Social Media, but Not Video Games, Linked to Depression in Teens, According to Montreal Study – This Week in Tech – 07/14/2019

Social Media, but Not Video Games, Linked to Depression in Teens, According to Montreal Study

Screen time — and social media in particular — is linked to an increase in depressive symptoms in teenagers, according to a new study by researchers at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital…


Former Tesla Employee Admits Uploading Autopilot Source Code to His iCloud

Guangzhi Cao, a former engineer at Tesla, admitted in a court filing this week that he uploaded zip files containing Autopilot source code to his personal iCloud account in late 2018 while still working for the company. Tesla sued Cao earlier this year for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to Autopilot and bringing them to Chinese EV startup Xiaopeng Motors, also known as Xmotors or XPeng, which is backed by tech giant Alibaba…


Facebook Will Reportedly Be Fined a Record $5 Billion Over Privacy Mishaps

The Federal Trade Commission is expected to hit Facebook with a record-setting $5 billion fine for its alleged privacy mishaps, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that commissioners voted this week to approve the settlement with the social network…


Brain Implant Restores Partial Vision to Blind People

Partial sight has been restored to six blind people via an implant that transmits video images directly to the brain…


US Charges Chinese Software Engineer Xudong Yao With Stealing Trade Secrets From Former American Employer

A Chinese software engineer has been indicted on charges of stealing American trade secrets from his former employer, the US government announced on Thursday – the second Chinese national in two months to be declared a fugitive by federal law enforcement officials…


Elon Musk’s Elusive Brain-Computer Firm Neuralink Is Almost Ready for Launch. The Firm Aims to Develop “Ultra High Bandwidth Brain-Machine Interfaces to Connect Humans and Computers”

The firm, which aims to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” announced Thursday plans to host an event in San Francisco on the evening of July 16. The private event will give guests a chance to “hear from members of our team about what we’ve done so far as well as some of our plans for the future.”…


AI Trained on Old Scientific Papers Makes Discoveries Humans Missed

Using just the language in millions of old scientific papers, a machine learning algorithm was able to make completely new scientific discoveries…

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