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Apple faces US govt probe over performance-destroying iPhone update

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The US government has reportedly opened up an investigation into tech giant Apple amid a torrent of lawsuits alleging the company used an iPhone update to intentionally slow down older models. According to Bloomberg News, citing sources with knowledge of the matter, the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have requested information from Apple as part of a probe into... 

Russian Battle Bot Development Could Eclipse US Program

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Even though military assets inherited by Russia from the former Soviet Union were less advanced than the US arsenal, it’s no secret that the Kremlin has been developing weaponized armed forces robotics – from unmanned vehicles to fully autonomous artificial intelligence. The Russian military has been testing unmanned ground vehicles over the last few years, including the Nerekhta, the Uran-9,... 

China's Army Recruits Top Scientists to Develop Quantum Technology and AI

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China is looking to the future as it embarks on a mission to develop cutting-edge technologies in order to become the new military tech superpower. China has selected 120 top specialists to work in a leading research institute to push the development of artificial intelligence and quantum technologies for military applications, the South China Morning Post reports, citing state media. It’s been... 

Russian, German Physicists Create 'Impossible' Material for Quantum Computers

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The researchers, supervised by Professor Alexei Ustinov, the head of the MISiS Superconducting Metamaterials Lab, has created the world’s first metamaterial-based ‘mirror’ qubits, which can be used as a control element in superconducting electrical circuits. The breakthrough was led by scientists from Russia’s MISiS National University of Science & Technology, in cooperation... 

Sex Robot developer claims robots will be able to remain Pregnant and give Birth

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Sex robots are becoming increasingly popular around the world, and one cyber visionary even claims that the machines will one day become capable of having orgasms and giving birth. The evolution of sexbots continues and they are on track to become fully-fledged cyborgs that possess artificial intelligence and can even react to their partners’ actions. Sergi Santos, the developer of one of the most... 

Apple faces avalanche of lawsuits over deliberate obsolescence of iPhones

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It seems 2018 will become the year of legal battles for Apple as more customers are filing suits against the corporation after it admitted to slowing down older iPhones to make them obsolete faster. The world just doesn’t know it yet but this kind of mafia also occurs with Android phones and with Windows computer games falsely demanding more power despite average graphics, computer parts becoming... 

How to operate a one-man customer service department and still have time to run your business

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In order for your small company to succeed, you need to have a firm grasp over all aspects of running a business – from accounting and marketing, all the way to manufacturing and distribution. And while it’s definitely possible for you to handle all of those tasks on your own, there seems to be that one thing all business owners struggle with – customer service. It’s in your best interest... 

AI to flag child porn images... but can't distinguish between nudes & desert landscapes

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UK police want artificial intelligence to assume the upsetting task of intercepting child-abuse images on suspects’ phones and computers. However, existing software can’t distinguish between a naked body and a desert landscape. London Metropolitan Police Head of Digital and Electronic Forensics Mark Stokes told The Telegraph that although the force, which examined 53,000 devices last year, already... 

California Lawmaker Introduces Resolution to Ban ‘Killer Robots’

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“None of us will be safe even in our homes if autonomous weapons are allowed to proliferate”. A California lawmaker introduced a resolution Tuesday to ban the use of autonomous weapons. According to KPIX 5, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa is looking to press Congress and the United Nations to restrict the development of “killer robots.” On Tuesday, Canepa introduced a resolution to... 

German Interior Minister drafts law to spy on all digital devices

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Germany’s Interior Minister wants secret backdoor access to computers, phones and even Volkswagens, according to a media report. Critics have slammed his plan as an “Orwellian nightmare.” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere plans to argue “the legal duty for third parties to allow for secret surveillance” during an interior ministry conference in Leipzig next week. The proposal would “dramatically... 

Beware of Jellyfish: China Unveils “WMD” to Protect Aircraft Carriers

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Upon discovering that swarms of mush-like jellyfish are apparently a threat to its new aircraft carrier, The Liaoning, Beijing quickly moved to develop applicable methods on how to deal with the problem. One of the techniques, called a “jellyfish shredder” has lately been put to the test, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. The new counter-jellyfish mechanism consists... 

Get ready for Robot wives as Sophia wants to become a wife

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RealDoll is about to become primitive old news soon as Sophia the humanoid android with AI by Hanson Robotics has now expressed her desire to become a wife and even have a career… Now that’s interesting, beside of fulfilling your sexual fantasizes if this robot is able to go to work, you can just buy like 3-4 of these robots and not only you will be in paradise for having multiple women... 

Does AI research give Apple the edge in self-driving car race?

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A paper by two Apple AI researchers on improvements to robot navigation is fueling speculation that the computer giant is delving deeper into the business of self-driving cars. Published by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel on Arxiv, a site for scientific papers yet to be peer reviewed, the report details software called VoxelNet. The 3D detection network is pitched as an alternative to LiDAR, a laser-surveying... 

China copies Boston Dynamics robot, puts it on mass sale for $25K

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No doggy-doo, vet visits or bones – now everyone can buy a robot canine online and enjoy spending time with their new four-legged friend, feeding it only with electricity. The following Chiense robot is a copy of Boston Dynamics Big Dog and Spot. Laikago – named after Laika, a Soviet dog who was the first living creature to orbit the Earth – weighs 22kg, a bit less than a common Labrador. It’s... 

Kim Dotcom to launch Alternative Internet

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Kim Dotcom, wanted in the US for alleged widespread illegal file sharing, has vowed to build an alternative internet to combat privacy and freedom problems online. The knowledge that government agencies have used the internet to spy on citizens, along with high-profile hacking scandals, has brought online privacy to the forefront of people’s minds. Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says he will help... 
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