Olivia Solon

  • Analytics
    Apple strikes blow to Facebook as it clamps down on data harvesting | Technology

    Apple has updated its rules to restrict app developers’ ability to harvest data from mobile phones, which could be bad news for a Facebook-owned data security app called Onavo Protect. Onavo ostensibly provides users with a free virtual private network (VPN) which, it claims, helps “keep you and your data safe when...

  • Big Data
    How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google | Technology

    Despite the political theatre of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional interrogations last week, Facebook’s business model isn’t at any real risk from regulators in the US. In Europe, however, the looming General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Elon Musk: we must colonise Mars to preserve our species in a third world war | Technology

    Humans must prioritise the colonisation of Mars so the species can be conserved in the event of a third world war, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk said on Sunday. “It’s important to get a self-sustaining base on Mars because it’s far enough away from earth that [in the event of a...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    How close are we to a Black Mirror-style digital afterlife? | Television & radio

    When Roman Mazurenko was struck down by a car and killed just before his 33rd birthday, his “soulmate” Eugenia Kuyda memorialised him as a chatbot. She asked his friends and family to share his old text messages and fed them into a neural network built by developers at her artificial intelligence startup,...

  • Analytics
    Uber stole trade secrets, bribed foreign officials and spied on rivals, filing says | Technology

    Uber allegedly engaged in a range of “unethical and unlawful intelligence collections”, including the theft of competitive trade secrets, bribery of foreign officials and spying on competitors and politicians, according to an explosive legal document published on Friday. It’s the latest chapter in the discovery process for the company’s messy legal squabble...

  • Analytics
    Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: ‘The system is failing’ | Technology

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the web’s increasing polarisation. The inventor of the world wide web always maintained his creation...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Facebook quarterly revenue up 47% on 2016 as company faces Senate scrutiny | Technology

    Facebook posted a better-than-expected quarterly revenue of $10.33bn, up 47% from the previous year, on the same day that the social network faced a grilling from US lawmakers over Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. However, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, warned that his company’s efforts to clamp down on foreign interference...

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god | Technology

    Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful Silicon Valley engineer is to set up an AI-worshipping religious organization. Anthony Levandowski, who is at the center of a legal battle between Uber and Google’s Waymo, has established a nonprofit religious corporation called...