Google is pulling its AI tools and software from projects dedicated to fossil fuel extraction 

Google says it will stop providing custom AI and machine learning tools to help fossil fuel companies operate their extraction operations Goole will stop building custom AI tools to help fossil fuel companies  The announcement came in response to a Greenpeace report that criticized the close relationship between cloud service providers and the gas and … Read more Google is pulling its AI tools and software from projects dedicated to fossil fuel extraction 

Apple and Google launch their coronavirus contact-tracing software

Apple and Google have today announced the launch of their coronavirus contact-tracing app software.  The API — a software blueprint — will be used by a nation’s health authority to build their own apps and has so far been given to 22 countries who requested access to the technology.    Apple and Google did not reveal … Read more Apple and Google launch their coronavirus contact-tracing software

Researchers harvest people’s mask selfies without consent to improve facial recognition software

Researchers are harvesting people’s protective mask selfies from Instagram without consent to try and use them to improve facial recognition software By James Pero For Dailymail.com Published: 20:17 BST, 19 May 2020 | Updated: 20:17 BST, 19 May 2020 Researchers have been harvesting selfies of people wearing protective masks from social platforms like Instagram in … Read more Researchers harvest people’s mask selfies without consent to improve facial recognition software

Apple buys VR company NextVR, which builds software to let people attend live concerts virtually 

The company’s journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Jobs (pictured right in 1976) leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured left   1976: Founders Steve Jobs, … Read more Apple buys VR company NextVR, which builds software to let people attend live concerts virtually 

Microsoft and Intel develop new malware detection software

Microsoft and Intel develop antivirus software that turns malware into 2D images that can be examined by a neural network The software, called STAMINA, converts malware bits into 2D images It then examines those images using computer visions software The approach could reduce the number of data points examined by software It has shown a … Read more Microsoft and Intel develop new malware detection software