Hashtag Trending May 4 – Google fired an AI researcher; Android users switch to iPhone; California runs on 100 percent renewable energy

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Google is firing AI researchers, Android users are turning to Apple, and for the first time ever, California is briefly running on 100 percent renewable energy.

This is all the trending tech news right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. It’s Wednesday May 4th and I’m your host Tom Lee.

Google is firing AI researchers who have challenged the results. According to Engadget,
The New York Times learned that Google fired a machine learning scientist about two months ago, after the company refused to publish research it wrote to challenge previous findings that computers can design some chip components more efficiently than humans. Scientist was allowed to participate in a paper that contradicted these claims after he and other authors voiced skepticism, but was turned down after a resolution committee rejected the paper. The researchers also hope to take the case to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Alphabet’s Board of Directors. Google hasn’t revealed why it was fired for that scientist, but the New York Times reported that he was “terminated because of.”

source: Engadget

Apple is well ahead of its competition with Android. While discussing the company’s financial performance in the second quarter of 2022, CEO Tim Cook revealed that the iPhone business grew by more than five percent during the second quarter of 2022. Cook also noted that the iPhone’s performance was not only good, but also saw “weakness”. A strong “digit” for people upgrading their iPhones and former Android users switching to iPhones. Apple posted another record quarter, with revenue of $97.3 billion in the second quarter of 2022. This represents a 9 percent increase in revenue and record revenue. About a quarter in March.

source: Me more

California hit a milestone, with 100 percent of the sunny state’s electricity coming from renewable sources for a short time over the weekend. According to an article by Renew Economy, the California autonomous system operator said the milestone was achieved within 15 minutes between 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. This is the first time that the mega-state has been fully powered by renewable energy sources. Milestones like these were common in smaller networks such as South Australia, but achieving this in California, which is one of the world’s largest economies and largest networks, is critical. When California’s electricity demand topped 18 gigawatts at about 2:50 p.m., renewables was supplying about 18.6 gigawatts, compared to just over 2 gigawatts each from nuclear and gas, and 9 megawatts from coal. The main source of renewable energy supply came from solar wind. Geothermal energy, micro-hydro, biogas, and biomass filled what was left.

source: economy renewal

And now for something different. Occlusion Grotesque is a project that explores the meaning of design with nature and the terms of nature. The project, created by Bjorn Karmann, is an experimental typeface carved into the bark of a tree. As the tree grows, it distorts the letters and produces new design variations that are captured annually. Now, Chapter Two, or the next development in the project called Deep Occlusion, explores the typeface as an AI dataset to see how the tree grows and how its designs change over time. According to the project’s website, designing with nature becomes especially interesting once artificial intelligence is brought into the process. So far, Grotesque occlusion has been an exercise in depicting a tree’s design, below the rate at which a tree naturally grows. Using AI can help you learn how a tree grows and understand its design decisions in just a few minutes. “It opens up a lot of questions about how AI can be better at understanding nature than we humans can,” the project creator wrote.

Source: Bjorn Karmann

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