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Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
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Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

Internet service providers can access the data on Internet-connected devices people use in their homes, even when those devices are set up to protect users' privacy...

Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
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Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own...

Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain
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Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain

What's in it for me?

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating ­nfairly
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Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating ­nfairly

Researchers are developing a framework to identify and eliminate algorithmic bias.

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet
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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.

Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich
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Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have designed eyeglasses with patterned frames that can obscure the identity of the wearer to facial-recognition algorithms...

Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound
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Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound

This may have happened to you. You idly browse a pair of shoes online one morning, and for the rest of the week, those shoes follow you across the Internet, appearing...

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End
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The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End

Is. Isn't. Is. Isn’t. Is. Isn't.

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
From ACM TechNews

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

At least one U.S. bank has started supplying its customers with credit and debit cards that contain a physically unclonable function. 

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
From ACM News

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

Has your bank recently sent you a credit or debit card with a chip in it? If so, you may now be in possession of a little piece of tech that is quietly helping...

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

University of Louisville researcher Roman Yampolskiy and hacktivist Federico Pistono are examining worst-case scenarios for a potential malevolent artificial intelligence...

The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are
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The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are

You will know me by the buzz in my head. Biometric systems, which identify people by their physiological features, can use everything from ear shape to walking...

Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?
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Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?

After terrorists attacked Paris last November, nearby Brussels, home of many of the attackers, posted heavily armed soldiers in public places.

Virtual City Walkthroughs Help to Find Pedestrian Death Traps
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Virtual City Walkthroughs Help to Find Pedestrian Death Traps

Columbia University researchers are using home-built software to examine Google Street View images to identify locations in New York City where pedestrians are...

Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own
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Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own

Boston University researchers are developing ways to enable drones to learn how to fly on their own. 

Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score
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Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score

Where you go, what you buy, who you know, how many points are on your driving licence, how your pupils rate you.

Can Software Suffer? Death and Pain in Digital Brains
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Can Software Suffer? Death and Pain in Digital Brains

The ability to digitally simulate physical systems such as the brain to avoid the ethical dilemmas of experimentation on living subjects creates new dilemmas.

AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game
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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

Who really calls the shots in team sports?

Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?
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Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?

When is a smart city not so smart?
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