Today’s Tech Sightings:
A new report from the Pew Research Center found more than half of the 461 Americans surveyed would rather give up discounts than be tracked by gadgets wherever they go. Forty-five percent of respondents rejected energy savings and car insurance discounts contingent on being tracked all the time. Those wary of such tracking don’t trust companies to secure the data they collect.
British digital healthcare startup Babylon has an app that offers users an Artificial Intelligence (AI) doctor in an effort to predict illness before it occurs. The app tracks users’ habits and makes its diagnosis based on collected data, health indicators and medical records. The AI doctor can warn users about increased heart rate, for example, which could be a sign of an impending cold.
The ongoing battle against encryption has taken another turn with the introduction of a formal bill in the New York State Assembly. The bill would mandate smartphone vendors Apple, Google, Microsoft and others to create backdoor mechanisms to decrypt devices.
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