The increasingly internet-connected nature of vehicles means cars are fast becoming just another potential target for hackers looking to steal personal data, remotely control vehicles, or even leave the driver unable to start the car because the systems have been infected with ransomware.Read more
HOW much bigger can they get? The five biggest technology firms—Alphabet (Google’s parent), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft—have published financial results in recent weeks that put their combined quarterly revenues at $143bn.Read more
The UK government has outlined plans to prevent the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The draft proposal stems from fears that pollution is rising and air quality continues to get worse, which may eventually become a serious risk to public health.Read more
The UK is planning to make amateur drone pilots sit a flight safety test in response to the rising number of near-misses with aircraft.
The flight test will be part of an overall package of regulation to be presented to parliament in the coming months.Read more
The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz).
Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.Read more
Professor Philip Treleaven and his financial computer science team at University College London have impressive form when it comes to executing grandiose projects. About 25 years ago, UCL successfully built the first insider dealing detection system for the London Stock Exchange.Read more
Well, that didn’t take long.
Consumers in the United States who buy a drone for recreational purposes no longer need to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration. A Washington, D.C. federal court ruled the FAA’s drone registration rule violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act.Read more
Advances in AI have enabled a range of developments in robotics, from driverless vehicles to unmanned military machines. These advances raise questions about autonomy and accountability – what happens if a faithful servant disobeys an action, and who is to blame if things go wrong? Can our current governance mechanisms lessen these risks and empower us to adopt new technologies?Read more
It would be hard to confuse Daniel Dennett for anyone other than a philosopher. With his voluminous white beard, imposing frame, and jolly demeanour, he cuts a distinctive figure in the sleek restaurant atop London’s National Portrait Gallery. It is a hazy, sunny day as we gaze out across the rooftops. The Union Flag hangs limply over Parliament.Read more
Uber has lost a U.K. court case it brought against a London transport authority that plans to require private-hire taxi drivers to pass an English-language communication exam.
The test was first announced back in 2015 by then London Mayor Boris Johnson, and was aimed at bringing more regulation to the burgeoning private-hire taxi industry that companies such as Uber have enabled.Read more
The IoT is significant because an object that can represent itself digitally becomes something greater than the object by itself. No longer does the object just relate to the process; it now connects to surrounding objects and database data, permitting “big data” analytics and insights.Read more