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Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'

Apr. 26, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" — and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our emotional responses to the social machines that are starting to move into our lives. For Christal White, a 42-year-old...

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

Apr. 25, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too long. Walmart, which faces fierce competition from...

Canada privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court

Apr. 25, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's privacy czar said Thursday that he is taking Facebook to court after finding that lax practices at the social media giant allowed personal information to be used for political purposes. A joint report from privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien and his British Columbia...

Google updates misconduct reporting amid employee discontent

Apr. 25, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google said Thursday it has updated the way it investigates misconduct claims — changes the company pledged to make after employees called for action last year. The company is simultaneously facing backlash from two employees who say they faced corporate retaliation after...

Video game effort could help regulate future drone traffic

Apr. 25, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drones ferrying medical supplies, packages and even pizza could one day be crisscrossing the skies above U.S. cities, and a team at the University of Utah is working with regulators to keep that future traffic in check using a video game. The simulation unveiled Wednesday uses a 3-D...

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Sony returns to profit on game software, Spotify gains

Apr. 26, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese entertainment and electronics company Sony Corp. has reverted to profitability for the quarter through March, boosted by robust demand for game software and network services, as well as gains from Spotify. Sony reported an 87.9 billion yen ($787 million) January-March profit Friday, a...

Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'

Apr. 26, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" — and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our emotional responses to the social machines that are starting to move into our lives. For Christal White, a 42-year-old...

New Zealander pleads guilty to sharing mosque shooting video

Apr. 26, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Christchurch businessman has pleaded guilty to sharing a livestream video that was recorded by a gunman last month as he began killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques. Philip Arps pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the mosque video and will remain in jail...

Authorities seek Georgia man in $20K theft from Alabama bank

Apr. 26, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a Georgia man accused of running an email phishing scheme and stealing $20,000 from an Alabama bank. The Telegraph of Macon reports 25-year-old John Pierre is being sought on charges including theft by using computers. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office in...

Rear seats of cars need better safety equipment, study says

Apr. 25, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says in a new report that safer restraint systems are needed for the back seats of cars. The study finds that rear-seat safety has not kept pace with front-seat safety and it has been to the detriment of belted passengers in the back seat. The study looked at 117 front...

Musk still working on pact with SEC to avoid contempt ruling

Apr. 25, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators say they are still trying to work out an agreement that would avoid the Tesla CEO being held in contempt of court over his tweets. In a filing late Thursday, Musk and a counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission asked U.S. District Judge...

Canada privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court

Apr. 25, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's privacy czar said Thursday that he is taking Facebook to court after finding that lax practices at the social media giant allowed personal information to be used for political purposes. A joint report from privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien and his British Columbia...

Los Angeles County uses technology to locate missing seniors

Apr. 25, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new Los Angeles County program that uses electronic bracelets to find missing people with dementia or autism was launched partly in response to the death of Nancy Paulikas, a 55-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who wandered away from her husband during a visit to a museum....

California approves free phones, internet for foster youth

Apr. 25, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people in California's foster system will get free cellphones and internet access under a unique program approved Thursday that supporters say will bridge a digital divide. The California Public Utilities Commission passed the $22 million pilot program that will provide smartphones...

Google updates misconduct reporting amid employee discontent

Apr. 25, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google said Thursday it has updated the way it investigates misconduct claims — changes the company pledged to make after employees called for action last year. The company is simultaneously facing backlash from two employees who say they faced corporate retaliation after...