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

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Vast majority of Americans reject mass surveillance to thwart terrorist attacks / Boing Boing “75% 75% surveyed by Ipsos/Reuters said, “they would not let investigators tap into their Internet activity to help the U.S. combat domestic terrorism”(up from 67% in 20” Tags: ITGS, mass, surveillance, americans, terrorist, security, privacy, anonymity – By dr tech Posted […]

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Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd’s call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption | Technology | The Guardian “That’s the crux of the problem. While you can legislate to only give state agencies access to terrorists’ communications, and with proper oversight and authorisation, you cannot actually build encryption that works like that. If you put a […]

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The Era of Ownership Is Ending “Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is a model for traffic without ownership. You pay a monthly fee for it, like with Spotify, tell the app where you are going and get instant access to taxis, Ubers, buses, and so on. Everything is available on-demand and ownership is no longer needed.” Tags: ITGS, […]

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Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising | Technology | The Guardian “The 61-year-old British computer scientist described how political advertising has become a sophisticated and targeted industry, drawing on enormous pools of personal data on Facebook and Google. This means that campaigns create precisely targeted ads for individuals – as many […]

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When Bad Code Caused Disaster: 10 Worst Programming Mistakes in History “Plus, programming can teach valuable life lessons. However, in its storied past, coding wrought destruction as well. Instances of a little bit of bad code caused disaster on a major level. The following are 10 of the worst programming mistakes in history.” Tags: ITGS, […]

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AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs | New Scientist “DeepCoder uses a technique called program synthesis: creating new programs by piecing together lines of code taken from existing software – just like a programmer might. Given a list of inputs and outputs for each code fragment, DeepCoder learned which […]

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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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