Researchers have come up with a method for creating realistic-looking â€” but fake â€” videos of anyone by using just a single image of them with a trained artificial intelligence system. It's a potentially worrisome capability in the runup to the 2020 United States presidential election, as falsified videos of candidates are expected to spread.
For years, tech companies pitched their products as tools for making the world a better place. Now, a growing number of tech veterans who were instrumental in building companies ranging from Google to Facebook and Twitter have admitted they didn't give enough thought into how their products could be used to do the opposite.
US President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of easing restrictions on Huawei as part of a broader trade deal with Beijing, despite labeling the Chinese telecommunications giant "very dangerous."
On Tuesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee gathered for a hearing with a dry, forgettable title: "Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem and the Impact of Data Privacy and Competition Policy." It would have been clearer to say it was a meeting about power, and whether some Silicon Valley giants have amassed too much of it.
Scooters and electric bikes have become pawns in a power struggle between rideshare companies Uber and Lyft and the city of Los Angeles â€” a tug of war experts say will have far-reaching implications for quality of life in cities across the United States.
Hundreds of Amazon employees, groups of investors, and dozens of civil rights groups and academic researchers are upset that the online retailer is selling facial-recognition software to governments. Yet on Wednesday, Amazon shareholders rejected a proposal that asked the company to stop the practice.