‘Dangerous’ AI offers to write fake news

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An artificial intelligence system that generates realistic stories, poems and articles has been updated, with some claiming it is now almost as good as a human writer. The text generator, built by research firm OpenAI, was originally considered “too dangerous” to make public because of the potential for abuse. But now a new, more powerful version… Read more »

German Chancellor Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside at internet media giants, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right. Source: RT News Date: November 1st, 2016 Link: https://www.rt.com/news/364235-merkel-facebook-google-algorithms/ Discussion 1) Is it possible that Facebook and Google algorithms could… Read more »

Humans need new skills for post-AI world

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Robotics and AI have “huge potential” to reshape the way people work and live, but the government needs to do more to address the issues raised by such technology, including careful scrutiny of the probable ethical, legal and societal impact. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 18th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37618579 Discussion 1) What might be some probable ethical issues… Read more »

Yahoo scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.

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Yahoo has downplayed a report that said it had scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.  Reuters made the allegation recently, saying Yahoo had created special software to comply with a classified directive. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 11th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37568106 Discussion 1) Every email was scanned.  “Sources had told said… Read more »

4 Bad Things Internet Companies Can’t Do Anymore — If the FCC Gets its Way

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Description: If the FCC approves those new net neutrality rules, you’ll enjoy some extra protections. Source: CNN Money Date: February 6, 2015 Sure, there’s disagreement about how to best ensure net neutrality — an Internet where the cable owners don’t discriminate between the traffic on their networks. But one thing is certain: Internet providers have played dirty… Read more »

Apple Says It Has Never Worked With NSA To Create iPhone Backdoors, Is Unaware Of Alleged DROPOUTJEEP Snooping Program

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Description: A statement was released by Apple claiming that they have never worked with the NSA  In fact, they state that their customers’ privacy is of high importance and steps are constantly being taken to deter “malicious hackers”. Source: Tech Crunch Date: December 31, 2013 Apple has contacted TechCrunch with a statement about the DROPOUTJEEP NSA program… Read more »

The private information Facebook now makes public

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Description: Facebook’s recent privacy recalculation prevents excluding your profile picture, cover photo, and other formerly hide-able information from search results. Source: CNET Date: November 12, 2013 You may have been one of the many Facebook users contacted by the company last week about the demise of the “Who can look up your Timeline by name” search setting…. Read more »

4 Lessons From MongoHQ Data Breach

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Description: MongoHQ encountered a privacy invasion on October 27th when a hacker accessed passwords of an employee. This resulted in spammy tweets and facebook posts made on behalf of a client’s account. Source: InformationWeek Date: November 15th, 2013   How could MongoHQ have prevented last month’s breach that gave an attacker access to the company’s customer… Read more »

Does Technology Affect Happiness?

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Description: A study from Stanford University, published Wednesday, wrestles with a new question: How is technology affecting their happiness and emotional development? Source: nytimes .com Date: Jan 25, 2012 The research raises as many questions as it seeks to answer, as the scientists readily acknowledge. That is because the research was based on an online… Read more »