Here is the top trending news from the world of technology. News that every tech enthusiast should keep a tab on.
Is Sam Altman coming back as OpenAI CEO?
Sam Altman, who was shockingly fired as Open AI’s CEO barely 48 hours ago, is now reportedly negotiating terms and conditions for possibly reinstating him as the CEO of the company. According to sources, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is also part of this ongoing negotiation. Altman has reportedly laid out a tough condition for his reinstatement. He wants all board members including former Salesforce CEO Bret Taylor to resign from the board immediately. Altman has also reportedly zeroed on few members who possibly could join company’s board of director. How this ongoing negotiation will end up is still not clear. Altman’s sacking last week sent shockwaves across the AI and tech industry. It will possibly go as one of the most shocking incidents of 2023 of the tech industry.
Nothing pulls off its iMessage Chat app from Play Store
Nothing’s iMessage-compatible Android app, Nothing Chat, has been pulled off from the Google Play Store barely weeks after its release. The app was designed to allow Android users to communicate with iPhone users using iMessage. In fact, Nothing had become the first Android app to launch such an app. However, it was later discovered that the app was not end-to-end encrypted and that user data was being stored unencrypted on Firebase. Nothing has said that it is working with Sunbird, the company that developed the iMessage app, to address the security issue. But it hasn’t given any timeline when it plans to relaunch the app in the Play Store.
Meta is dissolving its Responsible AI Team
Meta is disbanding its Responsible AI team from immediate effect. The team was responsible for identifying and mitigating potential harms associated with the company’s AI products and technologies. Meta’s decision has been met with heavy criticism with many arguing that the company is absolving from the responsibility of developing ethically responsible AI products and services. However, the Mark Zuckerberg led company has defended the decision, arguing that it is committed in developing its AI products responsibly and will continue to invest in this area. The engineers working in Meta’s AI responsible team will be reportedly shifted to other departments.
Space X’s Starship reaches Space before Exploding and Disintegrating
SpaceX’s Starship has managed to achieve some degree of success during its second flight test last week. The Starship rocket managed to reach the space. However, barely few seconds after reaching the space, the rocket exploded and disintegrated. The Saturday’s launch comes after its first attempt to fly the spaceship took place in April this year. Back then, Starship had failed to reach the space. Starship’s ability to reach space was greeted with congratulatory message from NASA. Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX is pinning its hopes on Starship, the largest rocket built in the world, for colonizing Mars and Moon in the near future.
Dozens of Big Companies are suspending ads on ‘X’
Elon Musk’s microblogging platform ‘X’ is facing massive backlash from big companies over platform’s inability to remove antisemitic posts. Nearly a week after IBM became the first big tech company to suspend advertising on ‘X,’ Apple and Disney have also made similar decisions. These companies are citing a recent report published by non-profit media organization Media Matters, which claimed that ads of these companies were repeatedly fond to be posted next to antisemitic posts. Although Musk so far has been so far hesitant in voicing its concern against antisemitic content, the company’s new CEO Linda Yaccarino has said that there is no place for hateful content on ‘X.’