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What Is The Future Of Technology In America?

International Business Times

While consumer protection laws clearly outlaw unfair pricing and require equal employment opportunities, the regulations enforcing these laws are increasingly obsolete and impotent. Politicians of all stripes support creating or increasing competition, preventing price-gouging in communities served by monopoly broadband providers and encouraging companies to provide internet service in remote areas. However, scaling up this approach, called distributed microgeneration, requires an electrical system that enables two-way metering – a smart utility system that credits customers for power generated and charges them for power consumed. The United States spends billions of dollars every year on information technology, and tens of billions more on government-funded research and other grants.


Essential California: Trump's mixed message on DACA frustrates 'Dreamers' and foes of illegal immigration

Los Angeles Times

It's Tuesday, July 25, and here's what's happening across California: Ever since Donald Trump was elected, Melody Klingenfuss has known her time in the United States could be limited. A fight for the California Democratic Party: Kimberly Ellis, who narrowly lost the race to lead California's Democratic Party, announced Monday that she planned to appeal a party committee's affirmation of the election results two days ago, a potential precursor to a lawsuit. Durst in court: Robert Durst -- the idiosyncratic real estate tycoon accused of murdering his best friend to silence her -- was in a Los Angeles court Monday to hear more witnesses, including a longtime friend, testify for the prosecution. One lovely day in 1983, after a slide had closed the road, which would take a year to open, Pierce was working his tractor moving earth when a second slide took him and his tractor into the deep blue below.


Congress is about to hand over the keys to the big self-driving car companies -- and that's a problem

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After all, it was carefully cultivated by the big automakers and tech companies that are working furiously on autonomous driving technology. The legislation would also preempt states from passing their own laws regulating driverless cars, which the industry argues is necessary to avoid a patchwork of state rules. The big companies are pushing back against efforts to make data disclosures mandatory, arguing it could stifle competition. "It isn't just lobbyists that legislators have met with, but countless other organizations, from industry representatives to safety advocates to people with disabilities to state departments of transportation," he said.


AI tool generates fake President Obama speeches

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He may no longer be president of the White House but former US president Barack Obama is still making some presidential speeches, although all is not as it appears. Despite looking and sounding exactly like the real deal the new Obama is actually a digital construction carefully crafted by researchers at the University of Washington who fed 14 hours of genuine speeches into a neural net which has binge-watched so much footage it can now generate new clips indistinguishable from reality. Asked by the BBC whether we should be perturbed by the phoney president, professor Ira Kemelmacher-Sclizerman of the University of Washington, said: "Every technology can be used in a negative way and so we all should work towards making sure that doesn't happen. Once you know how to create something you can reverse engineer it and so you could identify methods for identifying what is an edited video and what is a real video."


Neil Jacobstein on the Latest in Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence – Neil Jacobstein recently gave an information-packed talk at the Exponential Manufacturing conference on how artificial intelligence is redefining the future of work, production, supply chain, and design. At the Summit, Neil Jacobstein chairs the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, explored how exponential technologies including artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, exponential energy, and bio manufacturing are continually redefining the future of work, production, supply chain, and design. Hardware is a key component of the AI revolution, and Jacobstein introduces the Tensor Processing unit, that Google only recently introduced and deployed. Neil Jacobstein recently gave an information-packed talk at the Exponential Manufacturing conference on how artificial intelligence is redefining the future of work, production, supply chain, and design.


What's the Issue With Metal Detectors in Jerusalem?

U.S. News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure internationally to back down and remove the metal detectors, but he has resisted those calls, saying security is paramount. He is meeting senior cabinet members to examine a way forward, with signs that alternatives, such as face-recognition cameras or selective searches, might be proposed. The problem is any Israeli-led initiative is likely to be rejected by the Palestinians and possibly Jordan. So the United Nations, the United States, Europe and Russia may get involved.


Here's how to use AI to make America great again

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Labor economists have been pointing out the employment consequences of new digital technologies for several years, and the White House report dutifully lays out many of those findings. It is an attempt to elevate into Washington political circles the discussion of how automation and, increasingly, AI are affecting employment, and why it's time to finally adopt educational and labor policies to address the plight of workers either displaced by technology or ill suited for the new opportunities. Joel Mokyr, a leading economic historian at Northwestern University, has spent his career studying how people and societies have experienced the radical transitions spurred by advances in technology, such as the Industrial Revolution that began in the late 18th century. Such generous benefits are unlikely to be offered anytime soon, acknowledges Muro, who has worked with manufacturing communities in the Midwest (see "Manufacturing Jobs Aren't Coming Back").


Next Leap for Robots: Picking Out and Boxing Your Online Order

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Automation companies such as Kuka AG KU2 -0.04%, Dematic Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. unit Intelligrated, as well as startups like RightHand Robotics Inc. and IAM Robotics LLC are working on automating picking. Hudson's Bay is testing RightHand's robots in a distribution center in Scarborough, Ontario. Swisslog, a subsidiary of Kuka, sells picking robots that can be integrated into the company's other warehouse automation systems or purchased separately.


Billionaire Mark Cuban: The Rise of Technology Will Cause a Lot of Unemployment

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Billionaire Mark Cuban made an appearance today in New York City's Central Park at the second annual "OZY Fest", and he didn't disappoint. Watson first asked if any of the panelists would join President Trump's cabinet. Cuban proclaimed that he wouldn't join Trump's cabinet, but he would meet with the President to converse about the state of our nation. Cuban also touched upon artificial intelligence during a one-on-one panel with Watson.


Next Leap for Robots: Picking Out and Boxing Your Online Order

Wall Street Journal

Automation companies such as Kuka AG KU2 -0.04%, Dematic Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. unit Intelligrated, as well as startups like RightHand Robotics Inc. and IAM Robotics LLC are working on automating picking. Hudson's Bay is testing RightHand's robots in a distribution center in Scarborough, Ontario. Swisslog, a subsidiary of Kuka, sells picking robots that can be integrated into the company's other warehouse automation systems or purchased separately.