Take financial journalism. I spent three years as a trainee building confidence and skill by churning out news about corporate earnings. This is precisely the type of report that, quite rightly, Associated Press now produces automatically, in partnership with a company called — ominously for all columnists — Automated Insights. Another parallel is aviation, where crashes often trigger fears that autopilots are undermining human skills.
Consumers who were not long ago blithely dismissive of privacy issues are increasingly feeling that they’ve lost control over their personal information. Meanwhile, Internet companies, adtech firms, and data brokers continue to roll out new technologies to build ever more granular profiles of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of consumers. And with next generation of artificial intelligence poised to exploit our data in ways we can’t even imagine, the simple terms of the old agreement seem woefully inadequate.
“VR is too important and too powerful a medium to be accessible to only a few". As well as near-term bets on mobile VR, Google is also a significant investor in the more long-term and ambitious concept of “mixed reality”. Last week, it was part of a large group of investors that put nearly $800m into Magic Leap, a Florida-based start-up working on a headset that uses light-field technology to project realistic images directly into the eye.
Adblock Plus' users can themselves partly decide which advertisers to block or not using tailor-made filters. But ultimately, only those who appear on Eyeo's own "white-list" of acceptable ads can be displayed. To get on that "white-list", advertisers must meet certain criteria laid drawn up Eyeo itself which stipulate how "non-intrusive" ads should be in terms of size, placement and labelling. Big websites can pay a fee not to be blocked. While Google and Amazon have paid up, others refuse.
The number of rape allegations linked to online dating websites has increased sixfold in five years, according to Britain’s leading crime-fighting body. The news comes after an investigation revealed alleged crimes involving dating apps Tinder and Grindr increased sevenfold between 2013 and 2015. Tinder has been contacted for comment.
The signs that the second great Internet investment bubble was nearing its end have been there for months for those who know where to look. Now, thanks to the worst start of a year for technology stocks since the Great Recession, these more-obscure data points have been confirmed by a more glaring one: The ongoing slaughter in public Internet valuations.
Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant." data-ephemeral="true
The bad year for stocks is getting worse by the minute - and tech investors are feeling the brunt of the pain. Crashing stocks have served up a brutal reminder why betting on speculative stocks in the technology sector is dangerous business when investors get nervous about growth.