Employment and Immigration

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Silicon Valley’s tech giants are reportedly taking their talent hunt to Cambridge, England where they are snapping up engineers and researchers, particularly those working in the fields of artificial intelligence. It is said that the arrival of firms such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple will provide a much needed boost to the British economy which had been hurt by its departure from the European Union. British secretary of state Matthew Hancock, who also oversees digital policy, says that while they welcome the tech giants, they are working to ensure that the next generation of companies are built in Cambridge. […]

Macron’s Efforts for French Tech a “Double-Edged Sword”

Macron’s Efforts for French Tech a “Double-Edged Sword”

French president Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to nurture the country’s tech sector are reportedly being met with mixed and even negative reactions from domestic tech firms that are being adversely affected by the influx of business from global tech giants. Computer expert Randi Hindi said that big names such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Samsung make it difficult for his company to land deals with big local companies. A number of French entrepreneurs also criticized Macron for overlooking local talent when he invited foreign CEOs including Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella at the Tech for Good Summit last month. Macron’s appointed AI […]

Silicon Valley Condemns Trump’s Decision to Separate Migrant Children

Silicon Valley Condemns Trump’s Decision to Separate Migrant Children

Silicon Valley leaders criticized this week a policy of the Trump administration which seeks to separate migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Facebook’s Zuckerberg said that he has already donated to organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project and RAICES which help families at the US border get legal advice and translation services. He called on the public to do the same and implored the government to stop the policy. Meanwhile, Apple’s Tim Cook called the policy “inhumane” and “heartbreaking” since children are the most vulnerable people in society. Source: CNBC

US Mulls Visa Limitations for Tech Students

US Mulls Visa Limitations for Tech Students

Trump administration officials are said to be planning to limit the validity of some visas issued to Chinese students to prevent the alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing. The State Department says the changes may start June 11, after which U.S. consular officers may limit Chinese students to a one-year visa, rather than issuing them the maximum possible length as previously practiced, if they are studying in fields like robotics, aviation and high-tech manufacturing. US embassies and consulates were also instructed to require special clearances from multiple US agencies from Chinese citizens who wish to apply for a […]

France, Germany Call for EU Startup Funding

France, Germany Call for EU Startup Funding

In a paper presented to European Union leaders at the Balkan summit last week, Berlin and Paris urged the European Innovation Council to fund innovative start-up projects across the bloc in order for the region to catch up with other tech superpowers. The EU heavyweights are pushing to create a network to attract and grow “ambitious” tech startups and wishes for other EU member countries to follow their national initiatives. France has already committed 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) to the artificial intelligence industry to counter the brain drain caused by China and the US. The two countries are said […]

“Trade War” May Hurt China More Than US

“Trade War” May Hurt China More Than US

The managing director of Parry Global Group, an investment services company, told CNBC earlier this week that China may lose more in its escalating “trade war” with the US. Parry predicts that the tariffs announced by US President Donald Trump, which focuses on technology parts and components, could result to job losses in China. He explained that if a company like Apple were to shift assembly in the US, around 350,000 workers can instantly lose their jobs in Zhengzhou. Parry says that while the move may only cause ripples in China, it would be enough to give Trump leverage for […]

Tech Giants: AI to Create Jobs, Shift Skill Sets

Tech Giants: AI to Create Jobs, Shift Skill Sets

A number of experts in the tech industry recently commented on concerns regarding AI and its impact on jobs at a panel discussion in the recently held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. Google’s Behshad Behzadi said that while shift in jobs should be expected, AI will serve to complement it and make tasks easier for humans. IBM chief digital officer Bob Lord said that AI will augment a worker’s intelligence and address mundane jobs, allowing humans to rise to another level. Salesforce’s John Carney meanwhile said that it could be a threat to workers who do not upskill, […]

Tech Industry Urges Trump to Continue DACA Program

Tech Industry Urges Trump to Continue DACA Program

The a number of US tech companies, which included some major players, called on President Donald Trump to continue the DACA program. An initiative made under the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or Dreamers Program, sought to give young immigrants a chance to stay in the country to work or study, instead of getting deported. In an open letter, companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook also urged Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, stating that the previous DACA recipients are now diligently paying taxes and giving back to the community. Source: TechCrunch

Ex-Googlers Use AI to Match Tech Employees to Employers More Effectively

Ex-Googlers Use AI to Match Tech Employees to Employers More Effectively

Two former Google engineers have announced that they were able to create a system that makes the hiring process in the tech industry more efficient. Around 18 months ago, Richard Liu and Yunkai Zhou founded Leap.ai, a company that seeks to give employees and employers their “dream” match. The two says that their system is able to map the candidate’s dream employer and ideal role more effectively using a range of data including employment history, qualifications, skills, personal interests, career motivation and more. The company says their system is able to address the inefficiency brought by the manual process of […]

Google Hires Legendary Programmer Chris Lattner to Boost AI Efforts

Google Hires Legendary Programmer Chris Lattner to Boost AI Efforts

Confirmed earlier this week is the hiring of Chris Lattner, known as a “legendary” programmer within the tech industry, by Google. Before coming to Google, Lattner had previously worked at two other Silicon Valley giants – Apple and Tesla. He developed the Swift programming language while at Apple, then moved on to Tesla where he worked on the carmaker’s autopilot technology. Sources from Bloomberg say that Lattner will be working on Google’s TensorFlow language used in the search giant’s AI projects. Lattner says that by joining Google’s “Brain Team”, he’s hoping to make AI accessible to everyone.   Source: Engadget

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