MPs call for halt to police’s use of live facial recognition

Image copyright Reuters The police and other authorities should suspend use of automatic facial recognition technologies, according to an influential group of MPs. The House of Commons Science and Technology committee added there should be no further trials of the tech until relevant regulations were in place. It raised accuracy and bias concerns. And it […]

‘My $19 Uber ride cost 100 times that’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charges prompted widespread complaints on social media Uber passengers in the US have complained on Twitter after a “glitch” meant they were charged 100 times more than advertised fares. One journey that should have cost $96.72 (£77.60) was reportedly charged at $9,672, while some charges were so high […]

Instagram hides likes count in international test ‘to remove pressure’

Image copyright Instagram Instagram is hiding the number of likes on posts in several countries, including Australia and Japan, in order to “remove pressure” on users. At the moment, Instagram users see a running total of people who have liked a post. In the trial, users will see a user name “and others” below posts. […]

‘My $19 Uber ride cost 100 times that’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charges prompted widespread complaints on social media Uber passengers in the US have complained on Twitter after a “glitch” meant they were charged 100 times more than advertised fares. One journey that should have cost $96.72 (£77.60) was reportedly charged at $9,672, while some charges were so high […]

FaceApp: Chuck Schumer asks for FBI investigation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says the app is “deeply troubling” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called for an investigation into FaceApp, which alters users’ photos to make them look older or younger. In a letter posted on Twitter, Mr Schumer called it “deeply troubling” that personal data […]

UK workers who lose jobs to AI will be retrained

Image copyright iStock / Getty Images Workers whose jobs might become obsolete as a result of automation are to receive help in retraining from a new national government scheme. Up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be replaced by robots by 2030, according to analysis firm Oxford Economics. The scheme will support […]

Can you trust FaceApp with your face?

Image copyright FaceApp Image caption The app has gone viral – but how many fans have read the terms and conditions? Everyone is talking about FaceApp – the app that can edit photos of people’s faces to show younger or older versions of themselves. Thousands of people are sharing the results of their own experiments […]

Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans

Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The aim of the firm is to find ways to stimulate the brain in paralysed humans to allow them to control computers NeuraLink, a company set up by Elon Musk to explore ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied to US regulators to start […]

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bulgarian authorities are trying to find out who was behind the cyber-attack Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country’s tax agency. According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have […]

Google suspends ticket site Viagogo from advertising

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Arctic Monkeys’ manager has called for Viagogo to be shut down Google has suspended Viagogo as an advertiser, after claims touts resell tickets at inflated prices on the site. The Competition and Market Authority is taking the ticketing website to court, alleging it has not done enough to […]

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