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‘At the recent unveiling of their newest iPhone models, Apple bragged about their use of face-reading artificial intelligence (AI). The phones will use the technology in place of fingerprint readers and numeric passcodes to unlock them, and Apple claims the Face ID system is so smart that it can even identify people when they are wearing masks. However, the approach is drawing a lot of scrutiny from those who feel it infringes too much on their privacy. Some experts are pointing out just how far face-reading AI can go – and it’s a very scary prospect.

Stanford University Data Scientist and Psychologist Dr. Michal Kosinski says that such programs will be capable not only of reading your face for authentication purposes but also of determining your sexual orientation. He also believes that algorithms will soon be able to determine whether people have certain personality traits or are predisposed to criminal behavior based on their faces.’

Read more: Latest face-reading AI will detect your IQ, sexual orientation and political beliefs

‘Robots may take four million British jobs in the private sector within the next decade, some business leaders believe.

Those surveyed for by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts said 15 per cent of all jobs were under threat.

The most vulnerable fields are finance and accounting, transportation and distribution, manufacturing and marketing and public relations, the survey found.

But the research was not all doom and gloom, noting that technological advance creates new jobs, partly because increased productivity reduces prices freeing up consumers to spend money elsewhere in the economy.

The RSA added that AI and robotics will mostly automate individual tasks rather than replace whole jobs.’

Read more: Robots could take four MILLION British jobs in the private sector within the next decade, business leaders warn

‘The CIA has its own investment capital firm called “In-Q-Tel,” and it’s been funding innovative tech firms for years. This is both good news and bad. One the one hand, it allows the CIA to invest in technologies they deem useful for the intelligence community; however, some of these technologies are a little creepy when it comes to personal space and privacy.

In-Q-Tel has the ability to reach deep into the pockets of the U.S. government’s Black Budget, which is pretty hefty given that the Washington Post reported that a staggering $52.6 billion was set aside for Black Budget operations in fiscal year 2013. If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Budget program, that’s not very surprising; the entire point of the program is to keep these funds and the programs within it top secret.

Though these investments are much smaller than the total Black Budget spendings, amounting from somewhere between $500K and $2 million per investment as per a 2005 story in Washington Post, they’re still strategic contributions made in hopes of using the technology in the future.’

Read more: 14 Cutting Edge Firms Funded By The CIA

‘From “smart” appliances as big as a refrigerator to something as small as a “smart” salt shaker, your seemingly harmless “smart” appliances could be a threat to national security.

According to a Daily Mail report, Colorado senators claimed that “smart” devices or devices connected to the Internet could risk natural security.

A group of bipartisan senators is sponsoring a bill to make the Internet of Things (IoT) — devices with computer chips and sensors that are connected to the internet — safer.

Senator Cory Scott Gardner (Republican from Colorado) told CBS Denver that these devices could be used as weapons of mass destruction, as mentioned in The Daily Mail article. “The federal government orders billions of dollars worth of IoT devices each and every year,” Gardner said.

In addition, he said that these are things that can be hacked into, and systems and instruments can be controlled using these. “You can certainly read what people are doing and maybe even eavesdrop on a conversation people are having,” Gardner said.’

Read more: Could your coffee maker be a weapon of mass destruction? ‘Smart’ appliances could become a national security risk

‘First it was pilotless drones. Soon it could be driverless cars. And if the tech firms involved with their development are successful in achieving their goals, it will eventually be unmanned “ghost” ships as well that, according to new reports, could add yet another logistical mode of transfer to the human-less product delivery lineup.

Set to be unveiled by as early as 2020, unmanned ghost ships are the latest concept to hit the automation world. With many land-based automated delivery options already in the works, the natural next step is to pursue sea-based delivery methods that utilize water to get products where they need to go faster and more efficiently.

Christian Matthews, head of maritime technology at Liverpool John Moores University, recently published a piece in The Conversation explaining how the first automated cargo ship is already being developed for a Norwegian agricultural fertilizer company. If all goes according to plan, the vessel will sail on the open seas in less than three years.’

Read more: Roads are too restrictive: Unmanned ghost ships are next on the automation radar

‘Watch out: Your gadgets are smarter than you are, and it may be endangering you. We human beings have always fancied ourselves as the apex organisms of this planet. Going by our accomplishments in technology, infrastructure, and the like, it certainly seemed to have been that way for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. We’ve done all we can to make our lives as comfortable and as convenient as possible, and because of that, we could very easily lose our spot at the top of the food chain. Face the facts: our ever-growing reliance on technology is going to bump us down a few notches.

One recent article by law and technology scholar Joshua A.T. Fairfield serves as a grim reminder of how far technology has come, how much we’re lagging behind, and how badly it can cost us. Fairfield wrote about how “Internet of things” devices, or Internet-connected devices, have become so prevalent that they can be anything from vacuum cleaners to erotic massage devices. In order to accomplish what they were built to do, these products require our personal information — personal information that their manufacturers have easy access to.’

Read more: Watch out: Your gadgets are smarter than you are, and it’s moving you down the food chain

‘Apple’s new Face ID feature, which will let people unlock the forthcoming iPhone X by simply looking at it, has left some feeling deeply unsettled.

The new technology uses a series of sensors and cameras on the front of the phone to map and learn its owners face over time. The company has lauded the new technology is the ‘future of how we unlock iPhones and protect sensitive information’.

During Apple’s keynote event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, yesterday, Phil Schiller, the company’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing , attempted to preempt fears about Face ID by saying only works when a user’s eyes are open.

He also said the facial data the iPhone X collects is only stored on the device and not a server.

Yet people were quick to express discomfort about the idea of giving Apple the digital blueprint of their face.’

Read more: Four creepy things your smartphone is quietly recording about you

‘Framingham, Massachusetts-based market intelligence provider IDC Health Insights, in its recently published report on artificial intelligence and cognitive computing adoption in the Asia/Pacific titled IDC Peerscape: Cognitive/AI Practices for Healthcare in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan), stated the best possible healthcare solutions that hospitals and health insurance companies all around the Asia-Pacific countries should adopt.

“Hospitals will not just use AI/Cognitive for automation or accuracy anymore. Implementation will aim to augment the low availability of healthcare specialists in the region. Emerging solutions are already helping hospitals improve on medical image diagnoses using deep learning and allowing for large scale diagnostic efforts with minimal human inputs,” said Health Insights Asia/Pacific research manager Ashwin Moduga.’

Read more: Doctors about to be replaced by hospital AI systems offering better diagnosis and less arrogance