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Hawking, Musk call for ban on AI weaponry

It’s the middle of the night, and automated drones are flying overhead in search of humans to fire missiles at, while automated rovers patrol the ground with the same purpose. That might sound like a scene out of any one of the Terminator movies, but many captains of the technology industry are quite serious about preventing such a scene from ever becoming reality. In a letter presented on Monday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial...

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Android devices could be hacked using only a phone number

A new vulnerability discovered by the researchers at Zimperium Mobile Labs might make you want to think twice before handing out your cell phone number to just anyone, because a hacker armed with those digits can purportedly gain access to 95 percent of all Android devices. The vulnerability, which was also reported by TechCrunch and ExtremeTech, uses a maliciously modified video message capable of getting around Android’s security measures and executing remote code, giving the...

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Should tweets be copyright protected?

While Twitter has prided itself in the past on letting free speech reign on its social media platform, the company has recently started embracing the idea of tweets being original copyright-protected works that another user can’t rewrite and claim as his or her own. As reported by The Verge, the issue of copyrighted tweets was raised earlier this month when a post by freelance writer Olga Lexell was apparently reposted by other accounts; giving the...

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Jeep issues security-patching USB sticks for hackable cars

In response to an article and video showing its Jeep Cherokee car could be controlled by hackers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall of sorts – providing security-patching USB drives to affected customers. Last Tuesday, Wired made headlines across the media landscape when it reported hackers were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee with one of its writers behind the wheel – while on the highway. “Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the...

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China ends 15-year ban on video game consoles

China’s 15-year ban on video game consoles, which could open the door for gaming giants such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to manufacture and sell their hardware anywhere in the nation, the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets reported over the weekend. The official announcement was made earlier in the week by China’s Ministry of Culture, doing away with restrictions on game consoles originally put into place in 2000 over fears that the units...

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Nintendo patent hints at hybrid ceiling projector sleep monitor

Reports have surfaced online of a new patent filed by Nintendo which describe a device that would take the video game company in a completely different direction – a combination sleep monitor and ceiling projector roughly the same size as an alarm clock. According to IGN and Engadget, the device appears to have a docking station, speakers, and an array of sensors. The patent shows something that could either be an illustration of a person’s...

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British navy launches and lands 3D printed plane

A 3D-printed aircraft has been successfully launched from a British Royal Navy ship and subsequently landed safely, the BBC reports. One of the lead researchers behind the Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft, Professor Andy Keane, said, “The key to increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles is the simple production of low-cost and rugged airframes.” The production of the aircraft sounds like it’s anything but simple, however. A new manufacturing paradigm Professor Jim Scanlan, who also lead the project,...

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Watson can now analyze your personality

Watson, IBM’s cognitive AI computer, can now assess your personality based on your writing Watson is best known as the program that beat humans at Jeopardy back in 2008. Now with “Personality Insights,” Watson is able to give you a “horoscope-like description” of your personality. Watson uses your personal blog posts, tweets, or really any kind of text you can give-- in English or Spanish, as long as the selection is over 100 words. . It’s quite...

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E-sports are introducing drug testing measures

Drug scandals in the sporting world are fairly common. E-sports, a newer player in the sporting world, are now starting to see issues with performance enhancing drugs. Drug testing is coming to e-sports after a professional player admitted in an interview that he and his group of former teammates used Adderall during a competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match. Adderall is an amphetamine usually used to treat attention deficit disorders. Germany-based Electronic Sports League is “the oldest...

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DNA ‘ambulance’ may drive cells towards cancer

Researchers out of the University of Toronto have uncovered how severely damaged DNA is transported to “hospitals” to be fixed, a process that may lead to cancer. “Scientists knew that severely injured DNA was taken to specialized 'hospitals' in the cell to be repaired, but the big mystery was how it got there,” said author Karim Mekhail, a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, in a press release. “We've...