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Uber drivers game Uber's system like Uber games the entire planet

Uber drivers are resisting Uber's algorithmic management to raise their wages and to push back against uncompromising computer control. As described in a study presented earlier this year at the Theorizing the Web Conference in New York and the 4th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, in Lund, Sweden, researchers …

Cellphone kill switches kill cellphone snatchers

Smartphone thefts have declined by 50 per cent in San Francisco since 2013, and by 22 per cent since last year, a decline that District Attorney George Gascón attributes to the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act. The law, SB 962, signed by California Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 and implemented in 2015, requires smartphone …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Jul 2017

Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

Intel's flirtation with the maker community appears to have fizzled out, although the chip giant insists its passion remains. After announcing plans to axe its Edison, Galileo, and Joule compute modules later this year, Chipzilla has said it will stop making its Arduino 101 board and its much-hyped Curie module, too. The …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jul 2017

AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

Analysis Elon Musk – the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Neuralink, not to mention co-chairman of OpenAI and founder of The Boring Company – is once again warning that artificial intelligence threatens humanity. In an interview at the National Governors Association 2017 Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, Musk insisted …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2017
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Robo-surgeons, self-driving cars face similar legal, ethical headaches

As drivers contemplate computer controlled cars, physicians get to ponder self-driven surgery tools. In a research paper published on Wednesday, "Robot Autonomy for Surgery," UC San Diego assistant professor Michael Yip and PhD student Nikhil Das explore the growing role played by surgical robots and the issues raised by …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Jul 2017
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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

President Donald Trump's habit of blocking critics from following his Twitter account faces a legal challenge that seeks to prevent him from tuning out those with opposing views. On Tuesday, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed a lawsuit in New York's Southern District on behalf of seven people who …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jul 2017
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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, director of the web standards trendsetter W3C, and Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire, has given his blessing to anti-piracy locks on web content. Traditionally, web technology has been open. HTML markup, CSS, and JavaScript code can be viewed (though not …
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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

Sex robots may reduce sex crimes, or make them more common. According to "Our Sexual Future With Robots," a report published Wednesday by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, it could go either way. The title of the report describe sex robots as inevitable, but the text within has more questions than answers. About the …
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Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure

In a few years, Alphabet president and Google cofounder Sergey Brin is expected to have an airship at his disposal for humanitarian missions and ferrying friends, not necessarily in that order. The tech billionaire's blimp, according to The Guardian, is currently under construction at the National Aeronautics and Space …
Thomas Claburn, 27 May 2017
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What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off

Delta Air Lines plans to deploy four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis–St Paul International Airport this summer, one of which will include a facial recognition system to match those depositing bags with their passport photos. Delta senior veep of airport customer service and cargo Garth Joyce, in a canned remark, …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2017

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

A prominent contributor to the open source Drupal content management system has been asked to distance himself from project because "his belief system is inconsistent with [the] project's goals." The beliefs at issue involve participation in the BDSM and Gorean (NSFW) communities, the latter involving people interested in …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Mar 2017
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As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

Uber has published its first ever diversity report today, revealing that the car-hailing biz is, unsurprisingly, dominated by white males like most major American technology companies. The ride-sharing app maker has been hit by a series of scandals highlighting a toxic corporate culture steeped in sexual harassment, leadership …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Mar 2017
Meantime Bespoke beer

DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

London-based Meantime Brewing Company, acquired a year ago by Belgian beverage multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev, wants to sell you beer tuned to your taste. To do so, the company plans to direct willing customers to genetic testing service 23andMe – the Silicon Valley personal genomics biz that's slowly emerging from its …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Mar 2017
Amazon Video

Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

Amazon, the target of multiple lawsuits alleging labor law violations and the subject of criticism over cutthroat work culture, appears to be pilot testing its tough-love approach to worker management in its burgeoning media production business. Marvelous Solano-Rodriguez – who may or may not live up to his name – on Thursday …

Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Making America great again may require foreign-made weapon systems, a possibility that would contravene the Trump administration's stated goal to "buy American and hire American." A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report published last week, "Selected Foreign Counterparts of U.S. Army Ground Combat Systems and …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Jan 2017

Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

Physics students at the UK's University of Leicester have concluded that a "real-life zombie outbreak" would all but eliminate humanity in just 100 days. Ignoring more plausible threats like flu pandemic, Pumpkin Spice Latte poisoning, or tweet-triggered nuclear annihilation, Leicester students CT Davies, KJ Cheshire, R …
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Uber to Cali DMV: Back off, pal, our 'self-driving cars' aren't self driving

Shrugging off a demand from California's Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a permit to operate its self-driving cars on state roads, Uber contends it doesn't need a permit because the DMV's rules do not apply. Following Uber's announcement on Wednesday that its self-driving cars are available as a pilot test for customers …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Dec 2016
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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

Over 150 prominent filmmakers and photojournalists have asked leading camera makers to add support for data encryption to their devices. An open letter published on Wednesday by the Freedom of the Press Foundation – a group that includes Academy Award winners Laura Poitras and Alex Gibney – states that encryption is absent …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2016

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