Recruiting bots, ransomware, video game development, and more with this week’s staff picks

Good morning! Here are the most interesting tech stories we read this week.  

Your next job interview could be with a recruiter bot (Read by Alexandria H.)

Some people worry that it’s only a matter of time before robots take over their jobs. But one San Francisco-based company has built a bot to help people find a job. Mya is an AI recruiter that reviews resumes and conducts preliminary interviews to identify promising job candidates. Mya can schedule in-person interviews, send directions to candidates, recommend what to wear, let applicants know when they haven’t been chosen for a role, and even suggest other jobs that may be a better fit. The bot is positioned as a way to free up valuable human resources time by handling the busy work. The way I see it is if a robot is going to take your job, the least it can do is help you find another one.

Hackers are reportedly holding a Disney film for ransom (Read by Camillia S.)

The word of the week is “ransomware.” Not only because WannaCry has claimed victims worldwide, but also because it’s proven that no one, not even those in Hollywood, is safe. On Monday, Disney chief Bob Iger confirmed that hackers gained access to the latest version of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and the company wouldn’t pay to free it. After a quick search for an update, it appears Disney is sticking to its guns. The company hasn’t released any bitcoins–the hackers requested method of payment. The same thing happened a few weeks ago when hackers got a hold of Netflix’s latest season of “Orange is the New Black.” The company refused to pay, and the attackers eventually leaked the new episodes. The interesting part is that both Netflix’s and Disney’s responses were calm and nonchalant. I wonder if this will start a new trend, and if hackers will realize that Hollywood CEOs aren’t paying up and seek new targets.

How video game makers create hyper-realistic worlds (Read by Heidi B.)

If you’ve played any modern video game, you know the virtual worlds you encounter during gameplay are crazily realistic. It’s easy to take that experience for granted, but instead this article dives into who crafts these worlds and how. From crews that take thousands of photos and videos of real-world sites to developers who use that visual data to design games, this story gives a glimpse into the intricate, tedious work that goes into building one of today’s most popular pastimes, and how developers plan on using emerging technology to enrich games in the future. Check it out!

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