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US Gov. to Hold Summit to Discuss How to Fight Ebola With Robots, Drones

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Having caused more than 4,500 deaths, the Ebola virus has devastated West Africa and terrified the rest of the word. As the virus continues to spread, the need for research and relief is becoming even more crucial.

In November, the U.S. will hold a summit between government officials and roboticists to deliberate the role robots and drones can play in the fight against Ebola. Read More

Privacy is Dead

Government Perfects Crowd-Scanning Facial Recognition Tech for Use by Your Local Cops

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The federal government is perfecting software that will be able to pick suspects out of a crowd through facial recognition, and while we’re sure it’ll prove itself very useful for finding terrorists, it’s kind of horrifying all the same–especially since they might make it available for use by your neighborhood police.

The crowd-scanning project is called the Biometric Optical Surveillance System, the New York Times reports, and will be known as BOSS, because if there’s one thing our government loves more than chipping away at our privacy, it’s hyper-masculine acronyms. Read More

Privacy Police

Feds Claim They Don’t Need a Probable-Cause Warrant to Track You via Your Cell Signal

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If you were somehow tricked into thinking you still had any semblance of privacy in our great nation, please think again. Wired reports that the federal government has stated that you have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” when it comes to location data transmitted by your cell phone, thus giving them the right to review your location history without a warrant. Read More