The company was forced to raise prices in the region after Hong Kong authorities evaluated Uber’s business practices, Reuters reports. Beginning today, fees for UberX and UberASSIST rides will start at $45 HKD ($5.75 USD)–a rise up to 80%. Uber says the price rise will mainly benefit the drivers themselves and in a statement said that the company is committed to their investment in Hong Kong.MG
The real world motor racing championship is set to embrace the virtual world this September to November, reports Reuters. Its new eSports Series will allow gamers to compete in races on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC to determine who the 40 fastest virtual racers are. The semifinals will be held in London in late October, with 20 winners going on to compete in the finals at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit in late November. Formula One managing director Sean Bratches said the new eSports series was “an amazing opportunity for our business–strategically and in the way we engage fans.”MG
The Tesla CEO along with 115 other experts in robotics and AI have signed a letter warning of “a third revolution in warfare,” reports the BBC. The experts want the UN to add artificially intelligent and autonomous mechanized weapons to the list of weapons banned under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), which currently include devices ranging from landmines to laser weapons. The short letter is extremely urgent in its tone, ending with:
Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways. We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close. We therefore implore the High Contracting Parties to find a way to protect us all from these dangers.