Bank of Japan kicks off feasibility study on issuing its own digital currency

In a significant development sees cryptocurrencies increasingly gaining traction, on Monday the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has started feasibility study of issuing its own digital currency, joining efforts by other central banks that are aiming to match the innovation in the field achieved by the private sector. In a statement the BOJ said, during the…

EU companies should prepare for the worst over U.S.-China digital decoupling

In a statement European business groups have said, EU business must “prepare for the worst” over digital decoupling between the U.S. and the Chinese economy, which could significantly impact EU businesses in China. In a statement the European Chamber of Commerce in China and MERICS, a Berlin-based think tank said, U.S.-China political, trade and financial…

Walmart in partnership discussions with Comcast to develop and sell Smart TVs

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Comcast and Walmart Inc are in collaborative talks to develop and distribute smart TVs. Under the terms of discussion, Walmart will promote TV sets running Comcast software and in return get a share of recurring revenues from Comcast. Comcast is competing with Apple TV+ and Netflix…

Pentagon expected to back additional tech export curbs on Huawei and China

The Pentagon is likely to back new U.S. restrictions on China’s Huawei Technologies, reversing its earlier stance to the proposal meant to further crack down on exports to the blacklisted Chinese company, said a source briefed on the matter. The Pentagon’s reversal is likely to make it much harder for U.S. companies to get around…

BMW & Tencent to launch computing center for self-driving cars in Tianjin

The computing center is of strategic importance since it will provide self-driving cars the required computing power to analyze real-time data including road and traffic conditions. On Friday, BMW stated, it is partnering with China’s Tencent Holdings to launch a computing center in China which will help develop self-driving cars. The computing center is expected…

European Commission looking to set up ethical guidelines for AI

The European Commission is looking to setup ethical guidelines for artificial intelligence which should be transparent, secure, have human oversight and have reliable algorithms. They should also be subject to privacy and data protection rules. The European Commission stated, companies working with artificial intelligence need to install accountability mechanisms that prevent the misuse of AI.…