Ex-Google boss Eric Schmidt: US ‘dropped the ball’ on innovation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFormer Google boss Eric Schmidt says US risks lagging behind China on innovation In the battle for tech supremacy between the US and China, America has “dropped the ball” in funding for basic research, according to former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt. And that’s one of the […]

The RetroBeat: Watch the first trailer for the Console Wars documentary

Console Wars remains the best book I’ve ever read about the gaming industry. It’s the exciting story of Sega of America taking on Nintendo’s console monopoly in the ’90s. We’ve known that it would become a documentary, and now we have a first trailer. The documentary will be available on CBS All Access on September […]

AI Weekly: What ML practitioners are doing about climate change

A lot happened this week deserving of attention in the AI space. The Guardian wrote an article with GPT-3 and again demonstrated that no matter what OpenAI paid to train and create the language model, the free marketing might be worth more. After losing the JEDI cloud contract appeal with the Pentagon, Amazon appointed Keith […]

Standalone VR headsets are finally ready to make a big leap forward

Tech company media events broadly divide into two categories: Apple-style events where completed new products are revealed just before they hit stores, and Qualcomm-style events where new technologies are revealed well ahead of actual availability, sometimes without even naming the first products that will include the innovations. Rather than calling one type of event “better” […]

Tell Me Why review — A parable for diverse perspectives

Tell Me Why is the next narrative adventure game from Life Is Strange 2 developer Dontnod Entertainment, and it tells the story of two twins — one of whom is a transgender character — and the childhood tragedy that they must unravel. Through this narrative, the developers succeed in making the point that diverse perspectives […]

Gary Marcus: COVID-19 should be a wake-up call for AI

The global pandemic has been cited as a “wake-up call” for many things — the environment, economic and social rights, and general global inequalities. However, scientist, author, and entrepreneur Gary Marcus thinks that the COVID-19 crisis should also be considered a wake-up call for AI. Speaking at the virtual Intelligent Health AI conference yesterday, Marcus […]

Apple allows game streaming on iOS, but demands approval and a 30% cut

Apple today loosened its iOS App Store Review Guidelines for streaming games from services such as Microsoft xCloud, Google Stadia, and Nvidia GeForce Now. But Apple still has restrictions on how users pay for the games and requires that it still gets its 30% cut on game sales. While the move helps Apple keep up […]

Facebook launches legal action against Irish watchdog over data transfers

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc launched legal action on Friday against Ireland’s Data Protection Commission in an attempt to halt a proposed order that could stop the company from transferring data from the European Union to the United States. The U.S. social media giant urged regulators “to adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach until a sustainable […]

IBM says U.S. should adopt new export controls on facial recognition systems

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – IBM Corp <IBM.N> said on Friday the U.S. Commerce Department should adopt new controls to limit the export of facial recognition systems to repressive regimes that can be used to commit human rights violations. The company said in a statement the United States should institute new export limits on […]