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Month: June 2019

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pays out $38bn in divorce settlement



Ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos will become world’s fourth-richest woman but has promised to give away half of awardThe world’s biggest divorce settlement will be made official this week as Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos hands over a 4% stake in the online shop…

‘Things are changing so fast’: the benefits and dangers of robots in the UK workplace



Politicians, trade unionists and experts have set out to learn more about the new industrial landscape“We are under the threat of closure all the time,” says Andrew Peters without a hint of fear in his voice.As though repeating himself for the hundredt…

The robots are definitely coming and will make the world a more unequal place | John Naughton



New studies show that the latest wave of automation will make the world’s poor poorer. But big tech will be even richerSo the robots are coming for our jobs, are they? Yawn. That’s such an old story. Goes back to Elizabeth I and the stocking frame, if …

Ruha Benjamin: ‘We definitely can’t wait for Silicon Valley to become more diverse’



The sociologist on how prejudice is embedded in technology – and how we go about building a fairer worldRuha Benjamin is an associate professor of African American studies at Princeton University, and lectures around the intersection of race, justice a…

An app using AI to ‘undress’ women offers a terrifying glimpse into the future | Arwa Mahdawi



Unless we start taking online misogyny seriously, we are going to face a future where women may not be able to exist onlineSign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Continue reading…

Jony Ive, Apple designer behind iPhone and iMac, to exit company after 30 years



Ive to remain ‘very involved’ with Apple as he launches new creative companyJony Ive, the chief architect of groundbreaking and distinctive designs from the iMac to the iPhone, announced on Thursday that he is leaving Apple after nearly 30 years.Ive’s …

EU to run war games to prepare for Russian and Chinese cyber-attacks



Ministers to be put in fictional scenarios after series of hacking incidentsThe EU is to conduct war games to prepare for Russian and Chinese cyber-attacks, in response to a series of incidents that alarmed European governments.Pekka Haavisto, Finland’…