Category: Science & Technology

Quadriplegic man’s arm and hand brought back to life by thought-control tech

A quadriplegic man has had his right arm and hand brought back to life with the help of thought-control technology. Bill Kochevar, 56, was paralysed below his shoulders in a cycling accident eight years ago but can now grasp and lift objects after having two pill-sized electrodes implanted in his brain. The electrodes record the activity of brain neurons to generate signals that tell another device to stimulate muscles in the paralysed limb. During trials held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr Kochevar raised a mug of water to his lips and drank from a straw....

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Twitter Now Censoring Search Terms, Offers No Transparency and Mixed Results

Twitter has upped its censorship game and is now blocking certain terms from showing up on the platform’s built-in search engine. The added filters are part of the company’s plans to reduce harassment on the service. Some of these filters were deployed earlier this month when users were given the option to mute certain types of accounts. As with previous efforts to convert Twitter into a “safe space,” free from wrongthink and uncomfortable opinions, the company that once branded itself as the “free speech wing of the free speech party” has offered little transparency on the terms it filters...

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Twitter Ends more than 636,000 accounts since 2015 to tackle extremism

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had stepped up efforts to rid its social network of posts from users advocating political or religious violence, and was increasingly using software to find them rather than relying on reports from users or governments. U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to fight harder against online radicalization, particularly by Islamist groups that advocate violent activity. As part of its semiannual “transparency report,” Twitter said it suspended some 377,000 accounts during the final six months of 2016 for “violations related...

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Apple CEO Says “Globalization is Great for the World”

Apple CEO Tim Cook, declaring that globalization is “great for the world,” announced at the China Development Forum 2017 last week that the company will spend $507 million to open two additional research centers in the People’s Republic of China. The Wall Street Journal reported that Tim Cook spoke for an hour at the Beijing’s prestigious Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, which features 18 opulent villas that are offered at up to $50,000 per night. He told attendees that globalization in general is “great for the world.” Cook did acknowledge that the benefits of globalization are not evenly distributed within countries. But he emphasized...

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Police to Use Drones to Pursue Criminals and Missing Persons

The first 24-hour police drone unit is to be launched in the UK, amid fears that forces may have to rely on them because of falling officer numbers. The ‘flying squad’ will pursue suspects, find missing people and help solve murders. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, national spokesman on drones, predicted forces across Britain would soon be using them as they are cheaper than helicopters and can perform some duties of bobbies on the beat. But the move has prompted privacy concerns and warnings that the technology should ‘never be an excuse to cut officers’. Devon and Cornwall Police...

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