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Truck drivers like me will soon be replaced by automation. You're next | Finn Murphy | ... - 0 views

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    "Maybe so, but guess what? You're next. When automation starts displacing lawyers, accountants and bankers, then we might see some push-back about the social costs of technology. So long as it's only truckers and factory workers getting sacked, well, there's always Walmart, McDonald's, or food stamps."
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Google's AI expert believes humans and AI will merge before 2030 | Alphr - 0 views

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    " Kurzweil believes that "medical robots will go inside our brain and connect our neo-cortex to the smart cloud," and that's all slated to happen by 2029."
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China's social credit score is like a 'Black Mirror' episode - Business Insider - 0 views

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    "The Chinese government is planning on implementing a system that connects citizens' financial, social, political, and legal credit ratings into one big social trustability score. The idea would be that if someone breaks trust in one area, they'd be adversely affected everywhere."
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Email scammers targeted by new bot that inundates them with endless annoying questions ... - 0 views

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    "The organisation is inviting anyone who thinks they've been targeted by a scam email to forward it to Re:scam, which will verify if it is a scam or not.

    It will then use its own email address to target any scammers it manages to detect.  "
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Computer says no: why making AIs fair, accountable and transparent is crucial | Science... - 0 views

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    "In October, American teachers prevailed in a lawsuit with their school district over a computer program that assessed their performance.

    The system rated teachers in Houston by comparing their students' test scores against state averages. Those with high ratings won praise and even bonuses. Those who fared poorly faced the sack.

    The program did not please everyone. Some teachers felt that the system marked them down without good reason. But they had no way of checking if the program was fair or faulty: the company that built the software, the SAS Institute, regards its algorithm a trade secret and would not disclose its workings."
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China wants to give all of its citizens a score - and their rating could affect every a... - 0 views

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    "Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how "trustworthy" you are."
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College installs facial recognition to make sure students don't get friends to sign in ... - 0 views

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    "The facial recognition system is currently being rolled out across six of Prof Shen's classes.

    "The new system saves time and reduces the workload of students," Prof Shen told the Beijing News. "Out of one hundred students, it usually only fails to recognise one student."

    But obviously, not everyone is a fan."
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End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker? | Technology | The... - 0 views

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    "Google, Uber, Tesla and the major truck manufacturers are looking to a future in which people like Baxter will be replaced - or at the very least downgraded to co-pilots - by automated vehicles that will save billions but will cost millions of jobs. It will be one of the biggest changes to the jobs market since the invention of the automated loom - challenging the livelihoods of millions across the world."
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Who do you trust? How data is helping us decide | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Should we embrace these new trust algorithms? Baveja and Shapiro acknowledge the responsibility that comes with trying to take ethical decisions and translate them into code. How much of our personal information do we want trawled through in this way? And how comfortable are we with letting an algorithm judge who is trustworthy?"
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'I don't know whether humans want change that fast' | Technol... - 0 views

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    "Pretty much every great thing gets started by a small team."
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'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technol... - 0 views

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    "There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called "continuous partial attention", severely limiting people's ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity - even when the device is turned off. "Everyone is distracted," Rosenstein says. "All of the time.""
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The Coming Software Apocalypse - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "It's been said that software is "eating the world." More and more, critical systems that were once controlled mechanically, or by people, are coming to depend on code. This was perhaps never clearer than in the summer of 2015, when on a single day, United Airlines grounded its fleet because of a problem with its departure-management system; trading was suspended on the New York Stock Exchange after an upgrade; the front page of The Wall Street Journal's website crashed; and Seattle's 911 system went down again, this time because a different router failed. The simultaneous failure of so many software systems smelled at first of a coordinated cyberattack"
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Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients' secret emails | Business | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The hacker compromised the firm's global email server through an "administrator's account" that, in theory, gave them privileged, unrestricted "access to all areas".

    The account required only a single password and did not have "two-step" verification, sources said."
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Robots have already taken over our work, but they're made of flesh and bone | Brett Fri... - 0 views

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    "On paper, making human beings behave like simple machines might deliver greater efficiency. But modern-day Taylorism threatens something that those kinds of market analyses fail to capture: the value of being human."
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Major cyber-attack will happen soon, warns UK's security boss | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "A "category one" cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen "sometime in the next few years", a director of the National Cybersecurity Centre has warned.

    According to the agency, which reports to GCHQ and has responsibly for ensuring the UK's information security, a category one cybersecurity incident requires a national government response. "
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Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate - 0 views

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    "Automating teaching is an example of a task that would require artificial general intelligence (as opposed to narrow or specific intelligence). In other words, this is the kind of task that would require an AI that understands natural human language, can be empathetic towards emotions, plan, strategize and make impactful decisions under unpredictable circumstances."
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Harvard Study Proves Apple Slows Down old iPhones to Sell Millions of New Models - Anon... - 0 views

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    "People have made the anecdotal observation that their Apple products become much slower right before the release of a new model.

    Now, a Harvard University study has done what any person with Google Trends could do, and pointed out that Google searches for "iPhone slow" spiked multiple times, just before the release of a new iPhone each time."
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