• Image copyright YouTube/ThirtyVirus Image caption Researchers tried to teach AI agents how to look for diamonds on Minecraft using a technique called imitation learningIt takes minutes for most new Minecraft players to work out how to dig up the diamonds that are key to the game, but training artificial intelligence to do it has proved harder than expected. Over the summer, Minecraft publisher...

  • 11 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesYouTube will no longer allow videos that "maliciously insult someone" based on "protected attributes" such as race, gender identity or sexuality. The video-sharing platform will also ban "implied threats of violence" as part of its new harassment policy. A row erupted in June after a prominent video-maker said he had been the target of abuse by...

  • 12 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesA New York man has died after being crushed by an empty car accidentally started by remote control. Michael Kosanovich, 21, had been standing between two parked 2002 Lexus IS300s, on 6 December, when one of them had been started remotely by its owner, police said. The car rolled forward and he was pinned between the two vehicles. Bystanders tried to...

  • 13 December 2019 Image copyright Facebook/Quadriga Image caption Gerald Cotten was the only person who had passwords to QuadrigaCX digital walletsLawyers representing users of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are asking Canadian authorities to exhume the body of its founder. They say they want an exhumation given "questionable circumstances" surrounding his death. Gerald Cotten died...

  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The creator of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Hidetaka Miyazaki (c), said the win was movingSekiro: Shadows Die Twice was the big winner at this year's Gaming Awards. Despite criticism for being incredibly hard to complete, it was named game of the year and also won best action/adventure game. The latest release from game-creating legend Hideo Kojima, Death...

  • By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 12 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Affect-recognition systems claim to be able to detect a person's underlying emotional stateA leading research centre has called for new laws to restrict the use of emotion-detecting tech. The AI Now Institute says the field is "built on markedly shaky foundations". Despite this, systems are on sale...

  • 14 December 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe hug that means Jacob's new arm is a successWhen Jacob was born eight weeks early most of his left arm was missing. His parents Gemma Turner and Chris Scrimshaw, from Calderdale in West Yorkshire, crowdfunded to get a £16,000 functioning limb made for him. The NHS and most companies take the view that a...

  • 14 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesHaggling could save households £120 a year on broadband, but 45% of customers have not asked their current provider for a better deal, according to Which? The consumer group found that 78% of people who negotiated were offered an incentive, discount or a better deal. More than 5,000 customers were asked by Which? whether they had haggled for a...

  • By Chris Fox Technology reporter 13 December 2019 Image caption Reeta Chakrabarti analysed election results on television for the BBCFor the first time, BBC News published a news story for every constituency that declared election results overnight - all written by a computer. It was the BBC's biggest test of machine-generated journalism so far. Each of nearly 700 articles - most in English but...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Hundreds of migrants have been intercepted by Border Force in the Channel this yearDrones will monitor migrant boats attempting to reach the south east of England, pilots have been warned. Remotely-piloted aircraft will be searching a large area of the Channel, from Eastbourne to Margate. The flights are for "the purpose of national security...

  • By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mustafa Suleyman helped develop the controversial Streams health appMustafa Suleyman, co-founder of British artificial-intelligence firm DeepMind, has announced that he is joining Google. He had previously said he was taking time off from DeepMind. Mr Suleyman helped develop Streams, a controversial...

  • By Sam Shead Technology reporter 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some buses in Shanghai have had facial recognition systems fitted to themA survey by a Beijing research institute indicates growing pushback against facial recognition in China. Some 74% of respondents said they wanted the option to be able to use traditional ID methods over the tech to verify their...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesUber said it received almost 6,000 reports of sexual assault in the United States in 2017 and 2018. While the number of cases rose in 2018, the rate of incidents dropped by 16%, as the number of journeys was higher. Passengers - as opposed to drivers - accounted for nearly half of those accused of sexual assault. The data was published in a report...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Streets in Kashmir are mostly deserted since the lockdown came into effect on 5 AugustUsers in Kashmir are being kicked off WhatsApp because of inactivity, the BBC has learned. It is a side-effect of the four-month internet blackout, imposed by the Indian government after the region was stripped of its autonomy in August. Facebook, which...

  • 6 December 2019 Image caption A notice announcing the fine appeared on a Chinese government websiteA game launched in China without government approval has landed the company behind it with a heavy fine. It is the first time such action has been taken since China reformed its gaming regulator last year. In this case, the unnamed company that fell foul of the law has been fined seven times the...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty ImagesChinese telecoms giant Huawei has launched a legal challenge to a decision by US regulators to classify it as a national security threat. It comes after the US Federal Communications Commission put curbs on rural mobile providers using a $8.5bn (£6.5bn) government fund to buy Huawei equipment. The firm said evidence that it was a threat to...

  • 4 December 2019 Image copyright PelotonA Christmas advert from exercise bike company Peloton has been widely mocked on social media as being "sexist", "out of touch", and even "dystopian". The ad, which has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube, sees a woman receive an exercise bike for Christmas from her husband. She then records her workouts over the following year in a vlog and...

  • 4 December 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Sundar Pichai is the new chief executive of AlphabetSundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has been put in charge of its parent company Alphabet, after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they were stepping down. The 47-year-old said the pair had set up a "strong foundation" on which he would "continue to build". Pichai's life...

  • By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent 5 December 2019 Related Topics Franklin rover Mars mission Image caption Adam Camilletti hopes to win a contract from Esa next year to take the design to the next levelBritish engineers have begun testing technologies that will be needed to bring samples of Martian rock to Earth. The Airbus team is training a prototype rover to recognise and pick up...

  • 5 December 2019 Related Topics Thailand cave rescue Image copyright EPA Image caption Vernon Unsworth told a court that he felt branded by Mr Musk's postsA British cave expert has testified that he was left feeling "humiliated, ashamed" and "dirtied" after Elon Musk labelled him "pedo guy" online. Vernon Unsworth is suing the Tesla founder for defamation. The diver, who helped rescue 12 boys...