3 Creepy Government Conspiracies That Will Make You Buy A Cabin In The Woods

The government plans to microchip us In the last few years it’s become ubiquitous for people to get their dogs “microchipped”. This means an RFID chip is placed inside the animals skin so that it can be scanned in the event the dog is lost and information about its owner…

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UK health minister sets out tech-first vision for future care provision

The UK’s still fairly new in post minister for health, Matt Hancock, quickly made technology one of his stated priorities. And today he’s put more meat on the bones of his thinking, setting out a vision for transforming, root and branch, how the country’s National Health Service operates to accommodate…

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Europe’s New Copyright Law Could Change the Web Worldwide

The European Parliament passed sweeping copyright legislation Wednesday that, much like its privacy regulations, could have impact far beyond Europe. Critics argue that the most controversial part of the proposal will effectively force all but the smallest website operators to adopt "upload filters" similar to those used by YouTube, and…

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UK report highlights changing gadget habits and our need for an online fix

A look back at the past decade of consumer technology use in the UK has shone a light on changing gadget habits, underlining how Brits have gone from being smartphone dabblers back in 2008 when a top-of-the-range smartphone cost ~£500 to true addicts in today’s £1k+ premium smartphone era. The…

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Can Silicon Valley workers rein in Big Tech from within? | Ben Tarnoff

In our undemocratic digital world, people have little power to shape the tools that affect their lives. But tech workers could change that An unprecedented wave of rank-and-file rebellion is sweeping Big Tech. At one company after another, employees are refusing to help the US government commit human rights abuses…

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EU Narrowly Votes To Reject Controversial Internet Copyright Bill

People of the Internet, rejoice! For today is truly one where common sense has prevailed, and the web as we know it will live to fight another day. Unless you’re in the US, soz people. Today was the crucial vote in the EU when Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)…

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Google changes salad emoji to make it inclusive for vegans, the internet reacts

On the left, old salad emoji. On the right, new salad emoji.Image: Google Google’s salad emoji is now egg-free, and more inclusive for vegans.  This is according to Google UX Manager at Expression design team Jennifer Daniel, who tweeted about the change Wednesday, but likely didn’t expect the amount of…

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Facebook, Google to block ads leading up to the Ireland abortion referendum

Google stops ads in Ireland’s abortion referendum https://t.co/lQelXoaNGM — Sky News (@SkyNews) May 10, 2018 One campaign slogan reads “Love Both,” promoting compassion for both mother and child. Opponents of the repeal spoke out against the decisions by Facebook and Google. A joint statement by three groups — Save The…

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“Is That A Robot??” Google AI Demonstration Impresses And Horrifies The Internet In Equal Measure

There are a lot of really cool announcements coming out of the Google AI conference, including an impressive autocomplete system on Gmail that’ll save you the effort of ever having to personalize messages to your closest friends again. – Another announcement has rendered John Legend completely unnecessary, according to Chrissy…

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Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design

Google CEO Sundar Pichai milked the woos from a clappy, home-turf developer crowd at its I/O conference in Mountain View this week with a demo of an in-the-works voice assistant feature that will enable the AI to make telephone calls on behalf of its human owner. The so-called ‘Duplex’ feature of…

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