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Good morning! Here are today's most important stories in emerging technology.
Think your job is safe from 'bots? Too bad.
We all think robots won't take our jobs. That's wrong—we just can't say how wrong.
The news: A poll shows 94 percent of US workers think it's unlikely they'll lose a job to a robot. That includes folks in highly automatable roles, like warehouse staff.
We’re wrong: Data shows automation is already changing the work force. Between 1990 and 2007, 670,000 jobs in local US labor markets were lost to robots.
But: The future is hard to predict. We rounded up every study we could find on what automation will do to jobs and found just one firm conclusion: no one agrees.
Note from China: How Baidu will sell free robo-car tech
The Chinese tech firm will sell off-the-shelf hardware to automate third-party cars.
Background: Baidu has an open tech platform for self-driving cars called Apollo, which allows developers to access training data and autonomy software for free.
What’s new: At a meeting in Beijing on Friday, Baidu said it will sell a range of hardware called Apollo Computing Units that will plug into cars to run its software.
Why it matters: Offering free software and charging for hardware is a savvy way to translate AI chops into profits. It could help Baidu out-Waymo Waymo. —Yiting Sun
The number of cyber incidents doubled in 2017.
A report by Online Trust Alliance says that the number of reported cyber incidents, from ransomware attacks to email hacks, doubled to 159,700 last year.
Big threat: Ransomware like WannaCry “far outweighs” other attacks, says OTA.
More to come: Expect surreptitious cryptocurrency mining to join it as a threat this year. OTA also says cloud services and IoT hardware still aren’t secure enough.
What to do: OTA says 93 percent of attacks were avoidable. “Equipping [users] to make good decisions can go a long way toward securing systems,” it adds.
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Ten Fascinating Things
Our roundup of today's top tech news to get you thinking and debating.
Longer quantum calculations
A new way to control qubits may help quantum chips do more. (Ars Technica)
The biggest ICO
Telegram wants $2 billion to solve all of blockchain’s problems. Can it? (TR)
Russian software snooping
Symantec McAfee let Russian authorities probe their software. (Reuters)
Drone vs. car
This drone uses driverless car brains to zip through the city. (IEEE Spectrum)
AI for normal people
A graphical interface for machine learning may help people build AI. (FastCo)
Borrowing biology's architecture
Biological tissue grows in odd 3-D shapes. Scientists are copying it. (Quanta)
Tech gender woes, continued
The gig economy seems very vulnerable to sexual harassment. (New Yorker)
+ Why keeping women out of tech hurts tech. (Wired)
Nature or nurture?
Genes that your parents don’t pass to you still shape who you are. (Science)
Uber 2.0
Lyft staff may have been inappropriately spying on riders too. (TechCrunch)
Tech’s babification
New gadgets may be stopping us from ever really growing up. (The Ringer)
Quote of the Day
“Internet monopolies have neither the will nor the inclination to protect society against the consequences of their actions.”
– Billionaire investor George Soros joins the Big Tech backlash during an event at the World Economic Forum in Davos. (BBC)
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