EU to hit Chinese electric cars with tariffs of up to 38%

The European Commission has ordered a provisional hike to tariffs on Chinese manufacturers including BYD. The European Union warned on Wednesday it would slap additional tariffs of up to 38 percent on Chinese electric car imports from next month after an anti-subsidy probe, a move that risks provoking a bitter trade war. Brussels angered Beijing […]

Exploring the impact of AI on socioeconomic inequalities

Credit: CC0 Public Domain An interdisciplinary review of how generative artificial intelligence (AI) may change work, education, health care, information, and misinformation focuses on the technology’s potential impacts on social equality. Valerio Capraro and colleagues find that in each domain, generative AI has potential to both ameliorate and worsen inequality. The findings are published in […]

No, AI doesn’t mean human-made music is doomed

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Recently we have seen the launch of artificial intelligence programs such as SOUNDRAW and Loudly that can create musical compositions in the style of almost any artist. We’re also seeing big stars use AI in their own work, including to replicate others’ voices. Drake, for instance, landed in hot water in […]

Amazon is tinkering with grocery business: Some are unsure it’s working

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain When Amazon introduced its cashierless checkout system—aptly called Just Walk Out—the tech was seen as the latest prong in Amazon’s mission to transform brick-and-mortar stores and become a dominant competitor in the grocery industry. Roughly seven years later, Amazon is taking that technology out of its grocery stores, and the revolution […]

AI’s hidden workers are stuck in dead-end jobs

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain You may have heard that revolutionary AI sits on old-world foundations. The supply chain churning out generative AI tools like ChatGPT has highly-paid executives and researchers at the top, and at the bottom, working stiffs who toil at screens training algorithms. Between 150 million and 430 million people do such work, […]

ChatGPT a mentor for Japan’s 89-year-old app developer

Japanese 89-year-old Tomiji Suzuki started coding in retirement and is now making apps for the fast-growing elderly demographic. Japanese 89-year-old Tomiji Suzuki started coding in retirement and is now making apps for the fast-growing elderly demographic, using ChatGPT to fine-tune his skills. So far, Suzuki has developed 11 free iPhone apps to help Japan’s aging […]

Elon Musk drops lawsuit against OpenAI and Sam Altman

Elon Musk has threatened to ban iPhones inside his companies, saying an alliance between Apple and OpenAI has him worried about data security. Elon Musk on Tuesday dropped his lawsuit against OpenAI and its co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman for betraying the startup’s founding mission. In a California court, Musk had accused the AI […]

Japan enacts law ensuring access to third-party apps

Tech giants will now face major fines in Japan if they fail to give access to third-party smarthphone apps and payment systems on their platforms. Japan on Wednesday enacted legislation to ensure tech giants like Google and Apple give access to third-party smartphone apps and payment systems on their platforms or risk major fines. Similar […]

Exploring how AI can be applied to the business needs of the electric power industry

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A recent study published in IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution explores how artificial intelligence—in particular machine learning techniques—can be leveraged as powerful tools for the electric power and energy industry, and for managing its assets. By showcasing practical applications and success stories, the study demonstrates the growing acceptance of machine learning […]

Research team takes a deep dive into global mining trends

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Mining is at a critical crossroads. The industry must supply more minerals and metals for the energy transition while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint across its processes. It also must address negative public perceptions of its operations. Mining Strategy in a Changing World and Unearthing Tomorrow—Trends Shaping the Future of Mining […]

A green steel pathway would turbocharge Ukraine’s post-war recovery, study finds

Cost-minimized results of onshore hybrid solar and wind plant energy products installed in 2050 – (a) Levelized cost of firm electricity (in USD/MWh), plotted with existing solar and wind installations (markers sized according to capacity). (b) Levelized cost of continually supplied hydrogen (in USD/t H2). (c) Levelized cost of continually supplied ammonia (in USD/t NH3). […]

Raspberry Pi shares surge in stock market debut

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Raspberry Pi, maker of the eponymous budget computer sold worldwide, saw its shares jump Tuesday in their initial public offering (IPO) on the London stock market, sending the company’s valuation surging. The company, part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK charity that promotes computing among young people, priced its share […]

Intel suspends expansion of factory plan in Israel

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Intel is halting the expansion of a major factory project in Israel, which was going to pump an extra $15 billion towards a chip plant. The chip giant in December said it was going to expand an ongoing $10 billion plan at the Kiryat Gat site, in the south of the […]

Tesla turns up charm ahead of investor vote on huge Musk pay plan

Tesla has urged shareholders to vote in favor of CEO Elon Musk’s huge pay plan after a Delaware judge struck it down. Electric automaker Tesla has launched a charm offensive to try to coax shareholders to vote Thursday for billionaire CEO Elon Musk’s giant pay package, after the windfall was nixed in court. The company […]

AI to ‘transform’ gaming but costly, Ubisoft CEO tells

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Generative AI will profoundly change how video games are created and played, but its capital costs are a serious hurdle, the CEO of French gaming giant Ubisoft told AFP on Monday. Speaking at a Los Angeles event showcasing upcoming releases, Yves Guillemot said generative AI, or Gen AI, could make open-world […]

Musk threatens company iPhone ban after Apple/OpenAI deal

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Tesla and SpaceX tycoon Elon Musk lashed out Monday at a partnership between OpenAI and Apple, saying the threat to data security will make him ban iPhones at his companies. “Apple has no clue what’s actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI. They’re selling you down the […]

French tech group Atos picks Onepoint’s rescue bid

Atos runs supercomputers for France’s nuclear deterrent and will provide real-time results during the Paris Olympics. Struggling French tech group Atos, an Olympics partner and key French defense contractor, said Tuesday it had chosen a takeover offer by a consortium led by its top shareholder Onepoint. Atos—which runs supercomputers for France’s nuclear deterrent, holds contracts […]

Making remanufacturing profitable

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Returning end-of-life products to an as-new condition is called remanufacturing and can be an essential element in a circular economy. But for more industrial companies to take an interest in it, remanufacturing must be economically viable. In a doctoral thesis from Linköping University, Johan Vogt Duberg has investigated how this can […]

Majority of Americans will pay more for electric vehicles made in US, survey finds

Belief in human-driven climate change rebounded from last year, while Republicans under 45 drove a small increase in overall Republican belief. Credit: EPIC/AP-NORC Americans continue to be open to purchasing electric vehicles, but are deterred by cost, range, charging capacity, and a lack of charging stations, according to a new survey from the Energy Policy […]

EU targets UAE telecoms firm in new anti-subsidy probe

Telecoms group e& signed an agreement in August 2023 to purchase EU telecoms assets. The European Union on Monday announced a formal anti-subsidy probe targeting an Emirati telecoms company, the first action under new rules to focus on a foreign bid to buy EU assets. Brussels has ramped up its scrutiny of foreign investment into […]

Netflix’s recipe for success includes ‘secret sauce’ spiced with Silicon Valley savvy

Awards, including an Emmy, are displayed at Netflix headquarters Los Gatos, Calif. on March 7, 2024. Netflix wins awards for its shows like a Hollywood studio, but still relies on the sophisticated technology of a Silicon Valley company to reel in viewers and subscribers. Credit: AP Photo/Mike Liedtke Although its video streaming service sparkles with […]

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