Digital and Technology Weekly Roundup | 11th – 17th June
Good morning and welcome to RedCat Digital’s weekly Digital and Technology roundup, featuring the latest news and updates that we have shared across our social media channels in the past week. It’s been another busy week in the world of Digital and Technology, with the past week bringing us news of Tesla, Uber, the psychopathic AI and much much more.
Apples received another lawsuit
Apple introduced its new Siri Shortcuts feature at the WWDC 2018 conference as a part of iOS 12. However, within a week of introducing, the tech firm received a lawsuit from a start-up called shift that claims Apple has stolen a logo of the particular feature. The lawsuit adds that either Apple stops using the particular logo or it can pay $200,000 to cover the cost to “rebrand using a world-renowned design firm”.
Ubers in trouble again
Uber wants to patent a system using Artificial Intelligence, that knows when passengers are drunk, in a bid to protect their drivers. However, many have argued that this is putting passengers at risk with a company where there have been more than 100 cases of assault over the past 4 years.
A New York Uber driver has had his license suspended after forcing a lesbian couple out of his car for kissing. Uber has said it does not tolerate discrimination and will be reviewing the situation in due course.
Meet Norman, The psychopathic AI
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created and trained the worlds first psychopathic AI, aptly named Norman – after the lead character in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho. Norman was trained on image captions taken from a community on Reddit that is notorious for sharing graphic depictions of death.
Google is using it’s Doodle to celebrate diverse cultures for the World Cup, with a month long series of doodles from artists in each country to illustrate what football looks like in that country. New doodles are being released everyday of the tournament.
Is Tesla in trouble?
Tesla will cut approximately 9% of its 46,000-person workforce in ‘difficult but necessary’ reorganisation. The Cuts will focus on salaried positions, leaving hourly factory jobs intact.
For the second time in two months, Elon Musk has bought Tesla stock on the open market, spending $24.9 million to buy 72,500 shares on Tuesday and Wednesday. This follows his other purchase back in May, in which he spent $9.9 million to buy 33,000 shares of Tesla.
UK’s the new Tech Hub of Europe
Technology firms are to invest more than £2bn in the UK, creating 1,600 new jobs Theresa May has announced. The prime minister also announced several government-funded initiatives to help British #startups and attract foreign talent. Not only that, but London is now the Artificial Intelligence capital of Europe, home to double the number of AI companies than closest rivals Paris and Berlin combined.
Social Media to share the mental health Burden
The head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, has said that social media firms must share the burden with the health service as it battles mental health issues in young people, and has warned of a double epidemic of child Mental Health and Obesity.
Microsoft’s new plans
Microsoft has announced at its E3, that the company is hard at work building a streaming game service for any device. They also announced that they’re developing the future of gaming AI, creating more immersive worlds and characters.
Microsoft has announced that it’s bringing a new User Interface design to its Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, which will be rolled out to both Office online apps & desktop tools over the course of the next few months.
The first smart padlock is not so smart
A Hi-Tech padlock secured with a fingerprint can be opened by anyone with a smartphone, new research has shown. Tapplock is described as the “world’s first smart fingerprint padlock”. But researchers said it took just 45 minutes to find a way to unlock any Tapplock.
Creepy Radio Waves
A new technology created by Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory can see your body through walls. The system uses Radio Waves to recreate a simple stick figure of your body when you walk, sit, or simply stand still.
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