Tesla denies brake failure in fatal collision, Google will pay nearly $400 million in privacy settlement, and Twitter is helping its competitors flourish.
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Tesla is denying that brakes failed in a fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle in China that killed two people. The incident took place in Chaozhou, China. Multiple video footage showed a white Tesla Model Y speeding down the road, spinning out of control, hitting a motorcyclist and a student before finally crashing into a store. Tesla has launched an investigation into the matter, and according to Elon Musk, data recovered from the car did not show that the brakes had been applied. The company also said that the brake lights never flashed in the video footage. The investigation is still underway to ascertain the cause of the incident.
Source: el pais
Google will pay $391 million in a privacy settlement over its location tracking practices. Allegations by 40 attorneys general accused the company of misleading users about location tracking activities. He alleged that Google monitors users’ activities even after location tracking is turned off. In addition to paying one of the largest privacy fines in US history, Google will also amend its location tracking disclosures from next year.
The chaos on Twitter is spurring the growth of competing platforms. Business Insider reported that despite the Twitter app having more downloads on mobile devices, the growth is less impressive than that of its competitors. For example, Mastodon saw a 657 percent increase in downloads in the 12 days after Elon Musk joined Twitter. Tumblr also saw a 96 percent user increase. While these numbers appear impressive, note that Twitter has a huge user base, so even a small percentage of growth is still a huge increase.
Source: business Insider
Does AI need to sleep? A research team thinks so. Giving an AI some shut-eye may help its sequential learning, or learning new things one after the other, according to a new paper published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology. Current AI systems excel at learning any new task, but their performance suffers on previously learned tasks. The idea of sleeping AI may be to be able to simulate memory consolidation, which helps reduce “catastrophic forgetting” and improves the neural network’s memory of what it has already learned.
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