Menaced by flames, nuclear lab peers into future of wildfire
Public schools were closed and evacuation bags packed this week as a stubborn wildfire crept toward the city of Los Alamos and its companion U.S. national security lab – where assessing apocalyptic threats is a specialty and wildland fire is a beguiling equation.
U.S. civil rights enforcers warn employers against biased AI
The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology used to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws.
2 make deal, leaving just Kim Dotcom facing US extradition
Two men charged by U.S. prosecutors with racketeering and other crimes for their involvement in the once wildly popular file-sharing website Megaupload say they have reached a deal that will see them avoid being extradited to the U.S. in exchange for facing charges in New Zealand.
Your Facebook selfies could end up in a police surveillance database
Social media pictures are also being fed to facial recognition software, bringing the debate over surveillance technology into new territory. “Facial recognition technology can be extremely helpful, and it can also be extremely problematic,” Goldman said. “In general, I don’t think we want to portray facial recognition technology as all bad all the time. (Screenshot | City of Detroit)DPD did not respond to questions about how social media images are used and whether social media photos are retained in its database. Members of the Ann Arbor City Council discussed banning police from using facial recognition technology earlier this year.mlive.com
Archaeologists use new digital technology to uncover mysteries of a church in Jerusalem
The walls of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre are etched with thousands of small crosses, but who made them remains an open question. Archaeologist Amit Re'em analyzed thousands of etchings with new digital technology to try to solve the mystery. Ian Lee reports.cbsnews.com
United Airlines turns to CO2 removal technology to offset emissions
United Airlines is turning to technology that aims to capture carbon dioxide from the air and store it underground to help offset its carbon emissions completely by 2050, a change from offset programs the airline industry and others have traditionally leaned on to reduce their footprints. The company is developing a carbon capture plant in the Permian Basin in Texas. While the coronavirus pandemic has decimated air travel around the world, airlines usually generate around 2% of global carbon emissions. Carriers have used biofuels and carbon offsets, which are purchased in exchange for conserving forests and other projects. "The only way we can truly make a dent in the levels of atmospheric carbon is through direct air capture and sequestration."cnbc.com
CBSN Originals presents "Reverb | A City Under Surveillance"
CBSN Originals presents "Reverb | A City Under Surveillance" The Detroit Police Department is using facial recognition technology and a network of surveillance cameras to combat the city’s high crime rates. But critics say the technology has racial bias built into it and has even landed innocent people behind bars. In this documentary, CBSN Originals explores the debate over high-tech policing that promises to make our communities safer yet at the same time threatens our civil liberties.cbsnews.com