While it may seem like these companies are competing in the education market simply to broaden their consumer base and give back a little, their collective strategy is much more concerning. Tech oligarchs are pushing skills like coding in education to train their own future labor force -- and pay them low wages.
Facebook Inc. is among the technology companies leading the race to develop artificial intelligence. But Americans don’t trust it to do so responsibly, a survey from a U.K. think tank has found.
Microsoft is set to supply the U.S. Army with augmented reality goggles to make soldiers more deadly in combat by helping them "detect, decide and engage" enemies, according to a government document. Microsoft Corp. has won a $480 million contract to supply prototypes for augmented reality systems to the Army for use on combat missions and in training, the Army said.
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.
Underqualified. Overwhelmed. Underfunded. Those are among the reasons teachers give, in a new survey, as to why they or other educators at their school don’t teach students computer science -- on the first day of the annual Computer Science Education Week.
Microsoft ended the week with the title of the most-valuable company in the U.S., pulling ahead of Apple Friday afternoon at the close of the stock market after days of volleying back and forth. Microsoft’s stock rose slightly Friday, while Apple’s declined about 0.5 percent. This pushed Microsoft to a market capitalization of $851.2 billion vs. $847.4 billion for Apple, per Yahoo Finance.
Company president and chief legal officer Brad Smith penned an article distilling a company Q&A involving himself and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "We believe in the strong defense of the United States and we want the people who defend it to have access to the nation’s best technology, including from Microsoft," Smith said.
Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower weapons to act autonomously and kill people.
The small world of quantum physics is a big deal on the frontier of computer science. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella rates quantum computing as one of three key technologies that will shape his company’s future, along with artificial intelligence and mixed reality.
Paul G. Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates before making his mark in technology investing, sports ownership, commercial space, global philanthropy, the environment, museums and the arts, has died at the age of 65, two weeks after announcing that he was diagnosed with a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement Monday from his company Vulcan.