Dec 3, 2014

Berlin police mull crime-predicting software

Police in Berlin are considering deploying software that predicts crimes — and have even dubbed the project “Precobs” in a nod to a term used in “Minority Report,” the U.S. science-fiction film based on a similar premise. Developed by a German firm, the software ...

Dec 3, 2014

Hawking warns AI 'could spell end of human race'

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, he said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. ...

Dec 2, 2014

FBI investigates hacking of Sony Pictures' computers

The FBI has warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyberattack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software described in the alert appeared to match ...

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Nov 28, 2014

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of “Harry ...

Cosby controversy, a decade in the making

Nov 23, 2014

Cosby controversy, a decade in the making

The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005, when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here is how the ...

More Cosby shows canceled as women allege rape

Nov 22, 2014

More Cosby shows canceled as women allege rape

Performances by Bill Cosby in Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. The director of The Broadway Center in Tacoma, Washington, said Friday that it has ...

Paddington Bear film gets parental guidance rating

Nov 20, 2014

Paddington Bear film gets parental guidance rating

British film authorities have managed to find dangerous behavior and sexual innuendo in a film about Paddington Bear, a development that the bear’s 88-year-old creator says leaves him “totally amazed.” The British Board of Film Classification gave “Paddington” a parental guidance rating, saying it ...