France reveals hidden swimming pools with AI, taxes them

reader comments 188 with 89 posters participating Share this story Using an artificial intelligence computer vision system developed by French IT firm Capgemini, the French tax office (often called “Le Fisc“) has identified 20,356 residential swimming pools that had previously gone undeclared. According to The Guardian, this has opened up 10 million euros in additional […]

The Download: EV havoc in China, and the first private Venus mission

Podcast: I Was There When: AI helped create a vaccine Only a select few people know what it’s like to be present during breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and computing. In the latest episode of our award-winning podcast, In Machines We Trust, we meet Dave Johnson, the chief data and artificial intelligence officer at Moderna, who […]

Big tech names invest in

Peter Griffin, Editor. 30 August 2022, 12:44 pm A who’s who of New Zealand veteran tech investors have backed Wellington start-up in a series A investment round that raised $4.5 million. Atomic helps businesses include their customer experience with web-based and in-app engagement. Its existing customers include ANZ, Foodstuffs, Kiwibank and BNZ and its […]

FTC sues data broker that tracks locations of 125M phones per month

reader comments 54 with 39 posters participating Share this story The Federal Trade Commission on Monday sued a data broker for allegedly selling location data culled from hundreds of millions of phones that can be used to track the movements of people visiting abortion clinics, domestic abuse shelters, places of worship, and other sensitive places. […]

New 6G challenges inspire cross-disciplinary innovation

Bold research advances will underpin future connectivity Addressing these physical and technical limitations will require leaps of innovation, but the promise of applications powered by advanced 6G connectivity is motivating creative solutions. Adaptive technology solutions are a key area of research. Rather than focus on optimizing the bandwidth for a single device, for example, the […]

ITP News in brief 29th August

Victoria MacLennan. 29 August 2022, 9:33 pm Kia ora koutou ITP members and supporters, If you are a tad older, like me, you might not have dived into the world of TikTok yet. Duncan Grieve of the Spinoff tells us that – Teens have brutally dumped Facebook for TikTok. What does it mean for NZ? […]

The first private mission to Venus will have just five minutes to hunt for life 

Although later studies questioned the detection of phosphine, the initial study reignited interest in Venus. In its wake, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) selected three new missions to travel to the planet and investigate, among other questions, whether its conditions could have supported life in the past. China and India, too, have plans […]

I Was There When: AI helped create a vaccine

And that whole process from end to end can be immensely expensive, cost billions of dollars and take, you know, up to a decade to do that. And in many cases, it still fails. You know, there’s countless diseases out there right now that have no vaccine for them, that have no treatment for them. […]

China’s heat wave is creating havoc for electric vehicle drivers

The record-breaking heat wave in China, which started back in June, has evaporated over half the hydroelectricity generation capacity in Sichuan, a southwestern province that usually gets 81% of its electricity from hydropower plants. That decreased energy supply, at a time when the need for cooling has increased demand, is putting industrial production and everyday […]

The number of companies caught up in the Twilio hack keeps growing

Getty Images reader comments 66 with 41 posters participating Share this story The fallout from this month’s breach of security provider Twilio keeps coming. Three new companies—authentication service Authy, password manager LastPass, and food delivery service DoorDash—said in recent days that the Twilio compromise led to them being hacked. The three companies join authentication service […]