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Police Use of Driver’s License Databases to Nab Crooks Spurs Privacy Concerns

Police Use of Driver’s License Databases to Nab Crooks Spurs Privacy Concerns
Thirty-one states now allow law-enforcement officials to access license photos to help identify potential suspects
A New York Police Department detective works at the Real Time Crime Center in New York. While some jurisdictions are limited to mug shots for suspect identification, a case in Maryland was one of the first to publicly tout using a search of driver’s license photos.
By Zusha Elinson June 17, 2018 7:00 a.m. ET
When police in the small Maryland city of Hagerstown used a cutting edge, facial recognition program to track down a robbery suspect last week, it was one of the first such cases to come to light.
In the process of identifying a possible suspect, investigators fed an Instagram photo into the state’s vast facial recognition system, which quickly spit out the driver’s license photo of an individual who was then arrested.
This digital-age crime-solving technique is at the center of a debate be…

Spotlight falls on Russian threat to undersea cables

Spotlight falls on Russian threat to undersea cables
BY MORGAN CHALFANT AND OLIVIA BEAVERS - 06/17/18 08:14 PM EDT The Trump administration’s new sanctions on Russia are casting light on the threat posed to the undersea cables that carry the world’s electronic communications between continents.
The Treasury Department sanctioned five Russian firms and three Russian nationals this week for aiding the Kremlin’s domestic security service, the FSB. One of the companies is alleged to have provided support for Moscow’s “underwater capabilities” – including producing diving systems and a submersible craft for the FSB.
The Treasury Department alleged that Russia has been “active” in tracking underwater fiber optic cables that transmit communications across continents.
The threat to undersea cables is multifaceted. Foreign adversaries could track their whereabouts to sabotage them and cut rivals off from communications.
Or they could be motivated by espionage. There has long been suspicion t…

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict
By David E. Sanger, New York Times Posted 8:28 p.m. June 16, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups.
Until now, the Cyber Command has assumed a largely defensive posture, trying to counter attackers as they enter American networks. In the relatively few instances when it has gone on the offensive, particularly in trying to disrupt the online activities of the Islamic State and its recruiters in the past several years, the results have been mixed at best.
But in the spring, as the Pentagon elevated the command’s status, it opened the door to nearly daily raids on foreign networks, seeking to disable cyberweapons before they can be unleashed, according to stra…

Iceland faces a DNA dilemma: Whether to notify people carrying cancer genes

Iceland faces ethical DNA dilemma
Iceland, with extensive DNA databases, has the ability to identify citizens with deadly breast-cancer genes, and notify them. But government so far refuses to do so.
By Stuart Leavenworth and Alexa Ard June 14, 2018 05:00 AM
REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND - Sometime in the future, U.S. researchers will be able to press a button and reliably identify the thousands of people who carry cancer-causing genes, including those that trigger breast cancer.
In Iceland, that day is already here. With a relatively uniform population and extensive DNA databases, Iceland could easily pinpoint which of its people are predisposed to certain diseases, and notify them immediately. So far, the government has refused to do so. Why? Iceland confronts legal and ethical obstacles that have divided the nation and foreshadow what larger countries may soon face.
Since the late 1990s, tens of thousands of Icelanders have agreed to contribute their DNA to a public-private science projects…

Elon Musk firm tapped to build Chicago high-speed transit

Elon Musk firm tapped to build Chicago high-speed transit
AFP • June 14, 2018
Chicago (AFP) - Elon Musk's The Boring Company has been tapped to build a high-speed underground transportation system for Chicago -- the first US city to bank on the entrepreneur's futuristic concept for mass transit.
The project, to be officially announced Thursday, would employ tunnels and autonomous electric vehicles called "skates" to zip passengers between the Midwestern city's downtown core and its busy airport.
Details remain to be hammered out, including the exact route of The Chicago Express Loop.
"We're really excited to work with the Mayor and the City to bring this new high-speed public transportation system to Chicago," Musk's The Boring Company tweeted Wednesday night.
The proposed transit system would consist of electric vehicles reaching speeds as high as 150 mph (240 kph) in underground tunnels, as they travel to O'Hare airport, one of the nation…

TED Talk: Machine Learning could be capable of outsmarting humans and even taking over the world we live in

TED Talk: Machine Learning could be capable of outsmarting humans and even taking over the world we live in
Robots can outsmart humans to make us SLAVES before complete extinction – expert warns
ROBOTS could be capable of outsmarting humans and even taking over the world we live in, an artificial intelligence researcher has chillingly warned.
By Callum Hoare / Published 14th June 2018
Artificial intelligence could cause human extinction says expert
There is currently a worrying disagreement over what artificial intelligence scientists are working towards, according to Max Tegmark.
The world-leading professor believes this could lead to grave consequences, having noted research into robots that are capable of enslaving humans.
And, speaking at a technology conference for TedTalks, Max revealed there is currently conflict in the industry, as concerns rise that humans will not be able to keep up with the machines they create.
“you should be more worried that maybe the superintelligence…

Erdogan Bans Uber: 'That Business Is Finished'

Erdogan Bans Uber: 'That Business Is Finished'
BY PHIL BAKER JUNE 11, 2018
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, announced that he’s expelling Uber from Turkey, a result of pressure from Istanbul's taxi industry. Istanbul taxi drivers, numbering more than 17,000, claimed Uber was providing an illegal service and that it needs to be banned.
Ever since Uber began its service in Turkey in 2014, it's caused dissension among the country's taxi drivers, not unlike what's happening elsewhere.
In a speech on Friday, Erdogan said, “This thing called Uber emerged. That business is finished. That does not exist anymore. We have our taxi system.... Where does this come from? It is used in Europe, I do not care about that.... We will decide by ourselves.... No non-taxpayers can do business here.... It is our duty to remove this network, which works illegally in your field.”
Uber had no comment but had noted that 2,000 drivers use the service while another 5,000 wo…