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The dead will take over Facebook in the next 50 years | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "A time is coming in which you may see more memorial accounts on Facebook than active users, with academics estimating that accounts belonging to the deceased will outnumber the living within 50 years."
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Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps - M... - 1 views

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    "By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack's Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. At that point, the hacker said he brute-forced "millions of usernames" via the apps' API. Then, he said he wrote a script to attempt to login using those usernames and the default password. "
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Brain-computer interface successfully translates thought into synthesized speech / Boin... - 0 views

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    "The listeners accurately heard the sentences 43 percent of the time when given a set of 25 possible words to choose from, and 21 percent of the time when given 50 words, the study found."
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A 40cm-square patch that renders you invisible to person-detecting AIs / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "showing how they can create a 40cm x 40cm "patch" that fools a convoluted neural network classifier that is otherwise a good tool for identifying humans into thinking that a person is not a person -- something that could be used to defeat AI-based security camera systems. They theorize that the could just print the patch on a t-shirt and get the same result."
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Vulnerabilities in GPS fleet-tracking tools let attackers track and immobilize cars en ... - 0 views

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    "L&M used a credential stuffing attack: using email addresses gleaned from massive breaches to gain access by repeatedly trying different email/password combinations."
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The future of cybersecurity: Your body as a hacker-proof network | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "The Purdue researchers have created Electro-Quasistatic Human Body Communication (EQS-HBC) which uses low-frequency, carrier-less broadband transmission, and so keeps the signal almost entirely within the human body. That means data from pacemakers and other implantable medical devices would only be readable a handful of centimetres outside the wearer."
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Can Blockchain and Privacy Save Facebook? - Hacker Noon - 0 views

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    "Facebook could also shift monetization from ads to ecommerce via blockchain-based payments and services"
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San Francisco could be the first US city to ban facial recognition tech - 0 views

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    ""While surveillance technology may threaten the privacy of us all, surveillance efforts have historically been used to intimidate and oppress certain communities and groups more than others, including those that are defined by a common race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, income level, sexual orientation, or political perspective.""
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Huawei P30 Pro 'Moon Mode' poses a new ethical dilemma for photos - 1 views

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    "According to tests performed by Wang Yue at Zhihu, the Huawei P30 Pro isn't just enhancing the image information the user captures but actually placing pre-existing imagery of the moon into the photo."
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We've been warned about AI and music for over 50 years, but no one's prepared - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Depending on how legal decisions shake out, AI systems could become a valuable tool to assist creativity, a nuisance ripping off hard-working human musicians, or both."
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Ethics committee raises alarm over 'predictive policing' tool | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Amid mounting financial pressure, at least a dozen police forces are using or considering predictive analytics, despite warnings from campaigners that use of algorithms and "predictive policing" models risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system."
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Chinese companies using GPS tracking device smartwatches to monitor, alert street clean... - 0 views

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    "Following backlash, the company said it removed the alarm function from the smartwatch, but reports maintain the employees are still being required to wear the device so their location can be tracked."
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Opinion | The Privacy Project - The New York Times - 0 views

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    GREAT website with lots of debate re Privacy issues...
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YouTube algorithm adds 9/11 explainer to Notre Dame fire video | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The platform's automated tools may have mistaken the visuals of the burning building for 9/11 footage, according to Vagelis Papalexakis, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, Riverside who studies machine learning used in similar systems."
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Internet crackdown raises fears for free speech in Britain | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Critics of the government's flagship internet regulation policy are warning it could lead to a North Korean-style censorship regime, where regulators decide which websites Britons are allowed to visit, because of how broad the proposals are."
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Teens 'not damaged by screen time', new Oxford study finds / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Based on data from over 17,000 teenagers, the study "casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health.""
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Ford CEO: we "overestimated" self-driving cars / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "publicly announced that the company had "overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles" and that the vehicles, when they did arrive, their "applications will be narrow, what we call geo-fenced, because the problem is so complex.""
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