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Dresses Flutter On Drones In Saudi Fashion Show, But Critics Aren't Buying It

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A fashion show in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that used drones to walk clothes down a runway has been ripped apart by Arab fashion elites and critics who compared the dresses to ghosts and dementors. Ali Nabil Akbar tells BBC Arabic he thought showing the dresses via drone during the Saturday show at Hilton Hotel was "suitable for Ramadan." "The idea is that we want to add things that are simple yet beautiful," Akbar tells the BBC. "Even the décor and set-up of the hall was organized beautifully, everything involved innovation." I'm dying at this fashion show in Saudi they weren't allowed female models pic.twitter.com/5xxpMBk4Nr


Artificial Intelligence. Real News?

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Close your eyes and try to picture a journalist. Well, what if all of that was replaced … by robots? Okay, our show isn't about to be hosted by a machine (yet). But artificial intelligence is already being used in newsrooms today. For instance, there's Heliograf, a bot developed by The Washington Post.


Facebook Data-Sharing Deals Include China's Huawei -- Under U.S. Suspicion Since 2012

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Facebook's data-sharing deals with device-makers included China's Huawei -- a company viewed with suspicion by U.S. intelligence agencies. Here, an ad for the Huawei P20 smartphone is seen in China last month. Facebook's data-sharing deals with device-makers included China's Huawei -- a company viewed with suspicion by U.S. intelligence agencies. Here, an ad for the Huawei P20 smartphone is seen in China last month. Facebook's longstanding agreements that led it to share users' data with device-makers included Chinese phone-maker Huawei – a company of which the U.S. government has long been suspicious, and which intelligence officials view as a security threat.


How Facebook's Data-Sharing Agreement With Device Makers Could Affect Users

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with New York Times reporter Michael LaForgia about the his story about Facebook sharing user data with several hundred companies.


Toyota's V-2-V Technology Would Allow Cars To Talk To Each Other On The Highway

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As much as fully autonomous vehicles are in the news, none of us will be commuting to work in a self-driving car for at least two decades. Meanwhile, Toyota says it will use technology, called V-2-V, in all its cars within a few years with claims it will save thousands of lives each year -- as cars talk to each other on the highway.


Amazon Echo Recorded And Sent Couple's Conversation -- All Without Their Knowledge

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A couple in Portland, Ore., discovered that their Amazon Echo had recorded their conversation and sent it to one of their contacts. A couple in Portland, Ore., discovered that their Amazon Echo had recorded their conversation and sent it to one of their contacts. As secret recordings go, the Portland couple's conversation was pretty mundane: They were talking about hardwood floors. But their Amazon Echo was listening and recording their discussion. The device then sent the recording to someone in their contacts -- without the couple's knowledge.


NTSB: Uber Self-Driving Car Had Disabled Emergency Brake System Before Fatal Crash

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A vehicle drives by the spot where an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this year in Tempe, Ariz. The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Thursday on the collision. A vehicle drives by the spot where an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this year in Tempe, Ariz. The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Thursday on the collision. The Uber self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian two months ago in Tempe, Ariz., took note of the victim with its sensors, but its software did not engage the car's brakes to prevent the collision, according to a preliminary report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board.


North Korea Is Selling Facial Recognition Technology, Report Finds

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North Korea has been secretly selling facial recognition software, a new report states. This photo shows a German official identified by a computer with an automatic facial recognition system that was not mentioned in the report. North Korea has been secretly selling facial recognition software, a new report states. This photo shows a German official identified by a computer with an automatic facial recognition system that was not mentioned in the report. North Korea has been secretly selling facial recognition technology, fingerprint scanning and other products overseas.


What Artificial Intelligence Can Do For Local Cops

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Axon, formerly Taser, has created a new ethics board to consider the implications of using artificial intelligence in local policing. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the head of Axon, Rick Smith.


Real-Time Facial Recognition Is Available, But Will U.S. Police Buy It?

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NEC Corporation of America already supplies many American jurisdictions with still photo facial recognition. Now the company says its getting law enforcement inquiries about its real-time facial recognition. NEC Corporation of America already supplies many American jurisdictions with still photo facial recognition. Now the company says its getting law enforcement inquiries about its real-time facial recognition. You've seen it in the movies for years: Security cameras find a face in a crowd, and -- Enhance! -- a computer comes up with a name.