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Is Artificial Intelligence A (Job) Killer?

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Artificial intelligence consists of large collections of connected computational units called artificial neurons, loosely analogous to the neurons in our brains. To train this network to "think," scientists provide it with many solved examples of a given problem.


Self-Driving Car Technology Foiled By Kangaroos

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The BBC points out that the problem would hardly be a trivial one for self-driving cars in Australia, since kangaroo collusions are a significant problem for regular cars. About 80% of vehicle collisions with animals in Australia involve kangaroos, adding up to more than 16,000 kangaroo-related collisions every year.


7 Scary Things That Can Happen If You Neglect Your Kid's Online Privacy

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Everyone has the right to privacy, especially in their own home. But home assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Mattel Aristotle are designed to butt their noses into conversations. These devices collect ― and store ― untold amounts of data. The suspect agreed to hand over the recordings, and Amazon was compelled to make them available.


Our Data Could Be The Biggest Monopoly Ever

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I think what many of us gloss over is the sheer amount of profitable data that each of us creates on a daily basis. The music you listen to, videos you watch, articles you read, feeds you scroll through, and links you click generate terabytes of data per second, all the while producing billions of dollars. This data sharpens the ever-present edge of machine learning clusters that know you better than yourself. They know what you're buying next and where you're going before you grab your keys.


JetBlue Could Soon Let You Scan Your Face To Board Planes

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The process begins after customers check in for their flights, go through security and arrive at their gates. Travelers will step up to a camera at a Self-Boarding station, where they will have their photos taken. CBP will match the photo with travelers' passport, visa or immigration documentation. A message indicating the photo has been verified will flash on a screen, and customers will then be allowed onto the jet bridge.


Uber Fires Self-Driving Car Chief At Center Of Court Case

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Uber had hoped Levandowski, one the most respected self-driving engineers in Silicon Valley, would help the ride services company catch up to rivals including Waymo, in the race for self-driving technology. Instead the hiring led to a court fight and the threat of criminal charges. Uber replaced him as the head of its self-driving car unit in April before finally making the decision to fire him.


How Can Technology Improve Healthcare for Everyone?

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To be sure, technology will play a pivotal role in helping us solve complex challenges, but we can't have technological capability define what constitutes a worthy challenge. At the same time, I would encourage everyone who cares about health and healthcare to be curious about and familiar with the rapid advances in data science and machine learning, hardware prototyping, communication technologies, and sensors networks, because we can then better define complex challenges in ways that motivate technologists. We need technologists, system engineers, and service interaction designers to work together to build more efficient and dignified services for low-income Americans. This question originally appeared on Quora.


Pennsylvania Takes on Medical Errors, the Third-Leading Cause of U.S. Deaths

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The Johns Hopkins researchers were careful to caution, and I'd like to reiterate here, that "most medical errors aren't due to inherently bad doctors, and that reporting these errors shouldn't be addressed by punishment or legal action. Rather, they say, most errors represent systemic problems, including poorly coordinated care, fragmented insurance networks, the absence or underuse of safety nets, and other protocols, in addition to unwarranted variation in physician practice patterns that lack accountability."


Naked Mike Rowe Pulls Shotgun On Drone Hovering Over His House

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But the TV personality didn't shoot it down, over fears the footage would end up on the local news.


Chatbot 'Sandy Speaks' Continues Sandra Bland's Legacy Of Education And Activism

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In the first of the series, made on Jan. 15, 2015, Bland expressed her wish to educate black youth about how to interact with law enforcement, believing that children were the key to a more peaceful, unprejudiced future. I want to get some dialogue started with them ... Why not educate them on interacting with the people who are really important to our survival?" On July 10, 2015, Bland was pulled over for failing to signal a lane change in Waller County, Texas. Bland's death was ruled a suicide, although her friends and family were incredulous as to why she would end her life.