Today’s Tech Sightings:
The latest obsession on the technology landscape these days are chatbots, artificial intelligence programs that help Internet surfers get content, services and shopping without any help from humans. Facebook, Microsoft and other tech leaders are looking to capitalize on this technology. Citing a recent incident when Microsoft’s teen chatbot Tay was taught all kinds of vitriol and hate speech by Internet users, writer Jenna Wortham argues that ultimately, technology embodies the values of the society that creates it.
A cache of secret documents revealed by Privacy International shows just how much information British spy agencies are allowed to harvest from the country’s citizens, including confidential medical and financial data. Writer Steve Ranger says spy agencies are turning to big data because the old ways of information-gathering have stopped working. But just how much information are people willing to part with and at what price?
Norwegian firm Opera Software ASA, maker of the Opera web browser, has embedded in its latest desktop app an anti-censorship, free VPN client. The move coincides with a bid by a Chinese consortium to acquire the browser – and complicates it. The Chinese would-be buyers include security firm Qihoo 360 Technology and Beijing Kunlun Tech corporations.
- Google Records 700,000 Website ‘Hijacking’ Breaches in One Year
- Apps Leaking Data From Corporate Devices Rise 17 Percent
- Australia Is Now Actively Pursuing Hackers
- Microsoft Releases 24 Optional Windows Patches
- Apple Confirms QuickTime for Windows Is Dead, Adobe in a Bind
- Facebook Launches Group Calling Feature for Messenger App
- The Xbox 360 Era Is Officially Over