McDonald's Jumps Ahead on Mobile Silicon Valley Taking Flying Cars Seriously
The days of personal aircraft might be closer than we think. A legion of startups and traditional firms are working on flying car prototypes, and the idea of consumer-friendly fleets of airworthy vehicles now seems less like a fantasy and more like a reality.
"More than a dozen start-ups backed by deep-pocketed industry figures like Larry Page
, a Google founder - along with big aerospace firms like Airbus, the ride-hailing company Uber and even the government of Dubai - are taking on the dream of the flying car," writes John Markoff in the New York Times
Competition Over AI Chips Heats Up
As demand for highly sophisticated computing services skyrockets, a number of major tech companies are racing to build a new generation of practical AI chips.
"Companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft can still run their neural networks on standard computer chips, known as CPUs," writes Cade Metz in Wired
. "But since CPUs are designed as all-purpose processors, this is terribly inefficient. Neural networks can run faster and consume less power when paired with chips specifically designed to handle the massive array of mathematical calculations these AI systems require."
The big tech firms are hoping to avoid vendor lock-in by developing their own AI chips. Additionally, building custom chips makes it easier for them to roll out their own unique AI-based products and services, leaving competitors in the dust.
"The market for AI chips is potentially enormous. That's why so many companies are jumping into the mix," according to Metz.
Zuckerberg Hopes to Replace Screens with Glasses
Google Glass might have been ahead of its time, but that isn't stopping Mark Zuckerberg from moving ahead with augmented reality (AR) glasses.
Zuckerberg spoke about his idea at a recent Facebook developers conference. In additions to glasses, he's hoping to see the development of AR contact lens.
Essentially, the goal is getting rid of screens and replacing them with high-tech eyewear that would enable users to interact seamlessly with virtual environments and ambient computing systems.