Google had reportedly dropped out of a potential $10 billion cloud computing contract with the U.S. Defense Department, saying that the project’s ethical principles does not align with the company’s. Without elaborating, Google said that the JEDI deal would align with their AI Principles. In addition to this, the search firm...

China’s state media agency Xinhua announced this week the country’s first officially licensed “blockchain pilot zone” which will be situated in the southern province of Hainan. The chief of Hainan's provincial department of industry and information technology, Wang Jing, the special zone is expected to attract talent to China. With a...

It was reported this week that Microsoft has invested an undisclosed amount in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab. The two companies will also be collaborating on technology projects involving big data and artificial intelligence. In an announcement last Tuesday, the companies said that they will be exploring how they can use...

Fortinet cybersecurity researchers reported this week that Sony had issued updates for three critical security bugs on its Bravia TV, one of which can give attackers "complete remote code execution with root privilege". Reported by FortiGuard Labs researchers, the flaws were found in Sony TV’s Photo Sharing Plus application which included...

According to a recent Bloomberg report, Venezuelans are now being forced to pay for their passports in Petro, the state-backed cryptocurrency. In a press conference last Fiday, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced that a new passport will cost citizens two petros or roughly 7,200 bolivars.   It is said that the cost,...

Chinese internet giant Tencent recently partnered with London-based medical firm Medopad to improve the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease using artificial intelligence. Dr Wei Fan of Tencent Medical AI lab explains that the system works by capturing the movement of the patient’s hands by camera then feeding it to the AI for...

MIT researchers recently published a paper detailing a new design for a neuromorphic chip which may revolutionize the field of AI which is currently dependent on traditional processing chips. The new design uses an artificial synapse for “brain on chip” hardware which, instead of making computations in binary, will work...