Samsung said to decide on in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note9 soon

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In-display fingerprint technology though took sometime are finally making their way. Vivo was the first one to introduce and it looks like Samsung might be finally bringing their flagship Galaxy Note9 with an in-display fingerprint sensor and there are reports that say Samsung will take a call on the same by the end of this month.  Though there were conflicting reports about the company bringing an in-display fingerprint sensor, the latest report from the Korea Herald claims that Samsung is going to make a final decision on the in-display fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy Note9 soon. Furthermore, Samsung Display, the division which supplies panels for Samsung devices has said to have prepared three or four solutions to integrate a fingerprint sensor into the display. The report says that both the Samsung display and Samsung Electronics are really considering the inclusion of an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note9. However, the company isn’t decided and is expected to take the call by the end of this month. Some say that Samsung will introduce the in-display fingerprint sensor in order to differentiate its smartphones from the lot. While there are reports that Samsung will skip the technology for this year and push it to …
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Authorities to decide on Apple’s Shazam acquisition on April 23

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Back in December Apple struck a deal to acquire music recognizing service Shazam for $ 400m but the deal was put on hold by the European Commission, pending an investigation. The concern is that Apple will acquire a lot of user data with Shazam, much of it outside of its ecosystem – UK-based Shazam is a global service. Apple has filled a formal request with the EU Commission on Wednesday for the approval of the deal and a deadline of April 23 has been set. The Commission will either approve the deal or commence an additional investigation that could be up to 4 months…

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Yesterday, World Leaders Gathered at a Secretive Meeting to Decide the Fate of AI

Today, top individuals from around the world convened at the World Government Summit to discuss the agenda that should govern the next generation of governments. Yesterday, a select few of these leaders gathered secretive meeting to discuss the guidelines that nations should use as they help their people come to terms with no longer being the only sentient species on the planet.

Of course, this was just one of many topics of discussion. Attendees also discussed the most immediate ways they can implement AI to make our lives better, who should govern AI, and how to navigate the perilous roads ahead.

The event was organized by the AI Initiative from the Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, the UAE’s Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. The goal of the day was a noble one. The closed-door roundtable was intended to lay out guidelines for the global governance of AI — a roadmap for all nations to adopt.

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And it attracted some of the most powerful and influential minds in the world. Representatives from IEEE, OECD, and the U.N. Managers from IBM Watson, Microsoft, Facebook, OpenAI, Nest, Drive.ai, and Amazon AI. Governing officials from Italy, France, Estonia, Canada, Russia, Singapore, Australia, the UAE. The list goes on and on.

Futurism was fortunate enough to have exclusive access to the event.

At times, the room was full of inspiration. At others, I found myself wading through the despair that surrounded me. Yet, even when the conversation turned to topics fraught with the most frustration — like whether or not it’s possible to govern AI research or if humans could ever take power from truly sentient AI — there was hope.

The day is young. The dawn of AI is just beginning. We yet have time.

When H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama opened the day, it was with hope. He addressed the crowd, which included luminaries such as Stuart Russell, Sui Yang Phang, Jaan Tallinn, IBM’s Francesca Rossi, and Amazon’s Anima Anandkuma, saying, “This day is going to change history. Whenever a group of individuals of such diverse backgrounds comes together, great things happen.”

He continued more soberly, noting that the last time the world faced a threat of this consequence, it resulted in the creation of the Manhattan project. But this time, he added, the stakes are higher.

“I’m not trying to be negative, but it has to happen now.”

Throughout the day, the participants reiterated this sentiment: if we do not act now, we lose, and we will lose everything. “I’m not trying to be negative, but it has to happen now,” John C. Havens, Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, noted during one break.

Yet, solutions were elusive. The attendees agreed that history has long shown us it’s impossible to stymie technological and scientific progress. What becomes banned or over-regulated simply relocates to back alleys and hidden rooms. To avoid this, the attendees agreed, the best option seems to be a dual approach: First, nations must incentivize research in areas that provide the most benefit and least risk to society. Second, they must invest heavily in AI research and development. It is thought that, by keeping pace with corporations and innovators, governments will be better positioned to anticipate and prevent any problems along the way.

Once leaders take the time consider, make sense of, and compile all of the findings from yesterday into a report, the hope is that more concrete and actionable steps will emerge.

Though the day itself ended with few clear answers, the attendees were generally positive. “The number of both technical papers and start-up companies has exploded in recent years,” one attendee offered. “It’s amazing. But we’re still pretty small. We see the same faces at all these conferences. We still have a chance to make solutions.”

Cyrus Hodes, Vice President and Director of The AI Initiative, shared this optimism. “Such a gathering has been much needed and will help the international community embrace the enormously positive impact of AI while at the same time getting prepared to mitigate potential downsides.”

There is, of course, much work ahead. To date, there have been many initiatives, and plenty of talk, but no answers. Our future depends on how soon we commit to the search for them. It is a start.

