Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt today threw some shade at Elon Musk during a speech about AI, saying the Space X CEO didn’t “understand the benefits that this technology will provide.”His statements, of course, worked like a bucket of chum tossed into shark-filled waters.Schmidt made his remarks on stage at Viva Tech 2018, where, for whatever reason, he apparently wanted the crowd to think that Musk:…doesn’t understand the benefits that this technology will provide, in making every human being smarter and the fact of the matter is that AI and machine learning are fundamentally good for humanity.He went on to say:The example I would offer is, you would not invent the telephone because of the possible misuse of the telephone by evil people?
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As a tech entrepreneur who had spent a fair amount of time in Washington, a recent trip to Silicon Valley helped bring the debate into focus.Coming on the heels of a trip to Seattle, I was able to get a close glimpse into Silicon Valley’s tech ecosystem and found that although these two areas have a great deal in common, key differences persist.Most importantly it showed me that regardless of the success stories coming out of the two areas over the past twenty-plus years, unlimited future opportunities remain for both.Particularly for founders looking to raise funding and find new clients, this can be hard to beat.There’s also an abundance of venture capital firms in the region.With such opportunities for funding, there’s no wonder Silicon Valley remains perhaps the ideal environment for launching a new startup.
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Whether you go in from above or below, probing the inner workings of our innards is a tricky task.The capsule contains living bacteria engineered to sense specific molecular signs of gut troubles and, when those molecules are present, the bacteria glow.In all, this ingestible micro-bio-electronic device, or IMBED, is designed to painlessly drift through our ductwork, probe for trouble, and relay findings wirelessly in real time as it takes its excursion through our entrails.As a proof of concept, the team started with an IMBED that can detect intestinal bleeding.As an alternative, the researchers built a 10 millimeter by 30 millimeter IMBED with custom genetic circuitry and tested it in pigs.Their results were published this week in Science.
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Recently, Hammer Technology has released a new flagship named the Smartisan Nut R1.The latter comes with a top-notch Snapdragon 845 mobile platform.As you remember, the manufacturer has been promoting it as a revolutionary phone.But customers wonder whether the large capacity affects the read/write performance.To know it, some users tested the phone via Androbench.According to the benchmark, the Smartisan Nut R1’s 1TB storage runs out with a reading speed of 1158MB/s and a writing speed of 389MB/s, while most of the other flagships come with a reading speed of 800MB/s and a writing speed of 200MB/s.
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In a competitive pitch market, it is critical that agencies have the correct processes in place to facilitate and nurture their relationships with clients.The Drum, in partnership with OpenText Hightail present to you how we can fix the costs of the broken creative process.Outdated principles and technologies are setting them back in achieving these goals and running their business effectively.So, what can agencies be doing better?How can they not only be more efficient, but make their entire creative process easier for the client?In this webinar, Britt Fero, principal at PB & Seattle and Ali Daniels, chief marketing officer of Visit Seattle join The Drum to share their views on how agencies can improve their creative departments while sticking to internal deadlines.
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It appears that the romance between pornography and cryptocurrency industries is just getting started.Popular adult film star Stormy Daniels today announced a cryptocurrency-based reward program on her website stormydaniels.com (warning: NSFW).Darkreach Communications, the company which manages Daniels’ website, has partnered with Vice Industry Token (VIT), a blockchain startup that allows adult film producers to monetize their content by rewarding viewers with VIT tokens just for watching content.The VIT token will also be integrated with 20-plus other pornography websites managed by Darkreach Communications.It is worth noting that this is not the first time a cryptocurrency is being integrated with porn websites.Pornhub announced a partnership with privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Verge in April.
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Over 80 UK tech leaders have signed up as supporters of a new business group called Tech For UK that’s calling on the government to back a second referendum on the terms of Brexit, including an option to remain in the EU.The group includes some big brands like Deloitte Digital, Samsung and TechCrunch, business leaders like Martha Lane Fox as well as major fintech players like Zopa founder Giles Andrews and Tide Bank CEO George Bevis.Mike Butcher, co-founder of TechHub, and co-organiser of Tech For UK said: “It’s time the people had the chance for a meaningful vote, or through parliament, on the terms of Brexit.”Read more: Brexit: Senior EU official derides UK position as "fantasy"The group is also backing anti-Brexit group Best For Britain in it’s fundraising campaign for a second vote on the terms of Britain's departure.“The ongoing uncertainty along with declining growth is a hard one to take,” said Madhuban Kumar, founder and CEO of Metafused who is also a co-organiser of Tech For UK.
