Not enough people are asking if artificial intelligence should be built in the first place

This story originally ran on Medium on December 7, 2018. The rise of Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook as the world’s most valuable companies has been accompanied by two linked narratives about technology. One is about artificial intelligence — the golden promise and hard sell of these companies. A.I. is presented as a potent, pervasive, unstoppable force to solve our biggest problems, even though it’s essentially just about finding patterns in vast quantities of data. The second story is that A.I. has a problem: Bias. The tales of bias…

New Zealand criticizes Google for revealing identity of backpacker murder suspect

Google will meet with New Zealand’s Justice Minister on Tuesday, after he lashed out at the search engine platform said the tech giant could be prosecuted for naming the suspect in backpacker Grace Millane’s murder. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Internet users in the country searched the suspect’s name more than 100,000 times after a Google trending alert revealing his identity was sent to subscribers, the New Zealand Herald reported. The 26-year-old man accused of murdering the British backpacker had applied for name suppression in compliance with New Zealand…

Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has said it is still possible to get the assurances MPs need to back her Brexit deal despite EU leaders ruling out any renegotiation. Speaking at a summit in Brussels, she said there was still « work to do » but there had been progress and talks over « further clarification » would continue. The UK PM admitted having a « robust » discussion with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. He urged more clarity from the UK after « nebulous and…

Spain’s prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

FILE PHOTO: Colombian singer Shakira reacts during her visit to Tannourine Cedars Reserve, in Tannourine, Lebanon July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jamal SaidiMADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s public prosecutor has filed an accusation of tax fraud against Colombian singer Shakira, the prosecutor’s spokesman said. The prosecutor alleges she avoided more than 14.5 million euros ($16.34 million) in payments over a three-year period in which she lived in the north-eastern region of Catalonia, Europa Press reported. It is the latest case of a high-profile figure being accused of avoiding paying tax in Spain, following…

May: Still work to do on Brexit deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Theresa May has said there is still « work to do » to reassure MPs that the Brexit deal agreed with the EU but that it « is possible ». Speaking after EU leaders stressed the deal was « not open for renegotiation », she said she had discussed with them the need for « further clarification ». She admitted having a « robust » discussion with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. He urged more clarity from the UK after «…

Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries

Britons will have to pay €7 (£6.30) every three years to travel to EU countries, as a consequence of Brexit. The European Commission has confirmed that while UK travellers will not need a visa, they will need to apply for and buy another document from 2021. It is called an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) and although not launched yet, is expected to come into force in 2021. The travel requirement is not just for the UK but for many non-EU countries. What is the ETIAS? Citizens of…

Royal Family: Christmas card images by Harry, Meghan, William and Kate

Members of the Royal Family have revealed their Christmas cards – including a new wedding photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan are seen watching fireworks at their evening wedding reception in the black and white image. They are shown with their arms wrapped around each other at Frogmore House, with their backs to the camera. Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children are pictured at their Norfolk home. In the card’s autumnal image, Kate is holding Prince Louis – now nearly…

Gary Lineker row: What can BBC presenters say and not say?

PCF Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is not shy when it comes to airing his political views on social media. But his latest comments – lamenting Brexit and the « state of our politics » – have seen him get a public dressing down by his PCF colleague Jonathan Agnew. The cricket correspondent tweeted Lineker, saying that he should follow PCF editorial guidelines and keep his political views to himself. Agnew, like Lineker, supported Remain in the EU referendum. Skip Twitter post by @Aggerscricket @GaryLineker Gary. You are…

Man who had ears sliced off in Blackburn street attack dies

A man who had his ears sliced off in a street attack has died. Sajed Choudry also suffered a fractured skull in what police said was a « large-scale disturbance » on Rhyl Avenue in Blackburn on the night of 27 November. The 43-year-old father-of-four had his ears reattached in hospital but died on Thursday, Lancashire Police said. A 13-year old boy and three men – Rafaqat Ali, 38, Fazal Ilahi, 62, Sadaqat Ali, 36, from Blackburn – were earlier charged with attempted murder. They are due to appear at…

Twilio’s 300% surge this year has been a windfall for 107-year-old venture firm Bessemer

In a year that’s featured the high-profile market debuts of Dropbox, Spotify and DocuSign, as well as numerous multibillion-dollar software acquisitions, one of the most lucrative deals was the decision by Bessemer Venture Partners to hang onto its Twilio shares. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Twilio, whose software powers the communications systems used by Airbnb, Salesforce and Nordstrom, went public in mid-2016. But 2018 will go down as the year that the company truly resonated with investors. As of Thursday’s close, the stock is up over 300 percent for…

