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Children ‘at risk of robot influence’

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Plymouth Image caption The children were asked to compare lines on a screen, with robots offering their opinions too Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests.The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by robots, children were.The fact that children tended to trust robots without question raised ethical issues
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Facebook ‘still hosts anti-Rohingya hate speech’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, according to Reuters.A probe by the news agency indicates that the network is still being used to encourage violence against the Muslim group in Myanmar despite the tech firm promising
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Reddit sleuth identifies car part leading to hit-and-run arrest

[ad_1] Reddit sleuth identifies car part leading to hit-and-run arrest By George Pierpoint BBC News Image copyright @wastatepatrol Image caption This photograph of a Washington State police officer holding a fraction of a car part led to the arrest of a driver in a fatal hit-and-run US Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run case after an obscure part of a car headlight was identified by a social
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Mystery Russian satellite’s behaviour raises alarm in US

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US says it does not know what the satellite is or why it is behaving strangely A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official."We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it," said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on
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Virgin Media broadband teams ‘left holes in walls’

[ad_1] Image copyright Andrew Mabbitt Image caption Andrew Mabbitt says it has been six weeks since the damage occurred Virgin Media has been accused of leaving holes in people's walls and not following up complaints to fix the damage.One customer said he had waited for six weeks to have a 10-inch crater in his plaster repaired.The complaints left on social media often say that requests for calls or web chats
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Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Alex Jones will not be able to post new messages or comment on others' posts for a week Twitter is blocking the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from posting to its platform for a week.The InfoWars broadcaster's past tweets will, however, remain viewable to others while his account is locked in a "read-only" mode.The social network has not confirmed what prompted the action.But the
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Biometric Mirror: Reflecting the imperfections in AI

[ad_1] Artificial intelligence (AI) which rates a user's physical and personality traits based on a photograph of them has been developed by the University of Melbourne and Science Gallery Melbourne.The Biometric Mirror compares the photograph to a database of what 10,000 people think of different facial appearances.The project is designed to raise awareness of the flaws of artificial intelligence - the algorithm makes decisions based on other people’s opinions, not
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Instagram hack sees accounts replaced with film stills

[ad_1] Image caption Various film stills have replaced the hacked account profile photos (Despicable Me 3, Anger Management, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumber and Dumber To, Wreck-It Ralph, Shrek 2) A number of Instagram users have taken to social media to report a mysterious hack in which their profile photos are replaced by random stills from films.Their account names have also been changed and they are unable to log in.Their
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Uber Eats cyclist pictured pedalling on M5 in Oldbury

[ad_1] Image copyright Adam Joyce Image caption The cyclist was pictured on the M5 motorway in Oldbury A cyclist carrying an Uber Eats backpack has been pictured pedalling along a motorway in the West Midlands.Watch Commander at Oldbury Fire, Adam Joyce, tweeted the image urging the company to "educate riders" so his team "aren't lifting a HGV off them".Mr Joyce said the man was cycling along the M5 in Oldbury,