Big Brother might be watching you through smart street lights

The research team from the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are aiming to give the 3D industry a turbo-boost with a new way to print objects seemingly instantaneously. 3D printing has always had a problem with speed.

Techniques that involve continuously printing layers and rapidly heating materials have moved the needle a bit, but it’s still too slow to be useful for a number of mainstream applications.

The new machine, which the team nicknamed the “replicator” after the machine from Star Trek, forms the entire item all in one go. It does this by shining light onto specific spots in a rotating resin that solidifies when exposed to a certain light level.

Read more: Super speedy 3D printer

It's still in its early stages but if they get this right it will make the current technology obsolete because this works more efficiently and a lot more faster.

Aki Anastasiou, Tech guru - 702

Fake news is spreading like wildfire on the internet and is often shared on without thought, particularly on social media. In response, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a system that automatically analyzes social media posts, deliberately filtering out fake news and disinformation.

To do this, the tool analyzes both content and metadata, classifying it using machine learning techniques and drawing on user interaction to optimize the results as it goes.

Read more: New software helps detects fake news

The technology is becoming so smart today that it changes. The computing power that we have can totally eliminate this (fake news).

Aki Anastasiou, Tech guru - 702

We living in dangerous times and if we don't put a stop to this politicians are going to manipulate us.

Aki Anastasiou, Tech guru - 702

The role of the once lonely street light has been heavily rewritten so that it now serves as a major information gateway, runs on solar power, and is sensing and reporting far more than you might imagine.

The global market for the smart street light is projected at $18 billion per year by 2024.

Smart solar lighting systems that include video and other sensing capabilities can measure pedestrian activity and traffic patterns, air quality monitoring, and can provide video surveillance for security — or issue traffic tickets.

Solar lighting and smart lighting are quickly merging into smart solar lighting in a host of applications.

Tech guru Aki Anastasiou has noticed these street poles in the city of Joburg which has cameras mounted on them to monitor pedestrian and motorists movements.

He says this might be invading on people's privacy.

Read more: Smart street lights is now a thing

They are monitoring our movements, our number plates and it is part of the smart city security system.

Aki Anastasiou, Tech guru - 702

Who is behind this project, why are we being recorded, why there is no information about this in the media and what does it say about our privacy issues?

Aki Anastasiou, Tech guru - 702

To hear more of the conversation with Aki Anastasiou, listen below:


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