The Download: a cannabis disorder conflict, and ever-hotter heatwaves

Alice Moon couldn’t stop throwing up.  She had made a name for herself as an online cannabis influencer, but after a weed-infused dinner in a Malibu home in 2018, she spent more than two weeks constantly puking—unable to keep down food or water, going back and forth to urgent care for IVs, and at one […]

Sony’s racing AI destroyed its human competitors by being nice (and fast)

But Sony soon learned that speed alone wasn’t enough to make GT Sophy a winner. The program outpaced all human drivers on an empty track, setting superhuman lap times on three different virtual courses. Yet when Sony tested GT Sophy in a race against multiple human drivers, where intelligence as well as speed is needed, […]

Customer and employee experience: The new normal

In fact, Pew Research found that a full 86% of respondents to a survey about post-pandemic life expect the pandemic to have lasting effects on everyday experiences. In the context of retail and ecommerce, more people expect to shop online post-covid than ever before—even for unconventional products and services, according to the World Economic Forum […]

Why are telcos selling off their mobile towers?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 19 July 2022, 9:35 am Vodafone and Spark have sold their networks of mobile towers delivering billions in cash to the companies and mirroring a trend in telecoms infrastructure happening around the world. Vodafone said yesterday it had stuck a $1.7 billion deal to sell its towers to InfraRed Capital Partners and […]

Servers running Digium Phones VoiP software are getting backdoored

Getty Images reader comments 10 with 9 posters participating Share this story Servers running the open source Asterisk communication software for Digium VoiP services are under attack by hackers who are managing to commandeer the machines to install web shell interfaces that give the attackers covert control, researchers have reported. Researchers from security firm Palo […]

ITP News in brief 18th July

Victoria MacLennan. 18 July 2022, 11:49 pm Kia ora koutou ITP members and supporters, the interesting times we live in continue to evolve with inflation continuing to rise, alongside our tight labour market, with Infometrix indicating a shadow of recession spreading across the domestic economy. Newsroom pose the concept of “skimpflation” is starting to emerge […]