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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday July 31st, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|t||Microsoft has stopped development of its WordFlow keyboard for iOS. The Microsoft Garage page for WordFlow directs users to download Microsoft-owned SwiftKey as an alternative.||https://www.windowscentral.com/microsofts-word-flow-keyboard-ios-no-more|
|v||HBO said Monday that attackers had stolen data including upcoming programming. Entertainment Weekly reports the theft includes a script for an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-hbo-idUSKBN1AG269|
|t||US District Judge Lucy Koh ruled late Friday that iPhone 4 and 4S users may bring a nationwide class action claim against Apple for disabling FaceTime in the older models. Apple disabled FaceTime on iOS 6 and older systems in April 2014.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-lawsuit-facetime-idUSKBN1AG1PJ|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||AMD announced the RX Vega high-performance graphics cards launch August 14. The Radeon RX Vega 64 sells for $499 and the RX Vega 56 for $399. There’s also a version of the 64 with an aluminum shroud for $599 and water-cooled 64 for $699. The cards are followups to the Fury graphics cards and positioned as affordable alternatives to the Nvidia GTX 1080 and 1070.||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/07/amd-rx-vega-64-56-specs-price-release-date/|
|v||Developer Steve Troughton-Smith found references to the next iPhone in early firmware released for the forthcoming Apple HomePod. References to infrared face detection appeared in the BiometriKit framework currently used for TouchID. References are made to a device called D22 with a glyph that makes it look as if it will be the next iPhone.||https://www.macrumors.com/2017/07/30/homepod-firmware-face-detection/|
|t||An Australian robot called Cartman won the 2017 Amazon Robotics challenge. Robots had to sort items into and out of boxes. The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision’s Cartman used a sliding mechanism that picked up items from above rather than using a robotic arm. Cartman cost less than AUS$30,000 to make which was one of the least expensive robots in the competition.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40774385|
|v||Honolulu has instituted a fine for pedestrians caught looking at their phone while crossing the street, starting October 25. Fines start at $15 up to $99 for repeat offenders. Honolulu has a high incidence of crosswalk impacts.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/30/honolulu-bans-phone-use-at-crosswalks/|
|t||A group of bitcoin entrepreneurs and developers are planning a fork of the BitCoin blockchain to be called BitCoin Cash, starting next week. The group wants to speed up how bitcoin transactions are processed by allowing for blocks of transactions larger than a megabyte. Core developers of Bitcoin oppose the change, saying it would reduce the number of people capable of processing transactions and allow companies to take control of the network.The core plan, called Segregated Witness or SegWit, could speed up transactions without changing the block size, but the Bitcoin Cash group does not believe it’s fast enough. Current holders of Bitcoins would also hold an equivalent amount of BitCoin Cash at the moment of any split. The Next Web recommends removing BitCoins from exchanges into a private wallet and avoiding transactions until the future of BitCoin is more certain.||https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/07/31/bitcoin-split-4-scenarios/#.tnw_LcaPsnDU|
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|AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?||https://www.fastcodesign.com/90132632/ai-is-inventing-its-own-perfect-languages-should-we-let-it|
|Facebook kills AI that invented its own language because English was slow | PC Gamer||http://www.pcgamer.com/facebook-kills-ai-that-invented-its-own-language-because-english-was-slow/|
|On July 14, Mark Wilson wrote up a story on Fast Company about AI research at Facebook.|
It has slowly percolated across the Net as news that Facebook had to shut down an AI after it developed a language humans couldn’t understand.
Dhruv Batra, visiting research scientist from Georgia Tech at Facebook AI Research (FAIR) told Fast Company they did not program a reward for sticking to English.
Mike Lewis at FAIR said they changed the program to require English because “Our interest was having bots who could talk to people,”
They were running a generative adversarial network where two AI’s compete to get the best deal.
The agents started generating codewords for themselves. This is not a new phenomenon as made clear in links to three studies in the Fast Co story.
The story raises the interesting question of whether machine to machine language should be allowed. It is more efficient, but humans can’t understand it.
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|Re: AMAZON Hub, Renard writes, UPS has been doing the exact same type of thing. They did reference there are others doing this, but it seems as if anything coming out of AMAZON is too often thought of as the first to do this. They don't usually reinvent the wheel.||Roger's reply: |
UPS Access Point lockers are great and super handy. While UPS and Amazon as well have been rolling out storage lockers in public places for sometime I disagree that they are same thing. Amazon's Hub initiative is directed at placing storage lockers within apartment buildings or housing complexes.
Regardless of how convenient heading to a local store or business to take a package out of a locker its not nearly as convenient as heading down to the lobby of your apt building or condo complex to grab your package. Especially if you don't have a car.
|Hi Tom and cohorts|
I was listening to the show last week where you were discussing the use of fingerprints as the only factor of authentication and identification while travelling through airports, and this made me think of bio-hacking.
You said that if a fingerprint became compromised, this authentication factor could never be updated/changed like a password, and you only have 9 changes you could make (realistically this is fewer than 9, given you'd probably be asked to enrol multiple fingerprints).
In the world of multifactor authentication, there are three types of factors: something you know (e.g. password), something you have (e.g. RSA token, smartcard, yubikey, etc), and something you are (e.g. fingerprint, iris etc).
I would suggest this is an area where bio-hacking could really be the way forward. Although the idea of having a chip inserted in my hand feels somewhat gruesome to me, the token that is inserted could be considered as changing factor type from something you have to something you are once it becomes part of your body. It's sufficiently difficult to remove in order to impersonate identity, but it is sufficiently easy to replace (or perhaps recycle the token ID via RF) should it become compromised. Coupled with something you know, to provide that crucial second factor, this would provide the surety to the authorities that you are who you say you are when you're travelling.
Love the show, keep up the good work.
(from equally sunny and rainy Nottingham, UK)
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