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North & South; Good AI; Future Xbox Games; Tesla Rockets Next Pixel
 

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June 11 · Issue #51 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

North & South; Good AI; Future Xbox Games; Tesla Rockets Next Pixel

Not Tech. It’s hard to talk or think about anything but the historic, nail-biting summit going on in Singapore right now. No matter how you feel about President Trump, this is unprecedented and, TBH, could have an long-term impact on technology as both Samsung and LG are based in South Korea and normalization of relations between North and South Korea and between NK and the rest of the world could point to some opportunities (upgrading NK’s reportedly decrepit infrastructure) for one or both. That’s only a slim possibility, though, as the near term goal is NK denuclearization
Trump and North Korea leader Kim in Singapore: What you should know Trump and North Korea leader Kim in Singapore: What you should know
AI for good. Recently Google got in some hot water with its own employees for working on Artificial Intelligence drone projects with the Pentagon. Google pledged to not renew the contracts and then went a step further, with a new set of AI principles that basically promise to do no harm with AI. Soon, others were calling for more companies to step forward with their own AI guiding principles. All well and good, but Google and others seem to have forgotten that they’re already part of a group that’s trying to set AI policy, guidelines and best practices: the Partnership on AI. I agree, AI has enormous potential for good and bad, but I always worry to that over-policing will hamper innovation. Am I wrong?
Google: We won’t cause “overall harm” with our AI – Naked Security Google: We won’t cause “overall harm” with our AI – Naked Security
Game on. E3 kicked off this week with Microsoft’s eagerly-anticipated Xbox event. While the Windows giant didn’t promise any new gaming hardware, there were over a dozen new so-called “elusive” titles, including Gears [of War] 5, Forza Horizon 4, Fallout 76 (a Fallout series prequel), and Halo: Infinite. Most won’t arrive until 2019. The company also announced buying a bunch of indie game development houses, which makes getting exclusives for the Xbox that much easier.
Microsoft's E3 2018 Xbox strategy: if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em - CNET Microsoft's E3 2018 Xbox strategy: if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em - CNET
Roadster rocket. Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a startling claim: He planned to put an array of rockets on the upcoming Roadster to enhance speed, braking and maneuverability. This, ahem, launched a lengthy back-and-forth between Musk and his fans regarding the plausibility of this idea. Musk said the rockets would be powered by compressed air, not rocket fuel (a comfort) and that he’s serious about his Roadster beating gas-powered sports cars on all metrics. Wow.
Tesla Roadster may offer SpaceX package with actual rockets Tesla Roadster may offer SpaceX package with actual rockets
The next Pixel. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are good-looking Android handsets with excellent cameras that have not quite caught on in the marketplace. Most expect the Pixel 3 to be a full-scale redesign that may even include an iPhone-style notch. Others think the design changes will be minimal, but there’ll be all-new hardware underneath, including a new OLED display. I’ve been using this story to keep track of all the renders and rumors.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Rumored specs, price, release date - CNET Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Rumored specs, price, release date - CNET
Tune In. Don’t forget, I’ll be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, June 12, at 9 AM ET, showing off a fun collection of Father’s Day gift ideas.
P.S. This VR won’t hurt a bit.
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