Google can’t go a few days without some sort of critical issue hampering the use of their products. Most recently, there was the issue with Artem’s Home Mini recording everything he said, but there have also been multiple bugs with AndroidAuto, Google Clock, and more. The latest problem? Some Pixel phones can’t receive texts. This looks to have been an issue for a while, though it’s taken until now for Google to respond.
Companies working with artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies are expected to benefit dramatically from the big changes automation will bring to the world of work. Workers themselves, on the other hand, could be facing a future of unemployment and poverty. To ensure humans still have a place in the workforce of tomorrow, Google has established the Grow with Google initiative.
As company CEO Sundar Pichai explained during yesterday’s Grow with Google announcement event in Pittsburgh, PA, Google plans to distribute $ 1 billion over the next five years to nonprofits that specialize in training workers and helping new businesses get off the ground.
$ 10 million from the fund has already been committed to Goodwill. The company plans to use that money to implement the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator, which aims to prepare members of the American workforce for jobs that require a high level of technological know-how.
Google will also embark upon a tour of the U.S., visiting libraries and community organizations to dish out training sessions and career advice as part of a commitment to deliver one million hours of employee volunteering over the span of the project.
Google isn’t the only tech giant investing a significant amount of money in programs to ensure that people are ready for the jobs that will be available in the coming years.
In May 2017, Apple announced plans to set up a $ 1 billion fund to help foster manufacturing roles in the U.S., and the company also has plans to fund coding workshops. Microsoft also recently announced their TechSpark program to help prepare for workers for coming economic changes by improving their digital skills and computer literacy.
Automation isn’t guaranteed to devastate the workforce, but it is almost certain to disrupt it. The benefits of the technology are simply too great to ignore, so companies are going to want to implement it whenever possible. Thanks to the likes of Google, we have the opportunity to train the people most likely to be affected by this change, thereby ensuring that nobody gets left behind in this new era of automation.
The Google Chromecast doesn’t come with a remote, so it was exciting to hear that you could control a Chromecast device by asking Google to do it via a Google Home device. The thing is, not everyone has one, and some can’t even buy one in their country just yet. Not only that, they also cost money. Google Assistant on the Google Pixel Chromecast users will be happy to learn that you can now control your Chromecast by asking the Google Assistant right on your smartphone. Even if you already own a Google Home that lives in a totally different room, you’ll be able to use your…
One of Google Photos’ main selling points is how easily and accurately it can identify faces in photos and group them together. The face recognition is seriously impressive, and it saves a lot of time when you’re looking in your library for pictures of a specific person. Now, as we first saw in a teardown, Google is rolling out the same feature for cats and dogs, allowing you to easily locate photos of your furry friends.
Google Photos has announced that it can now detect photos of your pet, automatically grouping them together the way it does with people. This means you will no longer have to type in words like “dog” or “cat,” as the algorithm will sort them for you.
Rolling out in most countries today, the new update will not only show you pets grouped alongside people, but you can label them by name, allowing for easier searches to find the perfect portrait you took of your beloved furry friend. (Though we all know every photo you take of them is perfect.) Google has also allowed for search by breed as well as animal emoji.
Google tells BuzzFeed that while it should be able to differentiate between different breeds of…