What’s Hot in Tech News… The May Edition

June 4, 2018 The TNS Group

May saw a significant progression of artificial intelligence (AI) news. The biggest of the month came from Google’s annual I/O conference, where Google CEO Sundar Pichai demoed Google Duplex. The Google Assistant feature received mixed reviews from the public because the AI voice seemed to duplicate a human voice, ultimately deceiving the receiver of the call. Google released an official statement after the conference explaining that the AI voice was not created to deceive humans, and the calls would include a prompt at the beginning when Google Duplex is released.

Toyota is Building an Indoor Test Track in Michigan for Their Self-driving Vehicle Technology

The course is designed specifically to test “edge case” driving scenarios that are too dangerous to test on public roads. Toyota hopes the new track will allow them to thoroughly test the responsiveness of their self-driving technology in various driving conditions, getting them one step closer to being able to manufacture the technology.

Twitter Encouraged Users to Reset Their Password After a Glitch Left Over 300 Million Users Exposed

The company reported that no passwords were breached or misused. An internal “bug” caused passwords to be visible when users were logging in, meaning the passwords appeared in text format and were not encrypted. Twitter stated they do not believe anyone obtained protected information during this time, however they urged all users to change their password as a precautionary action.

Amazon is Reportedly Developing Body Scanning Technology to Make Online Apparel Shopping Easier

The speculation comes from Amazon’s recent purchase of Body Labs in October 2017. Body Labs is a NYC startup that created a software designed to capture the body’s shape and motion in 3D. Amazon has yet to comment on the technology, but they have asked for research participants to complete a survey and have their body’s scanned twice a month.

Uber’s Fatal Self-driving Vehicle Crash Conclusion: The Car Sensed the Women and Ignored it 

A bug in the vehicle’s software detected the woman crossing the street on her bicycle, but determined she was a false-positive and proceeded to strike her. The software reportedly has an issue distinguishing between real objects on the road such as people, animals and cars, and scenic or surrounding objects such as houses and fire hydrants.

Twitter is Updating Their Algorithm to Make Aggressive Users and “Trolls” Less Visible

In March, CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the social media platform will take steps toward creating a healthier online environment. The company began tracking user patterns and behavior on the site, to determine if users are creating a negative presence online. If the research flags a negative user, the user’s tweets will be pushed to the bottom of Twitter timelines making them less visible to other users. This is Twitter’s first step toward creating healthier conversations on their site.

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