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Google Focuses on China Partnership in Shanghai AI Event  

Google Focuses on China Partnership in Shanghai AI Event  

At the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) held last week in Shanghai, Google head of machine perception research Jay Yagnik said that it was key for Google to partner with China and its AI talent ecosystem and revealed that the company’s open-source machine learning software tool TensorFlow had already achieved two million downloads by developers in the country.   Despite escalating trade tensions between the US and China, Google is seen to be ramping up its efforts to engage the world’s second largest economy. Yagnik also revealed that the company is hosting its biggest tech exhibition in China in recent […]

Microsoft, Google, Amazon to Use AI in Fight Against Famine

Microsoft, Google, Amazon to Use AI in Fight Against Famine

US tech firms Microsoft, Google, and Amazon will reportedly be using data analysis and artificial intelligence to fight world hunger in a new initiative announced last Sunday.   The World Bank and United Nations, which will be working with the tech giants in the Famine Action Mechanism, said that they will be using the predictive power of data to take action and trigger funding before a crisis occurs. The companies will be providing expertise for the development of “Artemis”, a suite of AI-based analytical models that can be used to forecast the food security crisis in real-time.   Source: Japan […]

Google Considered Tweaking Algorithm to Counter Trump Travel Ban

Google Considered Tweaking Algorithm to Counter Trump Travel Ban

The Wall Street Journal revealed this week that according to internal emails. Google employees had planned to tweak their search engine’s algorithm to counter the Trump administration’s temporary ban on visitors and immigrants from Muslim countries. The employees reportedly planned to leverage search functions to prevent “islamophobic” biased results, and show users how they can contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers or government agencies to show their support.    However, a Google spokesperson confirmed that none of the ideas were implemented and the company does not manipulate search results to promote its political views. Source: Reuters

Ex-Google CEO Says Internet Will be Split in Two by 2028

Ex-Google CEO Says Internet Will be Split in Two by 2028

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in an investor event this week that the internet will likely be split into two, with one part led by China. Schmidt said that he recently witnessed the phenomenal scale of companies, services and wealth being built in China, and that the country’s internet is a greater percentage of its GDP compared to the US’s. He added that It is likely that the country’s Belt and Road Initiative will compel its 60 or more partner countries to take on Chinese infrastructure even with some loss of freedom. It was also recently reported that Schmidt’s […]

US Tech Giants Look to AI as Key to China Entry

US Tech Giants Look to AI as Key to China Entry

This week, companies including Google, Microsoft, and Amazon showcased their AI products at the state-backed World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. Despite tensions between the two countries and stiff competition between US and Chinese companies, it is said that the tech industry recognizes that a certain amount of collaboration is needed to achieve advancement in AI. US tech companies are also expected to capitalize on Beijing’s plans for a $400 billion AI industry within the next 6 years which could be their key to breaking into the world’s second largest economy. Amazon and Microsoft have already revealed plans this week […]

Tech Giants to Face US Senate Over Data Privacy on Sept 26

Tech Giants to Face US Senate Over Data Privacy on Sept 26

Lawmakers in the US Senate are scheduled to hear the testimony of executives from major US tech companies such as Google, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, and Charter Communications over matters concerning consumer data privacy on September 26. Republican U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune said that during the discussion, the US panel will be giving the tech companies and carriers the opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, and how they plan to comply with the new European Union and California laws. They can also give their suggestions on how the Congress can help to to promote clear privacy […]

Google to Invest $140 Million for Expansion in Chile

Google to Invest $140 Million for Expansion in Chile

Edgardo Frias, Google’s general manager in Chile, announced this week that the search giant will be investing $140 million for the expansion of its data center and operations in the Latin American country. Google already spent $150 million on its data center located in Quilicura, near Santiago, which is operated entirely on solar power. Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, who delivered a speech at the Google announcement, promised to put the country at the forefront of “the current of history” in the technology revolution. It is said that Chile’s recent support in a number of tech investments will help the country […]

US is Attacking Europe with Tariffs, French Finance Minister Says

US is Attacking Europe with Tariffs, French Finance Minister Says

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said last weekend that the US should not consider the proposed 3% tax on tech giants such as Google and Facebook as an attack, and instead said that the country was the one taking an aggressive stance by imposing tariffs on European imports. Le Maire added that the taxation is not taxation against the United States, but rather a fair and efficient effort at taxation at an international level. Le Maire would also propose a “sunset clause” that would phase out the 3% tax once an international tax deal is reached. Source: CNBC

YouTube Ads Interfering with Elections, Russia Warns Google

YouTube Ads Interfering with Elections, Russia Warns Google

It was reported last Tuesday that a number of Russian agencies, including the Central Election Commission (CEC) and communications regulator Roskomnadzor, had complained to Google about YouTube ads bought by the opposition are violating election laws. CEC member Alexander Klyukin was quoted saying that interference by foreign companies in the country’s electoral process will be considered meddling and a violation of the law. Leonid Volkov, an ally of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, admitted that the ads were bought by his team. Navalny, who was prevented from running against Putin, said that the CEC is lying about the laws that it […]

Germany to Keep Google, Facebook’s Dominance in Check

Germany’s economy Minister Peter Altmaier said last Tuesday that the government will be seeking a right balance between the growth chances of German and European platforms and preventing the abuse of market power. In line with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pledge to curb the dominance of US internet companies, Altmaier said that his goal would be to make the country’s competition laws more effective, and urged the government to grant more powers to the German competition watchdog so that it can act before the companies become monopolies. Some of the measures may reportedly include cracking down attempts by platform companies to […]