A robot powerhouse in New York and another tech flick in America

Luis Alejandro Amaya E.

Bogota, April 13th. This is the most important tech news of the week in America.

1. “Robocops” in New York

It won’t be the cyborg Alex Murphy from “Robocop” (1987) who moves from Detroit to New York to patrol the streets, but some very special agents will help their human peers keep the streets safe.

These are the K5 security bot, Digidog accessory and StarChase GPS.

Of those three, Digidog has already had a bittersweet experience, being pulled by former Mayor Bill de Blasio after criticism from civil rights advocates.

The K5 is equipped with multiple cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence, allowing it to provide real-time information to customers.

On the other hand, StarChase specializes in pursuits and can even throw in a GPS suction cup that allows for precise locations.

Oh, rec! These robots will not face the dilemmas of “human” Murphy.

2. Beware of Dangerous Goods!

He’s walking down the street, he needs to tell his boss he’s late for work but his cell phone battery is already down to 5% (with 4% face), and suddenly he sees a charging station. You think “Whew! I saved myself.” You may have gotten away with getting kicked, but your device hasn’t been “taken over.”

These days, the FBI recommends against using free charging stations due to the risk of infecting devices with “malware” through the USB port.

According to the FBI, the bad guys have “already figured out how to use public USB ports to introduce ‘malware’ and ‘monitoring software’ onto devices. So it’s best to bring your own charger, a USB cable, and use a power socket.”

Basically, what “malware” does is open access to all data stored on a cell phone.

And all to connect the little cable in a suspicious place. Don’t let this happen to you!

3. An AI with Pulitzer Prize aspirations?

The shells of the artificial intelligence (AI) invasion are dropping in abundance and journalism is in the crosshairs of this technological disruption.

We’ll see how our colleagues at digital media company Insider behave, and they’ll start using AI chatbots like ChatGPT.

A working group will be created initially to test ways to integrate AI into your workflow before implementing a set of rules and practices to use when working with AI in the newsroom.

The team will consist of “tesos” or experts from Insider writing, who will contribute their benchmarks to the information generated by the chatbot.

“ChatGPT is not a journalist. You are responsible for the accuracy, fairness, authenticity, and quality of every word in your stories,” says communication from Insider managers to their writers.

Let’s see if AI wins the Pulitzer.

4- Paraguay is adding more “intelligence” to the fight against corruption

Since human intelligence seems unable to find an exact solution to corruption, let’s give AI a “chance”.

At least, this seems to have been taken into account by the Comptroller General of Paraguay, Camilo Benitez, when presenting a draft to the executive branch in which he proposes the introduction of artificial intelligence to reduce the margins of discretion that open the door to corruption.

To justify its use and bold idea, Benitez met with Paraguayan President Mario Abdou Benitez and Minister of Information Technology and Communications Fernando Saguer.

For AI to do its job of hunting bastards well in the country of Olympia, Cerro Porteño and ukulele, there needs to be intergovernmental cooperation that allows for the digitization of heritage information.

I hope the IAEA will help Paraguay fight this scourge.

5. If you help Russia, zasca!

And this time the blow was taken by Microsoft, which received penalties of $ 3.3 million from the US authorities for violating export control and sanctions laws.

The point is that between 2016 and 2017, the Microsoft subsidiary in Russia had another subsidiary with licensing agreements to sell its software to companies on the US sanctioned entity list.

One of them is Glavgosekspertiza Rossii, which was involved in building the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to Crimea, a Ukrainian region annexed by Moscow in 2014.

This is classic cooperation with the enemy.

Microsoft nodded, said “mea culpa,” pulled out a debit card, and hit the green button.

It is a clear message from the Joe Biden administration: Everyone who cooperates with Vladimir Putin is paying the price.

6. To Canada, from Russia … with love?

And while we’re talking about Putin and his “colleagues,” some of them didn’t fare so well in Canada, attacking the website of the energy company Hydro-Québec, the world’s fourth-largest producer of hydropower.

The Montreal-based company said its website was hit by a denial-of-service attack that blocked access for hours, an action attributed to a Russian group called “NoName057(16)”.

Fortunately, critical Hydro-Québec systems were not affected.

These pro-Kremlin hackers appear to be targeting Canada, as they have also attacked the websites of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, several ports and banks.

This is the front of the digital war.

7. Prepared eggs. The bread is ready. car shipping…

Little by little, vehicles are also being pampered in shopping malls. First it was washing, then express tire service and now electric charging.

Walmart’s plan is to enter major consortia of electric vehicle charging distributors, and by 2030 there will be a charger in every one of its stores.

…and they have 5300!

“Why are you taking so long with the market? I’m holding the car, I’m coming.” EFE

no / eat / mf


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