Amazon has a secret robot project
According to Bloomberg News, the online retail giant is working toward bringing robots into people’s homes.
The project, nicknamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, is being run by Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development department.
Amazon recently began ramping up on hiring for the Vesta project. According to the report, Amazon wants to begin putting the robots in employees’ homes by the end of the year and bring the product to market as early as 2019.
It’s unclear what the robots’ capabilities might be, but it’s possible they could be built as mobile Amazon Echo home systems.
Wonder who the person behind some of those electric scooters in downtown Austin is?
His name is Travis VanderZanden, and he is the CEO of Bird Rides, the market-leading electric scooter company taking over downtown areas in cities such as Austin.
In a profile of VenderZanden by The New York Times, the CEO discussed the disruptive nature of his company, which has caused havoc because Bird Rides and competitors such as Spin and LimeBike dropped off their scooters without any approval from city halls around the nation.
The strategy is reminiscent of startups such as ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft, which also showed up unannounced in cities years ago and were eventually regulated through city and state laws.
VanderZaden believes cities will eventually adjust to the change. Here’s what he told The Times:
Go back to the early 1900s, and people would have a similar reaction to cars because they were used to horses. They had to figure out where to park all the dockless cars.
A new survey shows many Americans want big tech companies like Facebook regulated
The poll, taken of 2,546 Americans by Stagwell's Harris X research consultancy between April 12 and 13th, shows that many surveyed want to see some type of government regulation for tech companies.
About 49 percent of respondents said Facebook should be heavily regulated, while 39 percent said Facebook should be lightly regulated. Similar responses were issued for other tech companies such as Twitter, Snapchat and Google.
Tech companies have been under scrutiny lately for the amount of user data they collect and how they use that data.
Speaking of data collection...
While Facebook has seen the most questions lately regarding the data it collects, Google gathers more data from its users, a report in The Wall Street Journal says.
The search engine reaches 30 to 50 million sites on the web, and it uses the personal information from its users to trove and track advertising data.
Google uses browsing and search history, apps installed on phones, user demographics, shopping history and other sources to track users.
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