Self-driving cars could soon be cheaper and easier to build

Roberto Baldwin Engadget There’s no shortage of companies working on artificial intelligence for cars. If anything there’s a glut. Every automaker and startup seems to be building a nearly sentient system designed to operate cars and avoid objects (especially humans). AImotive (pronounced “AI Motive” — yeah, it’s confusing) is doing the same thing, except it’s also designing the accompanying hardware. What’s more, it’ll play nice … Continue reading Self-driving cars could soon be cheaper and easier to build

Ransomware infections reported worldwide

BBC News A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected. There have been reports of infections in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and others. Security researchers are linking the … Continue reading Ransomware infections reported worldwide

Android apps secretly tracking users by listening to inaudible sound hidden in adverts

The Independent

An increasing number of Android applications are attempting to track users without their knowledge, according to a new report.

Over recent years, companies have started hiding “beacons”, ultrasonic audio signals inaudible to humans, in their adverts, in order to track devices and learn more about their owners.

Electronic devices equipped with microphones can register these sounds, allowing advertisers to uncover their location and work out what kind of ads their owners watch on TV and which other devices they own. Continue reading “Android apps secretly tracking users by listening to inaudible sound hidden in adverts”

More Robots, Fewer Jobs

Mira Rojanasakul & Peter Coy Bloomberg Are you about to be replaced by a robot? The question has broad implications for the U.S. economy, especially the manufacturing sector. Industries that robotize tend to increase output. But robots can have dire consequences for workers. Two economists recently concluded that both jobs and wages fall in parts of the U.S. where more robots are installed. The March … Continue reading More Robots, Fewer Jobs

FCC website hit by attacks after ‘net neutrality’ proposal

David Shepardson Reuters The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Monday that its website was hit by deliberate denial of service attacks after the telecommunications regulator was criticized by comedian John Oliver for its plan to reverse “net neutrality” rules. The attacks came soon after Oliver on Sunday urged viewers to file electronic comments with the FCC opposing the plan unveiled by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai … Continue reading FCC website hit by attacks after ‘net neutrality’ proposal

The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot

Patrick Tucker
DefenseOne

Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap.

Researchers from DCS Corp and the Army Research Lab fed datasets of human brain waves into a neural network — a type of artificial intelligence — which learned to recognize when a human is making a targeting decision. They presented their paper on it at the annual Intelligent User Interface conference in Cyprus in March.

Why is this a big deal? Machine learning relies on highly structured data, numbers in rows that software can read. But identifying a target in the chaotic real world is incredibly difficult for computers. The human brain does it easily, structuring data in the form of memories, but not in a language machines can understand. It’s a problem that the military has been grappling with for years. Continue reading “The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot”

Potential for Ultrasonic Beacons to Trigger Smartphone Apps

Cryptogon Apparently, you have to open some app for the this to happen: The situation isn’t that worrisome, as users have to open an app with the Shopkick SDK for the beacon to be picked up. Even so, here’s another one for your already herniating Mobile Phones Are Creepy as Hell file folder. Via: Bleeping Computer: A team of researchers from the Brunswick Technical University … Continue reading Potential for Ultrasonic Beacons to Trigger Smartphone Apps

The robotic brain surgeon will see you now: drill can perform complex procedures 50 times faster

Henry Bodkin
The Telegraph

Scientists have revealed a robotic drill that can cut the most sensitive brain surgery down from two hours to two and a half minutes.

The machine, developed at the University of Utah, is being hailed as a potential breakthrough in survival for brain patients as the reduced time they spend in surgery will drastically cut the chances of infection. Continue reading “The robotic brain surgeon will see you now: drill can perform complex procedures 50 times faster”

International Workers’ Day: Profitable Work Will Be Automated, The Rest Will Be Left to Us

Charles Smith
Of Two Minds

Everyone wants an abundance of “good paying” jobs, but employers can only afford to pay employees if the work being done is profitable.

What’s abundant and what’s scarce? The question matters because as economist Michael Spence (among others) has noted, value and profits flow to what’s scarce.What’s in over-supply has little to no scarcity value and hence little to no profitability.

Continue reading “International Workers’ Day: Profitable Work Will Be Automated, The Rest Will Be Left to Us”

Mind hacking: Scientists want new laws to stop our thoughts from being stolen

RT

Researchers have called for radical new legislation protecting people’s thoughts from being stolen and maybe even deleted.

Biomedical ethicists Marcello Ienca and Roberto Andorno believe that while rapid advances in neurotechnology have created opportunities in modern medicine, they also present new challenges for human privacy. Continue reading “Mind hacking: Scientists want new laws to stop our thoughts from being stolen”