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What Chatbots Say About US; Will Big Data Kill Privacy?

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 11:21 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: What Chatbots Reveal About Our Own Shortcomings The latest obsession on the technology landscape these days are chatbots, artificial intelligence programs that help Internet surfers get content, services and shopping without any help from humans. Facebook, Microsoft and other tech leaders are looking to capitalize on this technology. Citing a recent incident […]

US Tech Firms Fight Encryption-limits Bill; Free Wi-Fi Networks Unsafe

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 12:48 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Groups Representing Google, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple Slam Latest Bill Aiming to Curb Tech Security Both houses of the U.S. Congress are looking at bills that could seriously limit building strong privacy measures into tech devices and social media messaging services. But this week, a host of groups representing major tech companies published […]

Augmented Reality Takes on the PC; Your Newscast in Virtual Reality

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: This Mysterious Startup Wants to Kill Computers for Good It’s called Magic Leap – a new startup that is developing a headset or goggles it hopes will do away with computer screens for good. The plan is to use the headset to add an augmented reality layer to the real world view. […]

Robot Joins Search for Loch Ness Monster; Facebook’s Bots Are Coming

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 12:57 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Robot Finds ‘Monster’ Film Prop In Loch Ness Munin, an underwater robot, has been making an in-depth exploration of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness. Scientists undertook the mission to investigate an underwater trench said to house the nest of the fabled Loch Ness monster. So far, it has managed to find some film […]

Philippines Suffers Massive Breach; Your Next Car Needs a Firewall

Posted April 7th, 2016 at 12:01 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Megabreach Leaves 55 Million Philippine Voters Exposed The database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections has been compromised in what could be the biggest government-related breach ever. Researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro found sensitive information, including passport and fingerprint data, among the compromised files. Officials played down the incident, saying sensitive […]

3-D Printing Recreates Rembrandt; The Woman Behind Microsoft’s Tay

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 11:28 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Computer, 3-D Printer Create Perfect Rembrandt Painting ‘The Next Rembrandt’ – a collaboration between historians, software developers, scientists, engineers and analysts – has recreated the work of Dutch painter Rembrandt using a computer and a 3-D printer. The team spent months studying the master’s works in order to create an algorithm that […]

AI Helps Blind Navigate Facebook; China’s Panama Papers Scramble

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 11:54 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Visually Impaired Most of Facebook’s one billion users scroll through their timelines unhindered and unaware that there are many others who cannot see what they see because of visual impairment. Facebook has been working to remedy the situation with a tool powered by artificial intelligence that guides […]

Building Brain Cells With Minecraft; China Defends Internet Rules

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:56 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Video Game That Builds Brain Cells The world of blocks known as Minecraft is probably one of the most popular games on the planet. And if you are concerned your kids are spending too much time with their blocky creations, consider that the game is being used to teach kids a […]

Raising Girl Coders in Mumbai’s Slums; Can All iPhones Be Hacked?

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 11:57 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Raise Money for Teenage Girl Coders From Mumbai Slum Started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan, a slum innovation project in India’s Mumbai has been producing mobile, open source apps to help teenage girls deal with everyday problems such as sexual harassment, water access and education. The project […]

Microsoft’s AI Learns Racism From Humans; New Trojan Targets USBs

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 11:32 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft’s Tay AI Chatbot Goes Offline After Being Taught to Be Racist Which is more dangerous: human or machine?  Microsoft launched its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Wednesday, targeting people 18-24-years old, only to withdraw it 16 hours later. After many hours of chatting, it appears Internet users managed to teach Tay to […]