In this week’s tech news, Apple cancels plans to build its $1 billion data centre in Ireland, a facial recognition software used by police falls short, Google’s virtual assistant can make phone calls and IBM employees are banned from using USB sticks.
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Apple cancels plans to build its $1 billion data centre in Ireland
After planning delays lasting over three years, Apple has now announced it will no longer build a $1 billion ($850 million) data centre in Galway, Ireland. In a statement to Reuters Apple announced that “Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans and we will not be able to move forward with the data centre”
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(The Verge) 10/05/2018
Facial Recognition software used by police falls short
A Guardian article has revealed that a facial recognition software used by the South Wales Police force incorrectly identified 2,000 people as potential criminals during the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff. The tech works by scanning faces in a crowd and comparing them against a database of custody images and the force blames the high number of false positives on “poor quality images”.
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(The Guardian) 11/05/2018
Google’s virtual assistant can make phone calls
Google has made the headlines this week with the demonstration of Google Duplex at its annual developers’ conference. The demo shows Google’s voice assistant booking a hair appointment and a reservation at a restaurant by directly talking to a human over the phone. The voice is designed to sound completely natural and the only concern is that the recipient of the call is none the wiser that they are talking to a bot. Would you hang up if you discovered you were talking to Google’s AI?
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(BBC Tech) 09/05/2018
IBM employees banned from using USB sticks
IBM is concerned about the high risk of ‘financial reputational damage from misplaced, lost or misused removable portable storage devices’ and so has banned its staff from using removable storage devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. Some parts of IBM have had this policy for a while but over the next few weeks, the new policy will be implemented worldwide.
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(The Register) 10/05/2018
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