Apple's Tim Cook reveals the company is working on self-driving cars
In an interview with Bloomberg, Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, confirmed the tech giant is developing a self-driving car system. Cook indicated that it is too soon to say whether it would license the tech to other automakers or attempt to build its own vehicles.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes indefinite leave of absence
Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, has announced that he will take an indefinite leave of absence. Kalanick revealed his plan after the release of a damning report on its workplace culture that called on Uber to “review and reallocate” Kalanick’s responsibilities.
Facebook using AI to detect terrorist content
Facebook has said that it is using artificial intelligence to find terrorist content. Techniques being used by Facebook include image-matching, to locate terrorist photos and videos, and detecting “clusters,” where terrorist content is posted across multiple accounts.
Source: The Verge
Four-armed robot composes its own music
After twelve years of work, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created Shimon, a four-armed robot marimba player that is capable of writing its own songs. For anyone wanting to see Shimon its first live performance as a composer will be at the Aspen Ideas Festival at the end of this month.
Juncker rejects US climate deal re-negotiation
Following the news that US President Donald Trump believes the Paris climate agreement could be amended and made more palatable to his country, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has categorically ruled out any re-negotiation. "We have spent 20 years negotiating," he said.
Telegram chat app founder claims FBI offered backdoor bribe
The founder of chat app Telegram has publicly claimed that FBI agents pressured his company to weaken its encryption or install a backdoor. "During our team's one-week visit to the US last year we had two attempts to bribe our devs by US agencies + pressure on me from the FBI," Pavel Durov said on Twitter.