Russian censorship law bans proxies and VPNs
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that, as of November 1st, will ban technology which allows access to banned websites, which includes virtual private networks and proxies. While the law is ostensibly meant to curb extremist content, some have suggested its real intention is to prevent Russians from seeing content that might be critical of Putin.
Chinese chatbots shut down after anti-government posts
A popular Chinese messenger app has removed two chatbots, after they were found to be criticising the nation's Communist Party. The chatbots, Baby Q and Little Bing, were removed after social media users shared controversial comments, which included one response that referred to the government as "a corrupt and incompetent political regime".
Automated 'sewbot' to make 800,000 Adidas t-shirts daily
Leading sportswear brand Adidas is planning to produce 800,000 T-shirts per day using a fully automated sewing bot. The technology has been developed in the USA, and will supply European sports brand Adidas with T-shirts made in the US by robots. The 'sewbot' is said to be a major breakthrough in the automation of garment assembly.
Source: Innovation in Textiles
Alphabet sees salt as the answer to the problem of energy storage
Alphabet's X division is working on a energy storage system that turns electricity into streams of hot and cold air and funnels it into two tanks filled with salt, and two with antifreeze. Hot air then heats up the salt, and cold air cools the antifreeze. In reverse hot and cold air rush toward each other, creating powerful gusts that spin a turbine and spit out electricity.
Tim Cook: Apple's autonomous tech can be used for more than cars
Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted that the company’s AI work is meant for more than just autonomous cars. Although, he isn't keen on revealing what else Apple is using the tech for. “[Autonomous] systems can be used in a variety of ways,” Cook said. “A vehicle is only one, but there are many different areas of it. And I don’t want to go any further with that.”
Source: The Verge
Time to think about the legality of augmented reality advertising
Legal issues associated with augmented reality are beginning to be discussed. A new app, called Skrite, lets users put messages and photos onto the sky. The tech is currently limited to smartphones but once AR evolves brands will be able to put adverts in the sky, which could see rival advertisers put adverts above competitors' locations.