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Adam Smith

Tech correspondent

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Adam Smith is the technology correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in London covering the intersection of technology and power. Before joining the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2022, Adam was a technology reporter for The Independent.

June 12, 2024

French plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to scan the thousands of athletes, coaches and spectators descending on Paris for the Olympics is a form of creeping surveillance, rights groups said.

French authorities have tested artificial intelligence surveillance systems at train stations, concerts and football matches in recent months. 

June 03, 2024

When researcher Jan Leike quit his job at OpenAI last month, he warned the tech firm's "safety culture and processes (had) taken a backseat" while it trained its next artificial intelligence model.

He voiced particular concern about the company's goal to develop "artificial general intelligence", a supercharged form of machine learning that it says would be "smarter than humans".

March 14, 2024

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday that would give Chinese tech company ByteDance about six months to divest video-sharing app TikTok or face a U.S. ban.

Driven by national security concerns, lawmakers have agreed to fast-track a vote on the legislation in the most significant move against the app since former president Donald Trump unsuccessfully tried to ban it in 2020.

February 21, 2024

From social media videos and photos to commercial data, activists, researchers and journalists are increasingly turning to open-source intelligence to document conflict and gather evidence of possible war crimes.

The OSINT sector has boomed in recent years with the development of tools aiding data analysis, and is now crowded by online sleuths - who often work together as they try to verify information

January 26, 2024

Will AI and job automation fundamentally change work as we know it? That is one question Italian-Swedish filmmaker Erik Gandini raises in his latest film, 'After Work'.

His film showcases a mosaic of work experiences - from a gardener cutting a labyrinth in Italy to a bored government office worker in Kuwait - and ponders how they might be upended by philosophy, politics, and technology.

January 24, 2024

A police probe into a sex assault carried out in the metaverse has raised questions about the impact of virtual crimes on real people and how to safeguard cyberspace.

January 24, 2024

As artificial intelligence advances at breakneck pace, the world's biggest tech companies face growing pressure to address the environmental and climate impacts of AI - which requires large amounts of electricity and water to run.

Tech giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft have pledged to tackle the climate crisis, yet green experts say the sector is not doing enough to mitigate the rising consumption of resources.

January 02, 2024

From job automation to how we consume news, artificial intelligence has upended our daily lives in 2023.

New companies have risen to prominence, businesses have rolled out AI features in popular consumer products, and lawmakers across the world have attempted to regulate such tools.

November 22, 2023

Right-wing libertarian Javier Milei won Argentina's landmark election on Sunday as he tapped into voter anger with the political mainstream - including rival Sergio Massa's dominant Peronist party, with both sides turning to AI during the fractious election campaign.

In the final weeks of campaigning, Milei published a fabricated image depicting Massa as an old-fashioned communist in military garb, while Massa's team distributed AI-generated images portraying Milei and his team as enraged zombies and pirates.

November 17, 2023

Web Summit Lisbon, one of the world's largest technology conferences, began mired in controversy.

Summit CEO and founder Paddy Cosgrave resigned last month after comments he made on the Israel-Hamas conflict prompted major technology companies and investors to withdraw plans to attend.