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open If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it'll fab them for free 25
open Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up 106
open MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs 96
open Reviewing and profiling your code is boring? Well, Amazon will now sell you an AI editor to do it for you 6
open You wait ages for a mid-air collision spoofing attack and along come two at once: More boffins take a crack at hoodwinking TCAS 20
By c1ue
open Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon' 24
open California Attorney General asks judge to force Lyft and Uber to classify drivers as employees – or else 20
open Detroit cops cuffed, threw a dad misidentified by facial recognition in jail. Now the ACLU's demanding action 36
open Once again, racial biases show up in AI image databases, this time turning Barack Obama white 40
open Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea 102
open Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home' 27
open Ex-CEO of fintech biz Wirecard arrested over missing money: Vanished €1.9bn may not have existed in the first place 21
open Wired: China's Beidou satnav system, 35th bird in orbit. Tired: America's GPS. Expired: Britain's dreams of its own 25
open Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner 35
open Samsung combines 5G, AI, drones and cloud in conspiracy ... to ease network maintenance costs 5
By HildyJ
open Korean boffins build COVID-bot to shove a swab right up your hooter 21
open China praises Pakistan SatNav collaboration 4
By crayon
open Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing 93
open Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time 211
By docca
open Good luck using generative adversarial networks in real life – they're difficult to train and finicky to fix 14
open Facebook's $500k deepfake-detector AI contest drama: Winning team disqualified on buried consent technicality 32
open Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means 50
By Danny 2
open Tens of millions of Internet-of-Things, network-connected gizmos at risk of remote hijacking? Computer, engage shocked mode 26
open Singapore already planning version 2.0 contact-tracing wearable 7
open Meet the dog that's all byte and no bark: Boston Dynamics touts robo-pooch Spot with $75k-a-pop price tag 19
By USER100
open Asia's Uber equivalent Grab lets go of 1 in 20 staff 3
open Exoskeletons-as-a-service offered as helping hand to warehouse workers exhausted by pandemic 8
open Microwave-tech-touting British upstart scores £3.6m to build 'large-scale quantum 'puters' 10
open Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops 65
open Vietnam bans drone flights near all government buildings, borders and factories 1
open Infosys turns pandemic experience into ‘Return to workplace solutions’ 1
open After IBM axed its face-recog tech, the rest of the dominoes fell like a house of cards: Amazon and now Microsoft. Checkmate 43
open Well, we tried being a non-profit... OpenAI is now open as in open for business with GPT-3 cloud language model API 1
By IGotOut
open Astros get to play with VR while Boeing's Starliner stays on the ground 4
By Sparkus
open AWS won't sell facial-recog tool to police for a year – other law enforcement agencies are in the clear 14
By IGotOut
open US senators propose $22bn fund for new fabs on American soil because making stuff is better than designing stuff 49
open California bigwigs rule Uber, Lyft dial-a-ride drivers are employees, not contractors 49
open Sponge code borks square AI brains, sucking up compute power in novel attack against machine-learning systems 18
open Yeah, great start after sacking human hacks: Microsoft's AI-powered news portal mixes up photos of women-of-color in article about racism 17
open IBM quits facial recognition because Black Lives Matter 39
By mego
open US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year 66
open City of Los Angeles sued for tracking rental scooter rides – that's the rideshare company's job says EFF and ACLU 11
open BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report 210
open NASA launches a challenge to fund AI systems for future spacecraft – hopefully without HAL-style errors 18
By J. Cook
open It's nice y'all like our chips but half our data-center sales are from cloud giants, FYI, says Nvidia's chief beancounter 4
open Hoverbikes, Hyperloops and sub-orbital hijinks: Yes, the '3rd, 4th and 5th Dimensions of Travel' are coming soon 43
open BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt 30
open No, it's just a Mirage: Lenovo's nerd-goggles-for-suits boasts 4K display but no need to be attached to powerful PC 2
open All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft 66
By juice
open Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot' 128



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