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‘hanging out the dirty linen’ to delve into the ethics of IT’s role in society.

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Robot monitors in homes of elderly people can predict falls, says study | Technology | The Guardian “The study found that when a person’s gait-speed dropped by 5cm/second within a week, this was a sign that they were at increased risk of a fall – in fact, 86% had a fall within three weeks when […]

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Talking to a Computer May Soon Be Enough to Diagnose Illness “Participants used an app on their phones to record 30-second intervals of themselves reading a piece of text, describing a positive experience, then describing a negative experience. Doctors also took recordings from a control group of 25 patients who were either healthy or getting […]

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AI can win at poker: but as computers get smarter, who keeps tabs on their ethics? | Technology | The Guardian ““No-limit Texas Hold’em is a game of incomplete information where the AI must infer a human player’s intentions and then act in ways that incorporate both the direct odds of winning and bluffing behaviour […]

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Death technology will allow grieving people to bring back their loved ones from the dead, digitally — Quartz “The possibility of digitally interacting with someone from beyond the grave is no longer the stuff of science fiction. The technology to create convincing digital surrogates of the dead is here, and it’s rapidly evolving, with researchers […]

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Ransomware creeps steal the entire St Louis library system / Boing Boing “The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back.The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back. The FBI is investigating. The library does not store sensitive patron data, […]

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3D Printed Hand Replicas – A New Security Concern “Experts now believe that criminals could 3D-print hands complete with fingers and fingerprints to defeat security precautions at banks, airports and police stations.” Tags: ITGS, biometric, security, fingerprint – By dr tech Thinnest-ever electronic tattoos are capable of precision health monitoring / Boing Boing “The graphene […]

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Thanks to AI, Computers Can Now See Your Health Problems | WIRED Tags: ITGS, ai, healthcare, genome, face2gene Germany investigating unprecedented spread of fake news online | World news | The Guardian “German government officials have said they are investigating an unprecedented proliferation of fake news items amid reports of Russian efforts to influence the […]

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The Real Name Fallacy – The Coral Project “Yet the balance of experimental evidence over the past thirty years suggests that this is not the case. Not only would removing anonymity fail to consistently improve online community behavior – forcing real names in online communities could also increase discrimination and worsen harassment.” Tags: ITGS, anonymity, […]

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Methbot: a $3M-$5M/day video ad-tech fraud / Boing Boing “”Methbot” that generated $3M-$5M by creating 6,000 fake websites to embed videos in, then generating convincing bots that that appeared to watch 300,000,000 videos/day — running virtual instances of various browsers (mostly Chrome) on virtual machines running MacOS X, from a huge pool of IP addresses” […]

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The Mirai Botnet Isn’t Easy to Defeat | WIRED ““It’s accelerating because there’s a wide-open, unprotected landscape that people can go to,” says Chris Carlson, vice president of product management at Qualys. “It’s a gold rush to capture these devices for botnets.”” Tags: ITGS, malware, internet of things, security, system, botnet – By dr tech […]

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