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{ i n n ovat i o n } The ro­bots are get­ting smarter

Then: Google’s di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing, Ray Kurzweil, pre­dicts that com­put­ers will outsmart hu­mans by 2029. Now: Ja­pan’s Na­tional In­sti­tute of In­for­mat­ics and Fu­jitsu are build­ing a ro­bot that can pass the To­dai univer­sity en­try exam; it’s been busy study­ing since 2011.

{lega l} Face­book in more pri­vacy hot wa­ter

Then: The Zuck paid a stag­ger­ing $19bn for What­sapp in Fe­bru­ary. Now: Pri­vacy groups have com­plained, claim­ing the deal breaches What­sapp’s pledge to not col­lect data for ad­ver­tis­ing pur­poses. Face­book says What­sapp will con­tinue to hon­our its prom­ises.

{con­tent} Ama­zon steps in to save TV

Then: Net­flix re­sus­ci­tated cult US favourite Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment with a fourth sea­son in 2013. Now: Ama­zon Prime In­stant is plan­ning to gain sim­i­lar ku­dos by fund­ing a third sea­son of Ripper Street – As seen on the ABC.

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