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The internet can’t decide whether it loves or fears the Pyeongchang Olympics’ human-faced sacred bird

NBC isn’t even streaming the Winter Olympics opening ceremony until 8pm ET tonight, but in the time since the event happened live yesterday in Pyeongchang, Korean netizens have made enough fan art and memes out of the ceremony’s man-faced bird that it’s trending nationally on Twitter, and hitting #1 on Yahoo! Japan trending search results.

“인면조,” or Inmyeonjo, literally translates to “human-faced bird.” The trending tag “인면조 너무” translates to “Inmyeonjo is so,” which is a partial sentence people have completed in different ways, including “Inmyeonjo is so scary,” and “Inmyeonjo is so handsome.” People feel very strongly about this animal one way or another, but are divided on whether it’s terrifying:

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Apple to decide location of new campus without public bidding process

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Following comments from CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday, Apple on Thursday confirmed it will not hold a public auction to decide the site of a new U.S. campus that will be built in part using money repatriated from the company’s overseas cash hoard.
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Dutch police decide to retire drone-catching eagles

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The news that Dutch police were planning to use eagles as part of a counter-drone strategy made headlines in 2016. One year on, the program has been abandoned. 

The use of eagles as a countermeasure was never the most convincing way to protect sensitive locations from rogue drones. The most natural response to seeing the birds of prey in action was to wince. Officials have insisted that the eagles were never put in harm’s way, but it turns out there were further complications.

To put it bluntly, eagles don’t always do what they’re told. So it will come as no surprise that Dutch police quickly found that this counter-drone ‘solution’ didn’t reap the results they were hoping to achieve.

According to a report on Dutch news site NOS, practice runs highlighted the fact that the birds had minds of their own and, despite plenty of training, didn’t always carry out instructions to the letter.

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The threat has not materialized

Another reason the program has been abandoned is that Dutch police have deemed it an unnecessary expense. Over the past twelve months, the birds have been present at events in Rotterdam and Brussels. Fortunately, they never saw any action; the threat of a terrorist incident involving a drone is yet to materialize in Europe. 

Another factor in the decision was the mounting cost of raising, training and feeding the predators. The retiring eagles are being sent to a shelter, according to Dutch police, and the experiment is over. 

That said, there are a host of more sophisticated counter drone solutions on the market now. These include Department 13’s Mesmer system, which effectively hacks rogue drones in mid-air and hands control over to security personnel. Kinetic solutions are also under development, such as Drone Defence’s NetGun X1 and the more heavy duty SkyWall from OpenWorks Engineering. 

For sensitive locations such as airports and sports stadiums, drone manufacturer DJI has recently launched Aeroscope, an awareness tool that can be used by law enforcement to track drone pilots who are flying where they shouldn’t. Although passive in nature, it can be used alongside active measures and act as an early warning system.   

Read more: US drone collision study flies in face of UK research

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Supreme Court Will Decide If Privacy Rights Apply to Your Location Data

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today for a case that could potentially have a profound impact on the future of digital privacy.

The case, Carpenter v. United States, is centered around the question of whether the Fourth Amendment — which protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable search and seizure — applies to the location data from smartphones that is routinely gathered by cell service providers. Basically, the case could decide whether law enforcement or other authorities can obtain location data from your smartphone without a warrant.

The case has been ongoing for some time. Timothy Carpenter, the defendant in the case, was a mastermind behind a slew of armed robberies in Michigan and Ohio. Carpenter was arrested in 2011, after authorities were able to gather a large amount of location data without a warrant. Carpenter later appealed, arguing that this location data should be covered under the Fourth Amendment.

But law enforcement officials contend that the warrantless collection of data is legally protected by a principle known as the third-party doctrine. This principle states that information you voluntarily share with “someone else” isn’t protected by the Fourth Amendment, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jennifer Lynch explains.

In other words, because “someone else” is vague, authorities claim that location data is “voluntarily” shared just by using a cell company’s services. And, notably, this is the decision that lower appeals courts have upheld thus far.

On the other hand, the American Civil Liberties Union largely disagree with that assessment. In the words of the ACLU (which is representing Carpenter), the government needs a “good reason” to access this data. Major tech companies, such as Google, Apple and Facebook, also think that the Fourth Amendment should apply to sensitive user data in order to line up “with people’s expectations of privacy in their digital data.”

Now, the Supreme Court seems poised to render what will likely be the final judgment in the case — a decision that could set a precedent for digital privacy in the smartphone age.

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Sharks in AR are either awful or awesome — we can’t decide


An augmented reality app now lets you catch and tame your very own virtual shark, which will follow you around everywhere you go. Judging by my colleagues’ reactions, you’re either going to love this or hate this. The sharks aren’t restricted to the water. Instead, they float over and around you, swimming through the air, and you use bait to draw them near. You can attract a leopard shark for free or pay to unlock the Great White. An in-app photo mode lets you share footage of the weirdest places your shark turns up. One place it might turn up?…

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US & EU decide against banning phones & tablets on flights from Europe

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Officials from the U.S. and the European Union have reportedly decided against a ban on travelers carrying devices like Apple iPads and MacBooks in the cabin while on flights from Europe.
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