Asian tiger mosquitoes warning for UK - Tech & Science Daily podcast

The Asian tiger mosquito is known for its striped body and its potential to spread dengue fever (Marco Uliana/Alamy/PA)
The Asian tiger mosquito is known for its striped body and its potential to spread dengue fever (Marco Uliana/Alamy/PA)

Asian tiger mosquitoes could be buzzing around the UK, spreading the tropical infection Dengue fever as soon as 2040, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

Experts at the UKSHA say the mosquitoes have spread across Europe in recent years because of warmer temperatures, brought on by climate change.

UKHSA chief executive Professor Dame Jenny Harries said, because of rising temperatures, things that were known as tropical diseases many years ago will become national domestic diseases.

The co-founder and president of environmental intelligence company Kayrros has told Tech & Science Daily that artificial intelligence has allowed them to more accurately measure methane levels across the planet.

Antoine Rostand discusses the methane map they have created to show where the highest levels of the gas are around the world, using satellites and AI software.

In this episode Antoine discusses why the methane has historically been so difficult to measure, and reveals who the technology is aimed at.

In other tech news, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has had his X account reinstated after a poll by Elon Musk.

On Saturday night close to two million users voted on the poll, and just over 70% voted to reinstate Jones, who was banned from the social media site - under its previous ownership - in 2018, for breaching rules on abusive behaviour.

Since being reinstated to the social media platform, Alex Jones has posted a video teasing a two-hour interview with Elon Musk “including subjects which he’s never been asked about before”.

The CEO of Cambridge-based computer chip company ARM is the latest tech boss to warn that humans could one day lose control of artificial intelligence.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Rene Haas said the thing he worries about most is humans losing capability over the machines.

Rene said he believed over the next five-to-ten years AI will ‘change everything’ and will “find its way into everything we do” and every aspect of how we “work, live and play”.

Also in this episode:

FTC warning: Be sceptical about QR codes, huge Pliosaur skull found on the Dorset coast to feature in David Attenborough series, Study: Carnivores in zoos react positively to improvements to their enclosures and the UK’s top Google searches of 2023 revealed.

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