Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company’s secretive plan to launch a censored search engine in China. During a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee, Pichai faced sustained questions over the China plan, known as Dragonfly, which would blacklist broad categories of information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai confronted a barrage of criticism Tuesday from House Republicans who said his company suppresses conservative voices, exposing Google to the same kind of scrutiny that has destabilized its tech peers this year. Pichai insisted that Google is careful to avoid political bias in its search engine and other products.
Microsoft president Brad Smith promised to provide the US military with the best technology at the US company, including artificial intelligence technology. Smith made the remarks in an interview with Maria Partiromo on Fox Business Network on Wednesday, adding that artificial intelligence enters the world of armies around the world, and that the United States has the best technology companies in the world.
The top U.S. general said on Thursday that it was "inexplicable" that technology giants like Alphabet Inc's Google did not want to work with the Pentagon even as they seek out business with China, where companies have less freedom than in the United States.
Google has steadily taken over the ed-tech market with its super-cheap Chromebooks and user-friendly education management software. In 2017, Chromebooks and other Google devices made up 58% of all devices purchased for US classrooms, according to Futuresource data. That figure was a mere 5% in 2012.
"Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," Cook told Axios on HBO. "I'm a big believer in the free market, but we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here." "I think it's inevitable that there will be some level of regulation," Cook said. "I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something."
The average cost for learning management software is $5 to $8 per student annually, according to Ben Davis, a senior educator analyst at the market-research firm Futuresource Consulting. For a district such as Baltimore, which has over 113,000 students, that could cost nearly $1 million a year. But Google Classroom and G Suite for Education are totally free.
In a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, Oracle founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison had a few choice things to say about Google's newfound disdain for the U.S. military.
Google is on a mission to teach children how to be safe online. That is the message behind “Be Internet Awesome,” a so-called digital-citizenship education program that the technology giant developed for schools. The lessons include a cartoon game branded with Google’s logo and blue, red, yellow and green color palette. The game is meant to help students from third grade through sixth guard against schemers, hackers and other bad actors.
Google is picking up the tab for tuition, room, and board for all students accepted into its new machine learning intensives in the inaugural year of the program, which starts at Oakland’s Mills College in February for the first 20 students. The course will then be held at four other higher education institutions in the summer.