New Orleans OKs Some Police Use of Facial Recognition

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: The New Orleans City Council has reversed itself and approved police use of facial recognition software and cellphone surveillance towers to investigate violent crimes. The ordinance, approved by the...

Roboticists Discover Alternative Physics

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Energy, mass, velocity. These three variables make up Einstein's iconic equation E=MC2. But how did Einstein know about these concepts in the first place? A precursor step to understanding physics is identifying...

In Experiment, AI Successfully Impersonates Famous Philosopher

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: If the philosopher Daniel Dennett was asked if humans could ever build a robot that has beliefs or desires, what might he say? He could answer, "I think that some of the robots we've built already do. If you look...

Eric Schmidt Thinks AI Is As Powerful As Nukes

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt compared AI to nuclear weapons and called for a deterrence regime similar to the mutually-assured destruction that keeps the world's most powerful countries from destroying each...