the next few years.Why it’s important: The move comes as HSBC expands its operations in Asia, and more specifically, China.The bank is looking to ramp up its technology capabilities and offerings to improve its profits and has been eyeing opportunities in China, where fintech development and adoption is considered ahead of the curve.
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When the animals can invent new technologies, such as when bacteria produce a new enzyme to dismantle a sleepy component of their broth, then we face a problem.“Through the invention and diffusion of technology, humans alter and expand their niche, redefine resources, and violate population forecasts.”Professor, History, Columbia University, and Director of the Hertog Global Strategy InitiativeWhen people ask “is the world overpopulated,” I always want to ask them: who did you have in mind?If you want to get specific about the things that people really do care about—Is there going to be enough food?And Oxfam came out with a study about four years ago that estimated the world’s richest 1% probably emit 30 times more than the poorest 50% of the planet.
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Nepal Rastra Bank has banned the use of WeChat Pay and Alipay in the country, The Himalayan Times reports.The bank said the country was losing foreign income as Chinese tourists make payments to Chinese vendors through WeChat Pay and Alipay, bypassing the Nepali financial system.This means the payments are made to China because the Chinese digital wallets are not registered in Nepal.The country then cannot register them as foreign income or enforce taxation.Tourist spending is the third largest source of foreign income for Nepal after worker remittance and merchandise exports.(And yes, we’re serious about ethics and transparency.
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If you've been eagerly awaiting the release of Samsung's most advanced flagship, the Galaxy S10 5G, you're in luck – the South Korean electronics giant has announced Australian availability of the next-generation device, and it's out sooner that you might think.Available in Australia from May 28, 2019, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G offers a slightly larger Infinity-O display than the Galaxy S10 Plus, measuring in at 6.7 inches.It also factors in an additional 3D depth-sensing camera, bringing the S10 5G's lens total to six.Of course, the real draw here is the phone's ability to access 5G networks right out of the box, which should allow for incredibly-fast download speeds on Australia's rapidly-expanding 5G networks.As an added bonus, eligible Telstra customers who picked up the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus earlier this year will be able to trade in their handset for a brand new Galaxy S10 5G at no additional cost.Better be quick though, as the offer must be redeemed within 21 days of the Galaxy S10 5G's release.
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Instagram influencers make their lives public.Account data for 49 million Instagram users, including influencers and brand accounts, was exposed online, according to a report by TechCrunch.The records, which an independent researcher found had been publicly viewable since at least May 14, included public data that seemed to be scraped from Instagram users' profiles, as well as private data like phone numbers and email addresses.Researchers around the world search for exposed databases and try to get companies to secure them, such as a cache of demographic information on 80 million US households removed in April."This database did not include any sensitive personal data and only contained information available from the public domain, or self reported by influencers," the company said.The data is for internal use only, and isn't sold, Chtrbox said in its statement, adding that the data doesn't come from hackers or data breaches.
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The 3-in-1 printer by Canon not only offers features that allow you to print, scan, and make copies, but saves time and money so you can be more productive at home or in the office.The Canon ImageCLASS MF232w laser printer has the ability to print up to 24 pages per minute at a resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dots per inch.The LCD panel is user friendly so browsing through the main menu is quick.It’s also customizable and easy to read.The main paper tray holds 250 sheets of paper, which is a great size.As a 3-in-1 printer, the Canon ImageCLASS MF232w laser printer has wireless connectivity, giving you the ability to print from anywhere.
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The US Postal Service has begun a two-week trial of self-driving lorry technology that will see freight hauled across about 1,000 miles of motorways in three southwestern states.Start-up TuSimple, based in San Diego, said its retrofitted Peterbilt trucks would be used to haul mail between facilities in Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas, in a testing programme that begins on Tuesday.The run is normally carried out by third-party haulage firms who are required under US law to use two-driver teams to limit drivers’ hours behind the wheel.TuSimple chief product officer Chuck Price said the run was in the “sweet spot” of where autonomous vehicles could prove valuable, since such long distances are beyond the range of a single human driver.The vehicles, which use cameras to spot objects and hazards more than half a mile ahead, are to be operated in autonomous mode while on motorways.The trial is to use relay teams of two people, a human backup driver and an engineer, who are to swap out during refuelling stops.
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People.ai uses artificial intelligence to automate and speed up sales operations and customer relations.The AI startup said Tuesday it has raised another $60 million from investors, including Andreessen Horowitz and ICONIQ Capital.It was People.ai's second funding round in 7 months: In late 2018, it raised $30 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storiesPeople.ai, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to automate and speed up sales operations and customer relations, just raised another $60 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and ICONIQ Capital — the latter of which is perhaps best known as a wealth manager for Mark Zuckerberg.People.ai, which is based in San Francisco and has about 145 employees, lets businesses automate a big chunk of a sales process, including logging and organizing customer information.
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