Facebook uses AI to spot suicidal users

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Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves.  The social network has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users’ posts and the comments their friends leave in response.  After confirmation by Facebook’s human review team, the company contacts those thought to be at risk of… Read more »

Why your car servicing costs could be about to rise

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An almighty row has broken out over who should have access to all the data new cars generate.  Manufacturers want to have control of it all, but independent repair shops, fleet operators, insurance companies and anyone else who could benefit from this data, argue that this would be blatantly anti-competitive. Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 1st,… Read more »

As stores go high-tech, new study finds shoppers don’t want robotic help

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Stores are spending lots of time and money trying out new, fancy technologies like touchscreen mirrors in changing rooms and robo-assistants out in the racks to get consumers to buy more.  Shoppers couldn’t care less. Source: Toronto Star Date: February 23rd, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/02/22/as-stores-go-high-tech-new-study-finds-shoppers-dont-want-robotic-help.html Discussion 1) “There’s a disconnect between stores and shoppers over tech.   While retailers… Read more »

Tinder wants AI to set you up on a date

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Tinder is growing up. It’s now a serious technology company tackling one of life’s most important matters, and is by far the most popular dating app worldwide.  After a lot of boardroom musical chairs, Mr Rad is the chairman of both Tinder and Swipe Ventures, the arm of the company designed to buy other dating-related… Read more »

Smile, you’re on camera, and it knows who you are

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Facial recognition technology has evolved at breakneck speed, with consequences that could be benign or altogether more sinister, depending on your point of view.  High-definition cameras combined with clever software capable of measuring the scores of “nodal points” on our faces – the distance between the eyes, the length and width of the nose, for… Read more »

Can your voice reveal whether you have an illness?

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Our voices are amazing things.  We can use them to sing, shout and whisper sweet nothings. We can use them to activate gadgets and prove who we are to banks.  And now researchers believe they can also reveal whether we’re getting ill. Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 17th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38637257 Discussion 1) What are some of… Read more »

Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017

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A Thousand Tech IPOs Will Bloom – 2016 was a dismal year for IPOs—the slowest IPO market we’ve had since the recession. But that’s likely to change in 2017.  The Internet of Things Will Die – Last September, some malware took control of millions of internet-connected devices, including security cameras and DVRs, and launched an attack that… Read more »

U.S. President-elect Trump’s Labor secretary is no stranger to debate over jobs and robots

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Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary is well-acquainted with one of the hottest debates about work today: automation.  Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, has extolled the benefits of automation, while also criticizing government for pushing businesses to use machines instead of humans. (CKE Restaurants is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s,… Read more »

Why hackers might be drawn to your smart light bulbs

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The technology that can turn on the lights in your home with a simple swipe on your smartphone may seem really cool. Thing is, hackers could have their eye on the same thing.  New research by Dalhousie University PhD student Colin O’Flynn and colleagues in Israel has found smart bulbs could be susceptible to infiltration — so… Read more »

Tech firms seek to frustrate UK internet history log law

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Plans to keep a record of UK citizens’ online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people’s browser histories.  Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps.  The Home Office (the UK department responsible for the… Read more »