From robots potentially being classed as people, to Google co-founder investing in developing flying cars, June has been an interesting month in the technology world. Here’s all you need to know in the world of tech – June 2016!
Robots to be classed as people?
If the European Union takes on a draft plan to address the new industrial revolution (the addition of robots to the working lines in factories and taking on personal care or surgery) then robot owners will be liable to paying social security for them and they could be classed as ‘electronic persons’. A draft European Parliament motion from May this year suggests that the growing intelligence, pervasiveness and autonomy of robots requires rethinking in everything from taxation to legal liability.
‘Tech support’ scams dupe victims
Fake messages offering support that look like they have come from legitimate internet service providers (ISP) are appearing in the form of realistic pop-ups from companies such as TalkTalk and BT. The messages say that malware has been detected on their computers and they should call a number for ‘immediate assistance’.
World’s first microchip with 1,000 processors
The ‘KiloCore’ chip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors and handles up to 1.78 trillion instructions per second has been designed at the University of California. Bevan Baas, professor of electrical and computer engineering, said “To the best of our knowledge, it is the world’s first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed in a university.”
Apple to allow default apps to be deleted
Finally Apple has seemed to get the message: users want to be able to delete default apps! With iOS 10, the biggest ever update to Apple’s mobile operating system, came one very welcome but very small change. Stocks, Calendar, Contacts, iBooks, iCloud Drive, Mail, Tips, and more default apps are able to be removed.
Facebook to delete synced photos
Unless users have downloaded the Moments app, Facebook has warned it will delete all its users’ photos that were synced using the old Photo Sync feature. Facebook has warned: “If you want to keep your photos, download Moments and log in before July 7. If you don’t want Moments, you can also download these photos directly to your computer from your Facebook profile. Otherwise, they’ll be deleted.” Photos or videos shared on Facebook between friends won’t be affected.
Microsoft to buy LinkedIn
Microsoft has announced it is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion (£18bn), with the current CEO of LinkedIn reporting to CEO of Microsoft. The two firms entered into a “definitive agreement” which was “unanimously approved” by both sets of directors, Microsoft and LinkedIn said.
Google co-founder developing flying cars
Arguably we should already be driving flying cars, not to mention hoverboards, if Back to the Future II is anything to go by, but perhaps we are finally getting one step closer. Larry Page, co-founder of Google and current CEO of Alphabet is apparently secretly investing large sums of money into the development of flying cars. Reportedly, Page privately owns Zee.Aero, a flying car firm.
Instagram launching ‘Business Tools’
Instagram is going to launch new “business tools” in coming months, businesses will be able to turn posts into adverts, and will be able to have business profiles, insights and promotions.
Teaching AI to predict the future
After watching several TV programmes where humans were performing tasks and interacting with each other, the AI was made to watch a clip and predict what would happen next, getting it right 43% of the time.
Zuckerberg tapes webcam and microphone
A phot of Mark Zuckerberg has been circulating social media, which shows that the Facebook founder tapes up the webcam and microphone on his MacBook Pro. It has also been revealed that FBI director, James Comey has said he also covers up his laptop’s webcam to prevent hackers spying on him.
[Image credit: processor chip – Andy Fell/UC Davis, Facebook – Facebook, Microsoft/LinkedIn – rvlsoft, iPhone apps – blackzheep]