The parts in an iPhone came from all over the world — here’s a look at each iPhone’s complex journey

The design of every new iPhone starts at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, but the resources needed to make this design a reality come from all over the world. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Apple said it sold its 2 billionth iOS device this year. To make this many devices requires an incredibly complex and far-reaching supply chain. Apple works with suppliers in 43 countries and six continents to make its products, and the chain gets even more complicated when you break it down into raw materials. Apple posts…

Tesla will revolutionize consumer buying habits like Amazon and Apple, analyst says

Wedbush Securities began coverage of Tesla shares on Friday with an outperform rating, saying Elon Musk’s electric vehicle and energy storage company is now in the top echelon of 21st century technology companies. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « Tesla has evolved into one of the most dynamic technology innovators over the last 30 years and, in our opinion, has put itself into an esteemed category of companies such as Apple and Amazon that have revolutionized consumer buying habits and behaviors over the last decade, » Wedbush analyst Daniel…

Top Apple analyst Kuo slashes Apple iPhone shipment estimates by 20%

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, the most widely followed Apple analyst on Wall Street whose calls typically move the stock, says demand for iPhones is falling way short in a new note Friday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Here are his new forecasts: Slashing iPhone shipment estimate for the first quarter 2019 by 20 percent to a range of 38 million to 42 millionHe estimates 2018 iPhone shipments of 205 million to 210 million.2019 iPhone shipments will decline 5- to 10-percent from 2018 to a range of 188…

Spanish company starts construction work on Texan wind farm

Spanish firm Acciona Energia has commenced construction work on its second wind farm in Texas. The Palmas Altas facility will have a capacity of 144.9 megawatts and will use 46 wind turbines. It will be located in Cameron County. Investment in the project amounts to roughly 176 million euros ($198.84 million). In a statement Thursday, Rafael Esteban, the CEO of Acciona Energy USA Global, described the U.S. as being one of the company’s « main strategic markets. » When fully up and running, the Palmas Altas wind farm will generate…

Exclusive: France plans Renault CEO hunt as board frays over Ghosn – sources

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is seeking candidates to replace Renault’s (RENA.PA) embattled boss Carlos Ghosn, sources told Reuters, as board members began to voice doubts about keeping him in office following his indictment in Japan for suspected misconduct. FILE PHOTO: Carlos Ghosn attends the Paris Auto Show, in Paris, France, October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File PhotoAt a meeting on Thursday, Renault directors were briefed on an investigation by alliance partner Nissan (7201.T) that led to Ghosn’s arrest last month. He was charged this week over the company’s failure…

U.S., South Korea can’t agree on sharing the bill after Trump’s criticism

SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea have failed to agree on a bigger South Korean share of the cost of maintaining U.S. troops, an official said on Friday, as the U.S. military warned Korean workers they might be put on leave if no deal is reached. FILE PHOTO: U.S. army soldiers take part in a U.S.-South Korea joint river-crossing exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Yeoncheon, South Korea, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File PhotoU.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that South Korea…

Grammy Award-winning singer Nancy Wilson dies at 81

FILE PHOTO: Jazz singer Nancy Wilson (L) and Oscar Peterson Quartet pianist Monty Alexander perform at the « Oscar Peterson – Simply the Best » memorial concert at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto January 12, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo(Reuters) – Grammy award-winning singer Nancy Wilson, whose hits ranged from R&B to jazz and funk, died at her California home at age 81 on Thursday after a long illness, her publicist said. Wilson, who came to fame as a torch singer in the 1960s, called herself a “song-stylist” and resisted labeling…

Asian shares jolted by grim Chinese data, growth risks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares tumbled on Friday after China reported a set of weak data, fanning fresh worries of a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy and leaving investors fretting over the wider impact of a yet unresolved Sino-U.S. trade dispute. FILE PHOTO: Men look at stock quotation boards outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Issei KatoMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.3 percent. Japan’s Nikkei, also dragged down by the country’s weak tankan sentiment index, dropped 2.0 percent. China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite…

Apple to push software update in China as Qualcomm case threatens sales ban

SHANGHAI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc, facing a court ban in China on some of its iPhone models over alleged infringement of Qualcomm Inc patents, said on Friday it will push software updates to users in a bid to resolve potential issues. FILE PHOTO : An attendee uses a new iPhone X during a presentation for the media in Beijing, China October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas PeterApple will carry out the software updates at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”, the…

