AI regulation is coming. On Wednesday, the EU Parliament voted on a regulation to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) and decided to ban biometric mass surveillance in public spaces. The regulation aims to ensure that AI follows democratic rules, protects citizens’ basic rights, and serves the common good. 499 MEPs voted in favor of the ban, with 28 against and 93 abstentions. The regulation also states that AI should be used responsibly and in a way that benefits society.
PDF turns 30. On June 15, 1993, Adobe Acrobat 1.0 software was released, which introduced the Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF has since become the standard for displaying and exchanging digital documents across different systems. Before PDF, there were many compatibility issues between different computer systems, resulting in problems with displaying and exchanging documents. PDF solved these issues and made it easier to share and view documents consistently.
Lawsuit against Twitter. The National Music Publishers’ Association has filed a lawsuit against Twitter on behalf of 17 music publishers. The lawsuit seeks damages of up to US$250 million and accuses Twitter of copyright infringements. The lawsuit alleges that Twitter published copyrighted music on its platform without obtaining the necessary licenses. Twitter is accused of not taking sufficient action to address this issue.
Steam update. The Steam gaming platform has released a comprehensive update, including revised code, a fresh design, and new features. Steam is the largest PC gaming platform in the world, and the update has been tested in its beta branch for several months before being made available to all users. The update aims to enhance the user experience and improve the platform’s performance.
These developments in AI regulation, the 30th anniversary of PDF, the lawsuit against Twitter, and the Steam update are significant in their respective fields and showcase the ongoing advancements and legal issues in the technology industry.