Tag: Tech

Facebook uses its ad policies to block apps that compete with its dating service

Facebook Dating was always doomed to be as dystopian and inhumane as a speech from Mark “I’m not a robot, I swear it” Zuckerberg, but who could have guessed that the company would consider cheating and hookup sites its direct competition. The creators of an app called #Open recently started a petition demanding Facebook stop its […]

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Jaguar Land Rover’s Project Vector Autonomous Platform To Start UK Trials In 2021

Say hello to Project Vector, Jaguar Land Rover’s new self-driving concept that’s part of the company’s Destination Zero mission. What’s Destination Zero, you ask? JLR describes it as the drive for “a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion – through its products, services and across its facilities.” Project Vector will play a […]

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OpenAI’s flagging techno-utopianianism exposes tensions between business and public benefits

OpenAI‘s efforts to build an AGI that benefits humanity have earned plenty of plaudits and press coverage, but they’ve also further exposed the limits of techno-utopianism. MIT Technology Review’s Karen Hao published a piece on the lab this week that depicts a company buckling under the weight of its grand ambition. Over three days at OpenAI‘s […]

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Polestar To Showcase New Android-Powered Infotainment Features On February 25

Polestar is one of the most prolific producers of teasers and their latest one deals with the brand’s in-car Human Design Interface developed with Google. Volvo’s performance division says it will continue the cooperation with Google that started with the Polestar 2, the first vehicle on the market powered by Android with built-in Google Assistant, […]

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Elon Musk: Everyone developing AI must be regulated — even Tesla

Elon Musk wants every organization developing advanced AI to be regulated — including Tesla. The billionaire tech entrepreneur also wants OpenAI, a company he co-founded but has since quit, to “be more open”. Musk made his comments in response to an MIT Technology Review story on the research lab, which claims its “mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. MIT reporter […]

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E-scooters are just as safe as cycling, but that’s not saying much

A study just released by an intergovernmental group has found that using an e-scooter is no more dangerous than cycling. The study, from intergovernmental organization the International Transportation Forum (ITF), says fears over e-scooter safety “have been exaggerated.” What’s more, the ITF says that if alternative forms of transport like bikes and e-scooters get people […]

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Ford Technicians To Be Trained About Mustang Mach-E Through VR

A VR tool developed by Ford and Bosch will train technicians on how to service and maintain the all-electric Mustang Mach-E. The virtual reality system will initially teach technicians how to diagnose and perform service related to the vehicle’s high-voltage system, including the removal and installation of the main battery as well as service and […]

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Why AI systems should be recognized as inventors

Existing intellectual property laws don’t allow AI systems to be recognized as inventors, which threatens the integrity of the patent system and the potential to develop life-changing innovations. Current legislation only allows humans to be recognized as inventors, which could make AI-generated innovations unpatentable. This would deprive the owners of the AI of the legal protections they need […]

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Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice president for digital affairs, told reporters that “as it stands right now, GDPR would say ‘don’t use it’, because you cannot get consent,” EURACTIV revealed today. GDPR […]

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Williams Developing 1,000 kWh Battery For World’s Largest Hydrogen Fuel Cell Mine Truck

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has teamed up with global mining company Anglo American to develop the world’s largest hydrogen powered mine truck. This is probably one of the most unusual and challenging ventures for the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. WAE will develop the world’s first high-voltage battery system for Anglo […]

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Scientist trains AI to write messages of love on candy hearts

A scientist has marked Valentine’s Day by teaching a neural network to compose romantic messages for candy hearts. Janelle Shane, who in her day job creates computer-controlled holograms for studying the brain, collected genuine messages printed on the heart-shaped sweets to use as training data. She then fed them to a neural network so that it could learn the […]

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