An EU proposal to temporarily ban facial recognition technology has divided opinion in the upper echelons of the techsphere, with leaders from Google and Microsoft offering divergent responses to the proposed bill.
Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai was quick to back the proposal, that leaked online this week, over concerns the technology could be misused. Meanwhile, Microsoft President and chief legal officer Brad Smith said an outright ban would be a step too far and called for a more measured response.
Writing in the Financial Times, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said new rules were needed to ensure it was developed and used responsibly. Artificial intelligence is “too important” not to be regulated because of the damage it could cause if left unchecked, the boss of Google has said. Sundar Pichai said the correct use of AI had the potential to save lives, but issues such as deepfakes and the “nefarious uses of facial recognition” showed it could also be a danger to public safety.
Insight Partners has announced the acquisition of Swiss software startup Veeam for $5 billion, just months after the private equity firm invested $500 million in the data management company.
Veeam, which posted revenues of $1 billion last year and has 365,000 customers worldwide, helps companies manage data backup and recovery across public clouds and their in-house data centres. Following the deal, Veeam will become a US company.
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