FTC reportedly investigating Meta virtual reality division

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Reports show the Federal Trade Commission and several US states are looking into the VR division. The Federal Trade Commission and a number of US states are investigating the virtual reality division at Meta, according to a recent Bloomberg report. The specific number of states were not identified in the report, but they are being led by New York. New York is leading the undisclosed number of states across the country that are questioning the Meta virtual reality Oculus app developers. The investigation has been ongoing across the last few…

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UK ICO to question Meta over child VR safety

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UK watchdog officials are concerned that the company isn’t doing enough to keep kids protected. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom intends to continue its questioning of Meta over the safety of its Quest 2 virtual reality headset for children, according to a recent report in The Guardian. The ICO said that it intends to enter into “further discussions” with meta over its VR compliance. This is hardly the start of the scrutiny Meta has faced over the child safety efforts it has and has not made…

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Militaries around the world are developing artificial intelligence dubbed ‘Slaughterbots’

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The unmanned vehicles are being programmed to seek out targets and destroy and/or kill. Countries such as China, Russia, and the United States are developing new artificial intelligence (AI) that can be used for military purposes. The technology has been nicknamed “slaughterbots”. A UN conference addressing the subject of this use of AI failed to come to an agreement on a ban. As a result, many are now issuing doomsday-style cautions about superpower arms races that involve the development of artificial intelligence capable of identifying and engaging targets on their…

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New virtual reality simulation takes you into the US nuclear bunker

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The experience simulates a nuclear attack in which 299 missiles are aimed at the US mainland from Russia. Nuclear Biscuit, a virtual reality simulation, is providing US officials with the opportunity to react to an artificial missile attack to determine what consequences would result from their decisions. The experience lets the VR user experience what a US president would need to do in a nuclear crisis. The Nuclear Biscuit provides a virtual reality simulation in which the VR user is the US president and must react as they would in…

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Eurostar launches biometric facial recognition trial at London station

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The technology is being tested at the St. Pancras International station on passengers traveling to and from Europe. Eurostar has announced that it is starting the trial of a new biometric facial recognition technology on passengers traveling to and from Europe from St Pancras International station in London. The tech will provide passengers with the opportunity to use the SmartCheck lane. Passengers traveling through the station will be able to use the biometric facial recognition system in the SmartCheck lane to complete their pre-departure checks for their ticket and passport.…

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