Technology 

Health secretary Matt Hancock accused of breaking ethics rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matt Hancock says he was unaware of the sponsorship Matt Hancock has been accused of breaking the ministerial code after appearing to endorse a smartphone app. Labour MP Justin Madders is demanding an investigation after the health secretary backed the use of “GP at Hand” in an Evening Standard interview. Mr Hancock – who has his own smartphone app – has spoken positively about the “GP at Hand” app in the past. But he was not aware his most recent comments would appear in…

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Sports 

FIFA ethics committee member suspended over corruption investigation

FILE PHOTO: The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann ZURICH (Reuters) – A member of FIFA’s ethics committee has been suspended after being placed under investigation by an anti-corruption unit in his native Malaysia, the global soccer body said on Wednesday. FIFA said in a statement that the investigation had been launched by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against Sundra Rajoo. It said that “Mr Rajoo will not be involved in any further activities” while the investigation was being carried out. It did not give further details…

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Technology 

Search engine Baidu becomes first China firm to join U.S. AI ethics group

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese search engine Baidu Inc (BIDU.O) has become the first Chinese company to join an artificial intelligence (AI) ethics group led by top U.S. tech firms, amid wider political clashes over AI competition between China and the United States. FILE PHOTO: A Baidu logo is seen at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) at the National Convention Center in Beijing, China April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj The Partnership on AI (PAI), which counts Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) as members, is…

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Science 

Ethics debate as pig brains kept alive without a body

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The scientists used pumps, heaters, and bags of artificial blood to restore circulation to the pig brains Researchers at Yale University have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs, and kept the organs alive for several hours. Their aim is to develop a way of studying intact human brains in the lab for medical research. Although there is no evidence that the animals were aware, there is concern that some degree of consciousness might have remained. Details of the study were presented at a…

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