This Week in Digital and Technology News | 9th – 13th April
It’s been another busy week in the world of Digital and Technology. In case you missed it, here’s our round-up of the bigger news stories that we’ve discussed on our social media channels over the past 5 days.
At a recent Ted Talks event in Vancouver, Chief Scientist at Dolby Labs – Poppy Crum, demonstrated how machines can now be used to reveal people’s deepest feelings. showed that machines can be used to reveals peoples deepest feelings. Poppy Crum, believes this could usher in an era of empathetic technology. “We like to believe we have cognitive control over what someone else knows, sees, understands about our own internal states – our emotions, insecurities, bluffs or trials and tribulations,” “But technologies can already distinguish a real smile from a fake one,“ she explained.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced the US Congress for the first time to answer lawmakers’ questions over the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal. In a 10 hour hearing spread over two days. Zuckerberg faced almost 600 questions from almost 100 lawmakers, who each had five minutes to grill him on data privacy, regulation and the abuse of his platform.
UK’s offensive Cyber Campaign
The director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has announced that the UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group. Although the outcomes of the military campaign are wide-ranging, the operation has hindered the group’s ability to coordinate attacks and has suppressed its propaganda.
Elon Musks Stark Warning
Elon Musk has passionately warned of the dangers in Artificial Intelligence, in the new documentary “Do You Trust This Computer?” Among his many warnings, Elon Musk has said that autonomous machines are more dangerous to the world than North Korea and could unleash “weapons of terror.” He has compared the adoption of AI to “summoning the devil.”
Equal Pay Day
Research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that women in Graphic Design get paid 6% less than men, while female product and clothing designers get paid 18% less. The gender pay gap across all the UK’s industries is complex, and is down to more than just “women get paid less than men”.
Apple’s Clean Energy
As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, Apple today announced its global facilities are powered by 100 percent clean energy. This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India.
Virtual Reality and Dementia
‘The Wayback’ – a free-to-download app – is using Virtual Reality to spark memories and trigger conversations by fully immersing viewers in the sights and sounds of positive moments from the past, that have been recreated and filmed using the latest VR technology. People living with dementia and Alzheimer’s could soon be able to relive happy memories of the summer of 1966 and England’s World Cup win.
Tinder’s new feature
Dating app Tinder has unveiled a new video feature called ‘Tinder Loops’ that allows users to upload two-second videos alongside photos. Tinder says the two-second videos should help highlight users’ personalities, meaning they are more likely to be ‘right-swiped’.
The UK’s New Cyber Centre
The government is splashing out £13.5m on a new cyber centre that will help fund British cybersecurity start-ups in the wake of threats from Russia and North Korea. Located in London’s Olympic Park, near to the east London’s Silicon Roundabout, the London Cyber Innovation Centre will provide start-ups with the IT infrastructure and technology and space to meet with enterprises facing cybersecurity threats, in the hope they will secure commercial contracts and investment.
A new social enterprise TechVets has recently launched in the UK with the aim to support veterans & service leavers from Defence, who would like to build and develop new skills in a bid to operate & work in technology and cybersecurity sectors.