The race to build the world’s first sex robot

In the Realbotix room in California, I asked McMullen if he had ever considered that there could be something ethically dubious about being able to own someone that exists just for your own pleasure. “She’s not a someone. She is a machine,” he replied immediately. “I could just as easily ask you is it ethically dubious to force my toaster to make my toast.” McMullen of course knows that the ethical debate is not about robot rights, but the human fallout from being able to buy a completely selfish relationship. But that’s a harder question to address.

Either he is making a lifelike, idealised proxy girlfriend, a substitute woman that socially isolated men can connect with emotionally and physically – something he himself described as “not a toy” – or he is making an appliance, a sex object.

Trump created 50,000 jobs in Mexico

The Mexican Automotive Bulletproofing Association issued a statement Wednesday saying it wants to take advantage of returning migrants’ “experience and knowledge of the automotive industry.”

The association is part of a broader industry group that has offered up to 50,000 jobs for returning migrants in private security and bodyguard services.

via Mexico Asks the Deported for Help in Automotive, Security | Industrial Equipment News

‘The Walking Dead’ VR experience: Induced Nausea

While talking about the Walking Dead VR experience yesterday at VRTL, a summit dedicated to discussing virtual reality, the executive producer hinted that he wants to use the nausea some VR can easily induce in users as an integral part of the gameplay.

“If you can make people sick, that’s actually a powerful tool in your arsenal,” Alpert said.

He also recounted an experience he had when he tried VR for the first time, when he himself had quickly felt some nausea set in. The VR designers overseeing his “test run” told him not to worry, the effect that caused nausea would be fixed in the near future. Alpert, however, said that he was in the business of bringing on nausea, and he would not want to take it out for anything he did with the technology.

via ‘The Walking Dead’ VR Experience To Purposely Induce Nausea For Effect

NATO seminar: Vladimir Putin a ‘dark Sith Lord’ as Russia spreads fake news,

“Russia right now is deploying an unprecedented set of tools against the Atlantic Alliance,” he said.

“It is an arsenal that spreads disinformation and the digital toxins of false narratives, fake news, division and distraction.

“The spreading of this information is as easy as a [social media] ‘like’, a Tweet or a share, and right now Russia is winning.”

via Vladimir Putin a ‘dark Sith Lord’ as Russia spreads fake news, NATO seminar told

Russia Calls for UN-Led Battle against ‘Pandemic’ of Fake news, Disinformation

The “mass production” of fake news is the result of a significant decrease in journalists’ professional standards that is taking place against a backdrop of “unjustified legislative and functional” limits being imposed on media outlets, the foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

Zakharova noted that “freedom of speech, impartiality, and objectivity are sacrificed to political conditions, and the global information sphere is degrading and disintegrating into politically biased fragments.”

via Farsnews

PsyOps: Facebook To Counter Nation State Disinformation Operations

In addressing the U.S. presidential election as a “case study,” the Facebook team said fake Facebook personas had spread stolen emails and other documents as part of a coordinated effort, which U.S. intelligence agencies have attributed to Russia. Other false personas pushed stories that expanded on that material.
“From there, organic proliferation of the messaging and data through authentic peer groups and networks was inevitable,” Facebook said. It said its data “does not contradict” the U.S. director of national intelligence’s conclusion that Russia was behind efforts to interfere with the U.S. election. The report does not name any other countries.

via Facebook to Battle ‘Information Operations’ Using False Accounts | Fortune.com

Facebook Admits It’s Being Used by Political Actors to Manipulate Opinion

Facebook’s security team says as a result of its research, it has expanded its focus away from traditional forms of abuse such as spam or malware, and will now pay attention to “more subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse.”

via Facebook Says Government Agents Use it to Manipulate Opinion | Fortune.com

Facebook and Google Were Phishing Victims of $100M Payment Scam

A review of public records from Facebook (FB, +1.53%) and Google (GOOGL, +4.50%) indicate neither company has disclosed the wire fraud incident at all.This omission does not necessarily violate SEC guidelines. While a $100 million theft would represent an enormous blow for most companies, such a loss would barely ding the balance sheets of giants like Facebook and Google—especially if the Justice Department recovered some of the money.

via Facebook and Google Were Victims of $100M Payment Scam | Fortune.com

Senate staffers’ ID cards have PHOTO of smart chip, no actual security.

By mid-2016, eighty percent of all agencies were using PIV cards to log into federal IT systems. Today, the Senate neither requires nor offers two-factor authentication as an additional protection for desktop computers and e-mail accounts. The Senate Sergeant at Arms does not require two-factor authentication for staff who wish to log into Senate IT systems from home, using a Virtual Private Network… Moreover, in contrast to the executive branch’s widespread adoption of PIV cards with a smart chip, most Senate staff ID cards have a photo of a chip printed on them, rather than a real chip. Given the significant investment by the executive branch in smart-chip based two-factor authentication, we should strongly consider issuing our staff real chip-based ID cards and then using those chips as a second factor.”

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/picture-this-senate-staffers-id-cards-have-photo-of-smart-chip-no-security/

Senate staffers’ ID cards have PHOTO of smart chip, no actual security.

By mid-2016, eighty percent of all agencies were using PIV cards to log into federal IT systems. Today, the Senate neither requires nor offers two-factor authentication as an additional protection for desktop computers and e-mail accounts. The Senate Sergeant at Arms does not require two-factor authentication for staff who wish to log into Senate IT systems from home, using a Virtual Private Network… Moreover, in contrast to the executive branch’s widespread adoption of PIV cards with a smart chip, most Senate staff ID cards have a photo of a chip printed on them, rather than a real chip. Given the significant investment by the executive branch in smart-chip based two-factor authentication, we should strongly consider issuing our staff real chip-based ID cards and then using those chips as a second factor.”

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/picture-this-senate-staffers-id-cards-have-photo-of-smart-chip-no-security/

Post 9/11… what the hell happened?