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Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board

The end of the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) came just days after a group of Google employees launched a public campaign against having the president of conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation among its members. WT24 Desk Google on Thursday confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its ...

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Australia’s crackdown on Facebook-streamed terrorism passes senate

The bill, aimed at preventing the “weaponizing” of social media platforms by terrorists and criminals, cleared Parliament’s upper house late Wednesday with no debate or amendments and is expected to come before the lower house Thursday. WT24 Desk Legislation aimed at stopping violent crime and acts of extremism from being live-streamed on the internet was passed by Australia’s Senate amid ...

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Scientists seek ways to grow plants for food in space

WT24 Desk NASA’s plans to send astronauts back to the moon in 2024 — and then on to Mars in the 2030s — has spawned renewed fervor among the nation’s astro-botanists to find a viable way to grow food in space, UPI reports. “The vitamins and quality [of packaged foods] degrade over time,” said Gioia Massa, a NASA plant scientist. ...

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Uber may have left Southeast Asia but its APAC HQ remains in Singapore

WT24 Desk Uber exited Southeast Asia last year after it sold its local business to Grab but it continues to remain in Singapore, where it has now opened a new regional HQfor Asia Pacific and is hiring for staff, according to techcrunch.com. The company — which is headed for IPO imminently — won’t be restarting its service, however, which puts it in a rather interesting ...

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Facebook seeks tab for ‘trustworthy news’

WT24 Desk Facebook is working on a “news tab” that could be used to financially support “high quality and trustworthy” journalism, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Monday, AFP reports. Zuckerberg made the comments in a video conversation about the future of technology and society with Mathias Doepfner, chairman of German-based media giant Axel Springer. Zuckerberg said he sees interest in ...

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India put defence satellite into orbit

WT24 Desk The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday put into orbit the Emisat, an electronic intelligence satellite for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in a copy book style, IANS reports. The notable aspects of this space mission were the flying of a new variant of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV); switching off and on the ...

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Fossil ‘motherlode’ sheds light on dinosaur extinction

WT24 Desk Scientists in the US say they have discovered the fossilized remains of a mass of creatures that died minutes after a huge asteroid slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago, sealing the fate of the dinosaurs, AFP reports. In a paper to be published Monday, a team of paleontologists headquartered at the University of Kansas say they ...

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Facebook tightens up rules for political advertisers

Verifiable contact details will be required to run campaigns on site ahead of EU elections WT24 Desk Advertisers will be required to provide verifiable public contact details before they can run political campaigns on Facebook, the company has announced, in the latest attempt by the social network to increase accountability for so-called dark adverts, The Guardian reports. The move is part ...

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US studying India anti-satellite weapons test, warns of space debris

Speaking to reporters in Florida during a visit to the U.S. military’s Southern Command, Shanahan said the United States was still studying the outcome of a missile India said it launched at one of its own satellites. WT24 Desk Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan warned any nations contemplating anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests like the one India carried out on Wednesday that ...

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