Japanese scientists are developing a computer system that would offer an apology if a user were to shout at it. The technique still has a long way to go, but may be used to calm users down after a machine crashes or loses information, a situation we are all familiar with.
The science behind the system is based on neural networking, a technique which allows a computer to behave like a crude brain and actually 'learn' from experience. After a number of hours of training the computer was able to detect anger from joy and offer an apology at a "uniformly higher" level than when it started.
Nine million online in UK
A recent report from researcher NetValue has found that over nine million UK households are connected to the internet. Over 1.4 million of these have got wired in the last six months, revealing a higher growth rate for this year. The figures mean that the UK actually has over 12 million internet users for the first time ever.
The report also found that the number of women getting online is increasing: at the end of March, five million women were online, over a third of the total.
People are also spending longer on the internet, averaging out at spending 10.5 days per month online, over 24 sessions.
US mobile companies under attack
The United States mobile phone industry was on the receiving end of a legal onslaught last week as a number of lawsuits claiming that cellphones cause health risks were brought to bear on mobile phone companies.
One 58-page lawsuit filed in Baltimore claimed that mobile phone manufacturers were aware that their products may cause such problems as brain damage, and that they are also in possession of scientific proof of such dangers.
All the top companies were hit in the large number of complaints, including Motorola, Nokia, Verizon and Sprint. So far the phone companies have kept quiet about their reactions.
Gates knocked off top of rich list
It's official - Bill Gates is no longer the world's richest man. According to the Sunday Times rich list Gates has been knocked off the top of the money tree by Sam Walton, the man behind the international retail chain, Wal-Mart.
Gates' fortune has sunk from an all-time high of £53.1bn down to a measly £37.5bn, while Walton took the laurels with £45.3bn.
Hi-tech personalities dominated the top spots, though, with Larry Ellison in at three and Microsoft co-founders Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer close behind. Dell founder Michael Dell and Gateway founders Ted and Norman Waitt also featured in the top ten.
The complete list is available here.
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