Apple CEO Slams EU; Tech Firms Forge Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 1:39 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Apple CEO Tim Cook waves as he arrives on stage to deliver a keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S. , June 8, 2015. (Reuters)

FILE – Apple CEO Tim Cook waves before delivering a keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S. , June 8, 2015. (Reuters)

Apple’s Tim Cook: EU Ruling on Apple’s Irish Tax ‘Total Political Crap’

Apple CEO Tim Cook described the European Union’s demand that his company pay nearly $14.5 billion in back taxes as “total political crap.” The EU had said Apple was getting illegal state aid in Ireland, whose government is divided on the issue. And while the U.S. government has criticized the EU decision, the debate is far from over as France and Germany have now come forward in support of the EU.

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues its advance into virtually every aspect of life, some of the world’s largest tech companies are trying to come up with a code of ethics for AI development. Researchers from Google’s parent company Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are all coming together to discuss AI implications and ensure that related research focuses on benefiting people. The meeting coincides with a new study from Stanford University that looks at the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence.

The Smart Person’s Guide to the Dark Web

It’s a two-edged sword. The unindexed, encrypted network of websites and servers known as the Dark Web is frequented by legitimate and shady parties alike, from criminals and law enforcement agencies to journalists and dissidents. The Tech Republic’s guide examines how the Dark Web works and how to navigate it safely.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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