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Google buys military robotics company Boston Dynamics, eighth robotics firm bought in past 6 months

Google buys military robotics company Boston Dynamics, eighth robotics firm bought in past 6 months

By End the Lie Google is moving into the robotics field at a rapid pace, with eight robotics firms purchased in just 6 months, the latest being military robotics contractor Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics is well known for their military robotics work, including many projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Boston Dynamics […]

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Amazon CEO says plans to deliver small packages via drones ‘will happen’ despite massive hurdles

Amazon CEO says plans to deliver small packages via drones ‘will happen’ despite massive hurdles

By End the Lie Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Amazon “Prime Air” on Sunday, which is his company’s plan to deliver small packages to consumers via drones. Bezos expressed his confidence on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, telling Charlie Rose that it “will work, and it will happen,” even though many legal obstacles remain in the […]

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Motorola patents electronic tattoo that acts as a ‘mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display’

Motorola patents electronic tattoo that acts as a ‘mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display’

By End the Lie Motorola, now owned by Google, has applied for a patent for technology that seems like complete science fiction: an electronic tattoo to be placed on a person’s neck that acts as a “mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display.” This makes Motorola’s stomach acid-powered tablet that turns your body into a […]

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Device capable of disabling car and boat engines from 50 meters away in under three seconds unveiled

Device capable of disabling car and boat engines from 50 meters away in under three seconds unveiled

By End the Lie A new radio-beam device has been unveiled that can disable car and boat engines from up to 50 meters away in under three seconds and can be operated from a mobile platform or at a fixed location. Devices capable of remotely disabling electronics are nothing new, given that devices capable of […]

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Two new studies link exposure to BPA, phthalates to reproductive issues in both sexes, miscarriage risk

Two new studies link exposure to BPA, phthalates to reproductive issues in both sexes, miscarriage risk

By End the Lie Two new recently presented studies show a link between BPA and phthalates, both common chemicals, and serious reproductive risks in both men and women. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) FDA refused to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) from food packaging, despite major health concerns that have only become worse with […]

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Facebook wants to use artificial intelligence to better understand what you post, predict online actions

Facebook wants to use artificial intelligence to better understand what you post, predict online actions

By End the Lie Facebook is reportedly now conducting research on “deep learning” artificial intelligence technology to allow better analysis of the data captured from the social network’s 1 billion users, though details of the experiments remain secret. This new project is just one of many ways Facebook is on the cutting edge of technology, […]

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Google launches Calico, new company to place bets on cutting edge to radically extend human life spans

Google launches Calico, new company to place bets on cutting edge to radically extend human life spans

By End the Lie Google has launched a new company called Calico reportedly aimed at radically extending the human lifespan and solving aging-related diseases, a further move by the company into realms unrelated to Internet technology. It is also a sign that the company has similar goals to those of Ray Kurzweil, their director of […]

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Contract reveals NSA paid French hacking company unknown sum in 2012 to develop software exploits

Contract reveals NSA paid French hacking company unknown sum in 2012 to develop software exploits

By End the Lie A recently released contract reveals that the National Security Agency (NSA) paid a French hacking company an unknown amount of money in 2012 for a 12-month subscription to a “binary analysis and exploits service.” The contract, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, shows firm proof of the massive malware […]

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NIST says it did not ‘deliberately weaken’ encryption standards to help NSA undermine Internet security

NIST says it did not ‘deliberately weaken’ encryption standards to help NSA undermine Internet security

By End the Lie In response to last week’s widespread reports revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) spends huge sums in an effort to “covertly influence” companies and crack encryption, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has denied its reported role in the scheme. The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica […]