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Self-driving cars have to be much safer than routine vehicles. The question is how much.

May 19, 2019 No Comments

One of the biggest questions surrounding self-driving cars isn’t a technological one, but instead philosophical: How safe is safe enough? It’s not something for which there’s an easy answer. Ever since the 2004 challenge that kicked off the autonomous vehicle push, excitement about the prospect of fleets of self-driving cars on the road has grown.…

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Is solar geoengineering insane, or simply crazy adequate to work?

May 19, 2019 No Comments

By Jeremy Deaton6 minute ReadThe UN Environment Assembly recently considered a proposal to research solar geoengineering, as it’s known, an outlandish scheme to cool the Earth by blanketing the heavens with aerosols –chemicals that would reflect a small measure of sunlight back into space, lowering the average global temperature. The measure failed, not because countries were…

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Theresa May’s stable diet of faint hope – BBC News

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Image copyright Getty Images For all the talk of the settlements between Team Might and Team Corbyn being “constructive and major”, Labour’s leader constantly appeared in some way more most likely to pull back from a Brexit compromise with the prime minister than accept one. Some of his Labour critics still suspect – though he […]

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Isn’t It About Time Someone Called Time Out On Facial Recognition?

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Surveillance camera with face recognition system Getty San Francisco, considered by many to be the Mecca of technology, is the first US city to prevent the police and other authorities from using facial recognition technology, in what is an important step against the seemingly unstoppable roll out of this technology. The city’s Board of Supervisors…

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The Argument About Directors With A Lot Of Board Commitments

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How many outside board positions are too many? The asset manager Vanguard is taking a firm position on the issue of director overboarding. Its new proxy voting guidelines for U.S. portfolio companies essentially sets a limit on four directorships (and only one outside board for the CEO), in order to help address the demands of…

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Sidewalk Labs’s signage explains public data collection tech – Quick Company

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Last week, the Google sister company Sidewalk Labs unveiled a comprehensive system of urban signage designed to disclose what technology it is using to track people in public spaces. The signs are meant to be a visual representation of the privacy policies the company is developing to go along with its data collection technology. At…

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Can the Bay Area Control the Monitoring Tools It Developed?

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Passersby walk under a surveillance camera that is part of a facial recognition technology test at Berlin Suedkreuz station in Berlin, Germany. Steffi Loos/Getty San Francisco just became the first city to ban use of facial recognition technology by government entities. Oakland may be next. Updated: May 14, 2019 Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, May 14,…

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This Is What It Would Take for Republicans to Actually Fight Environment Change

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For years, Republicans have been doing whatever they can to prevent the US from fighting climate change. This has led many progressives—and some Democrats—to conclude that working with them is not only a waste of effort, but a dangerous distraction when there’s so little time left to drastically cut global emissions. The bad news is…

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Dan Haar: Business council rankled over CBIA remaining tolls debate – CT Post

May 19, 2019 No Comments

By Dan Haar Updated 5:28 pm EDT, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Joseph F. Brennan, president of CBIA, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, says the group has tried to reach a consensus for a position on tolls. Joseph F. Brennan, president of CBIA, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, says the group has tried to reach…

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AI Package Delivery Drones Are Just Killer Robots In Waiting

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Terminator robot. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images) Getty As governments across the world continue to debate the merits and dangers of AI-powered fully autonomous weapons, it is worth stepping back a moment and looking critically at the state of the autonomous landscape. Advances in everything from consumer drones to facial recognition to autonomous flight are yielding a constant…

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