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Apple Sees Its Mobile Devices as Platform for Artificial Intelligence
Oct. 23, 2017 - Apple Computer will begin taking orders for its new smartphone, the iPhone X ($999).
The phone promises new facial recognition features such as Face ID that uses a mathematical model of a person’s face
to allow the user to sign on to their phones or pay for goods with a steady glance at their phones.
- Source: NewsMax
The iPhone X: Artificial intelligence in your hand, not in the cloud
Sept. 13, 2017 - Apple’s new iPhone X has a new “neural engine” - a pair of processing cores that enable
advanced features including Face ID, Animoji, and augmented reality.
According to Apple’s press materials, the neural engine performs “up to 600 billion operations per second” to help speed AI tasks.
- Source: James Vincent - The Verge
Equifax says 143 million consumers potentially hacked
Sept. 7, 2017 -
Equifax Inc, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday a hack exposed the personal details of potentially 143 million U.S. consumers...
including names, social security numbers, and, in some cases, driver's license numbers.
- Source: Fox
- Full Coverage - Google
You'll be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life' - WND
CIA Tech Leader: AI Can Be 'Process No One Understands'
Sept. 7 -
The CIA's head of technology development says staying ahead of Russia and China is not as tough as getting U.S. leaders
to listen to their own artificial intelligence analysis.
- Source: NewsMax
Elon Musk: Competition for AI Could Cause WWIII - NewsMax
Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World - NewsMax
Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence More Dangerous Than North Korea
Aug. 12, 2017 - Expressing concern again about the rapid advance and potential threat of unregulated Artificial Intelligence (AI),
Elon Musk tweeted, "If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea." He recently said that
AI — technology that includes robots and smart computers — is the "scariest problem" facing human civilization.
- Source: NewsMax
Musk: Zuckerberg's Understanding of AI Dangers 'Limited' - NewsMax
Wisconsin company Three Square Market to microchip employees
July 24, 2017 - The Three Square Market is offering to implant radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips into employees' hands...
...and says everyone will soon be doing it.
The ... chip will allow them to open doors, log in to computers and even purchase food.
- Source: BBC
Three Square Market will become the first U.S. company to provide implanted microchip technology to their employees. - PR Log
Google is funding a news site with robot writers
July 7, 2017 -
The Press Association, a UK news agency, received about $807,000 from the third round of Google’s Digital News Initiative funding..
Reporters and Data and Robots, or RADAR, an AI/human collaborative news site which will produce “a daily diet of compelling stories.”
- Source: TNW - The Next Web
Global ransomware attack causes turmoil
June 27, 2017 - A new world-wide cyber attack has frozen files in Windows computers and demands payment of a fee, paid in untraceable Bitcoin,
before it will make the encrypted files readable again.
Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack.
The Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab said its analysis showed that there had been about 2,000 attacks - most in Ukraine, Russia and Poland.
- Source: BBC
- 'Vaccine' created for huge cyber-attack - BBC
Apple Joins Microsoft, Google In Race To Be No. 1 In Augmented Reality
Jun. 12, 2017 - Google, Microsoft, Apple and other tech giants are rapidly developing the next cycle in the technological revolution.
There is great interest in "virtual reality" -- entrance into a make-believe, 100% computer-generated experience, but "augmented reality" is the
blending of what we see and hear in real life with data, photos and video onto a smartphone screen or the lenses in a pair of glasses.
"Augmented reality is sort of a human-machine interface," Dataquest Principal Analyst for Personal Technologies Tuong Nguyen said.
"First there were PCs, then laptops, tablets and smartphones. Now we are entering the next phase.
- Source: Forbes
Intel unveils monster 18-core Core i9: 'First teraflop-speed' consumer PC chip
May 30, 2017 -
The Core X-series is spearheaded by the $1,999 Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, the i9-7980XE, which Intel boasts is the
first consumer desktop CPU with teraflop performance and 18 cores.
- Source: ZDNet
Elon Musk Backs a Brain-Computer Interface Venture: Neuralink
Apr. 3, 2017 - Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space-X, has announced the launch of “Neuralink” a brain-computer interface (BCI) ...
... that can be implanted in the human brain. The eventual purpose of this venture is to help humans merge
with software and keep pace with the immense advancements in Artificial Intelligence.
Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers - Source: Wall Street Journal
Elon Musk wants to merge man and machine with Neuralink - Wired
The World Wide Web's inventor warns it's in peril on 28th anniversary
Mar. 12, 2017 - Tim Berners-Lee, inventor the World Wide Web, warns that abuses of the web must be reversed, or it will be ruined.
*- WikiLeaks' disclosures: "It creates a chilling effect on free speech."
*- The dissemination of fake news.
*- [Turning] popular consumer devices such as iPhones, Samsung TVs and Android smartphones into surveillance devices.
- Source: USA Today
Leaks and Floods - The Bible tells of a future world government that will take advantage of intrusive new technology. - Hal Lindsey
The land of the free and home of the hacked - Chuck Norris - WND
China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017
Jan. 17, 20107 - Zhang Ting, application engineer at the National Supercomputer Center in China's port city of Tianjin, announced that
China will develop a prototype "Exascale" computer by the end of the year. The machine will be the first one capable of one quintillion (a billion billion)
calculations per second. Zhang said:
"A complete computing system of the exascale supercomputer and its applications can only be expected in 2020, and will be 200 times more
powerful than the country's first petaflop computer Tianhe-1, recognised as the world's fastest in 2010."
- Source: Yahoo
Alexa may be listening, but will she tell on you?
Jan. 5, 2017 -
Amazon’s Internet-connected home assistant devices can turn on your TV, read you the news and order you an Uber.
Law enforcement officials in Arkansas hope an Amazon Echo can help them crack a murder case.
- Source: Los Angeles Times
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