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Sometimes We Feel More Comfortable Talking To A Robot

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:08:02 -0500

Artist Alexander Reben wants to know whether a robot could fulfill our deep need for companionship. He created a robot named BlabDroid that asks people to share their raw emotions and deep secrets.

A Student Solution To Give Utah Debtors A Fighting Chance

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:05:41 -0500

In Utah, the majority of civil lawsuits are debt related; nearly all of the debtors face those suits without any legal help. A group of law students at Brigham Young University wants to change that.

Trump Administration Restricts H-1B Worker Visas Coveted By High Tech

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:15:07 -0500

It's another step in fighting potential fraud and abuse in the program that brings 85,000 highly skilled workers into the U.S. every year. More detail is required on why the workers are needed.

How 1 Tweet From Kylie Jenner Caused Snap, Inc. To Lose $1 Billion

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Will Oremus, a senior technology writer at Slate about how a recent tweet by Kylie Jenner caused Snap, Inc. — the parent company for Snapchat — to lose more than $1 billion.

This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car — To Prove A Point

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:05:00 -0500

Everything from cars to thermostats is being connected to the Internet, raising security concerns. Samy Kamkar, who once hacked MySpace, hopes exposing vulnerabilities will make these things safer.

Iran May Follow Venezuela In Launching Its Own Cryptocurrency

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:33:00 -0500

The move, announced by a government official in a tweet on Wednesday, raised fears of rogue states using virtual currencies to evade sanctions.

Take A Peek Inside The Market For Stolen Usernames And Passwords

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:20:00 -0500

Our usernames and passwords, to all kinds of websites, are for sale on the dark web. Some, like bank account passwords, are obviously valuable. But hackers can extract money from this information in all kinds of creative ways.

SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

As part of his "rocket reusability" ethos, Elon Musk had hoped to use a giant net on a boat to catch the rocket's protective covering. It turns out it's hard to catch stuff falling from space.

Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0500

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

FCC Takes Another Step Toward Repeal Of Net Neutrality

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:27:00 -0500

The agency has formally published the order to undo net neutrality rules, which opens the door for lawsuits by state attorneys general and others. Congress could also decide to block the repeal.

Crude, Expensive And Effective: How Russia Impacted The Election

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

A Russian campaign aimed to spend a million dollars a month to destabilize American democracy. But the money didn't pay for sophisticated hackers. Instead, it bought Facebook ads and Twitter accounts.

News Brief: Shooting Survivors Meet Trump; Students Protest For Gun Control

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

President Trump met with survivors of school shootings Wednesday. Also, students in Florida protested in support of gun control and Mashable's Kerry Flynn discusses Twitter's purge of alleged bots.

As Washington Gears Up To Tackle Foreign Influence, How Effective Can It Be?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:22 -0500

Leaders in Congress and elsewhere in D.C., including top DOJ officials, want to start taking concrete steps to defend the 2018 elections from another foreign attack. But it's a big, broad challenge.

Installation Progresses On Bezos-Backed 10,000-Year Clock

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:21:00 -0500

A 500-foot-tall clock is being constructed inside a mountain in West Texas on property owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. It is the brain child of inventor Danny Hillis.

Russian Trolls Are Flooding Social Media With Messages Meant To Increase Tensions In U.S.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., about how Russian bots are still flooding social media, including fomenting American tension over the Florida school shootings, and what he thinks should be done about it.