Hundreds of SolarCity staff have been fired
The solar energy company SolarCity, which was acquired by Tesla last year, has fired hundreds of additional workers. These dismissals are in addition to hundreds more that were reported earlier this month. Sources say around 1,200 people at Tesla and SolarCity have lost their jobs recently.
Source: Ars Technica
Facebook's AI director dismisses apocalyptic AI predictions
In an interview with The Verge, Facebook's AI director, Yann LeCun, has reiterated how far away we are fom having machines with general intelligence. "In particular areas machines have superhuman performance, but in terms of general intelligence we’re not even close to a rat," said LeCun.
Source: The Verge
Robot assistants will soon be roaming the aisles at Walmart
Walmart will have 50 robots in stores by the end of January. The robots scan aisles for out-of-stock items, items put in the wrong place by customers, incorrect prices and wrong or missing labels. Walmart CTO Jeremy King told Reuters that the robots are 50% more efficient than a human doing the same task.
Source: Business Insider UK
'Bad Rabbit' ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia
A new ransomware attack, dubbed Bad Rabbit, has been found spreading in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere. The malware has affected systems at three Russian websites, an airport in Ukraine and an underground railway in the capital city, Kiev.
Just the US and Syria remain opposed to the Paris climate deal
Nicaragua has said that it will join the Paris climate agreement, leaving only two countries that have either not joined the deal or revealed their plans to leave it: Syria and the United States. Nicaragua was originally critical of the deal, seeing it as insufficiently ambitious.
Source: New York Times
Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a robot named Sophia
A robot designed by Hanson Robotics has been given the right to citizenship in Saudi Arabia. The revelation/PR stunt came out of the Future Investment Initiative being held in Riyadh. The exact rights the robot, known as Sophia, are unknown.