The Future, According to Jack Ma; Uber CEO Resigns

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 12:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Groups, talks with American television host Charlie in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., June 20, 2017. (Reuters)

Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Groups, talks with American television host Charlie Rose in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., June 20, 2017. (Reuters)

Alibaba’s Jack Ma: AI Could Lead to 4-hour Workdays and World War III

Adding his voice to a chorus of visionaries warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), Alibaba Founder and CEO Jack Ma told CNBC AI automation could allow people more free time, perhaps leading to four-day work weeks in 30 years. But without oversight, he warned automation could also trigger a catastrophe. He noted technological revolutions triggered the first two World Wars, and suggested machine learning could be the beginning of the third technological revolution, possibly leading to the Third World War.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

Amid turmoil and mounting pressure from investors, Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has resigned. The decision came as the cab-hailing service battles sexual harassment lawsuits and accusations of fostering a toxic culture. Kalanick said he accepted the request to step down so that Uber “can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.” He will still serve on the company’s board.

Malvertising Drive Infects PCs With Ransomware Without Clicking Links

Cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint have identified the ransomware that targeted universities in the UK and other entities around the world last week. The so-called Mole ransomware, according to researchers, is part of a widespread malvertising campaign that infected PCs whose users visited a compromised website, even if they did not click any malicious links.


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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