Here are today’s Top 5 News & Events from Around the World. Take a look!
NASA Halts All-women Spacewalk, Cites Spacesuit Size Limitation
NASA has cancelled all-women first spacewalk outside of the International Space Station citing that it doesn’t have right fit of spacesuit for women. So, the plan for all women spacewalk, which could have created history is now been scrapped. Many vented their anger on the leading space agency, saying that an all-women spacewalk has been due for a very long time now. All missions of spacewalks until now consists of men or both men and women team. NASA in its newsletter informed the press about its decision to halt all-women spacewalk for now.
Facebook, Google Pay $100M in Fake Invoices, Scamster Arrested
A man, rather a highly cunning man has been able to make even the tech giants fall for his traps. According to reports, Evaldas Rimasauskas, a Lithuanian Scamster was able to charge over $100 million dollars from Facebook and Google with his fake invoices. He projected himself as an agency and took money for made-up services. The invoices were so much believable that even these tech giants couldn’t find out the fakeness themselves at first. The court has found the man as accused and he might be spending a considerable time in prison now.
Uber Completes Biggest Middle East Tech Acquisition, Buys Careem for $3.1B
Uber has finally taken over the reins of Careem, the major Uber rival in the Middle East and North Africa. Headquartered in Dubai, Careem operated in 15 countries including Egypt and Pakistan. The two founders of Careem will continue to work as usual and there’s no change in the administration. After the acquisition was complete, the company wrote on its website ‘we are still Careem.’ Uber is now all pumped up for its IPO and some suggest that it can surpass $120 billion in value.
Bill Gates Compares AI to Nuclear Energy, While Google Setups AI Ethics Panel
Bill Gates in an interview said that AI is like nuclear energy that is both ‘promising and dangerous.’ In many ways, AI will both benefit and negatively impact human lives and there’s not much that humans can do to stop it. Meanwhile, another tech giant, Google is busy setting up its AI ethics panel to oversee the AI functioning. This panel will consist of eight people from varied backgrounds. For example, it consists of a former US deputy secretary of state and an Associate professor of the University of Bath. Google launched this global advisory team to provide guidance on ethical issues that pertain to AI, automation, and other related techs.
EU Passes Article 13, Will It Change the Internet
EU has finally passed the controversial copyright law along with article 13 that will adversely affect the free working of the internet. Now in the EU, you’ll need to be extra cautious of using creative commons assets. The copyright laws will punish you for not paying the original creator. Several big internet websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit had protested against this particular law, Wiki even went off the web for a day. But it seems that the EU is hell-bent to take on the US tech firms.