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Should We Ban ‘Killer Robots’? Human Rights Group Thinks So

Should We Ban ‘Killer Robots’? Human Rights Group Thinks So | Technoculture | Scoop.it

As if deploying drones -- unmanned aerial vehicles -- on the battlefield wasn't controversial enough, here's an even more disturbing question: should we allow weapon-wielding robots that can 'think' for themselves to attack people?

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Google search history can now be downloaded in its entirety, mass embarrassment expected

Google search history can now be downloaded in its entirety, mass embarrassment expected | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Everyone can now download their entire Google history, getting everything they’ve ever searched as a comprehensive document.

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Aux USA, Minority Report devient réalité avec PredPol, le logiciel qui prédit les lieux du crime

Aux USA, Minority Report devient réalité avec PredPol, le logiciel qui prédit les lieux du crime | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Le logiciel utilisé par la police de Modesto (Californie) utilise des données statistiques pour prédire géographiquement où les crimes seront commis.

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Japan launches probe into landing of drone on roof of PM Abe's office

Japan launches probe into landing of drone on roof of PM Abe's office | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Japan is launching an investigation into the landing of a drone on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office building, a government spokesman said, after media reported 'minuscule' traces of radiation were found.

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Drone 'containing radiation' lands on roof of Japanese PM's office

Drone 'containing radiation' lands on roof of Japanese PM's office | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Traces of radiation reportedly detected on drone carrying small camera and a bottle with unidentified content found on day a court approved the restart of a nuclear power station.

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Nine ways to get a gaming career

Nine ways to get a gaming career | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Don’t call yourself an expert and tailor your application to specific studios, advise our gaming panel.

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Instagram bans 'fully-nude' buttocks

Instagram bans 'fully-nude' buttocks | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Instagram has tightened its community guidelines to better explain its policies around pornography and harassment.

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EU brings antitrust charges against Google related to Android and search

EU brings antitrust charges against Google related to Android and search | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The European Parliament has been vocally pushing for an investigation into Google’s alleged anticompetitive strategies since November. And on Wednesday, Margrethe Vestager, the European Union competition commissioner, announced in Brussels that such an inquiry is moving forward and that Google is being formally accused (through what’s called a 'statement of objections') of abusing its power in its ubiquitous services like Internet search and Android.

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Why it's down to this generation to begin preserving video game history

Why it's down to this generation to begin preserving video game history | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Fans are recognising that not only are things going to get lost but the only people who care enough to preserve games are, well, us. Older generations have different priorities and their own things to look after, mostly themselves at this point in time. The preservation of video game history falls to those of us in the here and now, the ones playing them.

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The optimal length for every social media update

The optimal length for every social media update | Technoculture | Scoop.it

How long should my tweet be? Or my blogpost? Or my headline?

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You're not afraid of spoilers. You're afraid of the future

You're not afraid of spoilers. You're afraid of the future | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google may have long since reneged on its promise not to be evil, but it’s still trying to do some good. In a recent patent filing, the company declared its interest in doing away with one of the most common sources of online consternation: the unwanted encounter with a spoiler. Far from making the Internet safer, however, this system merely treats one symptom of a larger sickness that the Web itself produces.

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UK government backs international development of 'killer robots' at UN

UK government backs international development of 'killer robots' at UN | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The UK is opposing an international ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems (Laws) at a United Nations conference this week, so-called 'killer robots' that can select and destroy targets without human input.

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Publishers fight to block third-party revival of 'abandoned' game servers

Publishers fight to block third-party revival of 'abandoned' game servers | Technoculture | Scoop.it

ESA sees proposed DMCA exemption as encouraging piracy, limiting copyright.

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Yes, there really is a giant Android robot urinating on the Apple logo in Google Maps

Yes, there really is a giant Android robot urinating on the Apple logo in Google Maps | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Hear that whimpering? It's probably the sound of an over-zealous intern that's about to have a rather uncomfortable talk with a Google supervisor. Or maybe not.

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Drone with 'minuscule' levels of radiation lands on Japanese PM's office

Drone with 'minuscule' levels of radiation lands on Japanese PM's office | Technoculture | Scoop.it

It's not yet clear what the purpose of the drone was, but it appears likely, given the radiation symbol on its chassis, that the stunt was designed to protest Japan's restart of its nuclear power facilities.

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How some Yelpers are holding restaurants hostage

How some Yelpers are holding restaurants hostage | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Of the more than 71 million reviews posted on Yelp worldwide, only 22 percent are two stars or less. But those harsh reviews can do some damage, and restaurants are especially vulnerable.

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ChihiraAico, la robote hôtesse d'accueil va vous chanter une chanson

ChihiraAico, la robote hôtesse d'accueil va vous chanter une chanson | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Ce lundi, la nouvelle robote hôtesse de Toshiba a accueilli les clients d'un grand magasin à Tokyo.

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Libertarians think the 'perfect information' of the Internet will make regulation obsolete. They are so, so wrong

Libertarians think the 'perfect information' of the Internet will make regulation obsolete. They are so, so wrong | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Truth crushed to earth doesn’t magically rise again. And the information that does percolate to the top isn’t necessarily more accurate than the conventional wisdom of eras past.

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Read Google's defensive response to European antitrust charges

Read Google's defensive response to European antitrust charges | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Addressing antitrust complaints brought by the EU, Google defends its practices and extols the global impact of Android.

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Kidney transplant for Success Kid's dad hits campaign goal — and then some

Kidney transplant for Success Kid's dad hits campaign goal — and then some | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The campaign to get Success Kid's father a new kidney has fundraised almost $100,000, greatly surpassing its original goal.

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Cell phones in Africa: communication lifeline

Cell phones in Africa: communication lifeline | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In a few short years, the proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.

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EU tackles Google over shopping service search results

EU tackles Google over shopping service search results | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The European Union's competition commissioner has announced details of its case against Google over its search engine.

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Streaming helps digital music match global physical sales

Streaming helps digital music match global physical sales | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Subscription services such as Spotify boosted revenue by nearly 40% in 2014, but value of downloads through iTunes and other sites shrank again, says IFPI.

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Swarm robots poised to fly amid acquisitions and military investment

Swarm robots poised to fly amid acquisitions and military investment | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The military is going miniature, and that means big investments in small flying machines that will eventually operate in swarms.

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