The theme for this year's International Robot Exhibition (IREX) in Tokyo was "Making a Future with Robot." We're not exactly sure what that means, but we're definitely in favor of it, and here are some of the coolest things that we saw. There's one caveat with our IREX coverage, and that's the fact that there was a bit of a language barrier going on most of the time. With the exception of some big international robotics companies, there simply wasn't a lot of information available on many of the robots that we saw. We're following up as best we can, but in the meantime, enjoy this highlight video and gallery that we've put together for you.
A Christmas Facebook scam appears to be too good true be true – and, of course, very much is. Just one of a range of malicious hoaxes appearing across the network encourages people to spend money on buying gifts with the promise that they'll get far more gifts in return. Except only one half of that actually happens – and it's the bit that involves someone taking your money. The "Secret Sister Gift Exchange" involves some variation on a message asking people to take part as a way of spreading joy. A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger users are being tricked into sending out a message by a scam. The hoax claims that people need to send out a message otherwise theyl'l be forced to pay for each one they send to their friends in future. If they don't copy and paste the post then the apps will presume that they are not an "avid user" and so will move towards charging them, the post claims. But it's entirely untrue and neither Facebook or WhatsApp is moving to charging for messages. Both are expected to remain entirely free – which they need to do, since Facebook's business model is capturing information on its users and then using that to charge advertisers for marketing.
Videos of two murders have been uploaded to Facebook and watched by hundreds of thousands of users over the past two weeks. Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to do more to prevent anything similar happening again, but the problem can't simply be blamed on Facebook. One of the social network's biggest responsibilities is moderating users' posts, but the sheer amount of content that's uploaded to the site every day makes this an impossible task for people alone. Facebook's mysterious algorithms cut through the noise to filter out what's acceptable and what's not acceptable, saving the site's human moderators from innocent posts and allowing them to focus on a much more manageable sample of data. Every so often, something unacceptable gets through that AI filter system.