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Bill to ban private cryptocurrency likely in budget session of Parliament – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government is set to introduce the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill during the current session of Parliament to ban private cryptocurrencies while putting in place a framework for the launch of a digital currency by the Reserve Bank of India. The Lok Sabha bulletin, released on Friday, said one of the purposes of the bill is to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India” while providing certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology. In 2018, Arun Jaitley, then finance minister, had stated the government’s resolve to discontinue the use of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. And, RBI had banned cryptocurrency transactions. But recently, the Supreme Court permitted people to buy and sell virtual currency. Many see this as crea...
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Online students among recipients of National Service Award – Times of India

HERNDON: Stride, Inc. students from K12-powered schools will receive the prestigious Silent Servant Award from The Peter R. Marsh Foundation. The Silent Servant Award recognizes students nationwide who selflessly and quietly serve others. Among this year's award winners are: "These student award recipients successfully set aside the modern excesses of social and technical clutter and connected with the intrinsic qualities of their minds and hearts. They are real-time youthful champions who continually affirm that empathy is a key element of the compassionate and peaceful society we all desire," said Peter Marsh, Foundation Chairman. "The Foundation's goal is to continually identify, recognize and inspire student-servants and to encourage parents and educators to utilize these worthy s...
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China growing use of emotion recognition tech raises rights concerns – Times of India

Technology that measures emotions based on biometric indicators such as facial movements, tone of voice or body movements, is increasingly being marketed in China, researchers say, despite concerns about its accuracy and wider human rights implications. Drawing upon artificial intelligence, the tools range from cameras to help police monitor a suspect's face during an interrogation to eye-tracking devices in schools that identify students who are not paying attention. A report released this week from UK-based human rights group Article 19 identified dozens of companies offering such tools in the education, public security and transportation sectors in China. "We believe that their design, development, deployment, sale and transfers should be banned due to the racist foundations and fu...
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Google Street View Makes Location Public. Here’s How You Can Blur Out Your House from Photos

Representative image by Reuters. However, one thing that should be kept in mind before you follow this procedure is that once you blur out a place on Google Street View, it cannot be undone.As the subject of online privacy becomes more and more relevant, various loopholes and platforms are emerging that can help you in protecting some of your sensitive data. While the Google maps has revolutionized the navigation game, it has also put your house location open for anyone to see with its Street View feature. There have been cases when Google Street View has also captured people who did not consent to being visible on the application. The application has also helped stalkers in following women who already feel threatened by them.However, there might be a way through which you can protect y...
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Siri to Smart Homes: Humans May Be of No Match to AI if Our Fictional Fears Came to Life

When we talk of Artificial Intelligence (AI) fiction like iRobot and Wall-E comes to mind. scary renditions where machines are capable of not only understanding human commands, but with the ability to think and plan.However, AI is not a fictional concept. From Siri to Alexa to smart homes, our lives are much intertwined with AI even today. However, there has always been people standing against these machines’ rampant development on the fear that the fictional horrors could come alive. How valid are these fears?According to experts, these are very valid. A new study discovered that if an AI uprising really did happen, humans would not be capable of stopping it. According to Daily Mail, a team of international scientists got together to design a “theoretical containment algorithm.” It was...
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Stanford University Scientists Discover Stability of Gas in Quantum System

Scientists from Stanford University in the United States have developed a quantum version of Archimedes' screw and have published their findings in this month’s Science Journal. The paper titled "Topological pumping of a 1D dipolar gas into strongly correlated prethermal states" describes how the quantum version of Archimedes’ screw hauls fragile collections of gas atoms to higher and higher energy states without collapsing. An Archimedes’ screw or an Egyptian screw is a machine that is used for transferring water from a low-lying water-body into irrigation ditches.The study was prepared by a team of five scientists from Stanford University: Wil Kao and Kuan-Yu Li from the Department of Applied Physics, Kuan-Yu Lin from Department of Physics, Sarang Gopalakrishnan from Physics and Astro...
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The Social Media Generation: Behavioural Addiction in Children and Adolescents is a Real Concern

Living in an age of constant technological advancements, especially in the field of computer science, has a lot of benefits. The children and adolescents of today lead a drastically different lifestyle from their previous generations. While we have seen the slow invasion of computer technology in all spheres of life, the upcoming generation has led a digitalized lifestyle since the very beginning of their existence. The present era rightly gives credit to computers for making our lives easier. Yet, an unpredicted drawback that accompanies coexistence with technology is the rising cases of behavioural addiction, especially in children and adolescents.Addiction is a biopsychosocial disorder that causes a person to develop a compulsive need to indulge in substances or engage in activities ...
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Covid accelerated digital trend: Nandan Nilekani – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani said on Tuesday that the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the trend of digitization and compressed it from years to weeks. Speaking at a virtual media event, Nilekani said that the digitization trend has accelerated as children are now using online learning and health services have gone online among others. He said the Covid situation compressed the digital trend from years to weeks. Nilekani said the trend of consumerisation of technology which started in 2007 saw the smartphone become the vehicle of change. He said the trends which are emerging from the consumer side of technology are penetrating large companies. "For a long time, enterprises were driving technological innovation. With the arrival of the iPhone in 2007 and subsequently the Andr...
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Govt will encourage students to take up scientific research, studies: Goa CM – Times of India

PANAJI: After inaugurating 'Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav 2020' on Sunday, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant asserted that his government will encourage students to take up study in science and to undertake projects that will contribute to coastal state's development. "Our government will take his legacy ahead and ensure that we encourage students to get involved in science learning and undertake projects that contribute to Goa's development," he said The Mahotsav, which was organised at NIO, Dona Paula, coincided with the launching of a book authored by Nitin Gokhale titled 'Manohar Parrikar, Brilliant Mind, Simple Life'. Sawant said that former Union Defence Minister and ex-Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar always had faith in science and believed in propagating scientific tem...
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Straight Out of ‘Black Mirror’? New Contact Lens Lets You Zoom in 60 Times More Than Naked Eye

Image for representation.Another interesting feature is that iLens would warn you if you’ve spent too much time in front of a screen and would encourage you to take breaks to avoid eye strain. AFP Last Updated: November 29, 2020, 13:04 ISTFOLLOW US ON:Imagine wearing smart contact lenses capable of easily changing colours, of seeing clearly in the dark and recording your memories in real time. This concept announced by e-shop Lenstore could become reality as soon as 2021.This innovation, called iLens, looks unbelievable on paper. Associated with a smartphone via Bluetooth, this concept would allow you to record your daily memories in video. A telephoto camera embedded in the lens would allow you to zoom digitally up to 60x to enhance your eyesight and discover details invisible to ...