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Elon Musk says he opposes US tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles

[ad_1] Tesla boss Elon Musk says he opposes US tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles (EVs), just days after President Joe Biden quadrupled levies on EVs imported from China."Neither Tesla nor I asked for these tariffs", the multi-billionaire told a technology conference in Paris via video link.Mr Musk's comments are at odds with a warning he made in January that Chinese car makers would "demolish" competitors from other countries if there
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Why technology has not transformed building

[ad_1] 23 May 2024Emma Woollacott,Technology ReporterGetty ImagesBuilding is still largely manual workIf you took a worker from a 1920s construction site and transported them to a present day project, they would not be that surprised by what they saw, according to Sam O’Gorman."Overall, across Europe and the US, stuff is still built in a pretty manual fashion - not very different to the way it would have been built 100
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PSNI could be fined £750,000 over data breach

[ad_1] 23 May 2024Kevin Sharkey,BBC News NIBBCUK Information Commissioner John Edwards revealed the potential fine could have been £5.6mThe Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) could be fined £750,000 for a major data breach last year.Following the breach last summer, the PSNI confirmed that the information was in the hands of dissident republicans, among others.The Information Commissioner's Office has announced that the proposed fine could be imposed on the PSNI
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Scarlett Johansson’s AI row has echoes of Silicon Valley’s bad old days

[ad_1] 23 May 2024Zoe Kleinman,Technology editor, @zskGetty Images“Move fast and break things” is a motto that continues to haunt the tech sector, some 20 years after it was coined by a young Mark Zuckerberg.Those five words came to symbolise Silicon Valley at its worst - a combination of ruthless ambition and a rather breathtaking arrogance - profit-driven innovation without fear of consequence.I was reminded of that phrase this week when
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Microsoft Copilot+ Recall feature ‘privacy nightmare’

[ad_1] 21 May 2024Imran Rahman-Jones,Technology reporterMicrosoft handout supplied by PAMicrosoft boss Satya Nadella at the launch of the Copilot+ AI assistantThe UK data watchdog says it is "making enquiries with Microsoft" over a new feature that can take screenshots of your laptop every few seconds.Microsoft says Recall, which will store encrypted snapshots locally on your computer, is exclusive to its forthcoming Copilot+ PCs.But the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says it
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Scarlett Johansson left ‘angered’ by chatbot imitation

[ad_1] Getty ImagesScarlett JohanssonHollywood star Scarlett Johansson has said she was left "shocked" and "angered" after OpenAI launched a chatbot with an "eerily similar" voice to her own. The actress said she had previously turned down an approach by the company to voice its new chatbot, which reads text aloud to users. When the new model debuted last week commentators were quick to draw comparisons between the chatbot's "Sky" voice
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How phone theft was tackled in the 90s

[ad_1] In 1994, Newsroom South East’s Jonathan Beale reported on the tactics used by criminals to steal and then sell on mobile phones.The boom in cellphones in the 1990s saw a new crime wave of phone thefts on the capital’s streets and even in people’s cars, while they were driving. Take a look at what was being done to clamp down on phone thieves in 90s London. Video from Newsroom
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Electricity grids creak as AI demands soar

[ad_1] 21 May 2024Chris Baraniuk,Technology reporterGetty ImagesData centre electricity needs are forecast to double between 2022 and 2026There’s a big problem with generative AI, says Sasha Luccioni at Hugging Face, a machine-learning company. Generative AI is an energy hog.“Every time you query the model, the whole thing gets activated, so it’s wildly inefficient from a computational perspective,” she says.Take the Large Language Models (LLMs) at the heart of many Generative