Apple is in talks to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service in the US and Europe, Business Insider has learned.Sources close to Apple say the company is privately trialling an MVNO service in the US but is also in talks with telecoms companies in Europe about bringing the service there too.An MVNO is a virtual carrier network that sees technology companies lease space from established carriers and sell it to customers directly.Here’s how an Apple MVNO will work: Instead of paying your carrier every month, you will pay Apple directly for data, calls, and texts. Apple then provides you with everything you used to get from your carrier, but the Apple SIM switches between carriers to get the best service. The telecoms companies auction capacity to Apple so it can run the service.
More than a thousand artificial intelligence researchers have co-signed an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, or “killer robots.”As The Verge reports, they have been joined by hundreds more sympathetic signatories from outside the industry — including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, high-profile scientist Stephen Hawking, and social theorist Noam Chomsky.Autonomous weapons capable of attacking targets without human intervention don’t yet exist, but that hasn’t prevented fierce debate about their potential creation and use. Opponents fear that their invention would have extremely dangerous consequences for humanity, would be liable for misuse, and raise difficult ethical questions.“Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point,” the letter, published by the Future of Life Insitute, reads, “where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.”