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Millions of Twitter Accounts Are Bots; Looking to Musk to Fix the World

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 9:38 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings Study: Up to 48 Million Twitter Accounts Are Bots Twitter, according to a joint study released by the University of Southern California and Indiana University, has more than 48 million bot accounts – and some of them could be among your followers.  Twitter has about 319 million active monthly users. The study […]

Researcher Honored for India TB Tracking; Yahoo’s Massive Data Breach

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Researcher Behind TB Treatment-monitoring Program Wins ‘Genius’ Grant Microsoft’s Bill Thies, who works on communications programs in developing countries, will receive the “genius” grant, awarded by the MacArthur Foundation. Thies’ work on India’s 99DOTS program provides a low-cost way for people to receive monitored tuberculosis treatment. Using their cell phones, patients can […]

Musk: We’re Probably Living in a Video Game; the Future With AI

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Elon Musk: We’re Probably Living in a Video Game Speaking at California’s Code Conference, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk warned that the lines between the real world and increasingly-sophisticated simulated environments could become so blurred that it will be hard to distinguish reality from simulation. The scenario is not […]

New Memory Chips Emulate Human Brain; Browsing the Ad-blocked Web

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Memory That Learns Could Help Tomorrow’s Intelligent Computers Researchers at New Mexico-based start-up Knowm are working on a new generation of computer chips that can emulate more closely the way the human brain works. While existing chips can store a lot of information, the new breed, called memristors, can help artificial intelligence […]

Reigning in Artificial Intelligence; IoT Spending Leaders

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 11:54 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Elon Musk Takes On Saving the World From Artificial Intelligence Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk, along with several tech heavyweights, just founded a non-profit, billion-dollar outfit called OpenAI to research artificial intelligence (AI) in a way that benefits humanity. Musk had expressed concern that artificial intelligence could take over the world. Ready […]

Tech Education; Baidu; Elon Musk; Online Hate Speech; Cisco

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 4:41 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: OECD: Children Need Teachers, Not Computers, to Teach Them The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, says evidence shows that technology is not making children smarter. In a report published Tuesday, OECD education director, Andreas Schleicher, said moderate computer use at school produces better learning results than with children who rarely […]

Google, Facebook Vie for Africa; AI Threat; Kaspersky Denies KGB Ties

Posted March 24th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Battle for African Internet Users Stirs Freedom Fears Africa is expected to have as many as 360 million smartphones and 50 percent Internet penetration by 2050, according to data from McKinsey Consultants. And Google and Facebook are paying attention and offering controversial freebies as they vie for the continent’s Internet users. […]

FREAK Bug, Smart Glasses Still Alive; Windows 10 Piracy; IoT Future

Posted March 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Internet of Things: Sillier, Scarier and Coming Your Way Wearable, connected devices and “smart” everyday gadgets are slowly making their way into people’s homes, turning everything from the cellphone to the fridge to Barbie dolls into a connected, Internet of Things tech challenge. While using your cellphone to turn on or […]

Turning Sewage to Water; Sony CEO Speaks; Musk a Gaming Nerd?

Posted January 6th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Bill Gates’ Plan to Help Developing World Profit From Sewage The OmniProcessor, designed by Janicki Bioenergy and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a new low-cost waste treatment plant that transforms sewage into clean water. Elon Musk, Gaming Supernerd When he’s not stretching the limits of space exploration or […]

Tech Sightings, November 19, 2014

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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China Blocks Websites as Internet Meeting Begins China’s vigilant censors have blocked several popular websites even as the World Internet Conference convened in the country. Blocked sites include networks that help speed website performance and services that enable users to access typically blocked content. Next Year’s DDOS Attacks Expected From Vietnam, India, Indonesia According to […]