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‘People who use various medical devices, such as pacemakers, insulin pumps and MRI systems, already have enough to be concerned with just in terms of dealing with their medical conditions. But on top of that, now they also need to deal with the issue of cybersecurity vulnerabilities that affect these devices and that have been admitted by the FDA.

Not just the computer systems of large corporations, governments and financial organizations are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The FDA is now admitting that medical devices, and in turn the patients who use them, could be victims of hacking.’

Read more: FDA admits cybersecurity vulnerabilities in pacemakers, insulin pumps and MRI systems

Carnival, which operates more than 100 ships worldwide under 10 brands, unveiled its ambitious technology initiative on Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In a keynote speech, Arnold W. Donald, Carnival’s chief executive, announced that the system — an app called Ocean Compass paired with a quarter-size so-called smart medallion that can be carried in a pocket or worn as jewelry — will arrive on the company’s Princess Cruises fleet this year.

Read more: Coming to Carnival Cruises: A Wearable Medallion That Records Your Every Whim

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‘A game-changing technological innovation for the blind has been developed by a tech startup, Eyra. The wearable assistant, Horus, consists of a headset with cameras and a pocket processor with battery. Horus utilizes the same technology that enables auto-drive cars and drones to navigate. Here we share good news regarding the application of artificial intelligence, versus warnings of cyborg soldiers and job-stealing robots.

From Eyra’s website Horus.tech, “Horus is a wearable device that observes, understands and describes the environment to the person using it, providing useful information with the right timing and in a discreet way using bone conduction. Horus is able to read texts, to recognize faces, objects and much more.’

Read more: Company works to use ‘computer vision’ to help the visually impaired see

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‘It likely seems Orwellian to most Americans, but apparently some Japanese are okay with it: One city in the Asian nation has launched a unique program to help keep track of senior citizens who have a tendency to become lost…tagging their fingers and toes with scan-able barcodes.

As reported by Agence France Presse, a firm based in Iruma, located north of Tokyo, developed minute nail stickers, each one carrying a unique identifier that helps concerned families locate missing loved ones, according to the city’s social welfare office.

The QR-coded, adhesive seals for nails, which are part of a free service that has only recently been launched—and is a first in Japan—measure only one centimeter (0.4 inches) in size. “Being able to attach the seals on nails is a great advantage,” one city employee told AFP. “There are already ID stickers for clothes or shoes but dementia patients are not always wearing those items.”’

Read more: Japan tags senior citizens with scan-able barcodes to tackle their problem of elderly people ‘gone missing’

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‘A newly-opened eatery in Manhattan incorporates a futuristic take on a not-so-new concept in providing fresh, healthy and relatively inexpensive vegetarian meals to the public.

Eatsa is a modern, high-tech version of the automated lunch counter – an innovation first introduced to New Yorkers over a century ago. The restaurant employs no waiters or cashiers; customers order and pay for their food at an iPad kiosk. Moments later, a meal appears in an individual cubbyhole with an LED display of the appropriate customer’s name on its clear glass screen.

The meals are all vegetarian and quinoa-based. Customers can select a 12- or 16-ounce bowl of quinoa with various toppings based on eight customizable flavor themes such as “No Worry Curry,” “Burrito Bowl” or “Hummus & Falafel,” and there’s the option to build one’s own bowl.’

Read more: New automated restaurant with no servers or cashiers opens in NYC

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‘Six years ago, NBC Nightly News boldly predicted that all Americans would be fitted with RFID microchips by the year 2017. Though at the time, NBC’s prediction seemed far-fetched, the House recently passed a bill that would bring a micro-chipped populace closer to reality before year’s end.

Last Thursday, the House passed HR 4919, also known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, which would allow the US attorney general to award grants to law enforcement for the creation and operation of “locative tracking technology programs.” Though the program’s mission is to find “individuals with forms of dementia or children with developmental disabilities who have wandered from safe environments,” it provides no restriction on the tracking programs inclusion of other individuals.

The bill would also require the attorney general to work with the secretary of health and human services and unnamed health organizations to establish the “best practices” for the use of tracking devices.’

Read more: House Passes Bill Allowing Government to Microchip Citizens with ‘Mental Disabilities’

 

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‘The latest in population control technology is being unveiled in Singapore, where the elderly are now being used as human guinea pigs in a collaborative trial to see how effectively humans can be tracked using wireless sensor technology. According to The Straits Times, two senior studio apartments have already been equipped with the technology, including the installation of seven small sensors strategically placed throughout the premises that actively monitor the whereabouts of the seniors who live there.

Every time Madam Ng Siew Eng, one of the participating elderly patients, leaves her house, her caretakers and family members are able to track her whereabouts thanks to a special device attached to her house keys. This device communicates remotely with a server that keeps tabs on her every move, that way if someone is needing to find her they can do so in real time, should an unexpected emergency occur.’

Read more: First generation human detection software already being used on the elderly

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‘A bill meant to help those with developmental disabilities would allow government agencies to locate people with tracking devices, which has some concerned the measure gives the federal government too much authority and power…

…The legislation would permit the Justice Department to award grants to law enforcement agencies and non-profits for training and tracking devices to find individuals with autism or seniors with Alzheimer’s who have wandered away…

…The bill has garnered the support of Democrats who say it would promote public safety and address the critical need of being able to locate these individuals.

However, some are concerned the measure goes too far. The bill’s original language authorized the Attorney General to insert tracking chips into individuals involuntarily.’

Read more: Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices

 

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‘There is a longstanding debate among artificial intelligence experts and futurists: When, not if, AI emerges on the scene, will it help humanity or destroy it? The scenario has played out through innumerable iterations in popular culture, the most popular being The Terminator series. Steven Spielberg, riffing on the film Stanley Kubrick was going to direct before his death, presented the counterpoint, espousing a benevolent vision of AI in A.I. Then there are more nuanced, ambiguous iterations, like the recent Ex Machina.

New advances in algorithmic artificial intelligence, deep learning software, automation, and nanotechnology have made it abundantly clear that Ray Kurzweil’s vision of the Singularity may also be not an if, but when. In fact, responding to Kurzweil’s prediction of a cloud-based neocortex in the 2030s, entrepreneur Bryan Johnson of Braintree said, “Oh, I think it will happen before that.”’

Read more: Researchers On The Verge Of Creating Artificial Intelligence/Human Hybrids

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