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Google is trying to create an artificial intelligence kill switch

  • 09/06/2016 at 00:58 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

GoogleThe issue of artificial intelligence and its place in the future has become increasingly prominent in the tech world today. But Google says it is partnering with Oxford University to potentially create an A.I. kill switch that reduces the risk of future dangers.

The Problem With Artificial Intelligence

Experts have been warning against artificial intelligence for some time now. Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, all three power hitters in the scientific and engineering fields, have been vocal about their worry. According to them and other prominent members of the technology field, an A.I. runs the future risk of becoming too powerful and overriding human instruction/will.

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Mobile Carriers rejected the proposal to create “Kill Switch” for stolen Smartphones

Smartphone SpyYou might remember awhile ago we did a story about police agencies requesting a ‘kill switch’ to help curb mobile phone thefts. But phone carriers have rejected the idea, despite manufacturers move to offer the feature.

Every year, more than one and a half million smartphones are stolen in the United States alone, the highest number of thefts related to iPhones. With these statistics in hand, law enforcement agencies and the consumer protection group Secure Our Smartphones asked manufacturers like Apple and Samsung to begin implementing this kill switch into their models.

Samsung has been the first to release word of their software update, which would essentially brick a phone by making it inoperable when stolen. That option would be handled from the end of the consumer who had lost the device.

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Law Enforcement looking to create “Kill Switch” for stolen Smartphones

Smartphone SpyThe law is often behind when it comes to technology. But this time they are trying to take care of a growing problem quickly, by pushing developers to install a ‘kill switch’ that would render stolen smartphones useless.

Because of their high price tag and resale value, smartphones are a hot item for thieves. Many of us walk around with our phones out all the time, not paying attention to our surroundings. This makes us easy targets for those looking to steal a smartphone, further exacerbating an already serious problem.

The Secure Our Smartphones Initiative (S.O.S) is a consumer group that has teamed up with law enforcement agencies around the country for this cause.

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