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AI-powered app lets farmers chat with their cows

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The free AI-powered app, which launched Wednesday will allow farmers to “communicate” with their cattle using only a smartphone.

The app, which is powered by Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence(AI), works across all platforms and all manner of smartphones, from the earliest generation to the latest, on desktop and laptop to afford users the most flexibility possible, RT reported.’s main goal is sharing best agricultural practices around the world to improve dairy production and, as a direct consequence, the lives of farmers in some of the poorest countries in the world.

AI-powered bots assess the animals’ condition based on a number of inputs, and interact with farmers, reminding them about vaccination and feeding times, and gestation periods, in addition to providing additional tips and information to improve the overall health of the herd.

The app, for now, operates via text input only, but an update due later this year will allow for voice commands, effectively allowing farmers to engage with their herds like never before.

Questions can include: “How are you feeling?” or “are you hungry?” and “when was your last vaccination?”, reports El Argentino.

“It is the next step in technological evolution,” the application’s founder and creator, Eddie Rodríguez Von Der Becke, said, as cited by Cadena 3.

In the initial testing phase of the app, farmers around the world reported up to a three-fold increase in daily milk production.

“With the help of Microsoft, we came up with the idea to create one artificial intelligence that analyzes human language and connect it with another that analyzes animal behaviour,” he added.

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“Over half the world’s population does not yet have access to the internet, which means connectivity is a global challenge that requires a creative solution,” Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, said in a statement.

“By using today’s technology and working with local business-owners that best understand the needs of their communities, our hope is to create sustainable solutions that will last for years to come,” she added.

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Android apps may be illegally tracking children, study finds

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Over 3300 free and popular children’s Android apps available on the Google Play Store could be violating child privacy laws, according to a new, large-scale study, highlighting growing criticism of Silicon Valley’s data collection efforts.

Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family and child oriented Android apps on Google Play were improperly collecting kids’ data, potentially putting them in violation of the US’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA law (which limits data collection for kids under 13).

Only a small number were particularly glaring violations, but many apps exhibited behavior that could easily be seen as questionable.

Researchers analyzed nearly 6,000 apps for children and found that 3,337 of them may be in violation of the COPPA, according to the study report. The tested apps collected the personal data of children under age 13 without their parent’s permission, the study found.

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“This is a market failure,” said Serge Egelman, a co-author of the study and the director of usable security and privacy research at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.

“The rampant potential violations that we have uncovered points out basic enforcement work that needs to be done.”

The researchers are adamant that they’re not showing ‘definitive legal liability.’ These apps may be running afoul of the law, but it’s up to regulators at the FTC to decide if they are. Without iOS data, it’s also unclear how common this problem is across platforms.

The potential violations were abundant and came in several forms, according to the study. More than 1,000 children’s apps collected identifying information from kids using tracking software whose terms explicitly forbid their use for children’s apps, the study found.

The researchers also said that nearly half the apps fail to always use standard security measures to transmit sensitive data over the Web, suggesting a breach of reasonable data security measures mandated by COPPA. Each of the 5,855 apps under review was installed more than 750,000 times, on average, according to the study.

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Unfortunately for parents, there’s little consumers can do to protect themselves since the policies and business practices of app developers and ad tracking companies are often opaque, Egelman said.

The study also points to a breakdown of so-called self-regulation by app developers who claim to abide by child privacy laws, as well as by Google, which runs the Android platform, he said.


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