12/12/2019

Consumer & Gadgets

Locking down your smart home with blockchain

The concept of the smart home has been around for many decades, but it is only in recent years with the advent of the so-called "internet of things," IoT, that meters and monitoring, cameras, locking systems, heating systems, ...

Security

Researchers call for harnessing, regulation of AI

Artificial intelligence appears to be "widening inequality," and its deployment should be subject to tough regulations and limits, especially for sensitive technologies such as facial recognition, a research report said Thursday.

Business

Australia stops short of major clampdown on Facebook, Google

Australia's government on Thursday announced a new taskforce to monitor the actions of tech giants such as Facebook and Google but stopped short of a major clampdown recommended by the country's consumer watchdog.

Engineering

Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

To meet the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change—keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and ideally capping it at 1.5 C—humanity will ultimately need to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse ...

Software

Google engineers raise the flag on AR depth, seek builders

So, a smartphone camera is just good for taking snapshots? Don't bring such talk to Google's augmented reality engineers. Blending the real and the virtual—-and winning special props for blending the real with the virtual—is ...

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