Tech News This Week
My house is infested with Google Bots! AI was front and centre at Google's onslaught of 'AI First' product launches last week, feat. two new Pixel phones, Google Speakers in parent and baby size, and wireless headphones rigged up to Google Translate. AI is built on troves and troves of data – seems more than just the words we write into search will be stored up in the Google hoard now – it's our spoken words too.
Viva la digital government? Catalonia are taking matters into their own hands… by setting up a digital government! With the Spanish prime minister threatening to suspend Catalan authority, which could include banning political parties, Catalan activists responded with the possibility of forming a government in exile, taking governing functions online. Modelling on Estonia? Maybe?
Google's turn for Russia issues… As if we weren't bored of this word already. Google joins Facebook and Twitter in the ranks of the implicated in election swaying by Russian-linked accounts *shock*. Tens of thousands of dollars were reportedly spent on ads spreading disinformation in the run up to the 2016 election, across YouTube, DoubleClick, Google Search and Gmail. Well that's just brilliant.