James Farrell

James Farrell is the former editor-in-chief of Chiang Mai CityNews, where he wrote and managed daily news, features, op-eds and blogs on a diverse range of topics. Prior to this, in the same city of Northern Thailand where he lives, he was the longstanding deputy editor of the monthly magazine Citylife. He has written on culture, politics, travel, tech, business, human rights, for local, national, and international news services and magazines. He has a keen interest in the role technology is playing in the transformation of society, culture and politics, especially in developing nations. This is reflected in his not-so-successful first novel.

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Google’s AlphaGo AI has been retired so its creators can focus on bigger challenges 

Last week Google Inc.’s artificial intelligence Go player, AlphaGo, beat Ke Jie, a Chinese 19-year-old considered to be the world’s best Go player. And now, at the top of its game, Google has decided to retire its master player. After only a short time playing the world’s best Go players the AI, developed by Alphabet-owned […]

Lyft tries to drive past embattled Uber with the launch of its own luxury car service

Lyft Inc. is launching its own luxury car services, Lyft Lux and Lux SUV, which will roll out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, New York and Chicago. The service follows similar Lyft initiatives to give people a wider variety of cars. In 2014 the ride-hailing company launched the premium SUV service Lyft Plus, […]

With Trending Topics redesign, Facebook redoubles efforts to provide more diverse news

Facebook Inc. is redesigning its Trending Topics section so that users will receive a more diverse range of publications, the social media giant announced on Wednesday. Facebook came under considerable criticism last year when it was accused of curating trending news with a liberal bias, further embedding users in social media echo chambers or filter […]

Uber will pay up to $45 million to reverse its underpayment of New York drivers

Uber Technologies Inc. drivers in New York City will be getting their holiday bonuses early this year in the sum of about $900 each, a consequence of the ride-hailing giant underpaying them for two and a half years. Reports revealed today that Uber had been shortchanging drivers in New York after taking more commission than it […]

Leaked ‘Facebook Files’ show how a social media giant struggles to moderate content

A report released on Sunday by The Guardian reveals a lot of detail about how Facebook Inc. tries to keep graphic content off its platform, and not surprisingly it’s a Herculean task. What the investigation unearthed in a series of reports regarding Facebook’s moderation protocols is likely to become a matter of debate and consternation. For […]

FCC moves one step closer to undoing net neutrality rules

The Obama administration’s rules intended to ensure net neutrality are on their way out after the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin implementing Chairman Ajit Pai’s plans to scrap the regulations. The FCC voted 2-1 to start a formal process to proceed with Pai’s changes and dismantle regulations put in place two years ago to ensure […]

‘Google for Jobs’ will use machine learning to match jobs with candidates

Google Inc. aims to make job searching less painful with a new initiative announced at its Google I/O conference on Wednesday. Google for Jobs will employ advanced machine learning to better match people with relevant jobs relating to their search queries. Speaking onstage at the conference, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said online job searching had […]

Report: Apple will soon announce a trio of new MacBooks to fend off competition 

Apple Inc. will announce three new laptops at its June Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a report published Tuesday by Bloomberg. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans said the MacBook Pro, MacBook and MacBook Air will each receive updates which will be announced at the conference, which runs June 5-9 in San Jose, California. The Macbook […]

Pentagon turns to intelligence automation to hunt Islamic State

Overwhelmed by thousands of hours of Islamic State surveillance tapes, the Pentagon is catching up to the future by looking to machine learning and big data to help its military surveillance analysts. Codenamed Project Maven, an Algorithmic Warfare Cross Functional Team will sift through hours of video caught by drones flying over Iraq and Syria […]

Google uses artists and neural networks to turn your selfies into emoji

Google Inc. is bringing something novel to the world of emoji: a combination of neural networks and art that enables users to morph their selfies into emojis. Unlike current customized emoji apps, such as Snapchat Inc.’s Bitmoji, the new Google technology uses both machine learning and neural networks to map the user’s face and create […]