Sitting at her kitchen table, a shellshocked Cherylyn Houston reflects on an ordeal that is finally over. It all started in September 2021. Houston, a 42-year-old secondary school teacher, opened the door to find her landlady on her doorstep. “She… Read More »‘I wanted my children to grow up here’: how Airbnb is ruining local communities in north Wales
If you’re worried that artificial intelligence is getting too smart, talking to Meta’s AI chatbot might make you feel better. Launched on Friday, BlenderBot is a prototype of Meta’s conversational AI, which, according to Facebook’s parent company, can converse on… Read More »Meta’s new AI chatbot can’t stop bashing Facebook
A safe-technology advocacy group issued claimed on Tuesday that Tesla’s full self-driving software represents a potentially lethal threat to child pedestrians, the latest in a series of claims and investigations into the technology to hit the world’s leading electric carmaker.… Read More »Tesla’s self-driving technology fails to detect children in the road, tests find
It was such a joy earlier to tune into the Proms on TV and see a concert dedicated to video game soundtracks. Although gaming concerts have been a thing for more than a decade, recognition from this festival was a… Read More »Pushing Buttons: Pokémon goes to the Proms – is gaming respectable now?
The mercenary spyware industry represents “one of the greatest contemporary threats to civil society, human rights and democracy”, a leading cybersecurity expert warns, as countries grapple with the unregulated spread of powerful and invasive surveillance tools. Ron Diebert, a political… Read More »Spyware is huge threat to global human rights and democracy, expert warns
WhatsApp users will soon be able to avoid social awkwardness by gracefully – and silently – leaving annoying groups, the company has announced. Currently, if you leave a WhatsApp group, every member is notified, which can be embarrassing for smaller… Read More »WhatsApp opens the door to silent exits from annoying groups
“A top-of-her-game literary agent tells us she receives about 3,000 submissions a year,” says Joe Sedgwick, the head of writing services at The Literary Consultancy. “Of those, she requests to see the full manuscripts of about 70. Of those writers,… Read More »How to get your own book published: a step by step guide
Incidents of children aged between seven and 10 being manipulated into recording abuse of themselves have surged by two-thirds over the past six months, according to a global report. Almost 20,000 reports of self-generated child sexual abuse content were seen… Read More »Self-generated sexual abuse of children aged seven to 10 rises two-thirds
Elon Musk thinks you don’t exist. But it’s nothing personal: he thinks he doesn’t exist either. At least, not in the normal sense of existing. Instead we are just immaterial software constructs running on a gigantic alien computer simulation. Musk… Read More »The big idea: are we living in a simulation?
The elevator pitch for Skate Story is the kind of tantalising soundbite that instantly pricks up the ears: it’s a “vaporwave skateboarding game,” says 28-year-old developer Sam Eng. Amazingly, the trailer released last month during game publisher Devolver Digital’s June… Read More »Not your average skating game: ‘You are a demon made of glass and pain’