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Contribute to a podcast on the impact of artificial intelligence



In our next We Need to Talk About podcast, we’ll consider the key questions surrounding AI. What are your views?

If 2017 was the year artificial intelligence rose to prominence, 2018 is when we’re seeing it go mainstream. Whichever area you work in, it’s likely AI will become increasingly prevalent in your everyday activity. Wherever you are in the world – whether you are an expert in AI, someone whose job increasingly uses AI or simply an interested reader we would like to hear from you.

Earlier this year, the Guardian published a long read that asked: Has technology evolved beyond our control? Its author, James Bridle, argued that “our technologies are extensions of ourselves, codified in machines and infrastructures, in frameworks of knowledge and action. Computers are not here to give us all the answers, but to allow us to put new questions, in new ways, to the universe.”

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Elon Musk’s tweets investigated for possibly breaking law: reports



SEC is reportedly investigating whether the Tesla CEO’s tweets about going private may have violated US securities law

The US’s top financial watchdog has reportedly sent subpoenas to Tesla regarding chief executive Elon Musk’s plans to take the company private.

Fox Business Network reported on Wednesday, citing sources, that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now formally investigating Musk’s recent tweets that he had “secured” funding to take the troubled electric vehicle company private.

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Sadiq Khan wants to restrict number of Uber drivers in London



London mayor says cap on new licences would mean less congestion

The London mayor is seeking powers to limit the number of Uber drivers operating in the capital, blaming a surge in private hire drivers for the city’s increasing congestion and pollution.

Sadiq Khan said a cap on new licences was an urgent and necessary step. But unlike New York, which announced a cap last week, he is unable to impose restrictions.

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Child drownings in Germany linked to parents’ phone ‘fixation’



Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this year

German lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones.

More than 300 people have drowned in Germany this year, with hardly a day passing during the current heatwave when a swimmer has not died.

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Phantom Doctrine review – a vexing spy game for masochists



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This tactical espionage game gives frustratingly little chance to hone skills, leaving players dependent on luck

In Phantom Doctrine, a brutally punishing tactical game, you are the head of a shadowy organisation of spies at the height of the cold war, either aligned with the CIA or Russia’s former KGB. It is an appealing fantasy, but might seem too close to the reality of working at the top echelons of espionage. There is frustration, futility and a nagging sense that the endless global fight might not be worth the trouble.

Players are tasked with unravelling a conspiracy using a network of spies, commandos and moles. Much of this is done from your base as you train agents, investigate intelligence and direct worldwide missions. For on-the-ground work, you send small teams into the field, directing the turn-based combat from an overhead view. All of this is pulled together by a bewilderingly convoluted storyline.

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Twitter suspends Infowars’ Alex Jones for abuse



Far-right conspiracy theorist will not be able to tweet, retweet or favourite tweets for seven days

Controversial Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Twitter for up to seven days.

The suspension has put Jones into what Twitter describes as “read-only mode” preventing him from tweeting, liking or retweeting, but not removing his tweets or personal account from the social network. The Infowars Twitter account remains unaffected.

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Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India



Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia

Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology company into sports rights.

The company has signed an exclusive agreement to show La Liga games featuring Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and other stars for the next three years. The deal will allow Facebook to show all 380 matches for the new season, which starts on Friday, to users in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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How to turn off Google’s location tracking



Turning off location history won’t hide where you are when you use search, Maps or weather. Here’s how to stop being tracked

When you turn off “location history” Google still tracks your location when you use several of its key services including Maps, search and the weather. Here’s how to really turn all of it off.

A report from the Associated Press has highlighted that the feature called location history is just one of the systems that Google uses to track your location for personalised services, local search and other purposes such as advertising.

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Chelsea Manning to discuss Cambridge Analytica during London visit



The whistleblower will speak in October at the Institute of Contemporary Arts dinnerChelsea Manning will discuss the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other issues around technology and democracy during her first appearance in the UK later this year.Mann…

Facebook exec: media firms that don’t work with us will end up ‘in hospice’



Campbell Brown, head of news partnerships, tells publishers that without Facebook’s help their businesses will die

A senior Facebook executive told Australian media companies that if they didn’t cooperate with the social network, their businesses would die.

According to a report by The Australian, Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, told a group of more than 20 broadcasters and publishers that she wanted to help media companies develop sustainable business models through the platform.

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