Douglas Adams was right – knowledge without understanding is meaningless | John Naughton | Opinion

Douglas Adams was right – knowledge without understanding is meaningless | John Naughton | Opinion

Fans of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy treasure the bit where a group of hyper-dimensional beings demand that a supercomputer tells them the secret to life, the universe and everything. The machine, which has been constructed specifically for this purpose, takes 7.5m years to compute the answer, which famously comes out as 42. […]

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Does Amazon have answers for the future of the NHS? | Technology

Does Amazon have answers for the future of the NHS? | Technology

Enthusiasts predicted the plan would relieve the pressure on hard-pressed GPs. Critics saw it as a sign of creeping privatisation and a data-protection disaster in waiting. Reactions to news last month that Amazon’s voice-controlled digital assistant Alexa was to begin using NHS website information to answer health queries were many and varied. US-based healthcare tech […]

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Bitcoin worth £900,000 seized from hacker to compensate victims | Technology

Bitcoin worth £900,000 seized from hacker to compensate victims | Technology

A judge has ordered the confiscation of bitcoin worth more than £900,000 from a jailed hacker in the first case of its kind for the Metropolitan police. Grant West, 27 – previously described as a “one-man cybercrime wave” – had about £1m-worth of the cryptocurrency seized from a number of accounts after his arrest in […]

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Russia launches life-size humanoid robot into space

The Skybot F-850 Roscosmos Russia has launched a life-size humanoid robot into space for the first time to carry out tasks considered too dangerous for humans. The Skybot F-850 started its journey to the International Space Station (ISS) at 2:38 a.m. London time, when it lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the […]

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US, China and other allies expected not to sign joint communique

A view shows the Hotel du Palais summit venue ahead of the G7 Summit in the French coastal resort of Biarritz, France, August 21, 2019. REUTERS | Regis Duvignau The Group of Seven (G-7) summit is set to end without a joint communique for the first time in its 44-year history, after French President Emmanuel […]

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National Grid says new-style stability software will avoid blackouts | Business

National Grid says new-style stability software will avoid blackouts | Business

National Grid plans to stabilise the energy grid by plugging into new technology after raising concerns a year ago that it may be “walking blind” into the risk of blackouts. The energy system operator is under investigation by the industry regulator, and the government, after Britain’s biggest blackout in more than a decade struck large […]

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Walmart sues Tesla over solar panels it says caused multiple fires | Business

Walmart sues Tesla over solar panels it says caused multiple fires | Business

Walmart has sued Tesla, saying solar panels supplied by the electric carmaker were responsible for fires at about seven of its stores. The fires destroyed significant amounts of store merchandise and required substantial repairs, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket losses, according to a lawsuit filed in a New York court on Tuesday. […]

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Ivanka Trump's embrace of nature sparks cries of hypocrisy | US news

Ivanka Trump’s embrace of nature sparks cries of hypocrisy | US news

Ivanka Trump shared a series of pictures on social media over the weekend of herself, husband Jared Kushner and their children availing themselves of the natural wonders of Wyoming. “Love. Wonder. Wander. Repeat,” the president’s daughter and adviser captioned in one photo, in front of a painterly backdrop. The response to the photos, on the […]

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The weaponisation of information is mutating at alarming speed | Sophia Ignatidou | Opinion

The weaponisation of information is mutating at alarming speed | Sophia Ignatidou | Opinion

Communication has been weaponised, used to provoke, mislead and influence the public in numerous insidious ways. Disinformation was just the first stage of an evolving trend of using information to subvert democracy, confuse rival states, define the narrative and control public opinion. Using the large, unregulated, open environments that tech companies once promised would “empower” […]

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Manchester City warned against using facial recognition on fans | Technology

Manchester City warned against using facial recognition on fans | Technology

Manchester City have been cautioned against the introduction of facial recognition technology, which a civil rights group says would risk “normalising a mass surveillance tool”. The reigning Premier League champions are considering introducing technology allowing fans to get into the Etihad Stadium more quickly by showing their faces instead of tickets, according to the Sunday […]

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