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Female AI voice assistants reinforce gender bias, UN report says

Female AI voice assistants reinforce gender bias, UN report says

Technology
Artificial intelligence voice assistants, such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, are perpetuating and spreading gender stereotypes, says a new UN report. Titled "I'd blush if I could", the report from UNESCO says the almost exclusive market of female voice assistants fuels stereotypes that women are "obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers". And with assistants responding to requests no matter the manner in which they are asked, this also reinforces the idea in some communities that women are "subservient and tolerant of poor treatment".Canalys, a technology research company, has estimated that 100 million "smart speakers", which are used to interact with voice assistants, were sold in 2018.According to the UNESCO report, technology giants such as Amazon and Apple have in the p...
Deutsche Bank reportedly ignored employees’ calls to report Trump transactions to federal watchdog

Deutsche Bank reportedly ignored employees’ calls to report Trump transactions to federal watchdog

Finance
President Donald Trump and his senior advisor Jared Kushner arrive for a meeting with manufacturing CEOs at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. February 23, 2017.Kevin Lamarque | ReutersDeutsche Bank ignored employees' calls to report transactions made by legal entities controlled by President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner to the Treasury Department's financial crimes unit, according to The New York Times.Transactions in 2016 and 2017 triggered automated controls at Deutsche Bank meant to catch illicit activity, and compliance workers then prepared what's known as suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to the Treasury, according to the Times, which cited five current and former bank employees. But the reports were never filed with the government, the article sta...
LED lights can cause ‘irreversible’ damage to eyes – report

LED lights can cause ‘irreversible’ damage to eyes – report

Technology
By Zayneb Benyoucef, news reporter The "blue light" in LED lighting can cause damage to the eye's retina and also disturb natural sleep rhythms, according to a new report.The French Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) expressed their concerns in a statement following new findings. "Exposure to an intense and powerful (LED) light is 'photo-toxic' and can lead to irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision," it said.The agency wrote a 400-page report which distinguished between acute exposure of high-intensity LED light and "chronic exposure" to lower intensity sources.Chronic exposure can "accelerate the ageing of retinal tissue, contributing to a decline in visual acuity and certain degenera...
Nature crisis: ‘Shocking’ report details threat to species

Nature crisis: ‘Shocking’ report details threat to species

Science
On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature is laid bare in a compelling UN report. One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our savage needs for ever more food and energy are the main drivers.These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take "transformative change" in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.Three years in the making, this global assessment of nature draws on 15,000 reference materials, and has been compiled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It runs to 1,800 pages. The brief, 40-page "summary for policy...