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ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights June 2, 2017

By boundless Team in · Technology · June 2, 2017

ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights is a weekly roundup of relevant technology posts from around the web.

Apple reportedly developing a dedicated AI chip for the iPhone  

Apple is reportedly working on a dedicated artificial intelligence chip that would power AI-related tasks on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The chip, which may be called the Apple Neural Engine, would be used to offload tasks that require sophisticated algorithms related to facial and speech recognition and augmented reality tasks that rely heavily on computer vision. This chip could improve the device’s overall battery life, the report says, and potentially improve overall performance of Apple devices.

Our thoughts: Apple taking control of the entire hardware design (over time) is possibly the most interesting thing about Tim Cook's reign as CEO. Instead of relying on others, they have slowly started to build more and more of the actual hardware themselves.

After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring

Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week.

Our thoughts: I guess AlphaGo is looking forward to a relaxing retirement. Where does AI go when it retires?

Disney's Bob Iger says the film hack threat was a hoax

You may remember Disney's boss revealing that hackers had threatened to leak one of the studio's new films unless it paid a ransom.

Our thoughts: Piracy has fallen so much in recent years, that even a leak wouldn't likely hurt sales that much.

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