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Every week brings a new crop of news and events from across the tech industry and beyond. But how can you keep up with it all? Here are some of the top tech news stories from the past week, along with some analysis of what they mean for the future of technology. We read so much news about tech startups but sometimes forget that not every company is a startup.
A lot of companies end up becoming huge, even if they start out small, and the same goes for entire industries. For example, artificial intelligence has become such an influential buzzword that it's now considered to be a sub-category under AI (artificial intelligence) called “machine learning”.
Meta Announces Legs, A Humanoid Robot That Learns Through Experience
Meta is a company that has been working on augmented reality (AR) and human-computer interaction (HCI) for the past few years. They recently announced a new product, “Legs”, which is a humanoid robot that helps people with manufacturing, logistics, and training.
What’s really interesting about this announcement is that Meta wants to use artificial intelligence (AI) to make the robot learn through experience. That means that people can teach it how to do things rather than programming it ahead of time. It’s unclear exactly how any of that will work, but it could be a big deal if it works well.
Hulu Raises Prices and Announces New Features
Hulu has been around since 2008 and was acquired by Disney in 2018. For $7.99 a month, the service allows people to watch the latest episodes of popular TV shows. Now, Hulu has announced that it’s raising its prices to $12.99 a month while also adding a bunch of new features.
This could be in response to rising content costs and the fact that it’s now owned by one of the biggest, richest companies in the world. On the plus side, the new features look pretty interesting. There’s a “save” button that allows people to bookmark a show so they can find it later, a “Discover” section to highlight original Hulu content, and an “Enhanced Cloud DVR” that lets you record more shows and keep them longer.
There’s also a new “family” plan that lets up to six people on the same account watch Hulu together.
Microsoft Acquires GitHub
GitHub is a company that hosts open-source code so that people can collaborate to build new programs and apps. It’s become hugely important for programmers and is often described as being like the Wikipedia of code. Now, Microsoft has bought GitHub for $7.5 billion.
That’s a huge amount of money and a big move for both companies. For Microsoft, it’s a way to get closer to the developer community and show that it’s committed to open-source software. For GitHub, it’s a huge exit that will help its product stay independent. GitHub is a huge deal in the industry, and this acquisition has the potential to be a big story in the coming years.
Google Launches Tensor Core in Google Cloud Platform
Google has been busy developing Tensor Core, a type of chip optimized for machine learning. They just announced that they’ll be rolling out the first versions of these chips in their cloud service, Google Cloud Platform. This could be a big boost for Google’s cloud and could help it stay ahead of the competition.
Interestingly enough, it could also help the AI community as a whole. AI is often about getting computers to learn through experience and build up knowledge over time. The more information these chips can process, the more useful they’ll be.
DALL-E: Microsoft’s New AI Chip For Edge Devices
Edge devices are those that don’t connect directly to the internet (like computers or smartphones) but instead connect to cloud services. Microsoft has been working on a new AI chip for these devices called DALL-E. It’s designed to be smaller and more energy-efficient than similar chips, which could make it a good fit for smart appliances and other devices like fitness trackers.
It’s not clear how many people will use these devices, but they could be a sign of what’s to come as technology becomes more ubiquitous and embedded in everyday objects.
In short, this week Meta announced a new humanoid robot that can be trained through experience rather than programmed. Hulu’s raising its prices and adding new features, while Microsoft is rolling out a new AI chip and acquiring GitHub. Meanwhile, Google is launching a new type of AI chip and DALL-E is Microsoft’s new chip for edge devices.
These stories show how much the tech industry is changing and growing. They’re also a reminder that startups don’t have a monopoly on innovation and that established companies can still drive technological change.