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21 May 2019 | 3:30 PM

Facebook’s robotic arms and legs are learning faster than ever

Although Facebook Inc doesn’t sell robots, its researchers use plenty of them – and the company said its machines are getting a lot smarter, a lot faster.

Facebook began working on robots in the past year because it forced researchers to think creatively about how to make machine-learning more efficient, Bordes said. — AFP
13 May 2019 | 6:31 PM

A massive accounting hack kept clients offline and in the dark

Dutch company Wolters Kluwer NV makes the software on which many of the world’s small and mid-sized accounting firms run.

Wuite said it’s working with third-party forensic firms to discover the “root cause” of the attack, but was unable to confirm which piece of malware – and which individual or other entity – was responsible for deploying it. — 123rf.com
13 May 2019 | 10:00 AM

Banks waking up to fintech threat throw billions into digital

Scrappy online financial startups have spent the past few years building buzz, backing and the beginnings of a customer base.

2 May 2019 | 7:00 PM

Facebook wants AI to screen content, but fairness issues remain

One of Facebook Inc’s biggest issues in trying to stop the spread of fake news on its platform is being able to train its algorithms on good examples of truth and falsehoods.

Facebook has been under pressure from users around the world for not doing enough to check the spread of misinformation, extremist propaganda and hate speech on its platform. — AFP
25 Apr 2019 | 6:16 PM

UK cybersecurity agency won’t tip regulator on breaches

The UK’s cybersecurity agency said it won’t automatically share information about data breaches with the country’s data privacy regulator.

The NCSC said it would continue to help victims of cyberattacks and provide free, confidential advice on how to mitigate breaches. — Dreamstime/TNS
8 Apr 2019 | 1:40 PM

Amazon Go faces unlikely challenge from checkout-free startup

Grocers, alarmed at Amazon.com Inc’s rapid growth in Europe, are considering fighting back with the help of a tiny Portuguese startup.

2 Apr 2019 | 1:21 PM

Google AI ethics council is falling apart after a week

Google recently appointed an external ethics council to deal with tricky issues in artificial intelligence. The group is meant to help the company appease critics while still pursuing lucrative cloud computing deals.

In less than a week, the AI council is already falling apart, a development that may jeopardise Google’s chance of winning more military cloud-computing contracts. — Reuters
18 Mar 2019 | 12:59 PM

Google AI struggles to keep mosque shooting clip off YouTube

YouTube has tried to keep violent and hateful videos off its service for years. The Google unit hired thousands of human moderators and put some of the best minds in artificial intelligence on the problem.

A view of the dome of Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Why couldn’t Google stop a single video, that is clearly extreme and violent, from being reposted on YouTube? — Reuters
19 Feb 2019 | 4:39 PM

Facebook’s AI chief researching new breed of semiconductor

Facebook Inc’s chief AI researcher has suggested the company is working on a new class of semiconductor that would work very differently than most existing designs.

LeCun said that for the moment, GPUs would remain important for deep learning research, but the chips were ill-suited for running the AI algorithms once they were trained, whether that was in datacentres or on devices like mobile phones or home digital assistants. — Reuters
18 Feb 2019 | 6:57 PM

Google, Salesforce invest in UK payments startup GoCardless

The venture capital arms of Alphabet Inc’s Google and Salesforce.com Inc are investing in UK payments startup GoCardless, which has raised an additional US$75mil (RM306.41mil) to fund expansion.

The financing is being led by Adams Street Partners, GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, and Salesforce Ventures, GoCardless said in a statement. — AP