AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE AND ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artificial intelligence is a very powerful tool. And Google is promising that it will use that power only for good. The tech company says it won’t use AI in applications that are related to weapons, surveillance that violates international norms, or that works in ways that go against human rights. Google’s CEO says in a blog post that the company will build AI applications that are “socially beneficial.” The post comes just days after Google confirmed it would not renew a contract with the U.S. military to use AI technology to analyze drone footage.
IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE POLITICAL ADS IN WASHINGTON STATE
SEATTLE (AP) — Google has stopped accepting political ads in Washington state. The decision by the corporate tech giant came yesterday — the same day that changes to Washington state’s campaign-finance reporting rules took effect. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Google, along with Facebook saying the companies aren’t obeying state law on political-ad transparency. In response, Google says it will turn down ads related to ballot measures and state and local elections, and will send notifications to affected advertisers.
ON THE WEB: YOUTUBE ACTOR STABBED TO DEATH
CYBERSPACE (AP) — An actor who appeared in a YouTube crime show has been found stabbed to death in his New York City apartment. Authorities say Tyrone Fleming was found dead Wednesday afternoon. He played Tye Banga on “848,” a web series with nearly 20,000 subscribers. Police say they are investigating the crime.
YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com
IN STORES: AMAZON FIRE TV CUBE
NEW YORK (AP) — All of the TV remote — with few of the TV button mashing. That’s what Amazon is promising with its new streaming TV device. It’s called the Fire TV Cube. And it will let people use their voice to turn the TV on or off, surf through channels or find programming — all without pushing any buttons. Not all the Fire TV Cube’s operations can be controlled by voice, though. Some apps or streaming services require the use of the device’s remote — at least at first. Amazon says it’s working with those services to get them to accept voice commands. The Cube will be available later this month for $120.
Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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