AI Can Be Our Friend, Says Bill Gates

An anonymous reader shares a report: “AI can be our friend,” says Gates. In response to the question, “What do you think will happen to human civilization with further development in AI technology?” Gates says the rise in artificial intelligence will mean society will be able to do more with less. “AI is just the latest in technologies that allow us to produce a lot more goods and services with…

February 18, 2018
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Tokyo To Build 350m Tower Made of Wood

A skyscraper set to be built in Tokyo will become the world’s tallest to be made of wood. From a report: The Japanese wood products company Sumitomo Forestry Co is proposing to build a 350 metre (1,148ft), 70-floor tower to commemorate its 350th anniversary in 2041. Japan’s government has long advertised the advantages of wooden buildings, and in 2010 passed a law requiring it be used for all public buildings…

February 18, 2018
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Facebook’s focus on Groups, and the tools to build and promote them, can be easily exploited by bad actors like Russia, Mueller indictment shows (Casey Newton/The Verge)

February 18, 2018

Casey Newton / The Verge: Facebook’s focus on Groups, and the tools to build and promote them, can be easily exploited by bad actors like Russia, Mueller indictment shows  —  It’s tribes all the way down  —  A year ago this past Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy post titled “Building a Global Community.” Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Give Workers 10,000 Pound To Survive Automation, British Top Think Tank Suggests

Britons should be able to bid for 10,000 pound (roughly $14,000) to help them prosper amid huge changes to their working lives, a leading think tank suggests today. From a report: The Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) has released research proposing a radical new sovereign wealth fund, which would be invested to make a profit like similar public funds in Norway. The returns from the fund would be used…

February 18, 2018
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Contractors Pose Cyber Risk To Government Agencies

Ian Barker, writing for BetaNews: While US government agencies are continuing to improve their security performance over time, the contractors they employ are failing to meet the same standards according to a new report. The study by security rankings specialist BitSight sampled over 1,200 federal contractors and finds that the security rating for federal agencies was 15 or more points higher than the mean of any contractor sector. It finds…

February 18, 2018
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Hands-on with in-car Alexa-powered dongles: they require an iPhone or an Android phone to function and lack seamless integration with car stereos (Nick Guy/Wirecutter)

February 18, 2018

Nick Guy / Wirecutter: Hands-on with in-car Alexa-powered dongles: they require an iPhone or an Android phone to function and lack seamless integration with car stereos  —  Amazon’s Alexa, the voice-controlled assistant that lives within the Echo speaker, has become a household name. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Who Killed The Junior Developer?

Melissa McEwen, writing on Medium: A few months ago I attended an event for women in tech. A lot of the attendees were new developers, graduates from code schools or computer science programs. Almost everyone told me they were having trouble getting their first job. I was lucky. My first “real” job out of college was “Junior Application developer” at Columbia University in 2010. These days it’s a rare day…

February 18, 2018
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US’s Greatest Vulnerability is Ignoring the Cyber Threats From Our Adversaries, Foreign Policy Expert Says

America’s greatest vulnerability is its continued inability to acknowledge the extent of its adversaries’ capabilities when it comes to cyber threats, says Ian Bremmer, founder and president of leading political risk firm Eurasia Group. From a report: Speaking to CNBC from the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, the prominent American political scientist emphasized that there should be much more government-level concern and urgency over cyber risk. The adversarial states in…

February 18, 2018
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How aspiring tech hub cities are trying to foster tech and startup ecosystems that are different from Silicon Valley’s “move fast and break things” ethos (Erin Griffith/Wired)

February 18, 2018

Erin Griffith / Wired: How aspiring tech hub cities are trying to foster tech and startup ecosystems that are different from Silicon Valley’s “move fast and break things” ethos  —  DO NOT LET their names fool you.  The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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