TED 2018: Alphabet firm’s tools to combat extremism

Image copyright Ryan Lash/TED Image caption Yasmin Green wants to fight extremism with empathetic technology The online methods used by Jihadist groups to recruit members and the way Google is countering them, have been revealed at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference. The research director of Alphabet-owned Jigsaw gave a talk outlining the tools […]

Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

A businessman fighting for the “right to be forgotten” has won a UK High Court action against Google. The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine. The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled in […]

TED 2018: Fake Obama video creator defends invention

Image copyright Bret Hartman/TED Image caption None of these Obama videos is real said Supasorn Suwajanakorn A researcher who created a fake video of President Obama has defended his invention at the latest TED talks. The clip shows a computer-generated version of the former US leader mapped to fit an audio recording. Experts have warned […]

What Remains of Edith Finch wins Bafta’s top games award

Image copyright Giant Sparrow Image caption What Remains of Edith Finch involves exploring a huge home to solve a mystery What Remains of Edith Finch has scored an upset, winning the top prize at the Bafta Games Awards. The first-person mystery adventure was developed by the US indie studio Giant Sparrow. It had not won […]

Battle Royale: Fortnite hit by server outage

Image copyright Epic Games Image caption A total of 100 gamers face off in Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode trying to be the last survivor A lengthy server outage that prevented gamers playing Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode has been resolved. The title, which was developed by US-based Epic Games, began experiencing problems on Wednesday. It has […]

UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State

Media captionGCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said it was the first time such an attack had been carried out The UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. The operation hindered the group’s ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed its propaganda, former MI5 […]

TED 2018: Technology reveals fear and other emotions

Image copyright Bret Hartman/TED Image caption Prof Crum believes we should give away more data The fear levels of an audience have been measured to show how machines are beginning to reveal people’s deepest feelings. The demonstration was part of a talk given by Dolby Labs chief scientist Poppy Crum at the TED conference in […]

Racism allowed on Reddit, says chief

Image caption Reddit chief Steve Huffman says racism is allowed on site Reddit chief executive Steve Huffman has been accused of supporting racism in his commitment to free speech. After being questioned directly by one Reddit user, Mr Huffman said that racial slurs are not against the site’s rules. Reddit user chlomyster had asked Mr […]

UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Fleming gave a speech in Manchester The UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. The operation hindered the group’s ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is […]

Tim Schafer: My games suffered ‘bit rot’

Award-winning games designer Tim Schafer says many of his classic titles have suffered “bit rot”, as the old code is no longer playable on modern machines. On Thursday, Mr Schafer will be awarded a Bafta Fellowship in recognition of his creative contribution to video games. Tim Schafer: My games suffered ‘bit rot’