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Jay-Z was dumbfounded when it came to his attention that there were audio clips on YouTube that sounded like the aging rapper reciting "To be, or not to be," the opening line of a soliloquy from Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

The audio might have impressed the "Song Cry" rapper - if it was really was him reciting Shakespeare.

You've heard about the "deepfake" videos that alters photos and videos to look like celebrities or political figures. YouTube and Facebook are on a mission to take down all deep fake videos in the wild.

But, until now, deepfake audio wasn't a problem.

The technology uses text-to-speech software to computer-generate Jay-Z's speech patterns. Literally, someone typed the text of the soliloquy and used Jay-Z's speech patterns to make the audio.

If that sounds scary to you, imagine how it sounds to Jay-Z. Imagine if that software fell into the wrong hands.

Think of how easily a blogger could fool Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce, into believing he's cheating on her with Megan Thee Stallion.
 

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Welcome to the New World Order. Tech company are rushing to develop AI social distancing "enforcement" tools for the government.

California software developer Landing AI has created video surveillance software that calculates the distance between people and sounds an alarm if they get too close to one another.

"Landing AI has developed an AI-enabled social distancing detection tool that can detect if people are keeping a safe distance from each other by analyzing real-time video streams from the camera," the company said in a statement.

A similar technology is already in use by Amazon in its warehouses, with the company threatening to fire employees if they violate social distancing.

Police departments are arresting citizens who violate the social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Police in Westport, Connecticut are testing a "pandemic drone" that monitors citizens' temperatures from almost 200 feet away and detects coughing and sneezing as well as heart and respiratory rates.
 

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Sports reporter Jane Slater suspected her ex-boyfriend was cheating when his heart rate spiked on his Fitbit watch at 4 a.m. one morning.

Fitbit, which was purchased by Google for $2.1 billion, is a technology wristwatch that track a user's heart rate, steps they take, sleeping pattern, and more. The Fitbit device ranges in price from $49.99 to $199.99.

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Earlier this week, the NFL correspondent recounted a story on Twitter about how she caught her boyfriend cheating after his vitals spiked on his Fitbit device.

Thanks to the fitness tracker, the 38-year-old NFL Network reporter discovered her ex-boyfriend was strenuously working out at 4 a.m. But he wasn't in a gym and he wasn't alone.

"An Ex Boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it," she tweeted. "We synched up, motivated each other... didn't hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4am and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app," she wrote.

"Spoiler alert: he was not enrolled in an OrangeTheory class at 4am," she wrote in a follow-up message.

Slater said she "sobbed uncontrollably" when she discovered another woman was making his heart race. But now she laughs when she looks back on the story.

"It's a story my friends and I def laugh about now," she told one Twitter follower.

President Trump

You may have received a new software update notification on your smartphones this morning. If you didn't, you will receive an update notification soon.

The new software update is most likely in response to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Monday that overturns Internet privacy protections put in place by former President Obama before he left office.

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