Alex Hern

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Can Facebook clean up its act? | Technology

    Technology companies like to talk about the huge benign changes their products will bring about. Take Facebook, with its mission to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together”. Or Google, which wants to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. Microsoft hopes...

  • Analytics
    Tech leaders say visa cap removal may not solve UK skills shortage | Technology

    Leaders in the UK tech industry have warned that the government’s removal of a visa cap for skilled migrants may not go far enough to ensure Britain continues to attract the best people from across the sector. On Thursday, Theresa May announced that healthcare professionals would no longer be counted against the...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Apple escalates war against Facebook, but doesn’t mention it at WWDC | Technology

    Over a long two hours at WWDC, Apple showed off the roadmap for the next year of its software. Phones will get performance boosts and services aiming to help people fight compulsive use, Macs will get iOS apps and new machine learning technologies, and even the Apple Watch sees an upgrade or...

  • Analytics
    Sites block EU users before GDPR takes effect | Technology

    With less than a day until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, a growing number of companies are taking the nuclear option to ensure compliance: blocking all European users from their servers. Instapaper, a read-later service owned by the US firm Pinterest, became the latest to disconnect European customers...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Google’s ‘deceitful’ AI assistant to identify itself as a robot during calls | Technology

    Google’s AI assistant will identify itself as a robot when calling up businesses on behalf of human users, the company has confirmed, following accusations that the technology was deceitful and unethical. The feature, called Google Duplex, was demonstrated at the company’s I/O developers’ conference on Tuesday. It is not yet a finished...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Facebook to block foreign spending on Irish abortion vote ads | World news

    Facebook is blocking all foreign spending on advertising around Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion in an effort to adhere to the “principles” of the country’s election spending laws. With just over two weeks to go until the 25 May vote on liberalising Ireland’s strict abortion laws, Facebook announced it would restrict advertising...

  • Analytics
    The two-pizza rule and the secret of Amazon’s success | Technology

    In the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos instituted a rule: every internal team should be small enough that it can be fed with two pizzas. The goal wasn’t to cut down on the catering bill. It was, like almost everything Amazon does, focused on two aims: efficiency and scalability. The former...

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    Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, MPs told | UK news

    Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser. Speaking to the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, Kaiser said Cambridge Analytica had a suite of personality quizzes designed to extract personal data from the...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Facebook ad feature claims to predict user’s future behaviour | Technology

    Facebook has been criticised for hiding an advertising product that claims to be able to predict users’...

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    Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’ | Technology

    Britain needs to lead the way on artificial intelligence regulation, in order to prevent companies such as Cambridge Analytica setting precedents for dangerous and unethical use of the technology, the head of the House of Lords select committee on AI has warned. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Lord Clement-Jones said, reinforced the committee’s...