For anyone that has traveled or lived abroad, you’ve probably noticed that most of the rest of the world has chips in their credit cards. These chips are soon coming to the United States (some are already here, and many retailers will have chip card readers in place by October 2015), and they are just one of the ways that payment security is being enhanced nationwide. This week, CDT hosted a session on Capitol Hill for Hill staffers that addressed the future of payment security.
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For anyone that has traveled or lived abroad, you’ve probably noticed that most of the rest of the world has chips in their credit cards. These chips are soon coming to the United States (some are already here, and many retailers will have chip card readers in place by October 2015), and they are just one of the ways that payment security is being enhanced nationwide. This week, CDT hosted a session on Capitol Hill for Hill staffers that addressed the future of payment security.

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Approaching a New Frontier for Passenger Data

Traveling by air is a process to be endured rather than enjoyed. Between the TSA security theater, complicated fee structuresdelays or cancellations, and closely packed seats (which are causing a lot oftrouble lately) it’s not surprising that the best travel experiences will get mediocre reviews (“Nothing was delayed!”). Airlines have long complained about low margins, but their recent reports indicate record profits. As to the source of this success, Chris Elliott of the Washington Post recently theorized that mining and selling passenger data might have added a rich profit stream. There are a few ways that data could be monetized: more finely targeted price discrimination, selling data to third-party marketers, and/or using data on passenger behavior to more effectively market on-board amenities.

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Washington Post has a piece today on cell phone tracking: “For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe.”http://buff.ly/1rvdxjCWe’ve been monitoring this very important issue. Take a look at our coverage here: 4th Amendment Victory in Cell Phone Tracking Case http://buff.ly/1rvdog3Previewing Tomorrow’s Location Privacy Hearing: GPS vs. Cell Tower Tracking http://buff.ly/1rvdpk8

Washington Post has a piece today on cell phone tracking: “For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe.”http://buff.ly/1rvdxjC

We’ve been monitoring this very important issue. Take a look at our coverage here: 

4th Amendment Victory in Cell Phone Tracking Case http://buff.ly/1rvdog3

Previewing Tomorrow’s Location Privacy Hearing: GPS vs. Cell Tower Tracking http://buff.ly/1rvdpk8

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Robot restaurant where machines cook and serve food to customers

A restaurant in Kunshan, China, employed a team of 15 androids to cook and deliver food. The cute side of the Robocalypse. 

The restaurant has a total of 15 robots in heights of 1.2 meters. Each robot costs 40,000 yuan (6500 US dollars).

As doormen, cooks and waiters, the robots can work continuously for eleven hours after a night charge, and are able to use 40 basic language expressions, such as welcoming sentences to customers.

Singular instance? Nope. There is another restaurant in Harbin, China with 18 robot workers and a fully automated japanese sushi restaurant.

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