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Good morning! Here are today's most important stories in emerging technology.
AT&T’s whopping $85 billion bid for Time Warner gets a legal green light
The ruling is a blow for the Trump administration’s antitrust enforcers, but they could still try to block other deals.
The news: A US court ruled that AT&T’s deal for media giant Time Warner could go ahead over the objections of the Department of Justice, which worried that the combination would raise prices. The purchase will becompleted by June 20. Deal bonanza: Other telecom companies like Comcast, which has been stalking 21st Century Fox’s TV operations, could now bid for more content businesses to compete with digital platforms like Amazon and Netflix. Why this matters: Although the ruling is a setback for the DoJ, its nearly two-year legal battle to try and block the Time Warner deal shows it’s determined to challenge massive mergers. Big internet companies could be next in the agency’s sights: its antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, has made it clear that trustbusters must take vigorous action if digital platforms threaten competition.
We can now use AI to see through walls
Wireless radio signals can monitor a person’s movements through a solid wall, thanks to artificial intelligence. X-ray visionary:MIT researcherDina Katabi, has been developing technology for detecting people behind a wall using radio waves. The approach relies on cutting-edge machine learning to interpret the signals. The news:Katabi and her students trained an AI system using radio signals and video footage of people moving around. This made it possible togenerate stick figuresshowing what people were doing behind a wall. (See it in action here) Nothing to hide:One idea is to use the system to monitor those who might be at risk of a fall. But it isn’t hard to imagine how such a system could be used for surveillance. Katabi said her group is taking steps to ensure that the data is only collected with consent and is anonymized.
Tesla’s reorganization will slash thousands of jobs
The car company is making some tough cuts in the name of profit. The news:In a company email yesterday (that he then tweeted), Tesla CEO Elon Musk broke the news that about nine percent of the company’s workforce will be let go. According toElectrek, as of March, Tesla had 37,000 employees. That translates to layoffs of around 3,300 workers. Why?Musk said that the intent is to reduce costs by removing people serving in duplicate roles or in positions that are no longer needed. Why it matters:The company hasshown it’s willing to go to extremesto get things on track. Cash flow in the second half of 2018 will indicate whether these difficult moves were worth it.
We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work.
Automation is changing the skills that workers need, while demographic changes present organizational challenges at a time when leaders are already wrestling with unprecedented risks and disruption. To better understand these changes, PwC asked over 10,000 people across the globe to share their thoughts on what work could look like in 2030. The intriguing results give insight into what the future of work may hold.
Our roundup of today's top tech news to get you thinking and debating.
Tomorrow’s surgeons are learning by doing in VR Virtual reality training platforms are expanding into some of America's top medical residency programs. (TR) + Or, apparently, you could just train surgeons using dog clickers. (NPR)
The privacy debate is really the liberty debate We want the freedom to choose who monitors our lives. (New Yorker)
A slimmed down version of Uber debuted in India yesterday The simpler app is targeted at the developing world. (TechCrunch)
Seattle has repealed its Amazon tax A campaign by Amazon, Starbucks, and other business groups convinced many city residents to oppose the tax. (NPR)
Ford’s trick for attracting tech talent: startup equity stakes The over-100-year-old car maker is relying on a startup tactic to pull talent away from tech giants. (WSJ) + Toyota made the auto industry's largest ride-hailing investment. (Reuters)
The steep cost of cybercrime in Africa In 2017 alone, businesses suffered around $3.5 billion in losses. (Quartz)
B-list celebs are hawking cryptocurrencies Now that social networks are banning cryptocurrency ads, influencers have become an indispensable part of the industry’s marketing. (Wired)