Silicon Valley

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the technology colossus is now focusing on the development of autonomous systems as they join the global race to develop the technology for driverless cars. In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook described the challenge of building autonomous vehicles as 'the mother of all' artificial intelligence projects.

  • Apple employees are set to fulfill the vision of late founder Steve Jobs by moving into their futuristic new 'spaceship' campus in Silicon Valley. Apple employs are 12,000 people- so workers will embark on a gradual process of transitioning from its old HQ to the new campus throughout the year. The first number of employees to board the spaceship campus is expected to take place in April. Jobs envisioned the futuristic headquarters as a 'center for creativity and collaboration' and a theatre on the new Apple Park has been named in honor of the inventor who transformed Apple into the biggest technology companies in the world. Jobs sadly passed away in 2011 aged just 56.

  • A Consortium of Chinese companies which are being spearheaded by China's search engine Baidu are leading the country's self-driving charge in the United States. Baidu is set to announce its first vehicle manufacturing partners for its self-driving software in the next few weeks.

  • Social media networking colossus Facebook has vowed to begin constructing homes in an attempt to alleviate the housing problem which has plagued Silicon Valley. Facebook, which is headquartered in the technological hub of the US, has announced that it plans to build 1,500 units - which will be located near its HQ.

  • Founder and chief executive of social media giant Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has suggested there should be a universal basic income for all people. This would allow people in society to take more risks, he said, allowing people more freedom to execute new ideas and business ventures, with the confidence that they won't go without basic things needed to live.

  • The focus on self-driving technology, electrification and autonomy continues to accelerate and that was evidenced further by the investment in Silicon Valley based start-up NAUTO, by General Motors and SoftBank Group.

  • World-renowned German car manufacturing firm Porsche has announced that it will open a new digital technology center in Silicon Valley that will lead to the creation of over 100 jobs. In a statement issued to announce the inception of the new facility - Porsche outlined that the fundamental purpose of the new 'innovation hub' will be to forge new partnerships, cooperate with venture-capital companies and invest in new companies.

  • At a seminar held in Stanford University in Pala Alto, California, senior information technology experts and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley discussed China’s smart city development and application at the U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

  • South Korean multinational conglomerate Samsung has announced its intentions to open three new AI research centres. It officially announced its expansion plans via a statement - and disclosed that the new AI research facilities will be opened in the UK, Canada and Russia to add to the AI centres it already has in South Korea and the United States.

  • Artificial intelligence (Al) is regarded as a key to drive the world's future development. Although Europe and the United States are dominated by private enterprises, while the Mainland China is led by national entities, the core of AI formation, in fact, is rested on available top-notch talent. The 2017 Global AI Talent White Paper released by the Tencent Research Institute in December last year stated that there are approximately 300,000 AI researchers and practitioners in the world, while the market demand for AI talent is in millions. In the first 10 months of 2017, the demand for AI talent was twice of that in 2016. The report suggests that the bottleneck is education - though there are 20,000 graduates from related disciplines each year, the number is far from adequate to meet the demand.

  • A newly elected US Governor is proposing radical new legislation that will tackle how data is controlled in Silicon Valley.