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When it comes to giving AI control over recruiting and hiring, there's a potential drawback that employers need to be aware of: racism, sexism and bigotry are all learned attributes, and machines can learn them too.

Amazon recently learned this lesson the hard way. It basically had to abandon a project that involved using AI to find ideal candidates when it found out that the AI had learned to be a sexist. What's worse is that the AI learned it from Amazon's own past hiring practices.

Apple Sued Over Dual-Camera Tech

It's hard to say what came first: the chicken, or the egg, or the dual-camera iPhone technology.

In a new lawsuit, two inventors claim their dual-camera tech came first. Apple, they say, infringed on their patent.

Chickens and eggs actually have nothing to do with the lawsuit, but it's fair to say that the first one will win the patent battle. Or they could settle -- six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Alexa Could Tell If You're Sick or Depressed

Alexa, the voice of Amazon's smart devices, can tell you a lot of things.

The weather, traffic conditions, the news; it goes on and on. Now Amazon has patented a technology for Alexa to tell you whether you are sick or depressed.

When technology can detect your voice, your face, and your heart rate, it sounds like a healthy step forward for artificial intelligence. There is a catch, however. It looks like Alexa wants to be your pharmacist, too.

The maker behind the DoNotPay chatbot that has garnered widespread attention and accolades just released an app that's going to make a lot of people happy and angry. That's because it's an app that walks an individual through their small claim filing in every county in all fifty states.

The original chatbot was designed to fight parking tickets that most people would have just paid or ignored, and boasted a rather respectable win rate. Now, the latest iteration is taking a shot at a practice area that is practically unserved, as many people avoid small claims actions because it's not convenient, and lawyers aren't clamoring to get into it either, as they're not normally allowed to appear and the amounts in controversy just aren't financially justifiable.

Driverless Taxis Coming This Year, Says Waymo

There's good news and bad news about driverless cars.

The good news is that Waymo is about to launch an autonomous taxi service in Phoenix. That's also the bad news.

Critics are worried the technology is not ready for public consumption. They just don't see the good news -- they won't have to tip the drivers.

Apple Sued by Memoji App Maker

When Apple unveiled the last, not their latest, set of iPhones, one feature that seemed to garner quite a bit of buzz was the Animoji feature. Animojis are like emojis, but animated using your facial expressions. Thanks to Apple's hard work, using the iPhone X, or later models, you can send talking emoji messages to people.

Fast-forwarding to this year, Apple announced the next step for Animoji, which was recently released in the most recent IOS 12 update: Memoji. Unlike the Animoji feature, Memoji allows users to create custom talking emoji that look like themselves (rather than the small selection of Animojis), but animated, and with embellishments. Unfortunately for Apple, the announcement of the Memoji feature has resulted in a lawsuit being filed by an app maker that had already been developing an app by the same name, with strikingly similar functionality.

Is Guitar Hero a Gamer Villain?

In a recently filed lawsuit, one video-game-playing, music-loving plaintiff has filed a lawsuit against Activision due to feeling burned by a recent purchase of Guitar Hero Live.

The lawsuit essentially claims that the Activision has misled consumers into buying the game title because 92 percent of the game will be unplayable in a matter of weeks. That limitation on the game are being imposed as a result of a planned shutdown of Activision's online servers that support the "Guitar Hero TV" mode.

Voice-Control Hasn't Even Reached Puberty

You know that awkward moment in puberty when a boy's voice cracks?

That hasn't happened yet with voice-controlled devices. Developers say the technology is still in its infancy.

But that puberty moment is coming soon. Just ask Josh.

In these highly partisan times, this week, the Senate showed everyone that, surprisingly, it can agree on something almost as divisive as pizza toppings: Music.

The Music Modernization Act passed through the Senate with a unanimous vote. The act promises to basically end the non-stop lawsuits that result from the patchwork of state copyright laws, mechanical licenses, and the explosion of streaming music services. It does this by creating a cooperative solution for both the copyright holders as well as services that want to be able to license songs for users to listen to over music streaming services.

Last month, Tesla Motors succeeding in getting approval for the Tesla Semi (electric heavy truck) design patent. Notably though, that same design got the company sued for patent infringement by Nikola Motors earlier this year.

The two trucks' designs are rather similar, as any casual observer can see, and adding insult to the lawsuit, Nikola claims that Tesla's bad press, including batteries catching fire and self-driving vehicle crashes, harms Nikola's reputation as a result of Tesla's infringing design. But for Nikola, that claim just got a little worse thanks to the USPTO.