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New FCC ruling sends very real message to mobile operators to stop robo-spam



In a nutshell: Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its first ruling to combat robo-spam and illegal text messaging practices. The new directive requires mobile operators to block potentially illegal messages from invalid, unallocated, unused or blocked numbers. The regulation is intended to provide the same level of protection for all mobile users, regardless of their chosen mobile operator.

The new rules, officially adopted on March 16, provide clear instructions for wireless carriers to protect consumers from fraudulent and illegal text messages. Messaging scams, also known as robotexting, have become a common problem over the past few years. Unlike robocalls, bottexts can use several strategies to exploit unsuspecting users, from social engineering to fraudulent but authentic looking links and information.

The surge in reported cases and loss amounts prompted the FCC to take recent action on behalf of all mobile consumers. According to the Commission, the number of complaints about robocameras Rose from 3,300 in 2015 to almost 19,000 in 2022. The accompanying report cites consumer losses due to fraudulent text messages. debriefing $231 million for the first three quarters of 2022. The staggering figure means an increase of over 62% compared to 2020.

The new rules require mobile operators to block messages suspected of fraudulent activity based on where they are sent. The scope of the ruling extends to text messages originating from the North American Numbering Plan and numbers identified and included in a “smart” Do Not Originate (DNO) plan.

The DNO plan is provided by providers and includes invalid, unallocated, unused numbers and any blocked numbers previously requested by its users. In addition to blocking plans, carriers must have a point of contact so that people can report erroneously blocked messages.

The scope of the new regulation extends to wireless networks using the short message service (SMS) and multimedia messaging service (mms) platforms. It does not cover over-the-top (OTT) messaging services that rely on existing internet services such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

Despite the new rules, mobile subscribers should not rely solely on their carrier’s newfound responsibilities to stay protected. The announcement refers to previous recommendations and FCC recommendations for mobile consumers who want to protect yourself from fraudulent messages. It includes tips and advice on what activities to watch out for, how users can protect themselves from scams, information about current FCC actions, and links to more information about robottexts and other types of scams.

Based on the FCC statement and comments, the new robot spam ruling is the first of what could lead to several future actions to further protect mobile subscribers.

“The Commission will also accept additional public comments on text authentication measures and other proposals to continue the fight against illegal robot text fraud,” the FCC said in a statement.

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A new data management paradigm



Regeneron isn’t the only company looking to get more value out of its data. Despite the massive amounts of data they collect and the amount of capital they invest in data management solutions, business leaders are still not getting value from their data. According to IDC research, 83% of executives want their organizations to become more data-driven, but they struggle with the cultural and technological changes needed to implement an effective data strategy.

In response, many organizations, including Regeneron, are turning to a new form of data architecture as a modern approach to managing data. According to Matt Aslett, director of research at Ventana Research, by 2024, more than three-quarters of current data lake users will be investing in this type of hybrid “data warehouse” architecture to increase the value created by their accumulated data. .

Data lake is a term for a modern open data architecture that combines the performance and optimization of a data warehouse with the flexibility of a data lake. But to achieve the speed, performance, flexibility, optimization, and control that this technology promises, you also need to leverage best practices that prioritize enterprise goals and support enterprise-wide collaboration.

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Video Friday: Resilient Bugbots – IEEE Spectrum



Video Friday is a weekly selection of amazing robotics videos collected by your friends on IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also publish a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

Robotics Summit and Exhibition: May 10-11, 2023 BOSTON
IKRA 2023: May 29 – June 2, 2023, LONDON.
RoboCup 2023: July 4-10, 2023, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
RSS 2023: July 10-14, 2023, Daegu, KOREA.
IEEE ROMAN 2023: August 28-31, 2023, BUSAN, KOREA
CLAVAR 2023: October 2-4, 2023, FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL.
Humanoids 2023: December 12-14, 2023, AUSTIN, TX, USA

Enjoy today’s videos!

Inspired by the hardness of bumblebees, MIT researchers have developed repair methods that allow a beetle-sized flying robot to severely damage the actuators or artificial muscles that power its wings, yet still fly efficiently.

[ MIT ]

This gripper robot is called DragonClaw and is there anything else you really need to know?

“Alas, Dragonclaw wins again!”

[ AMTL ]

Here is a good argument for having legs on a robot:

And here is a less convincing argument in favor of the robot having legs, but still impressive!

[ ANYbotics ]

It’s always nice to see drones doing real work! Also, when you offer your drone to check power lines and promise it won’t crash into anything, that’s confidence.

[ Skydio ]

Voxel robots have been widely modeled because they are easy to model, but not widely constructed because they are difficult to build. But here are a few that really work.

[ Paper ]

Thanks Bram!

Reinforcement learning (RL) has emerged as a promising approach to developing controllers for quadrupedal robots. We explore an alternative to the position-based RL paradigm by introducing a torque-based RL framework where the RL policy directly predicts joint torques at high frequency, thereby bypassing the use of a PD controller. The proposed torque control structure has been validated by extensive experiments in which a quadruped is able to traverse various terrain and resist external disturbances by following user-specified commands.

[ Berkeley ]

In this paper, we show how biotechnology-based 3D printing of snake skin enhances the anisotropy of friction and thus the gliding locomotion of a snake robot. Experiments were carried out with a soft pneumatic snake robot in various indoor and outdoor conditions.

[ Paper ]

For bipedal humanoid robots to be successful in the real world, they must be able to perform multiple motion tasks simultaneously, responding to unforeseen external disturbances in real time. We offer Kinodynamic Fabrics as an approach to specifying, solving and simultaneously executing multiple motion tasks in real time, in response to environmental dynamics.

[ Michigan Robotics ]

The RPD 35 from Built Robotics is the world’s first self-contained piling system that combines the four steps of layout, piling, piling and assembly in one package. With the RPD 35, a two-man crew can install piles more productively than traditional methods.

[ Built Robotics ]

This work proposes a new and modular learning method for airborne robots navigating cluttered environments containing difficult-to-perceive thin obstacles without access to a map or a complete assessment of the robot’s posture.

[ ARL ]

Thanks Kostas!

The video shows a use case developed by FZI with the assistance of KIT: multi-robot hazmat retrieval using two FZI robots and KIT’s virtual reality environment.

[ FZI ]


[ Soft Robtics ]

It’s been a year since the launch of ESA’s Rosalind Franklin rover was put on hold, but the work of the ExoMars team in Europe hasn’t stopped. In this program, the ESA WebTV team returns to Turin, Italy to speak with the teams and watch new tests with the rover’s Earth twin Amalia take place, while the real rover is meticulously stored in an ultra-clean room.

[ ESA ]

Camilo Buscaron, Chief Technology Officer, AWS Robotics, chats with Ramon Roche on Behind the Tech to talk about his legendary career in the robotics industry. Camilo explains how AWS provides many services for robotics developers, from simulation and streaming to basic real-time cloud storage.

[ Behind the Tech ]

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