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Oct 10, 2021

The Security Challenge Of Protecting Smart Cities

Posted by in categories: government, security

Creating and building a “Secure Smart City” requires strong Private Public Partnerships that incorporate people, policies, processes and technology from both government and industry into the overall strategy process.

Oct 9, 2021

AI Weekly: EU facial recognition ban highlights need for U.S. legislation

Posted by in categories: food, government, information science, law enforcement, privacy, robotics/AI, security, terrorism

This week, The European Parliament, the body responsible for adopting European Union (EU) legislation, passed a non-binding resolution calling for a ban on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in public places. The resolution, which also proposes a moratorium on the deployment of predictive policing software, would restrict the use of remote biometric identification unless it’s to fight “serious” crime, such as kidnapping and terrorism.

The approach stands in contrast to that of U.S. agencies, which continue to embrace facial recognition even in light of studies showing the potential for ethnic, racial, and gender bias. A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that 10 branches including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, and Homeland Security plan to expand their use of facial recognition between 2020 and 2023 as they implement as many as 17 different facial recognition systems.

Commercial face-analyzing systems have been critiqued by scholars and activists alike throughout the past decade, if not longer. The technology and techniques — everything from sepia-tinged film to low-contrast digital cameras — often favor lighter skin, encoding racial bias in algorithms. Indeed, independent benchmarks of vendors’ systems by the Gender Shades project and others have revealed that facial recognition technologies are susceptible to a range of prejudices exacerbated by misuse in the field. For example, a report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology details how police feed facial recognition software flawed data, including composite sketches and pictures of celebrities who share physical features with suspects.

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Oct 9, 2021

TSMC and Sony considering joint chip factory, Japan gov’t to help —Nikkei

Posted by in categories: computing, government

Taiwan’s TSMC and Japan’s Sony Group Corp are considering jointly building a chip factory in Japan, with the government ready to pay for some of the investment of about 800 billion yen ($7.15 billion), the Nikkei reported on Friday, October 8 2021. (

WORLD’S LARGEST CHIPMAKER TO RAISE PRICES, THREATENING COSTLIER ELECTRONICS

Both Sony and TSMC declined to comment. But TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker and major Apple Inc supplier had said in July that it was reviewing a plan to set up production in Japan.

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Oct 8, 2021

The Chinese government is developing biological weapons that can attack DNA | CLIP | Crossroads

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government

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Oct 8, 2021

Merck Sells Federally Financed Covid Pill to U.S. for 40 Times What It Costs to Make

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, health

A FIVE-DAY COURSE of molnupiravir, the new medicine being hailed as a “huge advance” in the treatment of Covid-19, costs $17.74 to produce, according to a report (pdf) issued last week by drug pricing experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and King’s College Hospital in London. Merck is charging the U.S. government $712 for the same amount of medicine, or 40 times the price. (taxpayer funded mind you)


The Covid-19 treatment molnupiravir was developed using funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

Oct 7, 2021

World’s First Robot Citizen Sophia Said She Wants To Have A Baby

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

Okay…very odd indeed.


As already mentioned, the Saudi Arabian Government officially granted Sophia citizenship in 2017. She is the first and only robot to be an official citizen of a country. Her citizenship sparked some controversy, and not just from people who don’t think robots deserve rights. Rather, many people pointed out the contrast to women’s rights in the country.

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Oct 7, 2021

Coronavirus report warned of impact on UK four years before pandemic

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, health, surveillance

Exclusive: Report from planning exercise in 2016 alerted government of need to stockpile PPE and set up contact tracing system.

Oct 6, 2021

How the world’s biggest brain maps could transform neuroscience

Posted by in categories: government, mapping, neuroscience

The largest projects started in 2,013 when the US government and the European Commission launched ‘moonshot’ efforts to provide services to researchers that will help to crack the mammalian brain’s code. They each poured vast resources into large-scale systematic programmes with different goals. The US effort — which is estimated to cost US$6.6 billion up until 2027 — has focused on developing and applying new mapping technologies in its BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative (see ‘Big brain budgets’). The European Commission and its partner organizations have spent €607 million ($703 million) on the Human Brain Project (HBP), which is aimed mainly at creating simulations of the brain’s circuitry and using those models as a platform for experiments.


