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The fight to defend the Internet of Things

Hackers are not only compromising servers, routers and PCs, but now they are exploiting vulnerabilities in other common devices like medical devices, baby monitors, webcams and cars. Nearly every online device can be a target, which leaves users and devices susceptible to spying, data theft, physical damage and participation on Internet infrastruct Link

This robot is learning how to print a human organ

Kentucky-based software company Advanced Solutions has developed what it calls the world’s first 3D human tissue printer that operates on a six-axis robot.The BioAssemblyBot uses a touch screen and a laser sensor to tell the robot arm and nozzle where to move and what to do next, operating on software called the Tissue Structure Informational Model Link

Diamond Trading: Next Industry Optimized by Blockchain Technology?

Several industries have been experiencing optimization and much more enhanced operations with the use of Blockchain technology.
The same technology that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is now being utilized in various industries including healthcare, government operations, supply chain, entertainment, among others. Link

Facebook using artificial intelligence to combat terrorist propaganda

Facebook has revealed it is employing 3,000 extra people this year in order to trawl through posts and remove those that break the law or the sites’ community guidelines. It plans to boost it’s “counter-speech” efforts, to encourage influential voices to condemn terrorism online. Facebook was criticised for not doing enough to tackle extremism. Link

Could a drone help save a life faster than an ambulance?

Swedish researchers compared which was faster at reaching a cardiac arrest patient, a drone outfitted with a life-saving heart device or an ambulance. The average time for a drone to reach its destination was 5 minutes 21 seconds.The average dispatch time for an ambulance responding to a real emergency was 22 minutes. Link

Rise of the robot: You pay taxes, why shouldn’t the robot that steals your job?

A dystopian future where inefficient human workers are no longer necessary is becoming easier to imagine as driverless cars, artificial intelligence and anthropomorphic robots improve. But such a scenario would deplete the government of much-needed income tax revenue at a time when it would need the cash more than ever to help displaced workers. Link

F-15E Shot Down “Predator-Sized” Drone That Attacked Coalition Forces In Syria

For the first time in more than four decades, American forces have come under aerial attack after a drone released an unspecified weapon near U.S. special operators and their Syrian partners at a garrison in the town of At Tanf. The strike has huge implications for the conflict in the country, as well as the future of warfare as a whole. Link

Audi is the first to test autonomous vehicles in New York

In May of this year, the state of New York opened up an application process for companies that wanted to test autonomous vehicles there. Audi snagged the first license and will begin testing near Albany in the coming weeks.There will be two trained engineers in the car, one in the driver’s seat and one in the back, to monitor the car’s systems. Link

The Internet Of Things Is Becoming More Difficult To Escape

It’s already difficult to create distance from the technology that surrounds us, but as connectivity increases, it might become impossible to do so. Technology is constantly looming in our lives: the Nest thermostat regulates our household temperature, a camera watches our dogs, and technology keeps our houses safe when we’re at work. Link

White House pushes for drone deterrence authority

The Trump administration wants to give federal agencies the right to track and possibly destroy unmanned aircraft over certain domestic facilities and events. .A draft bill would let agencies and law enforcement monitor drone radio communications to determine if the aircraft is a threat to a “covered operation” or facility in the U.S. Link

World’s first robot cop begins duty in Dubai, is way less cool than you’d think

The world’s first robotic cop has joined the Dubai Police. According to Reuters, the automated officer was built by a Barcelona-based robotics company and is part of a government program to supplement all its lazy, sleepy, illness-prone human cops with machines that look like a training dummy mounted to the top of a carpet cleaner. Link

Robots are coming for priests’ jobs, too

The Guardian is raising the question with a story about a robot priest in Wittenberg, Germany. The robot, aptly named BlessU-2, provides blessings in five languages and recite biblical verses, according to the Guardian’s report. Link

Echo who? Google just turned Home into a productivity powerhouse

Google just shattered the limits of what a smart speaker can be — and its once-ho-hum Home product is about to redefine the market.
At the keynote of its Google I/O developers’ conference Wednesday, Google announced a handful of updates to its Google Home smart speaker — and these are no incremental improvements. Link

Blockchain Token Sale Nets $25 Million in Under 15 Minutes

Aragon, a project that creates software to manage companies, has raised $25 million in under 15 minutes late on Wednesday with the sale of its own token, said Luis Cuende, the project’s co-founder.
The proceeds were the second-largest amount received by a start-up operating in the blockchain or distributed ledger space, Cuende said. Link

SAP unveils blockchain service in the cloud

A new Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) product has been launched by SAP at its annual Sapphire event in Orlando, U.S. According to a statement released on Tuesday the “ready-to-use blockchain technology” will sit in the SAP Cloud. Link

Microsoft Makes Windows Play Nice With All Your Other Gadgets

WINDOWS 10 MIGHT be “the last version of Windows,” but Microsoft’s not done updating the thing. This time, rather than improving the built-in Windows apps in the hope that you won’t need so many third-party downloads, Microsoft’s focusing on making Windows 10 a more functional part of your entire gadget ecosystem. Link

Will tiny drones become a must-have for soldiers?

U.S. soldiers are getting another tool to stay a step ahead of the enemy. Aerovironment, a drone supplier for the U.S. military, has introduced a tiny drone that’s designed to be worn on a soldier’s uniform. The Snipe, which weighs about as much as a baseball, can be launched from the palm of one’s hand. It’s designed for close-range surveillance. Link

Humanoid robot Dr NAO assessing ‘patients’ in Tasmanian hospital study

Tasmania’s North-West Regional Hospital is conducting research into whether participants would accept and trust a robot in a care provider role. About 70 healthcare professionals are posing as patients for the study with the robot dubbed Dr. NAO. The robot has been programmed with the basics of medical interaction with patients. Link

The ‘Amazon effect’ will drive autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO says

What’s the relationship between Amazon and autonomous vehicles? Amazon is changing the way products and services are delivered to customers, and so will autonomous vehicles. Amazon has announced Prime Air, a future-looking program in which unmanned aerial vehicles will deliver products in under 30 minutes. Link