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Saving Pacific Islanders from geoengineering

by François Martel SUVA – Geoengineering will save us from the climate crisis, its champions insist. By using technology either to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or to deflect some solar radiation away from the Earth, they claim, we can undo the damage wrought by humanity’s failure to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. But while it certainly sounds like a ... Read More »

‘Killer Robots:’ Ban treaty is the only credible solution

New International Law Is Essential to Retain Human Control Over Use of Force New York – France, Germany, and other nations that are committed to a rules-based international order should begin negotiations on a new international treaty to ban preemptively lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as fully autonomous weapons or killer robots. Read More »

Google will start transcribing audio recordings again

San Francisco, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — Google is restarting a practice in which human contractors listen to and transcribe some voice commands people give to the company’s artificial intelligence system, Assistant. But this time Google is taking steps to make sure people know what they are agreeing to. Read More »

Infrastructure + Technology = Resilience

John Kjorstad, September 18, 2019 No one understands the financial risks of climate change better than insurance companies. As I sit down to write this blog on what we need to accelerate and fund the convergence of infrastructure and technology, Hurricane Dorian is parked over the Bahamas wreaking unimaginable havoc. It is tragic — and yet familiar to the masses ... Read More »

Facebook unveils its plan for oversight board

Facebook has unveiled its plan to create an independent “oversight” board to make decisions over how the network is moderated, reports BBC. The firm insisted the panel, which will hear its first “cases” in 2020, will have the power to override decisions it makes over contentious material and influence new policy. Read More »

Google agrees 945-mn-euro tax settlement with France

US internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling 945 million euros ($1.0 billion) to end a tax dispute in France under an agreement announced in court on Thursday. The company will pay a 500-million-euro fine for tax evasion, as well as a further 465 million euros to settle claims with French tax authorities. In a statement, Google confirmed the ... Read More »

Trend Micro finds IoT hot topic in cybercriminal underground

Global underground analysis reveals monetization of IoT attacks is increasing Hong Kong, China – Media OutReach – 12 September 2019 – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today released new research detailing a fast-growing market for IoT attacks. Cybercriminals from around the world are actively discussing how to compromise connected devices, and how ... Read More »

Huawei releases white paper on 5G Applications

Huawei released the “5G Applications Position Paper” here Tuesday at a forum on the sideline of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2019, looking forward to 5G application scenarios in the areas of enhancing broadband, media and entertainment, industrial manufacturing, and intelligent transportation. Read More »

India locates Chandrayaan-2 lander on Moon, no contact yet

Dhaka, Sep 8 (UNB) – The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has managed to locate Vikram, the Chandrayaan-2 lander, on Moon’s surface a day after losing contact with the craft. However, Isro is yet to establish contact with Vikram; the space agency lost communications with the lander minutes before it was to land on near the south pole of the ... Read More »