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The Role of Social Movements, Coalitions, and Workers in Resisting Harmful Artificial Intelligence and Contributing to the Development of Responsible AI Artificial Intelligence

There is mounting public concern over the influence that AI based systems has in our society. Coalitions in all sectors are acting worldwide to resist hamful applications of AI. From indigenous people addressing the lack of reliable data, to smart city stakeholders, to students protesting the academic relationships with sex trafficker and MIT donor Jeffery Epstein, the questionable ethics and values of those heavily investing in and profiting from AI are under global scrutiny. There are biased, wrongful, and disturbing assumptions embedded in AI algorithms that could get locked in without intervention. Our best human judgment is needed to contain AI's harmful impact. Perhaps one of the greatest contributions of AI will be to make us ultimately understand how important human wisdom truly is in life on earth.

Apple settles dispute with Qualcomm, potentially allowing new features to come to the iPhone

The Independent - Tech

Apple has settled a major argument with chip maker Qualcomm that could help change the future of the iPhone. The two companies were locked in a bitter and worldwide international dispute about the technology that iPhones use to connect to the internet. The pair had been expected to try and resolve the dispute in legal hearings in San Diego, in a case that involved Apple's key iPhone suppliers. But just as that case began, the surprise truce was announced, with few details of the settlement being revealed. We'll tell you what's true.

Huawei P30 Pro leaked images reveal nearly everything about new flagship Android - except the price

The Independent - Tech

The world's second biggest smartphone maker is about to unveil its latest range of flagship phones, but an inundation of leaks mean there is little to reveal that is not already known. Huawei will show off the P30, P30 Pro and P30 Lite - as they are expected to be called - in what the Chinese manufacturer hopes will offer a trio of rivals to Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones. The latest leak of the new phones, which comes just hours before the 26 March unveiling event in Paris, shows complete front and rear images of the three Huawei devices. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.

Verizon will soon offer 5G in select cities for $10 extra


Verizon's move into new cities is an attempt to entice wireless customers with the ultrafast speeds and low latency connections that 5G promises. The technology has been touted as a major breakthrough that will allow for more seamless streaming of videos and lightning-fast response times from self-driving cars. But while innovations in 5G technology are happening in several places in the United States, there isn't an existing network that's widespread enough to benefit the majority of wireless customers right away. The transition from 4G to 5G networks in the United States won't be widespread until 2020, and will involve infrastructure upgrades that cost companies billions of dollars. It will also require lots of testing.

Galaxy Fold: Samsung plans two more foldable phones

The Independent - Tech

Samsung is developing two new foldable phones as successors to its recently unveiled Galaxy Fold smartphone, a new report claims. Both devices will be significantly different from their predecessor in terms of their folding mechanics. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which features a small screen on one side and a larger screen that unfolds from the inside like a book, Samsung plans to borrow a design used by its rival Huawei for one of the new phones. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.

Mate X, Galaxy Fold buzz: How foldables eclipsed 5G at MWC


Now that it's here, all anyone can talk about are foldable phones. The next-generation network technology promises blazing speeds, smooth and stable connections and new possibilities for VR, self-driving cars and robotics. This being the big new thing for the mobile industry, all the players -- from phone makers and infrastructure vendors to chipmakers and wireless carriers -- have been desperate to demonstrate how ready they are. But at Mobile World Congress, there was far more buzz about the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X than about the early 5G devices being shown off. The lack of attention paid to all the 5G phones makes you wonder whether all the racing and chest-beating was truly necessary, and serves as a reminder that the next-generation wireless technology is still in its early days.

Sprint's 5G wireless launch, planned for May, could be the country's first

Washington Post - Technology News

Sprint customers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City will be among the first to test the company's 5G wireless network when it launches in May, executives said Monday. Expect an additional five markets -- Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. -- to come online by the first half of the year, said Sprint chief executive Michel Combes. The impending launch could make Sprint the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer a mass-market 5G service for smartphones in a global race to provide faster download speeds and support for new applications such as self-driving cars. Customers of Google Fi, the wireless service run by Google on Sprint's network, will be able to connect to Sprint's 5G capabilities, as well, Combes said -- though it is unclear when Google Fi customers will gain access to 5G smartphones that can take advantage of the new technology. Company officials declined to say how Sprint's 5G plans will be sold to consumers, or at what price.

MWC 2019: Foldable phones touted as the future as Samsung and Huawei unveil bendy handsets

The Independent - Tech

The future is foldable, according to just about every major smartphone company. Two of the world's biggest phone brands have unveiled bendy phones in recent days, proclaiming them a change comparable with the first ever smartphones and the future of handsets. At first glance, they look like a normal phone – but they are actually folded in the middle, and unfolding them makes the screen twice as big. The handsets rely on a range of technologies that have only just become available, making 2019 the first time companies like Samsung have been able to make the phones available to the public. Chief among those innovations is flexible displays, which allow the handsets to bend in the middle and fold over.

Which new Samsung phone should you buy? Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy Fold compared

The Independent - Tech

Samsung chose to unveil not just one but five new phones at its Unpacked event this week, complementing its range of Galaxy S10 devices with the innovative Galaxy Fold. The Galaxy S10, S10, S10e, S10 5G and Fold all offer something unique for users, be it size, specs, or the ability to unfold and transform into a tablet. Combined with the vast range of non-Samsung alternatives – the iPhone XS, the Google Pixel 3, the Huawei P30 Pro, to name just three – it may seem more difficult than ever to decide which device is the right one to buy. As American psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote in Paradox of Choices, having too many options "no longer liberates but debilitates" consumers. With prices ranging from around £700 to close to £2,000 for the new Samsung phones, making the wrong choice could be costly.

Galaxy Fold: What is the point of Samsung's new foldable phone?

The Independent - Tech

After many rumours and leaks, Samsung has finally revealed its groundbreaking folding phone. It's certainly an exciting innovation but, really, what is the benefit and what will it be used for – Oh, and how can Samsung get away with charging $1,980 or €2,000 for it? The Galaxy Fold was the opening gambit at Samsung's San Francisco keynote event, where it also revealed three versions, no, four, of the Samsung Galaxy S10, a new fitness tracker and a smartwatch with a sports angle. But it was the Fold which caught the attention. In the current vogue for maximum screen size but minimum phone size, while noting that our hands aren't getting any bigger, a screen that can double in size was bound to come along sooner or later.