Category: Technology

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service. The action reversed the agency’s 2015 decision, during […]

Intelligence Director Says Gov’t Can Demand Encryption Backdoors Without Having To Run It By The FISA Court

A set of questions from Senator Ron Wyden — directed at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — have finally received answers. The answers [PDF] were actually given to the Senate oversight committee in July but have just now been made public. Zack Whittaker of ZDNet has taken a look at the […]

AT&T, Whose Ex-CEO Promised To Wreck Net Neutrality, Insists It Won’t Do Anything To Net Neutrality

AT&T is the latest big broadband player to try to suggest that everyone just calm down a little about this whole thing where the FCC destroys net neutrality. And, sure, some of the reports out there and some of the predictions being made about the impending death of net neutrality are fairly exaggerated. But, there […]

Putin and Musk may be right: Industry experts say it is theoretically impossible to make sure AI won’t harm humans

As researchers continue to make advances in artificial intelligence, or AI, the louder and more frequent the calls are becoming to not simply tread lightly with the technology but to abandon it completely. And why? Because many fear that the technology will someday turn on humans and wipe all of […]

The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.

The internet is dying. Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your second cousin’s baby pictures. But that isn’t really the internet. It’s not the open, anyone-can-build-it network of the 1990s and early 2000s, the product of technologies created over […]

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says ‘the system is failing’ as privacy violations and propaganda take over the internet

Tim Collins The Daily Mail WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY? Net neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic should be be treated equally. Whether you’re trying to buy a necklace on Etsy, stream a series on Netflix, or upload a photo to Facebook, your internet service provider has to load […]

Homeland Security bulletin warns of weaponized drones and threat to aviation

Geneva Sands ABC News The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an updated terror bulletin on Thursday highlighting the threat of weaponized drones, chemical attacks and the continued targeting of commercial aircraft. “We continue to face one of the most challenging threat environments since 9/11, as foreign terrorist organizations exploit the internet […]

“Fully Self-Driving Cars Are Here” – Waymo To Begin Testing Driver-Free Autonomous Taxis In Phoenix

Tyler Durden ZeroHedge From here on out, if you see a car without a driver meandering around suburban Phoenix, don’t be alarmed: It’s just Google‘s Waymo division testing its new driverless taxis – the first of their kind to be tested on US roads without the supervision of a “safety driver.” […]

Comcast’s Xfinity internet service (and others) seem to be a bit broken nationwide this morning

Greg Kumparak TechCrunch Having issues with Comcast this morning? You’re very much not alone. Right around 10 am Pacific, we started seeing reports from both coasts that the internet had suddenly slowed to a halt. Certain sites would load just fine, but the vast majority (from Reddit to Facebook to […]

Drone delivers fried chicken to residents of city in Fukushima

The Asahi Shimbun (Archive) MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture–An experimental project using a drone to deliver fried foods has started in this city affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The joint project by Internet company Rakuten Inc. and convenience store operator Lawson Inc. is aimed at spurring the return of elderly evacuees […]

Algorithms analyze brain scans to identify people with suicidal thoughts

David Pescovitz BoingBoing (Archive) In a small-scale study, researchers have shown that algorithms can analyze brain scans to determine whether an individual has suicidal thoughts. During the study, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University scientists mentioned words like “death,” “trouble,” and “carefree” to individuals undergoing fMRI scans of […]