Today’s Tech Sightings:
If a robot makes a mistake, who is accountable for any resulting harm or damage? The answer may appear simple, but experts are still divided on the matter. Some argue robot owners are accountable in the same way pet owners are accountable for the actions of their dogs, for example. Other experts at a British Academy panel say the whole traditional concept of ownership and liability needs to change, perhaps leading to some sort of definition of “electronic personhood.”
This Saturday, Facebook turns 13. The social media giant now boasts more than 1.86 billion monthly active users. To celebrate, Facebook reintroduced personalized videos and Messenger GIFs. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will now focus on bringing groups and communities – and strangers – together through shared interests.
The CEOs of some of India’s largest IT and outsourcing firms are planning a trip to Washington on February 20 to appeal President Donald Trump’s impending changes to the U.S. immigration visa program. India’s technology sector provides some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley with skilled, low-cost labor. The CEOs plan to meet with U.S. lawmakers and administration officials to try and dissuade them from tightening visa restrictions. The 90-day entry ban affects seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.
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