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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook’s ‘Libra’ Currency Plans Before Congress

November 17, 2019 No Comments

(WASHINGTON) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company’s new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening scrutiny from U.S. regulators. House Financial Services Committee’s immediate focus was Facebook’s plans for the currency, to be called Libra. Zuckerberg took…

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Space Agencies and Private Industry Discuss Making a Giant Leap on Collaboration

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Home News Spaceflight NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks at the Heads of Agency press conference at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, on Oct. 21, 2019. (Image: © Bill Ingalls/NASA) WASHINGTON — The next 50 years of human spaceflight will surely see a proliferation of private companies working in space alongside government agencies –…

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Facebook will plainly identify fake news to prevent 2020 ‘election disturbance’

November 17, 2019 No Comments

Social media, a tool created to guard freedom of speech and democracy, has increasingly been used in more sinister ways. From its role in lowering the levels of trust in media, to inciting online violence, and amplifying political disinformation in elections— Facebook isn’t just a space to share “what’s on your mind,” and you’d be…

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Silicon Valley CEOs Appear to Have Chosen Their 2020 Candidate

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(Bloomberg) — The technology industry is looking for something different in a president in 2020. And it appears Pete Buttigieg is their candidate.While Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren are topping national polls in the contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination, California’s deep-pocketed Silicon Valley is donating to the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana…

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AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders today

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Following on Ilhan Omar’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders earlier this week, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is expected to make her own endorsement for Sanders’s candidacy today. Persistent rumors have Tlaib ready to endorse Sanders as well, though she has lately said that she is not ready to make any public endorsements (she and Sanders are due…

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This Scania autonomous truck concept doesn’t even have a cab

November 17, 2019 No Comments

As the debate over whether autonomous cars should have backup manual controls continues, Swedish manufacturer Scania is looking ahead to a future where technology has won out over prudence. The Scania AXL concept is an autonomous truck that lacks not just a steering wheel, but a cab for a human driver. The AXL was designed…

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Can a Machine Learn to Write for The New Yorker?

November 17, 2019 No Comments

At the end of every section in this article, you can read the text that an artificial intelligence predicted would come next. I glanced down at my left thumb, still resting on the Tab key. What have I done? Had my computer become my co-writer? That’s one small step forward for artificial intelligence, but was…

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Chief law officer wants Facebook to halt encrypted messaging program

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Attorney General Bill Barr and officials from the U.K. and Australia have penned a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting the company not implement end-to-end encryption on its messaging services, citing concerns regarding threats of child exploitation and terrorism. Interested in Facebook? Add Facebook as an interest to stay up to date on the…

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Facial Recognition Tech Is a Blatant Misuse of Police Bodycams

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Jim Watson/AFP/GettyWhen advocates pushed back against the rise of police bodycams over the last five years, all too often the answer was simply “it can’t hurt.” Did we have evidence that bodycams reduced excessive force? No. Did we know if they would prevent police perjury? No. Did we know if they would stop officers from killing…

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The Internet Is Overrun with Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

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The images are horrific. Children, some just 3 or 4 years old, being sexually abused and in some cases tortured. Pictures of child sexual abuse have long been produced and shared to satisfy twisted adult obsessions. But it has never been like this: Technology companies reported a record 45 million online photos and videos of…

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