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The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent At least 53 councils are using computer models to detect problems before they happen, according to new research by Cardiff University and Sky News, which shows the scale of the controversial technology in UK public services.So-called predictive algorithms are being used by councils for everything from traffic management to benefits sanctions. The real figures could be much higher, as not every local authority responded fully to freedom of information requests.Almost a third of the UK's 45 police forces are also using predictive algorithms.:: Analysis - Hidden revolution is taking place :: Add to Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker. Image: More than 50 lo...
Sala crash: Plane 'not allowed to be used for commercial operations'

Sala crash: Plane 'not allowed to be used for commercial operations'

World
Investigations into the flight on which Emiliano Sala died will focus on the validity of the pilot's licence.The Air Accident Investigation Branch's (AAIB) preliminary report into the crash says David Ibbotson could only fly passengers in the European Union if they were contributing to the cost of the flight, rather than for financial gain. Pilots with his licence "must have a bona fide purpose for making the flight", according to the AAIB.It goes on to say that "the basis on which the passenger was being carried has not yet been established" and that in the past Mr Ibbotson had taken passengers on a non-commercial 'cost sharing' agreement.It also says the plane was not licensed to fly commercially. Image: Emiliano Sala died when his pl...
Facebook security app used to 'spy' on competitors

Facebook security app used to 'spy' on competitors

Technology
A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook's use of an application to "spy" on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The MPs claim Facebook "intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws". The report, which is more than 100 pages long, also details the influence of fake news on the site in elections.Monitoring competitorsThe Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee wrote that through the use of Onavo, which was billed as a way to give users an extra layer of security, Facebook could "collect app usage data from its customers to assess not only how many people had downloaded apps, but h...
Surgeon used 5G network to operate remotely on animal

Surgeon used 5G network to operate remotely on animal

Technology
A doctor in China has become the first to perform remote control surgery over a super-fast 5G network. The surgeon, who manipulated two robotic arms, was 30 miles from an operating theatre in Fujian province.During the procedure, he removed a laboratory animal's liver, the South China Morning Post reported.The 5G system, which is said to be at least 10 times as fast as current networks, and perhaps even up to a hundred times, has a lag time of only 0.1 seconds.That meant the delay between the surgeon's movements, and the robot in the theatre, was short enough to avoid potentially dangerous mistakes.In future, it is hoped such technology will enable surgeons to work remotely in war zones and disaster areas.It will also allow specialists from large hospitals to assist more ju...