Technews Pinboard 489 – Feb 4, 2017

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The merging of humans and machines is happening now | WIRED UK
Her organisation invented the internet. It gave us the self-driving car. And now DARPA’s former boss sees us crossing a new technological boundary

Is a master algorithm the solution to our machine learning problems? | TechCrunch
Machine learning is not new. We have witnessed it since the 1990s, when Amazon introduced a new “recommended for you” section for its users to display more personalized results. When we search for something on Google, machine learning is behind those search results. The “Friends” recommendations or the suggested pages on Facebook or a product recommendation on any e-commerce site all depend on machine learning.

Autonomous Vehicles Makers Report Disengagement Numbers in California | WIRED
The reports, which cover December 2015 to November 2016, leave a lot to be desired—more on that in a moment—but do offer interesting insights. Google’s program, now called Waymo and gearing up for commercial applications, continues outpacing the competition. The company’s cars drove 636,000 miles with just 124 disengagements, a 19 percent drop from 2015. Its fleet logged nearly all those miles on the quiet, suburban streets of Mountain View and its environs, and most of the interventions followed hardware or software discrepancies, when, say, the car’s lidar and camera reported slightly different data.

AT&T Launching Ultra-Fast 5G Networks in 2 US Cities | NewsFactor Network
During its Innovation Summit in San Francisco yesterday, AT&T unveiled plans to begin moving toward 5G wireless Internet services with launches in Austin and Indianapolis in the coming months.

Information Security News

How Florida is helping train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals
There aren’t enough people with the skills and experience to protect us. An analysis of federal data found that more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. went unfilled in 2015. Major cybersecurity companies like Cisco and Symantec have projected that global demand for cyber professionals could grow to 6 million by 2019 – with as many as 1.5 million of those positions going unfilled for lack of qualified candidates

5 shocking new threats to your personal data | Computerworld
These five new trends reveal that your security and privacy could be compromised in ways you probably never imagined.

Social Impact News

A ban on immigration is an attack on Silicon Valley
Almost immediately after President Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven muslim majority countries from entering the US, tech companies have come out in force against it. The ban left hundreds of people detained in airports, even those with green cards. Some were even deported.

What Happens If Net Neutrality Goes Away?
We’ll likely see new business models and video streaming products from the big ISPs if Trump removes net neutrality rules, and upstart content providers could struggle to compete.

Prof: “Can you sue the President based on his tweets? We’re about to find out” | Ars Technica
“It’s quite extraordinary to have the president of the United States staying publicly, repeatedly, that what we are going to try to do is to single out a constitutionally-protected group,” he told Ars. “It’s quite strong evidence and it would be remarkable if the plaintiffs didn’t rely on it.”

Tech Industry News

Snap Is Going Public—Offering Ideas, Not Profits
The company hopes that its disappearing messages, first-person video, and AR will make it seem like an exciting visionary—rather than a loss-maker.

Tech Firms Fear Guest-Worker Programs Are Next Trump Target | NewsFactor Network
The U.S. technology industry spent the weekend pushing back against President Trump’s executive order banning citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Tech companies may have a tougher fight coming, with high stakes for thousands of Puget Sound-area workers: reform of guest-worker visa programs that the likes of Microsoft,, Google and a host of Indian outsourcing firms rely on.

Amazon Increasingly Wants To Be Its Own Deliveryman | NewsFactor Network
Its Monday announcement of a new air cargo hub in Kentucky is merely Amazon’s latest foray into building out its own shipping and logistics unit. If successful, the move could ultimately mean lower costs for Amazon — and possibly faster delivery and low prices for consumers. But it could also pit Amazon against package deliverers like FedEx and UPS.

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