Bezos, Zuckerberg over $6 billion richer since appearing before Congress 3 days ago

August 1, 2020 By Brett Wilkins At Wednesday’s House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust hearing, tech CEOs Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Tim Cook of Apple and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) took a beating from lawmakers who grilled them on everything from monopolistic business practices Read more…

Norway’s wealth fund urged to extend weapons ban to include killer robots

By Brett Wilkins An ethics committee appointed by the Norwegian government is recommending that companies that manufacture lethal autonomous weapons — killer robots — be excluded from investment by the country’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund. Bloomberg reports the committee also urged the government to prohibit investment by the Government Pension Fund Read more…

UK police increasing AI use without public consultation

British police are increasingly adopting artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition and predictive policing technologies, often without promised public consultation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal Society of Arts (RSA). (RSA), a 266-year-old London-based organization dedicated to solving social problems — past members include Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, Charles Read more…

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