Is the Chinese billionaire Jack Ma using AI to create dystopian cities? | Alfie Bown

News that tech giant Ma is a member of Communist party of China should set alarm bells ringing – and not just in ChinaOn the outskirts of Hangzhou, eastern China, in Alibaba’s Cloud Town, a Silicon Valley-style working and leisure hub, cutting-edge res…

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‘Tech tax’ necessary to avoid dystopia, says leading economist

Exclusive: Jeffrey Sachs warns AI could lead to wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few thousand peopleA “tech tax” is necessary if the world is to avoid a dystopian future in which AI leads to a concentration of global wealth in the hands of a…

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‘Robolawyers’ among futuristic ideas backed by £10m innovation fund

Pioneer awards, for projects ranging from AI, to ageing and clean growth, will ‘release innovators from red tape’How can you design an ethical robot lawyer? What regulations are needed for flying taxis? These are some of the questions the British gover…

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Germany launches world’s first autonomous tram in Potsdam

The Guardian goes for a ride on the new AI-driven Combino vehicle developed by SiemensNorbert Gresing shook his head as two teenage boys, deep in conversation and wearing earplugs, stepped out in front of his tram.“This is the type of situation I face …

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