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In today's Techpresso:
🔥 Crowd destroys a driverless Waymo car
💸 Apple has been buying AI startups faster than Google, Facebook, likely to shakeup global AI soon
⚖️ The antitrust fight against Big Tech is just beginning
🤖 Nvidia CEO plays down fears in call for rapid AI infrastructure growth
🎁 + 7 other news you might like
🔮 + 3 handpicked research papers and tools
🔥 Crowd destroys a driverless Waymo carLINK
A Waymo driverless taxi was attacked in San Francisco’s Chinatown, resulting in its windshield being smashed, being covered in spray paint, its windows broken, and ultimately being set on fire.
No motive for the attack has been reported, and the Waymo car was not transporting any riders at the time of the incident; police confirmed there were no injuries.
The incident occurs amidst tensions between San Francisco residents and automated vehicle operators, following previous issues with robotaxis causing disruption and accidents in the city.
💸 Apple has been buying AI startups faster than Google, Facebook, likely to shakeup global AI soonLINK
Apple has reportedly outpaced major rivals like Google, Meta, and Microsoft in AI startup acquisitions in 2023, with up to 32 companies acquired, highlighting its dedication to AI development.
The company's strategic acquisitions provide access to cutting-edge technology and top-talent, aiming to strengthen its competitive edge and AI capabilities in its product lineup.
While specifics of Apple's integration plans for these AI technologies remain undisclosed, its aggressive acquisition strategy signals a significant focus on leading the global AI innovation forefront.
⚖️ The antitrust fight against Big Tech is just beginningLINK
DOJ’s Jonathan Kanter emphasizes the commencement of a significant antitrust battle against Big Tech, highlighting unprecedented public resonance with these issues.The US government has recently blocked a notable number of mergers to protect competition, including stopping Penguin Random House from acquiring Simon & Schuster.Kanter highlights the problem of monopsony in tech markets, where powerful buyers distort the market, and stresses the importance of antitrust enforcement for a competitive economy.
🤖 Nvidia CEO plays down fears in call for rapid AI infrastructure growthLINK
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang advocates for the rapid development of AI infrastructure in countries to harness economic benefits and protect cultural identity, dismissing fears as unfounded.
Huang argues regulating AI will be as manageable as past technologies like cars and planes, aiming to dispel concerns and encourage global participation in AI advancements.
Despite Nvidia's success in the AI chip market and a global focus on AI regulation, Huang's vision remains steadfast on empowering countries through AI infrastructure investment, without commenting on specific geopolitical challenges.
Other news you might like
Microsoft's AI growth is helping cloud business chip away at Amazon's lead.LINK
Google announces €25 million in funding for AI training in Europe.LINK
Neural networks are reportedly helping criminals create cheap virtual fake IDs online.LINK
Jeff Bezos sells $2 billion worth of Amazon shares amidst tightening race with Elon Musk.LINK
There's a possibility FTX customers get repaid in full after all.LINK
The unsettling scourge of obituary spam.LINK
Engineers build robot swarm that can assemble and repair its shape in a distributed manner.LINK
Latest research and tools
Orbit: a C/C++ performance profiler that helps developers identify bottlenecks in their code.LINK
Immich: a tool that is changing its license from MIT to AGPLv3 to impose stricter requirements on sharing modified source code.LINK
The Ultraviolet Myth: ultraviolet light doesn't provide the health benefits many people believe it does.LINK
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