Scientists around the world are working together to catalogue and map cells in the brain. What have these huge projects revealed about how it works?

Oct 5, 2021

Larry Curley — Executive Director — The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, government, life extension

Comprehensive health, social services and economic well-being for american indian and alaska native elders — larry curley, executive director, national indian council on aging.


Mr. Larry Curley is Executive Director of The National Indian Council on Aging (https://www.nicoa.org/), a 501©(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association who called for a national organization focused on the needs of aging American Indian and Alaska Native elders. The mission of NICOA is to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services and economic well-being for American Indian and Alaska Native elders.

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Oct 3, 2021

Elon Musk WARNED Everyone China No Longer Playing Games 🚫

Posted by in categories: business, computing, Elon Musk, government, military, sustainability

How true?


Elon Musk reiterated Tesla’s commitment to China, stating that the company will continue to invest in the country. Musk made his announcement at a pre-recorded question-and-answer session at China’s Cyberspace Administration’s Global Digital Conference. Musk has hailed the country that is vital to his electric vehicle company for the second time this month, calling it as a “global leader in digitalization.” As per Mr. Musk’s comments made during another pre-recorded webcast at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress less than two weeks earlier, Chinese automakers were the “most internationally competitive.” Musk was enthusiastic in his praise for the nation that is vital to Tesla’s electric vehicle business, and his remarks came as the company works to repair its image in China. Musk stated, “I have a lot of respect for the various Chinese automakers who are driving these (EV) technologies.” Musk stated Chinese carmakers are among the best at software, which he claims will “shape the future of the vehicle industry” during his three-minute speech. “My honest view is that China invests a lot of resources and efforts adopting the latest digital technologies in various areas, including the automotive industry,” Musk said in a recent video. China has become a global leader in digitalization in the vehicle industry.” “Tesla will continue to boost its investment and research and development efforts in China.” However, negative coverage of Tesla has also grown in China over the last year. In one high-profile case, a woman claiming to be a Tesla customer protested an apparent brake failure in her car at the Shanghai auto show in April. Tesla was accused of having an “arrogant and aggressive approach” in China, according to official media, after a video of the incident went viral on Chinese social media. But now, Tesla has been attempting to repair its image in China following a barrage of negative headlines. The corporation has been under governmental scrutiny for its privacy practises, as well as several recalls in China. Some state and military employees are apparently restricted from driving Tesla electric vehicles. Musk emphasized data protection in his speech and outlined the many types of data that are stored locally. “At Tesla, we’re pleased to see a bustle of fresh laws and regulations targeted at enhancing data handling,” Musk remarked. In the past, the corporation is said to have broken ground on a big Shanghai facility. According to Reports, Tesla sold 44,264 Made-in-China automobiles by August 2021. There were 31,379 for export, which marked an increase over July’s 32,968 made-in-China automobiles sold and June’s 33,155 units sold. Local EV firms like Xpeng Inc., Li Auto Inc., and Nio Inc. are also posing a threat to Tesla in China. Last month, shipments of China-made cars to domestic purchasers increased, and exports from the company’s Shanghai factory — largely to Europe — increased. As a result, Tesla’s overall China shipments increased 34% from July to 44,264 units in August. According to sources, Tesla momentarily suspended some tasks at its Shanghai factory last month due to a global shortfall of semiconductors. Because of a shortage of crucial chips, a portion of a production line at the China plant was shut down for nearly four days in August. Tesla created a data centre in China to contain all of the data generated by our businesses there, which include manufacturing, sales, service, and charging. All personally identifying information is kept secure in China and is never sent abroad. Data is only permitted for international transfer in very rare instances, such as spare parts orders from overseas.” Tesla is acting in response to new Chinese government regulations governing how carmakers with cameras and sensors collect and use data. Tesla also said in a statement that it was “glad to hold discussions with industry experts” regarding new data security requirements for automobiles in the country. “Data security in automobiles is critical. Tesla will make every effort to maintain data security by implementing automotive data security management.”

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