EMPIST Tech News Roundup: Friday, October 19, 2018

Top tech news of the week: Opinions on facial recognition software are split at Amazon as technology goes green at CRI. See what Facebook is up to and get the inside scoop on Microsoft’s latest tragedy and more!  

Amazon Worker Pushes Bezos to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Law Enforcement 

The Hill| Tue Oct 16, 2018  Amazon has been pressured by employees to stop selling their facial recognition software to law enforcement. Some argue the facial recognition technology is a violation of their 2nd Amendment rights and could lead to forms of racial profiling within their communities. Over 400 employees signed the letter to get this in motion, but Amazon has yet to make a definitive statement regarding their request.  Read the full story >>  

Facebook News Feed Now Downranks Sites with Stolen Content  

Tech Crunch| Tue Oct 16, 2018 — Facebook has been working hard to keep your newsfeed spam-free. Now, Facebook has improved their technology to scan for stolen information, clickbait headlines and low-quality ads. The goal of this update is to discourage people from linking to second-class websites and republishing content with similar values. This should ultimately help create a better user experience for everyone.  Read the full story >>  

How A Technology from Iceland Is Fighting Climate Change 

Forbes| Tue Oct 16, 2018 — Did you know that Iceland obtains nearly all its electricity from renewable energy sources? One of the most common ways they do this is via hydropower. The recent reports on climate change are cause for major concern. One pressing issue that needs to be dealt with is the amount of carbon dioxide we are releasing into the atmosphere. Carbon Recycling International (CRI) is taking the lead on environmental technology with geothermal plants. These plants produce methanol to create clean energy—greatly decreasing your carbon footprint. Read the full story >>  

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dead at 65 from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 

USA Today| Tue Oct 16, 2018 — Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen was optimistic about the treatment process for his Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but things took a turn for the worst. Gates spoke out about Allen’s passing, reiterating the positivity and dedication put into his work over his many years at Microsoft. Things at Microsoft are said to keep progressing, but it is clear Paul Allen will be greatly missed. Read the full story >>  

AI Will Impact 100% of Jobs, Professions, and Industries, Says IBM’s Ginni Rometty  

TechRepublic| Tue Oct 16, 2018 — If you are not a tech-savvy individual, now is the time to learn. Continued advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) are said to impact 100% of jobs, businesses, and industries in the years to come. IBM states that this change is for the betterment of the workforce, even though it will replace several job titles. The fact is, technology is changing the way we work, and it will continue to be an unavoidable force to reckon with. To learn more about the updates in artificial intelligence, check out TechRepublic’s article.  Read the full story >> 


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