Category: Technology

Mapping DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy, highlighting S&T’s R&D support

Homeland Security Newswire | Source URL Last month at a cybersecurity conference, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen previewed the May unveiling of DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy and issued a stern warning to cybercriminals. The new DHSCybersecurity Strategy was released 15 May. Nielsen said: “I have a news flash for America’s adversaries: Complacency […]

Governments all over the world buy spy products that let them track and eavesdrop on global cellphones, especially US phones

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR] has sent a letter to the DHS with his view that “nefarious actors may have exploited” the cellular phone system “to target the communications of American citizens.” He’s referring to well-understood vulnerabilities in the ancient, creaking SS7 messaging […]

Senate Defense Bill Aims to Scrub Cyber Adversaries from U.S. Military Tech

Joseph Marks | DefenseOne | Source URL The bill would require companies to disclose if they’d shared source code with foreign governments. Companies that sell equipment and services to the U.S.military will be forced to disclose business ties that allow foreign governments to access their sensitive data, such as software source code, […]

Google’s Hypothetical ‘Selfish Ledger’ Imagines Collecting All Your Data to Push You to Change Society

Fortune | Source URL A couple of years ago, Alphabet’s X “moonshot factory” conjured up a concept that describes how total and absolute data collection could be used to shape the decisions you make. And now a video about that concept has leaked online. The video was obtained and published on Thursday […]

Lie-detecting computer kiosks equipped with artificial intelligence look like the future of border security

CNBC | Source URL International travelers could find themselves in the near future talking to a lie-detecting kiosk when they’re going through customs at an airport or border crossing. The same technology could be used to provide initial screening of refugees and asylum seekers at busy border crossings. The U.S. […]

One third of working aged men could have their jobs stolen by ROBOTS by the year 2050, think tank study claims

Phoebe Weston | The Daily Mail | Source URL Jobs that don’t require advanced education will be the first to be replaced by automation, say the Brookings Institution. ‘Schools need to change their curriculum so that students have the skills needed in the 21st century economy’, Darrell West, vice president […]

Would you have a microchip implanted under your SKIN? 3,000 Swedes with electronic tags embedded into their hands risk their personal data being ‘used against them’

Harry Petit | The Daily Mail | Source URL Thousands of Europeans who have had microchips embedded into their hands are at risk of their personal data being ‘used against them’. More than 3,000 Swedes have microchip implants that let them pay for shopping, enter buildings and book train tickets. […]

Elderly people in care homes will be kept company by ROBOTS who listen to and learn from them as part of a £2.5m scheme (but relatives say loved ones need ‘the human touch’)

Phoebe Weston | The Daily Mail | Source URL Elderly people in UK care homes will soon be looked after by robots that ‘learn and tailor their conversations’ to who they are with. The £2.5 million ($3.4m) EU-funded trial scheme, starting in September, is designed help to take the strain off […]

Privacy concerns over Amazon ‘Echo babysitter’ smart speaker that records children’s voices and stores them online

The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon released its first Echo device for kids last month, but now lawmakers are raising privacy concerns due to a feature that records children’s voices and stores them online. Called the Echo Dot Kids Edition, it looks just like Amazon’s other Alexa-enabled devices, but includes new […]

Ecuadorian Embassy Adds New Rules For Julian Assange — No Visitors, Phone Calls Or Internet

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained according to the UN for almost 8 years. Now Ecuador has expanded that arbitrary detainment to solitary confinement by forbidding Assange from any human contact including visitations, phone calls and barring his Internet usage. All […]

High-tech Vegas: Is your hotel room smarter than you?

Spud Hilton | SF Chronicle | Source URL Stepping up to the machine, 11-year-old Jadyn Morin jabbed her index finger at the touch-screen, paused, then sliced a debit card through the reader. The machine whirred and beeped for a moment, then the door slid open with a clunk, and a […]

IBM boss joins Tim Cook calls for more oversight following Facebook data scandal, after the Apple CEO warned ‘profound change is needed’

Cheyenne Macdonald | The Daily Mail | Source URL | Blog Archive More and more key players in the tech industry are voicing their concerns over the use of personal data following Facebook‘s massive Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Executives from Apple Inc and IBM Corp have called for more oversight on how personal data […]

Meet Charles, the mind-reading robot created to read human emotion in ground-breaking project

Top scientists at Cambridge University have been working with Charles to find out if machines can respond to social cues as part of a ground-breaking project James Laybourn Jasmine Rapson | UK Mirror | Source URL A world dominated by Artificial Intelligence may be closer than we think after brain-box […]

Police facial recognition smartphones will be used to create secret watchlists

Mass Private I A company called Dataworks Plus has developed a portable facial and fingerprint biometric scanner for law enforcement. The ‘Evolution’ is a portable facial and fingerprint smartphone that police can use to identify everyone. “It is multi-modal and can capture fingerprint and facial images and is compatible with our RAPID-ID fingeprint recognition […]

The robot that can read your mind: Creepy Black Mirror-style machine scans your brain to recreate the face you’re thinking about

Tim Collins | The Daily Mail | Source URL | Blog Archive Psychologists have create a creepy machine that can peer into your mind’s eye with incredible accuracy. Their AI studies electrical signals in the brain to recreate faces being looked at by volunteers. It could provide a means of […]