YOU’RE TERMINATED Vladimir Putin warns of future sci-fi super-human soldiers more ‘destructive than nuclear bombs’ who feel no fear or pain

Mark Hodge UK Sun VLADIMIR Putin has claimed genetically-modified super soldiers “worse than a nuclear bomb” could soon become a reality. The strongman Russian President spoke to a crowd of students about the prospect of an army of trained killers incapable of feeling “pain or fear” much like the characters in 1992 action movie Universal Soldier. He revealed that scientists are close to breaking the … Continue reading YOU’RE TERMINATED Vladimir Putin warns of future sci-fi super-human soldiers more ‘destructive than nuclear bombs’ who feel no fear or pain

Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay

CBS News HONOLULU — Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants. As technological innovations increasingly edge into the workplace, many people fear that robots and machines are destined to take jobs that human beings have held for decades–a trend that is already happening in stores and factories around the country. For many affected workers, retraining might be out of reach —unavailable, unaffordable or inadequate. … Continue reading Wary of robots taking jobs, Hawaii toys with guaranteed pay

Secretive Apple Tries to Open Up on Artificial Intelligence

Tripp Mickle
The Wall Street Journal

The battle for artificial-intelligence expertise is forcing Apple Inc.AAPL 0.03% to grapple with its famous penchant for secrecy, as tech companies seek to woo talent in a discipline known for its openness.

The technology giant this year has been trying to draw attention—but only so much—to its efforts to develop artificial intelligence, or AI, a term that generally describes software that enables computers to learn and improve functions on their own.

Apple launched a public blog in July to talk about its work, for example, and has allowed its researchers to speak at several conferences on artificial intelligence, including a TED Talk in April by Tom Gruber, co-creator of Apple’s Siri voice assistant, that was posted on YouTube last month. Continue reading “Secretive Apple Tries to Open Up on Artificial Intelligence”

Just smile: In KFC China store, diners have new way to pay

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Diners at a KFC store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou will have a new way to pay for their meal. Just smile.

Customers will be able to use a “Smile to Pay” facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers.

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Putin: Leader in artificial intelligence will rule world

AP via Houston Chronicle MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world. Putin, speaking Friday at a meeting with students, said the development of AI raises “colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now.” He warned that “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be … Continue reading Putin: Leader in artificial intelligence will rule world

Bots flood government agency seeking comment from human beings

Tim Johnson McClatchyDC via The Olympian WASHINGTON  The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday swam in a sea of nearly 22 million comments after a deadline passed for the public to offer opinions on an issue that could shape the internet for years to come. But the comments may settle little. Millions of them appeared to come from robotic networks, or bots, and were the equivalent … Continue reading Bots flood government agency seeking comment from human beings

PARANOID ANDROID: How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

Margi Murphy The Sun DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users’ smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations – even when they aren’t in the room. If you own an Android phone, it’s likely that you’ve used Google’s Assistant, which is similar to Apple’s Siri. Google says it … Continue reading PARANOID ANDROID: How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

Singapore’s RoboCop car has its own intruder-chasing drone

Engadget If RoboCop has a gun in his thigh, this robotic security car from Singaporehas a drone that it can send after intruders. Singaporean startup Otsaw Digital has created a 176-pound golf-cart-sized automated vehicle called O-R3 that companies can use for security. It has 3D LIDAR sensors and GPS, along with other instruments that it uses to spot unattended bags and to differentiate between employees … Continue reading Singapore’s RoboCop car has its own intruder-chasing drone

Cyborg Patrol! Dubai Police’s World’s First Autonomous Robocop Goes Live At GISEC & IOTX 2017

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Dubai Police has welcomed a new member on to its force. He doesn’t need a visa, medical insurance or hours of training, and he is ready to engage with Dubai’s residents and millions of tourists across the city’s streets.

The world’s first operational robot policeman, officially joined the line of duty today, greeting guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), including Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Head of Security for the Emirate of Dubai, who opened the show and the co-located Internet of Things Expo (IoTx), which run until Tuesday 23 May at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The autonomous Robocop, standing 170 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms, is equipped with an emotion detector which can recognise gestures and hand signals from up to 1.5 metres away. The Robocop can also detect a person’s emotions and facial expressions – whether the individual is happy, sad, or smiling – and has the ability to change his expression and greetings accordingly to put people at ease. Continue reading “Cyborg Patrol! Dubai Police’s World’s First Autonomous Robocop Goes Live At GISEC & IOTX 2017”

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