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Police body cams will recognize all faces

Keep this in mind if you happen to like your supposed American freedoms: Without privacy you have no other rights.  Saying you don’t care about your right to privacy because … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Huggable breathing robot pillow could cure insomnia

It could be your ideal sleeping companion – intelligent, caring, soft yet firm of body. And it won’t hog the duvet or thrash about in the night. Researchers have developed … Continue reading

February 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

NSA contractor allegedly stole documents far more sensitive than Snowden took

When some company tells me they can keep my information private and protect me from identity theft, I laugh. What do they do that the NSA doesn’t? The NSA has … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Google’s depixelation technology 

It’s interesting if not useful. Compare the “truth” image in the second to the last column to the guess in the far right column. Considering how bad the input is … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Vizio fined $2.2 million for monitoring TV watching habits

All the better to spam you? A smart TV company has been fined more than $2 million (£1.6 million) over allegations it monitored what its customers were watching without its … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Facebook AI can identify objects in your photos

Here is a photo of a man with dogs in his pockets walking a duck that is wearing shoes. I’m putting it here to confuse Lumos. Initially used to improve … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

AI beats four best human players at poker

Is your computer bluffing?  When Tuomas Sandholm began studying poker to research artificial intelligence 12 years ago, he never imagined that a computer would be able to defeat the best … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · Leave a comment