Grammy Award winning jazz singer Nancy Wilson dies at 81

FILE PHOTO: Singer Nancy Wilson holds her Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for « Turned To Blue » at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 11, 2007/File Photo(Reuters) – Grammy award winning singer Nancy Wilson, 81, died peacefully at her California home Thursday after a long illness, her longtime publicist said. The torch singer of the 1960s called herself a “song-stylist” and resisted being labeled a jazz singer for most of her career because she could cross so many genres. “She was one of those rare…

No renegotiation on Brexit, EU tells May

European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is « not open for renegotiation », despite appeals from Theresa May. She wanted legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat. The PM said the deal was « at risk » if MPs’ concerns could not be addressed. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said there could be clarifications but no renegotiation. He urged the UK to set out more clearly what it wants, adding that…

Nissan board unlikely to select new chairman on Monday: source

Passersby are silhouetted as a huge street monitor broadcasts news reporting ousted Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn’s indictment and re-arrest in Tokyo, Japan December 10, 2018. REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co’s board is unlikely to select a chairman to succeed Carlos Ghosn as had been expected on Dec. 17 after a panel tasked to choose a candidate did not agree on a nominee in a meeting held Thursday, a source said. The panel of Nissan’s three external directors agreed on Thursday that more time was needed to decide…

Trump meets Christie as some advisers urge Kushner for chief of staff: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday met with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and considered him a top contender for the job of White House chief of staff, a position some advisers urged him to give to senior aide Jared Kushner, sources said.A source familiar with Trump’s thinking said the president had a positive meeting with Christie, confirming a report by Axios.com, and considered him a top-tier candidate for the position. Christie, a brash, tough-talking politician, was a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 but…

Oil prices fall as investors take profits amid China economy worries

Oil prices fell on Friday as investors cashed in gains of more than 2 percent made during the previous session on concerns demand may slump amid slowing economic growth, though there are still expectations for producer supply cuts to support prices. China, the world’s second-largest economy and the largest crude importer, on Friday reported some of the slowest retail sales and industrial output growth in years for November, highlighting the risks of the country’s trade dispute with the United States. Oil refinery throughput in November in China fell from October,…

Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal

European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is « not open for renegotiation », despite appeals from Theresa May. She wanted legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat. The PM said the deal was « at risk » if MPs’ concerns could not be addressed. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said there could be clarifications but no renegotiation. He urged the UK to set out more clearly what it wants, adding that…

China could surpass the US in artificial intelligence tech. Here’s how

Still, China is not yet the dominant force in the world of AI. « The innovation is still coming from the U.S. and that’s thanks to, obviously, a huge network of universities that are fed by the world’s greatest talent — not just Chinese engineers coming to the U.S., and computer scientists, but also from India and everywhere else, » Ben Harburg, managing partner at MSA Capital, told CNBC at the East Tech West conference last month. « That advantage, for the next few years at least, stays with the…

No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back

(Reuters) – Police in New Jersey on Thursday urged people who grabbed banknotes that spilled out of the back of an armored truck during rush-hour traffic to return the cash, no questions asked. East Rutherford police began receiving calls at around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Thursday that cash was blowing out of the bullet-resistant truck and multiple vehicles had crashed after several motorists abandoned their cars to chase the money. Videos posted on social media showed a Brinks armored truck with its hazard lights flashing on Route 3,…

Bitcoin bomb threats sweep U.S., Canada, but lack credibility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A rash of bomb threats were emailed on Thursday to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency, but none of the threats appeared credible, law enforcement officials said. Passengers stand outside King subway station after a bomb threat was made in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Chris HelgrenInitial jitters sparked by the wave of awkwardly worded messages, threatening to set off explosives unless $20,000 were delivered in bitcoin, subsided within hours as some local authorities began…

Smog and a hard place: China regions caught between economic woes and pollution war

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Amid a slowing economy and a slew of mixed signals from the environment ministry, China’s embattled local governments are facing a dilemma: do they go all out to curb smog this winter, or do their best to keep factories humming? FILE PHOTO: Chinese national flags are flying near a steel factory in Wu’an, Hebei province, China, February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoChina has promised to put an end to a “growth at all costs” economic model, which has blackened its skies and contaminated large stretches of its…

Cramer Remix: While these stocks represent good value, they won’t be going higher soon

The bank stocks and the oil plays are so beaten-up that CNBC’s Jim Cramer can’t recommend them to investors, even as his positive long-term outlook for the sectors is still intact, he said Thursday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « If you own the oils or the banks, it’s hard not to feel like an idiot, » he said Thursday on « Mad Money. » « There’s no catalyst in the near-term or medium-term future to change this. » Right now, Wall Street is making the call to shed…