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Yesterday (May 24), we reported that a new Windows 10 preview wouldn’t emerge this week due to some major issues.Well, it turns out Microsoft was mistaken – more on that later – and in fact a fresh build has just been released for testers to play with over the weekend.So, let’s take a look at what’s new with build 17677 for Redstone 5 (the next big update due later this year), which has just been pushed to testers on the ‘skip ahead’ program or fast ring.For starters, a number of improvements have been made to Edge, with the firm continually tinkering with its browser to make it a more compelling offering (while promoting the product in various ways, as we saw yesterday on the laptop battery longevity front).Edge now has a rejigged interface, with the Settings menu being better organized into groups of entries to make it easier to find whatever you need to adjust.Plus keyboard shortcuts are now clearly labelled on the menu, where appropriate.
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Imagine an unbroken chronological record, dating back a million years, of temperature and atmospheric conditions on Earth.Such a thing could indeed exist in the form of an ancient and undisturbed Antarctic ice core, according to a recent survey.Continuous ice cores, in which the stratigraphic layers are undisturbed, are particularly valuable, as they provide an uninterrupted chronological record of our planet’s history.But as a new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters shows, an even older continuous core may exist deep within the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area in East Antarctica—one that could contain a complete Antarctic climate record over the past one million years.This windy, desert-like region is located near the Trans-Antarctic Mountains, and it gets less than a centimetre of snow accumulation each year.New data collected by researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Maine suggests this assumption was wrong, and that an extensive, unbroken chain of icy stratigraphy lies below.
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Savvy communication service provider CIOs and CTOs have abandoned the past - where they would align their new technology infrastructure investments with traditional IT and networking equipment vendors.Today, 77 percent of all telecom service providers will now require some level of digital transformation over the next three years, to meet the changing market needs in their franchise area and to remain competitive, according to the latest worldwide market study by 451 Research.Specifically, service providers are challenged by IT and networking automation, scalability and reliability issues.Traditional technology hardware and software vendors will also have to compete with the public cloud providers, as service providers consider hyperscalers for their next compute and storage purchases, since many enterprises are moving workloads off-premises."Over the next two years, 60 percent of enterprises will run most of their IT in off-premises environments," said Al Sadowski, research vice president at 451 Research.451 research has launched new surveys to help quantify the drivers and priorities.
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Citing “business conflicts,” Apple has rejected Valve’s Steam Link app from the App Store.What is it: Steam Link is an app that lets gamers stream PC games to their phones.It’s currently available (in beta) on Android.We originally reported that an iOS app was in the works – and it was – but now that’s not happening.According to reports, Apple blocked the app due to “business conflicts with app guidelines.”While there’s been no confirmation, it’s likely due to Apple getting a cut of all in-app purchases through its store, and Steam taking a cut of in-app purchases through its store.
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It’s a common enough problem for iOS users: you’re backing up your phone’s pictures, when suddenly, that dreaded pop-up message appears: “You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up your iPhone.”But don’t worry, Apple is here to help.It’s offering a free month of iCloud storage to customers who have run out of room on their paltry free 5GB plan, as noted by AppleInsider.And by “help,” I mean “shamelessly trying to trick you into paying more money for storage, thus boosting Apple’s services revenue and improving its quarterly earnings numbers.”You don’t need me to explain how obvious this ploy is.Much like any free trial, Apple is hoping that you’ll sign up, and either forget to cancel or enjoy the extra space so much that you’ll want to continue paying.
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Telefónica and Netflix have jointly announced a global partnership which allow the telco’s customers to watch the popular streaming service through its content platform.As part of the deal, integrate Netflix’s service into Telefónica’s TV and video platforms across Europe and Latin America, while also allowing customers to pay for the service as part of their monthly Telefónica bill.“This agreement is a big step forward in Telefónica’s bet on open innovation and collaboration with leading companies around the world,” said José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman of Telefónica.“We want to offer our customers the most compelling video offering possible, whether it’s our own content or third party providers.The partnership with Netflix will significantly enhance our existing multichannel video platforms.”“Over the next several years, our partnership with Telefónica will benefit millions of consumers who will be able to easily access their favorite Netflix shows, documentaries, stand-ups, kids content and movies across a range of Telefonica platforms,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO.
