We can’t ban killer robots – it’s already too late | Philip Ball | Opinion

One response to the call by experts in robotics and artificial intelligence for an ban on “killer robots” (“lethal autonomous weapons systems” or Laws in the language of international treaties) is to say: shouldn’t you have thought about that sooner? Figures such as Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, are among the 116 specialists calling for the ban. “We do not have ...

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Oreo: Google announces release of the next version of Android 8 | Technology

Google’s next version of Android is called Oreo and is being released today to hit smartphones and tablets in the near future. Google announced that it has pushed the final version of Android 8 Oreo out to the Android Open Source Project, the underlying software on top of which the Android loaded on smartphones and other devices is built. Google’s ...

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Where is the world’s most dangerous country for young people? | Inequality

Violence, preventable diseases and traffic accidents are to blame for a widening of the youth mortality gap between the developed and developing world, according to a new Guardian analysis of the most recent World Health Organisation (WHO) data. The most dangerous country in the world to be a young person (defined as aged between 15 and 29) is Sierra Leone, ...

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Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots | Technology

Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous weapons. The UN recently voted to begin formal discussions ...

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Apple’s next iPhone: facial-recognition and all-screen design, leaks suggest

The next version of Apple’s iPhone will have infrared-based facial recognition unlocking – eliminating need for a passcode or fingerprint – and will have an almost all-screen design on the front, say developers digging into the pre-release of firmware distributed by Apple. The firmware for the upcoming HomePod smart speaker, which is due for release at the end of the ...

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Mel B wins restraining order against estranged husband after abuse claims | Music

Mel B has won sole custody of her youngest daughter and a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte, whom she claims subjected her to years of abuse. The judge’s order was issued on Monday after former Spice Girl Melanie Brown filed a sworn declaration with Los Angeles superior court stating that Belafonte inflicted emotional and physical abuse ...

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Twitter, suspends, American, far-right, activists, accounts

Twitter suspends American far-right activists’ accounts

Twitter has suspended the accounts of a number of American “alt-right” activists hours after announcing a renewed push to crack down on hate speech. Among the accounts removed were those of the self-described white-nationalist National Policy Institute, its magazine, Radix, and its head Richard Spencer, as well as other prominent alt-right figures including Pax Dickinson and Paul Town. Spencer, who ...

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Sudden infant death syndrome: New safe sleep guidelines issued

Sudden infant death syndrome is the leading cause of death for babies under the age of 1 year. In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics have updated their recommendations to help parents and caregivers protect infants against unexpected sleep-related death. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – also referred to as a “cot death” – is defined as ...

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Tyler Perry, Madea, beats, Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher, US box office

Tyler Perry’s Madea beats Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher at US box office

Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film topped the US box office over the weekend, knocking Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher sequel into second place. Boo! A Madea Halloween opened in the top spot with $27.6m (£22.5m), according to studio estimates. It’s the third best opening for a Madea movie, behind Madea Goes to Jail and Madea’s Family Reunion. Reuters attributed the success ...

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Chinese, webcam, recalls, devices, cyberattack, link

Chinese webcam maker recalls devices after cyberattack link

Chinese electronics firm Xiongmai is initiating a product recall after the enormous hacking attack that took down much of the internet on the eastcoast of the US and also affected Europe on Friday. The root of the attack, which took the form of a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), was a network of hacked “Internet of Things” devices, such ...

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