Levi's AI Models Coming Soon
Sick of seeing the same body type in all your online shopping ads? Levi's is, too, and they suspect more model diversity equals more money. That's why they're planning AI-generated models representing a range of shapes, sizes, and colors for their latest clothing line. Sounds great on paper, but some details were as sketchy as your old jeans, so stay tuned.
Apple Employees Aren't Loving iHeadset
Apple employees aren't loving the tech giant's AR/VR headset. According to insiders, some Apple employees call the new headset "a solution in search of a problem." The headset branded Apple Reality Pro will be light, rugged, cool-looking, and expensive. At $3K, Apple is not expecting a mass consumer welcome but looks to sell a million units in the first year. It must be good to call shipping a million products a slow, quiet introduction.
French Officials' Phones - No Soup For You!
In a move that reminds us of Seinfeld's Soup Nazi, France is banning "recreational" apps such as Netflix, Instagram, and Twitter from civil service phones. Do we wonder if France will draw the line at banning Solitaire? Probably not, we're thinking.
Geek Girls in Big Tech - Not So Much
Geek Girls by UC Santa Barbara professor France Winddance Twine provides a firsthand account of how hard it is to succeed "in the valley,", particularly for black and Latinx women. Twine wants to disentangle just how hard it is for women seeking careers in tech to fix the problem one can only hope.
Meta Wants Blue Check Money
Meta (formerly known as Facebook) launched a paid verification service for American users in a move that's sure to please social media creators and influencers. For the low price of $99, users get to apply for the coveted blue checkmark that signifies a verified account. What's more important than letting everyone know you're the real deal?
AI Scares OpenAI's CEO Too
In a recent ABC News interview, OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman shared thoughts on the "dangers of AI" and the need for responsible development. "I think people should be happy we are a little scared of this," Alman said, going on to mention anyone doing his job who isn't scared isn't shouldn't be trusted as CEO of an AI company. Is AI's real danger? AI takes over our jobs and renders us useless? Just kidding (or are we?).
Netflix Cloud Gaming Coming Soon
Netflix's "cloud gaming" service will make its growing games lineup easier to play and available on more devices. Mike Verdu, VP of Games, said. Work on Netflix cloud gaming is underway. Leanne Loombe, VP of external games, said, "We are very early in that side of our journey, but cloud gaming will enable easy access to games on any screen." Netflix cloud gaming is coming soon to a screen near you.
Stripe's $6.5B Private Fundraising Record
Stripe, builder of ecommerce infrastructure, signed a Series I fundraise of more than $6.5B at a $50B valuation the largest private round of fundraising in US history. Stripe doesn't need the Series I money to run their business, but wants to "improve liquidity" and help with taxes for employees and VC firms such as Andreesen Horowitz and Baillie Gifford.
Google's Quantum Supremacy
Google is taking tech innovation to the next level. Quantum bits - qubits- store data in more than two forms, so data processing is much faster. Google published a quantum error correction paper last month, signaling a qubit breakthrough enabling tasks to be completed in seconds that would have taken supercomputers thousands of years proof we are on the road to quantum supremacy.
Internet Archive Infringement?
The Internet Archive is in court today, defending against copyright infringement allegations. The non-profit organization, preserving copies of digital content for over two decades, is being sued by major publishers claiming the Internet Archive's "National Emergency Library" allowed unauthorized access to their books. Will the Archive's information access expanding efforts prevail, or will publishers have the last word?
The AI Second Mortgage
ChatGPT and other Generative AI technologies have taken the world by storm, but at what cost? As companies and individuals scramble to get their hands on these cutting-edge tools, the price tag leaves many feeling like they need a second mortgage. We explore the current landscape of Generative AI and what it means for the future of technology - and your company's bank account in our Flipboard Magazine Start Me up.
Silvergate's Stumble Strands Crypto Traders
Silvergate Bank, a major crypto exchange player, is hitting snags in attempt to process withdrawals in US dollars making it harder for crypto traders to cash out and return to the safety of American greenbacks. Looks like crypto-to-fiat (the currency not the car) transition just became a little more complicated.