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WHO gaming disorder listing a ‘moral panic’, say experts

WHO gaming disorder listing a ‘moral panic’, say experts

Health
The decision to class gaming addiction as a mental health disorder was "premature" and based on a "moral panic", experts have said.The World Health Organization included "gaming disorder" in the latest version of its disease classification manual. But biological psychology lecturer Dr Peter Etchells said the move risked "pathologising" a behaviour that was harmless for most people.The WHO said it had reviewed available evidence before including it.It added that the views reflected a "consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions" and defined addiction as a pattern of persistent gaming behaviour so severe it "takes precedence over other life interests". Gaming becomes the latest addiction How much screen time is 'too much'? 'Slip...
TSB calls in experts as bank's IT woes continue

TSB calls in experts as bank's IT woes continue

Business
TSB has called in IT specialists to help resolve its digital banking crisis following a bungled upgrade to a new IT system last weekend.The challenger bank used its first-quarter results announcement, which showed a slump in pre-tax profits, to say IBM had been recruited to try and resolve continuing "performance" problems with the new servers.The team will report directly to TSB's embattled boss, Paul Pester.TSB said all overdraft fees and interest charges for April would be waived for its retail and small business customers, on top of its commitment to ensuring no one was left out of pocket by the debacle.Overnight, the bank tweeted that it had taken digital banking services offline for four hours of repair work - and suggested access had returned by 4am.It was the second time the bank h...
Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Science
Scientists are warning of the risks of wild birds spreading diseases when they gather at feeders in gardens.Experts led by Zoological Society of London say people should continue to feed birds, especially in winter, but should be aware of the risks.If birds look sick, food should be withdrawn temporarily, they say.The review of 25 years' worth of data identified emerging threats to garden birds. Finches, doves and pigeons are vulnerable to a parasite infection. Meanwhile, a form of bird pox is becoming more common, causing warty-like lumps on the bodies of great tits and other birds.Other disease threats, such as salmonella, appear to be declining."Our study shows how three of the most common diseases that affect British garden birds have changed both dramatically and unpredictably over th...
AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

Technology
Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said.The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, criminals and terrorists.Those designing AI systems need to do more to mitigate possible misuses of their technology, the authors said.And governments must consider new laws.The report calls for:Policy-makers and technical researchers to work together to understand and prepare for the malicious use of AIA realisation that, while AI has many positive applications, it is a dual-use technology and AI researchers and engineers should be mindful of and proactive about the potential for its misuseBest pra...
Advisors not up to speed on blockchain technology will get left behind: Experts

Advisors not up to speed on blockchain technology will get left behind: Experts

Finance
If you're a financial advisor, chances are you're not using blockchain technology and not even sure how to define it.But you could be missing one of the biggest developments poised to disrupt the entire financial services industry, according to some financial experts.Blockchain technology was developed to serve as the backbone for the bitcoin cryptocurrency.But the blockchain is rapidly gaining popularity as people realize its value as a mechanism for executing transactions without the oversight of a third party or central bank, said Magdalena Ramada, senior economist at Willis Towers Watson, in a presentation at the Technology Tools for Today Advisor Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The blockchain is defined as a digital distributed ledger, or registry of information, according to R...