The largest telecommunications company in the world wants to serve as a watchdog for all drones in the United States — and in the process, play a major role in supervising the national airspace.

On Nov. 10, AT&T announced that it was collaborating with NASA to develop an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management program to allow agencies to monitor drones. An AT&T release states this program will make it safer for drone operators to plan and monitor flight paths, navigate drones, and use drones for surveillance. The company stated that its main focus is to lower the risk of drone-related cyberattacks.

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The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning for targets.

No humans were remotely piloting the drone, which was nothing more than a machine that could be bought on Amazon. But armed with advanced artificial intelligence software, it had been transformed into a robot that could find and identify the half-dozen men carrying replicas of AK-47s around the village and pretending to be insurgents.

Read the Full Article: Source – The New York Times
Time For Truth: (The New York Times) – The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

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Hundreds of Muslims prayed next to Rome’s Colosseum on Friday to protest against the closure of makeshift mosques, calling on city authorities to protect their religious rights.

Worshippers knelt on prayer mats and tarpaulin on the pavement meters away from the ancient amphitheatre. Some held placards reading “Peace” and “Open the mosques”.

Read the Full Article: Source – Reuters
Time For Truth: (Reuters) – Muslims pray at Colosseum, protesting against Rome mosque closures

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Medtronic Plc will bring to market the world’s first artificial pancreas, after U.S. regulators cleared the device for diabetics to automatically monitor blood sugar and supply insulin, replicating what a healthy version of the organ does on its own.

Read the Full Article: Source – Bloomberg
Time For Truth: (Bloomberg) – Artificial Pancreas Approved by FDA Marks a Global First

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Swiss voters are casting ballots to decide whether to grant new state powers to track internet and postal activity, as well as phone taps. Questions on pension reforms and environmental policies are also on the ballot.

Polls opened Sunday on a referendum that will decide whether the national intelligence service should be granted greater powers to spy on people suspected of committing cyber or criminal offenses.

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