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Innovation/ Technology

Consumers Expected to Drastically Limit Social Media Use by 2025, Survey Shows
Innovation/ Technology

Consumers Expected to Drastically Limit Social Media Use by 2025, Survey Shows

In a recent Gartner survey, half of consumers projected to scale back or abandon social media interactions due to platform quality deterioration. According to Gartner, an investigation encompassing 263 consumers revealed that 53% perceived a decline in social media standards over the past five years. Factors contributing to this downturn were cited as the proliferation of misinformation, toxic user environments, and the prevalence of bots. With concern mounting over the integration of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) into social media, over 70% of respondents expressed apprehension, fearing a detrimental impact on user experience. Senior Principal Researcher at Gartner’s marketing practice, Emily Weiss, highlighted the paradoxical landscape where social media remains a...
Nissan to export China-developed EVs to global markets
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Nissan to export China-developed EVs to global markets

Nissan Motor said on Sunday it would sell China-developed electric vehicles (EVs) globally as it struck a deal with the country's top university to leverage local resources to accelerate research and development on electrification. The Japanese automaker is considering exporting the line-up of existing internal combustion engine vehicles and upcoming pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars manufactured and developed in China to overseas markets, Masashi Matsuyama, vice president of Nissan Motor and president of Nissan China, told reporters in Beijing. Nissan is considering aiming at the same markets as Chinese rivals such as BYD, he said. The company is joining foreign brands including Tesla, BMW and Ford that are expanding their exports of China-made cars to exploit the countr...
Tesla recalls 2 million cars to fix autopilot safety flaws
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Tesla recalls 2 million cars to fix autopilot safety flaws

Tesla Inc. filed a recall covering more than 2 million vehicles after the top US auto-safety regulator determined its driver-assistance system Autopilot doesn’t do enough to prevent misuse. The move is the result of a years-long defect investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that will remain open as the agency monitors the efficacy of Tesla’s fixes. A NHTSA spokesperson said the probe found that Tesla’s means for keeping drivers engaged were inadequate. “Automated technology holds great promise for improving safety, but only when it is deployed responsibly,” NHTSA said Wednesday. “Today’s action is an example of improving automated systems by prioritizing safety.” Tesla said in its recall report that it expected to start deploying an over-the-air s...
Tesla’s Optimus humanoid robot stuns with improved agility
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Tesla’s Optimus humanoid robot stuns with improved agility

Tesla Inc posted a video showing improvements it’s made to its humanoid robot prototype, capping off the clip with two of the machines dancing to electronic music beneath flashing lights. Dubbed the Optimus bot, the human-mimicking machine is part of Tesla’s venture into developing artificial intelligence and utilises a trained neural network to perform basic tasks. In the latest demonstration, Tesla says it’s reduced the weight of Optimus by 10kg and shows the bot delicately picking up and handling an egg, with what it describes as “tactile sensing on all fingers.” In September, Optimus was shown in a separate video sorting building blocks by colour. Optimus remains a concept in development and will have to shake off the underwhelming debut it made a year ago, when Tesla ...
Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche had the best concept cars of 2023
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Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche had the best concept cars of 2023

Written by Hannah Elliott The path from concept car to production vehicle is a long one. When Tesla Inc delivered the first Cybertrucks to customers on Nov 30 in Austin, it was almost exactly four years since the proto-type debuted — and a decade since CEO Elon Musk started talking publicly about making an electric pickup truck. Concept cars are visions of the future created by automakers to showcase design and technology they believe they can achieve one day. They hope that these design studies show so much promise, that they’ll capture the imagination of consumers and hold their interest while the automaker decides whether, and how, to produce them. This year, I saw many concept cars that carried enticing hints about the automotive landscape’s future. Many were electric ...
Arm CEO fears humans could lose control of AI
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Arm CEO fears humans could lose control of AI

“The thing I worry about most is humans losing capability” over the machines, said Rene Haas (picture), Chief Executive Officer of Arm Holdings Plc, when asked what keeps him up at night when he thinks about artificial intelligence. “You need some override, some backdoor, some way that the system can be shut down.” Haas, who was speaking to Bloomberg in a wide-ranging interview from the company’s Cambridge, UK, base knows a thing or two about machines. By his estimate, 70% of the world’s population touches Arm-designed products in some way. It’s a reminder of the company’s rare status as a UK-born global tech titan — even if it is now majority owned by Masayoshi Son’s Softbank Group Corp. in Japan, and listed in New York. As Haas considers the potential downsides to artificial i...
Gov’t, private entities need advanced cybersecurity systems to prevent leaks – expert
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Gov’t, private entities need advanced cybersecurity systems to prevent leaks – expert

Government departments, agencies, and private entities handling users’ personal data must invest in the latest cybersecurity systems to prevent information leakage. Dr. Mohd Izuan Hafez Ninggal, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology senior lecturer, said that while implementing advanced cybersecurity measures may require substantial funding, it is important to enhance the organisation’s IT security level. “The necessary tools and solutions for cybersecurity already exist in the market,” he told Bernama, while emphasising the importance of allocating funds to utilise these resources, suggesting that financial considerations for upgrading the IT security level of government agencies could be included in future budget presentations. ...
Fahmi to meet Meta next week over hacked WhatsApp accounts
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Fahmi to meet Meta next week over hacked WhatsApp accounts

Minister of Communications and Digital Fahmi Fadzil said he will hold a meeting with platform provider Meta next week regarding the issue of scammers taking over users’ WhatsApp accounts. Describing this as a worrying trend, Fahmi said he has personally received complaints from several individuals about their WhatsApp accounts being 'stolen' by irresponsible parties. Following these complaints, CyberSecurity Malaysia issued a warning about the danger of criminals taking over WhatsApp accounts, he told reporters after the closing ceremony of the National Anti-Scam Roadshow 2023 in Putrajaya, which was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, here on Thursday. "A meeting will be held with Meta, which handles WhatsApp, to understand whether the security asp...