Anatomy of a conspiracy theory: how misinformation travels on Facebook | Australia news

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve, former Liberal MP Craig Kelly logged on to Facebook to make one of his regular contributions to the global network of misinformation about Covid-19 – this time, to promote the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as a treatment for the virus. The content of Continue Reading

On the scene, like a sex-obsessed machine: when a robot writes a play | Stage

Kazuo Ishiguro, whose new novel Klara and the Sun is about artificial intelligence, has said he is worried about a time when an AI programme is able to write fiction “that can make me cry, that can show human emotions … that can have the capacity for empathy”. The first Continue Reading

Facebook Launches Climate Science Information Centre in sub–Saharan Africa – Tempemail

Facebook has launched its Climate Science Information Centre to sub–Saharan Africa, beginning with South Africa and Nigeria. This is expected to be part of the social platform’s “commitment to connecting people to accurate, expert advice and information about global developments that affect their lives”. The centre, available in 16 countries Continue Reading

Bill Gates: ‘Carbon neutrality in a decade is a fairytale. Why peddle fantasies?’ | Technology

Bill Gates appears via video conference – Microsoft Teams, not Zoom, obviously – from his office in Seattle, a large space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Washington. It’s a gloomy day outside and Gates is, somewhat eccentrically, positioned a long way from the camera, behind a large, kidney-shaped desk; his Continue Reading

Spam’s new frontier? Now even spinach can send emails | Food

Name: Spinach. Age: About 2,000 years old, originating, it is said, in Persia. AKA: Spinacia oleracea. Appearance: Leafy, green, connected. Connected how? Wirelessly. Wirelessly connected to what, though? To email. I see. How can this be happening? Through a combination of nanotechnology, infrared detectors and the mobile network, if that Continue Reading

US has ‘moral imperative’ to develop AI weapons, says panel | Science

The US should not agree to ban the use or development of autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, a government-appointed panel has said in a draft report for Congress. The panel, led by former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, on Tuesday concluded two days of public discussion about Continue Reading

‘No more monkey selfies’: scientists told images could drive illegal pet trade | Environment- Tempemail

Celebrity primatologists and scientists have been urged not to post selfies with chimpanzees, orangutans and other primates on social media to help conservation efforts for threatened species. Cuddling baby monkeys on camera and sharing Instagram posts interacting with primates at sanctuaries is strongly discouraged under new guidelines aimed at scientists, Continue Reading

‘I worry about their social skills’: parents on children’s screen time in lockdown | World news- Tempemail

The worst part of the pandemic for 11-year-old Sandy is that he can’t see his friends. The best part is that limits on how much time he spends online gaming have gone out the window. During the long months of lockdowns and shuttered schools, Sandy’s father, Simon Evans, 64, from Continue Reading

Ivanka Trump blasted for tweeting Covid lockdowns “not grounded in science”- Tempemail

“These blanket lockdowns are not grounded in science,” she tweeted. “These arbitrary rules imposed by callous politicians are destroying lives. It is just wrong for small business owners to have [fought] so hard to keep their American dream alive.”   Ms Trump shared  a video alongside her tweet in which Continue Reading