For many roboticists and technology on-lookers, the goal is to not simply evolve robotic machines as tool specific, but rather to invent a new species of best friend/co-worker. To create machines that humans will intuitively bond with — and do not harbour any instincts to rise up and obliterate humans .
A security system is being developed that analyses the user's brainwaves. The system then determines whether the user is in a fit mental state and grants them access to resources only if appropriate. Such a system might be used to control entry to a building, access to computer resources or even the withdrawal of money from an automated teller machine. It could also have applications in the military, electronic learning, and healthcare, according to research published in the "International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms."
In cooperation with an international team of experts, scientists from the DPZ (German Primate Centre) demand and beg for immediate measures to protect primates. Worldwide, around 60 per cent of the 500 known primate species are threatened with extinction. Primates live in tropical and subtropical areas and are mainly found in regions of Africa, South America, Madagascar and Asia.
The UN is predicting that there will be an estimated 250 million climate refugees by 2050. Increasingly, large populations are being forced to migrate because of violent floods, drought and other natural disasters, caused by the effects of global warming. Now, a Jordanian architect has designed a disaster shelter for refugees that adds neat technology while being based on temporary huts of nomadic tribes.
Cyber is a hot issue at the moment, regardless of weather, and the Chancellor has recently set aside £1.9 billion for his new national cyber security strategy for UK's first National College of Cyber Security. This fittingly is set to open at historic Bletchley Park, integral in cracking the Nazi Enigma code thanks to the creative brilliance of Alan Turing. The current development follows a range of recent hacks from San Francisco’s light rail system, throughTesco Bank and to the hacking of recruitment passwords at Michael Page, (below right). He levels the finger of blame at CapGemini's insecurity, with a development server being left online!
USA Defence Logistics Agency has awarded a maximum $403,264,139 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare parts supporting various tactical radio systems to Harris Corporation, Rochester, New York. The UK has awarded three main contracts for the provision of the ESN (Emergency Services Network) in 2015 to KBR (Kellogg Brown and Root), Motorola Solutions Inc and EE Ltd
As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., Committee to Protect Journalists author, Alexandra Ellerbeck CPJ Americas Research Associate (below right) examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors.
IBM announces that, yet again, it broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, marking the 24th consecutive year of innovation leadership as #1 on U.S. Patent List. IBM’s 2016 patent output covers a diverse range of inventions in artificial intelligence andIBMers received 2,700+ cognitive and cloud computing patents, cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cyber security and other strategic growth areas for the company.
No, they aren’t talking about “put your phone down, dear, while you are eating your supper” but about drawing together the various elements of advanced semiconductor technology that will go into Home Automation (HA)! At CES 2017 US Bridgetek Solutions will demonstrate its game-changing PanL HA approach.
Controls engineers at UC San Diego have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes achieving this by using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade sensors so each drifting balloon becomes part of a ``swarm'' of robotic vehicles, which can periodically report, via satellite uplink, their position, the local temperature, pressure, humidity and wind velocity.
The Common Market has done little for energy crowdfunding platforms. Investors experience many problems if they want to finance projects that cross legal boundaries between EU member states. International experts are now struggling to harmonise to European sector regulations.Three different parties are involved renewable energy crowdfunding. These are the fundraising platform, the investors generally expecting a return, and project developers needing money. They may also come from different nations. And that is the biggest complication, as not one legislative framework fits this business sector, nor is one sufficiently recent as to be linked to the use of the web.
While the long-term trend in strikes has show decline, tactical peaks can be seen and the warning now is that focus on small specialist groups will make the work issue unstable, unpredictable and, worst of all, mistrustful.
President Barack Obama on Dec. 2 moved to block the acquisition of Aixtron, the German semiconductor equipment vendor on grounds of U.S. national security, as the semiconductor vendor was set to be acquired by a Chinese investment firm.
The first robotic micro-sub capable is being used from a larger robotic boat has been on show in the Marine Autonomous and Technology Annual Showcase this November, held at the NOC (National Oceanography Centre).
World Health Organisation launches World Antibiotic Awareness Week this month. Antibiotics development has added 20 years average to our lives. But antibiotic resistance is threatening to make this ineffective, posing a significant future risk as common infections become untreatable. Despite growing awareness, there is little accessible information on how the resistance threat posed is evolving, and how it differs by country. A myriad of bacteria exist, each may acquire different resistance levels to antibiotics. As a result, it is extremely difficult for non-specialists to gain an accurate picture of the threat posed by antibiotic resistance.
"China has the world’s largest market for digital shopping, mobile payments, and Internet-enabled financial services. Close to 400 million people in China do most of their payments using their smartphones. China’s overall business in information technology is a market of well above USD $300 billion, and it is estimated that more than 700 million Chinese have access to Internet. "Professor George Haour of the top-ranked IMD business school, and recent author of the “Created in China”
If it computes, it’s liable to hijacking unless secured with cast-iron software. Makes you wonder about robots! Alien Vault notes that the Mirai botnet is a malware designed to take control of the BusyBox systems commonly used in IoT devices. BusyBox software is a lightweight executable, capable of running several Unix tools in a variety of POSIX environments that have limited resources. It is an ideal candidate for IoT devices, accordingly, it appears that the DDoS attacks of October 21 have been identified as sourced from XiongMai Technologies equipment.
Brexit (and Trump's election) have started a new era in UK and Europe, marked by new laws and regulations. One particular piece of legislation just enacted is the Investigatory Powers Bill - Prime Minister Theresa May's brain child - that establishes the most intrusive online surveillance anywhere in the West.
For the first time in history, online shopping has outweighed shopping in stores this year: consumers now making 51% of their shopping online, compared to 48% in 2015. When people start shopping for their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, kicking off Christmas shopping season, online hackers start their busy season, too. Nearly half (48%) of consumers who shopped online in the past year have experienced payment fraud - which is nearly 80 million people. Many online shops and their clients are still not aware of simple safety protocols as we are entering deeper into all-digital age.
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