The week in business tech – 31/10/2014

Brid-Aine Parnell

Friday 31 October 2014

This week, Elon Musk warns the world not to rush into AI, the White House suspects Russian links to cyber attack and UK police retrain to combat cyber stalking. Meanwhile, the EU’s digital official say Hungary’s internet tax shouldn’t be a precedent and the UK’s wearables market is predicted to hit £314m by Christmas.

Don’t summon the demon!

Speaking at MIT’s AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has warned that artificial intelligence is one of the most serious threats to the human race and we should be “very careful”.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/27/elon-musk-artificial-intelligence-ai-biggest-existential-threat


US blames Russia for White House cyber attack

US cybersecurity specialists have suggested that Russian government or criminal hackers were responsible for hacking an unclassified White House computer system this week.

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-10-28/white-house-said-to-find-possible-threat-to-its-computers


Cyber stalking moves up the cop training agenda

UK police officers are being trained on how to deal with digital stalking and harassment after a legislative change made it easier for stalkers to be prosecuted in England and Wales.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-retrain-to-tackle-rise-in-cyber-stalking-9818543.html


Hungary’s internet tax can’t set a precedent

Ryan Heath, spokesperson to Commission Vice President for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, has condemned Hungary’s proposed tax on internet service providers for every gigabyte of data, saying it could force users off the net if it sets a precedent.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/hungarys_internet_tax_law_must_not_be_allowed_to_set_precedent_ec/


All I want for Christmas is a wearable or two

According to research from Samsung, more than a million wearables will be sold in the UK this Christmas, boosting the market to £314m as folks splash out on glasses, watches and fitness trackers.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11179482/Is-this-finally-the-end-for-the-landline-phone.html


Even faster 4G from EE

The UK’s first 4G provider EE has finally flipped the switch on its LTE-Advanced network, putting it live in parts of central London to provide what the mobile operator calls 4G+, delivering up to a maximum speed of 300 Mbps.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/30/ee-lte-advanced-london/?ncid=rss_truncated

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