Geekly Update - 11 March 2015
Is Artificial Intelligence destroying the human race? Will Microsoft send ninjas to your home if you don't cooperate with tech support? And which annoying tech gadget is now banned at the Smithsonian? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and other Very Smart People are concerned that human-level artificial intelligence may be getting out of control -- to the point where it may destroy us. Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, has donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute, which researches the potential risks of artificial intelligence, and develops measures to make it safer.
"All facts are equal, but some facts are more equal than others." Google researchers have come up with an algorithm that ranks Web pages by the truthfulness of their facts instead of their popularity with other sites. And you thought it would be the government that destroyed the Internet.
Ever wonder what words like selfie and photobomb look like in sign language? Here's an interesting look at how the ASL (American Sign Language) community decides on how to represent these and other emerging terms from the tech and pop culture worlds.
"Download or Die!" A scammer based in India impersonated a Microsoft tech support rep and tried to get his Canadian victim to install remote access software by threatening to send assassins to his home if he didn’t cooperate.
3D printing startup MarkedForge refuses to ship its carbon-fiber 3D printer to Defense Distributed, which develops printer files from which untraceable guns can be made. So DD is offering $15,000 for one of the $8,000 printers.
"We hear and obey..." Drivers don’t pay much heed to regular traffic cops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the 30-foot tall, solar-powered aluminum humanoid robocops are getting attention and compliance.
No, Facebook did not lock the account of 12 year-old political activist C.J. Pearson because he criticized President Obama. He was banned because Facebook members must be at least 13. The video remains on Facebook and, politics aside, is worth watching if only to see how articulate a 12-year-old can be.
"Unintended Consequences, Part 19" The top-secret Stingray device used by U. S. law enforcement to eavesdrop on cellular communications can also disrupt the calls and data connections of innocent bystanders in the immediate vicinity.
"I bet you think this rule is about you…" Selfie sticks are now banned at all of the museums of the Smithsonian Institute, along with camera tripods, monopods, and other things that can damage exhibits or visitors. A growing list of museums are banning selfie sticks. Carly Simon, you were so right.
In addition to credit cards, Google Compare is now comparing auto insurance rates in California. The key benefit: no geckos, pigs (or sales reps) will call, text, or otherwise molest you.
Anthem Healthcare, which runs Blue Cross and Blue Shield in several States, has refused to permit federal IT security auditors to scan its network for vulnerabilities, citing “internal policies.” Maybe they’re the same policies that enabled hackers to steal 80 million customers’ records. Ummm, the hackers didn't need permission to "scan the network," did they?
Sandisk has made giant leap in microSD storage capacity with a new model that holds 200 GB and transfers data at 90 MB/second. It will cost $400.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 11 Mar 2015
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