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Translation and language-learning giants like Google and DuoLingo are expanding language databases available online, in a push to widen representation and reduce bias in artificial intelligence systems. Residents in countries like Uganda where the native tongue Luganda is not taught in schools, say adding their languages to these platforms could be a game changer.
FRANCE 24 sat down with Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's deputy prime minister and minister of digital transformation. The ministry was created in 2019 because President Volodymyr Zelensky had promised that Ukraine would be a pioneering e-government. Since the Russian invasion, digital transformation has been put on a "war footing", Fedorov said. He told FRANCE 24's Gulliver Cragg about several projects: a chatbot that allows people to send information about the movements of the Russian army, a joint project on drones with the Ukrainian military, as well as the use of artificial intelligence for facial recognition. The latter includes identifying slain Russian soldiers and informing their families via social media.
After discovering that standard app stores did not suit the needs of African creators, Teddy Kossoko created Gara, an Android app store designed to earn more revenue for African games.
A United Nations panel in Geneva remains split on whether to ban autonomous weapons, which don't need a human to pull the trigger. The war in Ukraine is complicating the conversation.
Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, among others, is facing several economic constraints. Mark Zuckerberg said he will "get more done with fewer resources."
When it comes to cultural offerings, the arts never go on holiday! We take a look at hit exhibitions in France this summer that offer everything from an immersive light-fueled experience to interactive inflatables and open-air photography.
The head of security at TikTok has stepped down reports that the social media giant will now be using Oracle’s US-based servers to store Americans’ data.
Swarnalatha Reddi moved to Chennai, India’s automotive hub, to work in Mahindra’s R&D division. The young engineer is hoping to help Mahindra make the move to electromobility.
Amazon has offered to "refrain" from using the data of competitors after the EU accused the US retail and tech giant of collecting the information to benefit itself at the expense of its rivals.
This week, NASA unveiled the first astounding images of the distant cosmos taken by its James Webb Space Telescope. In this image, we can see a star-forming region in the Carina Nebula, located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way galaxy. These high-resolution images are the most detailed ever seen of this little-known corner of our universe, revealing nebulas, galaxy clusters and stars from billions of years ago.
Digital sovereignty is a key idea in the internet age — the idea that parties must have sovereignty over their own digital data. This can be applied on an individual basis or toward nations — the bottom line is that digital sovereignty involves consideration of how data and digital assets are treated.
On Christmas Day 2021, the James Webb telescope launched into space. Now, it has delivered some of the most breathtaking images of the universe to date. Using new infrared technology, the telescope can capture sharper photos in full colour, allowing scientists to see the origins of stars, planets, and the first galaxies. Our journalists Florence Gaillard and Emma James take a look at the advent of the project.
Berlin is upping its cybersecurity defenses to counter the threat of Russian online attacks. Experts warn Germany is vulnerable to sabotage attempts and efforts to sow disinformation as war rages in Ukraine.