There are good historical reasons why Germans are suspicious of surveillance — but is Google as bad as Gestapo or Stasi?
- Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has mapped millions of miles of roads across the world – and even gone to space and into the ocean
- Germany and Austria are a conspicuous gap in the mess of blue lines that covers the rest of Europe
- It's to do with Germans' curious sense of privacy: they'd rather flaunt their private parts than their personal data
Employees from Amazon and Microsoft plan to join the global protest, too.
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- A Twitter account claiming to represent Google employees interested in the strike says more than 400 workers have so far pledged to join the protests.
- Global Climate Strike is a global protest against calling for urgent action on climate change.
- Google has recently faced criticism for its partnerships with oil and gas companies.
An A.I. named Aristo was able to use its language and logic skills to pass a standardized exam with flying colors.
- An A.I. called Aristo, developed by the Allen Institute, was able to correctly answer 90 percent of questions on a science exam designed for eighth graders.
- The success represents recent progress in the A.I. industry to develop systems that understand language.
- It doesn't mean computers are nearly as smart as eighth-graders, but it does suggest we might soon see some striking improvements in A.I.-based technology.
MIT and Google researchers use deep learning to decipher ancient languages.
- Researchers from MIT and Google Brain discover how to use deep learning to decipher ancient languages.
- The technique can be used to read languages that died long ago.
- The method builds on the ability of machines to quickly complete monotonous tasks.
The report comes amid calls for antitrust investigations into big tech.
- Amazon's brand is valued at $315.5 billion, according to BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand ranking 2019.
- Apple comes second at $309.5 billion, and Google is third at $309 billion.
- "There is something going on in terms of monopoly," President Donald Trump said on Monday, referring to big tech companies.