We need to talk about Facebook. Google (or Alphabet, if you prefer) is more ubiquitous; Apple makes more money; Amazon is a more obvious threat to the bricks-and-mortar economy; yet there is something uniquely troubling about the social media leviathaRead more
WHEN Cyrus Field laid the first trans-Atlantic cable in 1858, it was hailed as one of the great technological achievements of its time and celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and 100-gun salutes.Read more
ANTITRUST, privacy, hate speech—whenever the European Union tries to rein in tech giants, Americans accuse it of protectionism. That argument has always been simplistic, but now it is harder to make; scarcely a week passes in Washington when companies like Apple and Google are not in politicians’ crosshairs.Read more
Great minds don’t always think alike.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, shared some thoughts early Tuesday morning via Twitter that essentially bashed Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence.Read more
Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash believes that we may soon see the proliferation of augmented reality glasses, describing them as possibly “one of the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.” But he believes AR glasses must be see-through, stylish, and socially acceptable, among other things.Read more
The makers of virtual reality hardware and software are finding themselves caught up in a complex new game: expectations.Read more
Mark Zuckerberg has a new housemate: Jarvis, an artificial intelligence assistant he created this year that can control appliances, play music, recognize faces and, peAll Pagesrhaps most impressively, entertain his toddler.
The Facebook founder spent 100 hours putting together the virtual assistant — named after the artificial intelligence system in “Iron Man” — which understands spoken commands as well as text messages.Read more
Daydream View, Google’s new virtual-reality headset, is made of cloth. It uses a smartphone as a screen and looks like a fancy sleeping mask. “Cozy” was the word VR chief Clay Bavor used when he showed off the system in early October, urging consumers to think about being enveloped in a YouTube video or Google Street View map.Read more
I have never been more afraid about the dangers of artificial intelligence than when I first heard the name of the new body that the world’s technology giants have formed to reassure me about it.
Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM and Facebook announced its establishment last week.Read more
Half-a-dozen years ago, the American wine critic Antonio Galloni decided to come up with a critical guide to the world’s best wines. If he had tried to do that in the 1990s, he would have had two options: 1. create a (very heavy) encyclopedia; or 2. issue lots of (equally cumbersome) magazines. “Thirty years ago wine knowledge was books and magazines,” Galloni says.Read more
Hours after Facebook fired its “trending” news team and replaced it with robot curators, the social network’s news section featured inaccurate and potentially offensive articles.
The stories that appeared in the trending news box were previously curated by journalists, who would weed out links that weren’t high quality or from well-regarded publicationsRead more