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‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father.

Posted by   /  August 30, 2019  /  Technology  /  No Comments

Andrew Kaplan, 78, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Aug. 14. Kaplan may be remembered as one of the world’s first “digital humans.” / Brinson+Banks for The Washington Post Will the rise of virtual beings be the next step in the human quest for immortality? By Peter Holley | The Washington Post When Andrew […]

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What is the state of biometric data security in Arizona?

Posted by   /  August 27, 2019  /  Technology  /  No Comments

Illustration by Mike MacKenzie | Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Court okays class action against Facebook over facial recognition software By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on a case brought by residents of Illinois against social media giant Facebook over its use of facial recognition software could reignite conversations […]

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Humans need to take charge of their robots

Posted by   /  August 24, 2019  /  Science, Technology  /  No Comments

 Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios By Steve LeVine | Axios In 2013, two young Oxford University researchers ignited a provocative debate with a landmark forecast that 47% of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to automation. Since then, experts around the world have relentlessly argued whether the new age of robots will wipe out whole classes of jobs, or […]

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Meet the researchers working to make sure artificial intelligence is a force for good

Posted by   /  August 23, 2019  /  Science, Technology  /  No Comments

AI has plenty of success stories, with positive outcomes in fields from healthcare to education to urban planning. But there have also been unexpected pitfalls. By Alejandro De La Garza | TIME  With glass interior walls, exposed plumbing and a staff of young researchers dressed like Urban Outfitters models, New York University’s AI Now Institute […]

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ASU and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin refuse to release moon lander contract to public

Posted by   /  August 23, 2019  /  Education, Science, Technology  /  No Comments

By Ray Stern| Phoenix New Times Arizona State University and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company claim they’ll put a payload on the moon by 2024. But they can’t even release the payload contract they signed after two months. The lengthy delay to release a basic public record is somewhat ironic for both ASU, home to […]

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Arizonans might have special protections from facial recognition software

Posted by   /  August 17, 2019  /  Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity, Technology  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral A new federal court ruling coupled with a provision in the state constitution could give Arizonans new legal protections against the use of software by private firms that captures and stores facial images. On paper, the lawsuit involves claims of invasion of privacy being brought against […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Is it time to regulate biohacking? California thinks so.

Posted by   /  August 14, 2019  /  Health Care, Regional News, Science, Technology  /  No Comments

The mew law is the first to explicitly address the gene-editing technology CRISPR. The type of biohackers currently gaining the most notoriety are the ones who experiment on their bodies with the hope of “upgrading” or “optimizing” their physical and cognitive performance. By Sigal Samuel | Vox California wants to make it clear that tinkering […]

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Three years of misery inside Google, the happiest company in tech

Posted by   /  August 13, 2019  /  Employment Law, Featured News, Media and Entertainment, Technology  /  No Comments

About a thousand Google employees protest outside the company’s headquarters on January 30, 2017, decrying President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on all visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries./Jason Henry/The New York Times By Nitasha Tiku | Wired On a bright Monday in January 2017, at 2:30 in the afternoon, about a thousand Google employees—horrified, alarmed, […]

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Was e-mail a mistake?

Posted by   /  August 10, 2019  /  Technology  /  No Comments

Illustration by Shira Inbar The mathematics of distributed systems suggests that meetings might be better By Cal Newport | The New Yorker The walls of the Central Intelligence Agency’s original headquarters, in Langley, Virginia, contain more than thirty miles of four-inch steel tubing. The tubes were installed in the early nineteen-sixties, as part of an […]

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Focus on the election: Maricopa County recorder sending reps to hacking conference

Posted by   /  August 9, 2019  /  Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity, Government and Politics, Technology  /  No Comments

Photo by Sam Whited | Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror Hackers and tech enthusiasts are gathering in the Nevada desert this week for a conference where new vulnerabilities in software and hardware are discussed, but an unlikely group of people will also be in attendance: the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.  “You […]

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