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Amazon Listens to Random Echo Owners’ Alexa Commands

April 18, 2019

Amazon employees sometimes listen to voice commands that Echo owners give to Alexa, “Bloomberg” reported. During the Alexa voice review process, a team of Amazon contractors and full-time employees listen to recordings of customers giving instructions to Alexa, for the purposes of improving software algorithms. Do privacy issues have a home on “The Internet of Things?” […]

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Regulations Tighten on Gene Editing of Human Embryos

March 26, 2019

The Chinese government announced regulations requiring research approval for gene editing, “Science Magazine” reported. This statement follows the news that China had produced two genetically-altered babies. We’ve come a long way from blasting radiation at insects. […]

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20 Top Airports to Begin Implementing Facial Scanning

March 21, 2019

Twenty of the top American airports will soon use facial recognition technology to increase security, government documents released to BuzzFeed said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will implement the Biometrics Entry-Exit Program by 2021. Learn more about biometrics and the potential benefits—and risks—they bring. […]

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Major League Baseball May Consider Robotic Umpires

March 4, 2019

Baseball’s trendsetting independent organization, the Atlantic League, may begin using the ball-tracking technology Trackman to call balls and strikes in its games. This automation would regulate the “strike zone” via robotics instead of umpires’ discretion, likely causing the MLB to follow suit. But why do we use robotics? […]

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Why Winter Freeze Is Affecting Our Power Grids

February 6, 2019

During the harshest cold weather this winter, some Midwestern utility companies asked residents to turn down their thermostats to avoid overtaxing the regional electric grid serving the area. But what is the grid and how does it work–and get overworked? […]

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