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As governments around the world enact or consider regulations that would treat randomized video game loot box purchases as gambling, Entertainment Software Association President Michael Gallagher defended loot boxes as just an example of innovative and creative new monetization models his member publishers are trying.Gallagher made his first extensive public comments on the loot box issue in a speech at the Nordic Game Conference this week (quoted extensively by GamesIndustry.biz).At the event, he said the game industry is "really, really good at... engag[ing] consumers, and build[ing] a business model around our products that is dynamic, exciting and, at the end of the day, profitable... in a way where the gamers are pleased with how we interact with them."Government regulation of loot boxes, on the other hand, "challenges our industry's freedom to innovate, and impairs our ability to continuously test new business models, which drive creativity and engagement with our audience."Noting that loot box-style mechanisms have existed in games for a long time, Gallagher suggested that gamers can essentially vote on the practice with their wallets; a form of "the consumer telling you if something is right or wrong by their participation... Those that get it right will be rewarded," he said.Of course, some argue that loot boxes can be addictive (and therefore very profitable and "rewarding" for publishers) without providing any evidence that those publishers are "getting it right."
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But some websites in the U.S. have decided to block their services entirely rather than adhere to the new regulations.Dozens of American newspapers are currently blocked in Europe and web services like Instapaper have suspended operations in the European Union for the foreseeable future.First reported by the BBC, news sites owned by media companies like Tronc and Lee Enterprises are now totally dark in European Union countries.Gizmodo was able to confirm that the websites were being blocked in Europe by using a VPN service that routed internet traffic through various European countries.We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.
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In 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Tesla over its Autopilot driver-assist system, and now, it appears the automaker has settled.Tesla and Steve Berman, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, have allegedly reached a settlement on the class-action lawsuit, Reuters reports, citing a federal court filing from late Thursday night.The details, including the settlement amount, are not yet public, and the settlement still requires the approval of a US district judge.In May, reports circulated that the settlement was around $5 million.According to Tesla's statement, posted in full below, the automaker will reimburse each plaintiff differently, based on the time of purchase and delivery.It will expand its reimbursement to customers around the world, provided the initial settlement gains court approval.
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Federal prosecutors have indicted three men involved in a "swatting"-caused death in Kansas.Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old man living in Wichita, Kansas, opened his door on December 28, 2017, to police officers who believed he had a gun and was holding his family hostage.Officers shot and killed him based on false information from a call allegedly by Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old in Los Angeles who had been accused of phoning bomb threats in the past.The Justice Department also announced charges against Barriss for allegedly making bomb threats to the FBI headquarters and the FCC during its net neutrality vote.Barriss is charged with manslaughter for the alleged "swatting" call -- when someone makes a false report to police with extreme details of kidnapping, murder and other violent crimes, in the hopes of having officers send a SWAT team to the homes of their victims.Court documents unsealed on Wednesday showed that two other suspects were involved with the call -- which started from an argument over "Call of Duty: World War II," with one player in Kansas and the other in Ohio.
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In a home in Portland, Alexa heard what she thought were a set of commands – to record a conversation and send it to a contact – and she did that.As Amazon explains it, it’s likely Alexa was doing exactly what she was meant to do.Alexa has a set of features that allow communication with contacts.Setting this system up is real slick and easy.* As such, if you have long-forgotten contacts in your address book on your phone, you can potentially access them, possibly accidentally.That’s what happened to the family in this week’s Alexa news story.
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Bank has hiked interest rates to 5% to keep customers sweetUPDATED 15.20pm – “All fixed!” says TSB.UK High Street bank TSB – which is facing the ongoing consequences of a core banking system migration that has left thousands of customers locked out of their accounts – faced a fresh outage today.In written evidence to a Treasury committee earlier this month the bank said “the log-in success rate for our mobile app is now 92%.The success rate compares with a pre-migration average of 96%.”The bank’s social media accounts today, however, are a litany of increasingly irate customers saying they are locked out of their online and mobile banking apps.
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Competition includes £22 million in fundingMultinational technology company IBM this week teamed up with the United Nations and Angelhack in a $30 million (approx.£22 million) “Call for Code” initiative.The programme invites developers to create new applications to help communities and people better prepare for natural disasters.For example, developers may create an app that uses weather data and supply chain information to alert pharmacies to increase supplies of medicine, bottled water and other items based on predicted weather-related disruption.Or it could be an app that predicts when and where the disaster will be most severe, so emergency crews can be dispatched ahead of time in proper numbers to treat those in need, IBM suggested.
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