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Autonomous Weapons Would Take Warfare To A New Domain, Without Humans

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The U.S. Army's Autonomous Remote Engagement System is mounted on the Picatinny Lightweight Remote Weapon System and coupled with an M240B machine gun. It's part of a program that reduces the time to identify targets using automatic target detection and user-specified target selection. The U.S. Army's Autonomous Remote Engagement System is mounted on the Picatinny Lightweight Remote Weapon System and coupled with an M240B machine gun. It's part of a program that reduces the time to identify targets using automatic target detection and user-specified target selection. Killer robots have been a staple of TV and movies for decades, from Westworld to The Terminator series.


Robot Puts Together IKEA Chair

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Researchers in Singapore say they've built a robot that was able to put together a chair from IKEA in about 20 minutes.


NTSB: Tesla Booted From Crash Investigation For Not Following Rules

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Tesla vehicles sit parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2016. Tesla vehicles sit parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2016. The National Transportation Safety Board, which is looking into the fatal crash last month of an SUV using Tesla's Autopilot system, said it is removing the high-tech automaker from the probe for improperly disclosing details of the investigation. Tesla says it withdrew from the investigation. The NTSB is examining last month's crash of a 2017 Tesla Model X near Mountain View, Calif.


Second Cambridge Analytica CEO Steps Down Amid Facebook Data Scandal

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A laptop showing the Facebook logo is held alongside a Cambridge Analytica sign at the entrance to the London offices of Cambridge Analytica. The company's acting CEO, Alexander Tayler, is stepping down, and is the second CEO out since the data sharing scandal broke. A laptop showing the Facebook logo is held alongside a Cambridge Analytica sign at the entrance to the London offices of Cambridge Analytica. The company's acting CEO, Alexander Tayler, is stepping down, and is the second CEO out since the data sharing scandal broke. The acting chief executive officer of Cambridge Analytica, the political data firm embroiled in controversy after improperly sharing data from some 87 million Facebook users, has stepped down.


How To Check If Your Facebook Data Was Used By Cambridge Analytica

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This week, Facebook began notifying people whether they had ever logged in to the "This Is Your Digital Life" app -- which has been linked to the exposure of tens of millions of records for political research. This week, Facebook began notifying people whether they had ever logged in to the "This Is Your Digital Life" app -- which has been linked to the exposure of tens of millions of records for political research. Facebook users have begun to see whether they're among the 87 million people whose information may have been compromised for use by a political research firm. For some, the news is good: "It doesn't appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica." The notifications are appearing on Facebook's page about users' exposed data.


When Robots Milk Cows, Farm Families Taste Freedom

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Robots have arrived at Bill and Carol Shuler's farm near Baroda, Mich., and life has taken a turn for the better. "It absolutely changes your lifestyle. It gives you a life!" says Bill Shuler. For decades -- for the entire time that Bill and Carol have been married, in fact -- the Shuler family's routine was practically set in stone: Get up at 3:45 a.m., clean the barn, feed the cows and milk them. Then get breakfast and take care of other work around the farm.


Spotify Is, For Now, The World's Most Valuable Music Company

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The Spotify banner hangs from the New York Stock Exchange on the morning that the music streaming service begins trading shares, on April 3, 2018 in New York City. The question now is: Where to? The Spotify banner hangs from the New York Stock Exchange on the morning that the music streaming service begins trading shares, on April 3, 2018 in New York City. The question now is: Where to? Following its successful public listing yesterday, the music streaming service Spotify is now worth around $25 billion, making it the largest music company in the world -- but when Spotify first débuted, back in 2008, it was reasonable to think it would fail.


Meet The Companies Behind Facial Recognition Technology

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In China, face-recognition technology is being used for lots of things, from surveillance to ride-hailing and shopping. NPR's Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz tried it out and met with manufacturers.


Is It Time To Tap The Brakes On Self-Driving Cars?

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Uber's self-driving car program is still in the testing phase … but it has had to contend with a lot of negative press recently. First, a pedestrian was killed by an autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. Uber suspended all self-driving car operations nationwide as a result. Then, the Guardian revealed that the company's "cozy relationship" with Arizona's governor may have also played a role in the tragedy. Now Uber has proactively decided to let its testing permit expire in California as the investigation into the fatality begins.


Uber Reaches Settlement With Family Of Arizona Woman Killed By Driverless Car

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A March 20, 2018 photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, shows investigators examining the driverless Uber SUV that fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz., earlier this month. A March 20, 2018 photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, shows investigators examining the driverless Uber SUV that fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz., earlier this month. Uber Technologies has reached a settlement with the family of the woman killed earlier this month in Tempe, Arizona, after one of the company's driverless test vehicles struck her as she was crossing a street. Member station KJZZ in Tempe reports that an attorney for the victim's family, Christina Perez Hesano, confirmed the settlement Wednesday night, but provided few details. "The matter has been resolved," Hesano said, adding that the settlement was between Uber and the daughter and husband of Elaine Herzberg, 49.