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NYC food delivery workers face a ‘harrowing world’ New York City’s app-based delivery workers—a lifeline to city residents during the COVID-19 pandemic—regularly face nonpayment or underpayment, unsanitary or unsafe working conditions and the risk of violence, according to a new report released Sept. 13. The report, “Essential but Unprotected,” read more

The Ripsaw M5 Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV)

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Meet America’s newest military giant: Amazon

The fatal flaw that could make AI weapons useless
AI-guided missiles could be blinded by adversarial data, and perhaps even steered back toward friendly targets.

Robots cannot replace the problem-solving, decision-making abilities of human cognition in “direct fire”

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The way hospitals respond to a cyberattack can result in a slower response to critical heart patients.
After an attack, corrective actions to improve security in hospital information technology systems may “disrupt care processes” and reduce the quality of care, according to a study published by researchers at Vanderbilt University and read more

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A year after Toys R Us closed, tens of thousands of laid-off workers are getting a portion of the severance promised and then rescinded as the retailer unraveled.
While workers are getting $2 million, a fraction of the $56 million in fees awarded to Kirkland & Ellis, the law firm representing Toys R Us, read more

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More than 14,717,618,286 records have been lost or stolen since 2013 due to data breaches, and 3,353,178,708 records were compromised in the first half of 2018 alone. In 2017, 86 percent of all breaches worldwide occurred in North America, and in 2018 45.9 percent of data breaches in the US were in the business sector.

Web hosting comparison site HostingTribunal read more

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Beautiful, bougie and all the other words Americans still can’t spell, state by state Around the time 12-year-old Ananya Vinay of Fresno, Calif., triumphed with “m-a-r-o-c-a-i-n,” the people in her home state struggled with “b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.” The following year, when 14-year old Karthik Nemmani of read more

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A Survey Found That 1 in 10 U.S. Airbnb Users Have Found Hidden Cameras
They could be anywhere.

Airbnb has been under fire lately after numerous reports of hidden cameras found in some of the rentals were brought to the public’s attention. As creepy and privacy-invading as it sounds, apparently it happens a lot more often than we read more

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Last week, Google announced that it had formed an AI Ethics committee to assist with the direction of its intelligent technology. This week came an update that few expected – the panel has already been dissolved.
Google has claimed that the committee “can’t function” as it wanted. Although, many believe that the reason for the sudden collapse of the panel read more

robocalls

“Combatting illegal robocalls is our top consumer priority at the FCC,” Pai said in a statement last month.
In November alone, Americans received an estimated 5.1 billion scam calls from automated machines — more than any month on record.
Federal agencies are taking action, holding robocallers accountable and searching for new ways to regulate read more