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 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?
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GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London
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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines
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Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention.

'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study
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'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study

Researchers have developed a model to estimate how easy it would be to deanonymize an arbitrary dataset.

New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears
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New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears

The Lockport, NY, city school district launch of a facial recognition system has resulted in some pushback from privacy advocates.

Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners
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Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners

Researchers have demonstrated a computer program that turns a normal digital camera into a periscope, allowing the camera to see objects hidden from view around...

Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads
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Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of driverless cars on rural roads.

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACL­ Says
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Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACL­ Says

A test of Amazon's facial recognition software incorrectly matched the faces of 28 U.S. legislators to images in a mugshot database.

Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...

Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens
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Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens

Fitness-tracking company Strava has defended its publication of heatmaps that accidentally reveal sensitive military positions, arguing that the information was...

Three Quarters of Android Apps Track ­sers With Third Party Tools
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Three Quarters of Android Apps Track ­sers With Third Party Tools

More than 75% of Android applications contain at least one third-party tracking tool.

Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and ­nemployment, Says ­n
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Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and ­nemployment, Says ­n

The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence...

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers
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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery
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Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.
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