Weekly Tech Roundup: November 24
Staff Writeron 24 November, 2017 at 10:11
This week, FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that the regulatory body would roll back its Obama-era rules surrounding net neutrality. And while this decision only applies to internet service providers in the United States, it logically follows that there will be widespread ramifications across the rest of the world, both because a number of countries look to America to set an example with regards to policy, and because it may lead ISPs in other countries to become more expensive as a result.
Facebook is working on an online tool which will allow its users to determine whether they may have seen disinformation, propaganda or other polarising content from Russian troll farms during last year’s presidential race. It is estimated that up to 150 million people across Facebook and Instagram may have been exposed to both paid and organic posts.
The most famous crypto-currency in the world has passed another milestone, now trading at more than $8,250. At least one industry commentator speculates that this extended growth is a result, at least in part, of continued institutional interest in this field; over 100 crypto-currency hedge funds have launched in the last year alone.
Google’s video platform has faced criticisms in recent weeks for the inappropriate, unscrupulous and occasionally downright creepy content which its algorithms serves up to young and vulnerable users. The company has responded by introducing stricter controls on videos and comments, and demonetising a large swathe of posts.
It’s predicted that by 2029, artificially intelligent machines will be able to outsmart human beings. But dystopian nightmares aside, even much narrower applications of AI today require us to think about the ethics of everyday situations, especially when it comes to machines such as self-driving cars.