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Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board

SAN FRANCISCO: Google confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership. 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 ...

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Social media executives face jail under ‘world first’ Australian laws

SYDNEY: Social media executives risk jail for failing to take down violent extremist content quickly, under controversial laws passed in Australia Thursday – a “world first” in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the laws, which hold firms like Facebook and YouTube – ...

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China opens first bridge with 5G network

BEIJING: China’s state-asset regulator announced a bridge opened earlier this week in the southern province of Guangdong is the country’s first bridge with a 5G network. Also known as the Humen Second Bridge, the 40.5-meter-wide Nansha Bridge is the world’s widest steel box girder suspension bridge. Linking Guangzhou and Dongguan, ...

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State Bank of Pakistan Eyes Digital Currency Launch by 2025

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the country’s central bank, is considering the launch of a digital currency by 2025. According to a report from news source Dawn on Tuesday, SBP deputy governor Jameel Ahmad said that the central bank is currently working on the digital currency concept in order ...

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NASA terms India space weapon test ‘terrible’, ‘unacceptable’

WASHINGTON: The head of NASA on Monday branded India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...

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Facebook to tighten live stream access

LONDON: Facebook said it is tightening live video streaming rules in response to the service being used to broadcast deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand. The Christchurch attacks – carried out by a self-avowed white supremacist who opened fire on worshippers at two mosques – claimed 50 lives. Many ...

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Russia, China to conduct research using underwater drones

BEIJING: Russian and Chinese scientists will conduct a joint investigation using unmanned underwater vehicle (UUVs), Alexander Shcherbatyuk, the director of the Institute of Marine Technology Problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Sputnik on Wednesday. “The Chinese side should bring the equipment and we ...

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Careem Is Being Bought By Uber For $3 Billion

DUBAI: If you didn’t see the news, you got the Careem notification. It read that our Dubai-based cab-hailing gem is ‘joining forces with Uber’. The tech industry’s latest collab that’s got everyone talking is Uber x Careem – a collab that happens to be a multi-billion dirham acquisition and the ...

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US racing China, Europe to develop first exascale supercomputer by 2021

American technology company Intel Corporation, supercomputer manufacturer Cray and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are trying to build the most powerful computer in the US, capable of processing 1 quintillion (1018) calculations per second. The machine would be the US’ first exascale supercomputer. According to a DOE press release, the ...

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Proton to set up first South Asian factory in Pakistan

KARACHI: Proton has announced to establish its first factory in South Asian region and the country will be Pakistan. The plant will be a joint effort between the Malaysian carmaker and its local partner Alhaj Automotive, according to details revealed by the high commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan, Ikram Mohammad ...

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