Google has poured billions into artificial intelligence, a technology that many expect will render jobs across several fields obsolete. Last year, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai introduced a companywide initiative focused on employment. He announced Google would give $1 billion over five years to nonprofits in the field.
As educators and leaders alike seek to close the diversity gap in the tech industry, the importance of expanding computer science education to students from all backgrounds has become integral. In an effort to do this, Google and the American Library Association teamed up to launch the Libraries Ready to Code initiative to help libraries establish programs that will teach students computer science and computational thinking skills.
Missouri's attorney general launched an investigation into Google’s data collection and search practices, saying that the internet giant has so far received a “free pass” by federal regulators. Josh Hawley, a Republican, announced the probe on Monday, saying that his office has issued a subpoena to Google.
Waymo’s self driving minivans - the Chrysler Pacifica - hit public roads for the first time in Mountain View, CA and Phoenix, AZ by the end of the month. The project is a collaboration between Google and Fiat Chrysler. Google opens up about their new Waymo self-driving car company and the history of their self-driving program, giving us a tour, a ride, and never before soon footage and images of the early days of self-driving cars.
Initially, people believed Chromebooks were good for surfing the internet and little else, but that mindset has been shown to be incorrect.
Max Ventilla sold investors on a promise to build modern, technology-infused schools that would revolutionize education. The former Google executive convinced Mark Zuckerberg and prominent venture capitalists to commit $175 million to his startup, AltSchool.
Given the ubiquity of the computing field in society, the diversity gap in computer science (CS) education today means the field might not be generating the technological innovations that align with the needs of society’s demographics. Women and certain racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in learning CS and obtaining CS degrees, and this cycle perpetuates in CS careers. Many — including tech companies and educational institutions — have taken steps to make CS more appealing and accessible to these groups, yet the diversity gap endures.
Aiming to reduce educational barriers, Google partnered with Gallup to research interest in and exposure to computer science in U.S. schools. Their report, Searching for Computer Science: Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education, explores computer science courses in U.S. schools. This information enables policymakers, employers, and educators to adequately instruct students in computer science.
So far, in collaboration with teachers, Google has developed about 100 trips — including virtual visits to the Great Wall of China, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and El Capitan, a rock formation in Yosemite National Park — that have been tried out by math, science, social studies, language and other classes.
Steve Levine, author of “The Powerhouse,” discusses Google’s entry into battery technology as it seeks to extend the power and lifespan of existing batteries. He speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)