Tag Archives: technology’

Technology Enables ‘Fake News.’ Can It Help Stop It, Too?

In 1985, Neil Postman, in his now-prescient social commentary Amusing Ourselves to Death, compared the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s 1984 with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World: Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture. Huxley and Postman might not have imagined the technology that enabled social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But they both understood the implications of modern technology’s ability to cloud fact from truth, ...

Read More »

White House: Technology council is going 'full steam ahead'

The CEOs who quit Trump’s business councils Two of President Trump’s business advisory councils imploded on Wednesday as CEOs resigned over his response to violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville. But another White House initiative, The American Technology Council, remains intact. The tech panel is made up of government employees and has no members from private industry. A White House official said Wednesday that the American Technology Council will go “full steam ahead on its work.” Some prominent executives, 18 to be exact, attended a summit hosted by the tech ...

Read More »

Intel Puts the Kibosh on Reports It Will License AMD GPU Technology

One of the more intriguing (and if we’re being honest, slightly weird) rumors from last year was that AMD and Intel might cooperate on a GPU patent-sharing deal, or possibly a direct design agreement in which AMD would build GPUs for its largest competitor in the CPU space. The only reason we gave the idea any consideration at all was because AMD had reorganized its graphics unit into the Radeon Technology Group (RTG) specifically so that it could have more freedom to pursue ideas and potential revenue sources. A custom ...

Read More »

Shoah Foundation is using technology to preserve Holocaust survivor stories

Remembering the Holocaust: A conversation with a digital survivor I’ve done a lot of interviews as a reporter, but none like the conversation I had with Pinchas Gutter. Gutter is an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives in Toronto — and I spoke with a digital version of him. Gutter was the first to participate in a new format being pioneered by the USC Shoah Foundation. He sat in 2014 for more than 20 hours of interviews, recorded by 116 cameras, and answered about 1,500 questions. His responses formed a database ...

Read More »

Google Waymo sues Uber over self-driving car technology

Self-driving car technology is emerging as a powerful next-generation platform. While there are only a handful of vehicles on the roads today, companies like Google, Uber, Nvidia, Tesla, and more have all tossed their hats into the ring and are jockeying for position in the nascent market. But competition is cutthroat, and there’s tremendous pressure on the tech industry to deliver real results. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, has announced it believes Uber stole some 10GB of trade secrets on its self-driving car program, and that it is taking action ...

Read More »

Google's Waymo sues Uber over self-driving car technology

Riding a self-driving Uber around San Francisco Another day, another black eye for Uber. The ride-sharing giant, reeling from revelations of a troubling workplace culture, is the subject of a new lawsuit from Waymo, previously known as Google’s self-driving car project. Waymo filed a suit against Uber Thursday, alleging a concerted plot to steal its trade secrets and intellectual property. The suit was filed in California district court. Waymo alleges that former employee Anthony Levandowski downloaded thousands of confidential files to a personal hard drive before resigning from the company. ...

Read More »

Microsoft wants to bring HoloLens to the consumer market once the technology matures

When Microsoft first debuted HoloLens two years ago, it wasn’t clear if the company was working on a niche research concept that would find little life outside of tech demos, or if the company intended to push augmented reality as the Next Big Thing in the consumer market. HoloLens’ first release was strictly intended for developers and early deployment in enterprise settings, with its $ 3,000 price tag, lack of a warranty, and limited application support. In a recent interview, however, Alex Kipman, the inventor of HoloLens, said Microsoft has bigger plans ...

Read More »

Microsoft wants to bring HoloLens to the consumer market once the technology matures

When Microsoft first debuted HoloLens two years ago, it wasn’t clear if the company was working on a niche research concept that would find little life outside of tech demos, or if the company intended to push augmented reality as the Next Big Thing in the consumer market. HoloLens’ first release was strictly intended for developers and early deployment in enterprise settings, with its $ 3,000 price tag, lack of a warranty, and limited application support. In a recent interview, however, Alex Kipman, the inventor of HoloLens, said Microsoft has bigger plans ...

Read More »

Report: Nintendo Switch is Maxwell-based, built on 20nm technology

For well over a decade, Nintendo has pursued a console strategy that put an emphasis on new and emerging gameplay as opposed to pushing graphics and CPU horsepower. This strategy has had decidedly mixed results, and with the Nintendo Switch, there was speculation that the company might have adopted a fundamentally different approach. Unlike the Wii and Wii U, Switch is supposed to be a hybrid mobile and living room console, suggesting Nintendo might put much more emphasis on adopting a leading-edge process node and cutting-edge graphics technology to reduce ...

Read More »

Report: Nintendo Switch is Maxwell-based, built on 20nm technology

For well over a decade, Nintendo has pursued a console strategy that put an emphasis on new and emerging gameplay as opposed to pushing graphics and CPU horsepower. This strategy has had decidedly mixed results, and with the Nintendo Switch, there was speculation that the company might have adopted a fundamentally different approach. Unlike the Wii and Wii U, Switch is supposed to be a hybrid mobile and living room console, suggesting Nintendo might put much more emphasis on adopting a leading-edge process node and cutting-edge graphics technology to reduce ...

Read More »