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Amazon promises fix for creepy Alexa laugh

Amazon’s Alexa has been letting out an unprompted, creepy cackle – startling users of the best-selling voice assistant.The laugh, described by some as “witch like” was reported to sometimes happen without the device being “woken” up.Others reported the laugh occurring when they asked Alexa to perform a different task, such …

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YouTube ads pulled from InfoWars

Over the weekend there was a shock for some major brands – it turned out that they had been advertising on videos from YouTube channels dedicated to wild conspiracy theories. CNN reported that it had found ads from brands including Nike, 20th Century Fox, Expedia and others running next to …

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Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths

Crypto-currencies are killing people in a “fairly direct way”, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said.He was referring to the way digital currencies like Bitcoin are used to buy drugs like synthetic opioid fentanyl.In an “ask me anything” session on news website Reddit, he said that the anonymity of digital currencies …

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AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said. The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, criminals and terrorists. Those designing …

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