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Did You Know A Congo Child Labor Case Regarding Cobalt Mining Ended With 5 Tech Giants Being Absolved Of Wrongdoing?

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is among the countries facing a humanitarian crisis. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reported that it’s not only experiencing one of the world’s longest humanitarian crises but also one of the most complex. A most prevalent issue in the DRC is child labor. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 25,000 children work in cobalt mines. Despite the alarming rate of exploitation, a case in the U.S. regarding the matter has ended with the defendants not found at fault. Previously, in 2022, Apple, Alphabet Inc. (Google), Dell, Microsoft, and Tesla were said to have been “knowingly benefiting from and aiding and abetting the cruel and brutal use of young children in the Democratic Republic of Congo to mine cobalt,” according to ABC News. However, in March 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found the five tech giants not liable due to only having an “ordinary buyer-seller transaction” with...

Ngozi Nwanji

May 21, 2024

Everything You Need To Know About Google Veo, Co-signed By Donald Glover

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for tech lovers – Google’s annual I/O summit. CEO Sundar Pichai, who’s been heading the company since 2015, gave a two-hour keynote speech which predominately focused on how his teams will be keeping up with the growing demand for Artificial Intelligence . Already, plenty of buzz is generating around Google Veo – their “most capable” video generator yet. It’s comparable to Open AI’s Sora, which only launched three months ago but has been revolutionary for experimental creatives. The program isn’t ready for the general public just yet, but what was shown by Pichai and his collaborators looks promising. Here’s everything you need to know about Google Veo: What Is Google Veo? Past attempts at developing AI video generators have produced lackluster results – Google’s Phenaki and Imagen Video both created distorted and sometimes crude clips. In January 2024, they unveiled Lumiere, a massive step up from past attempts, though Sora didn’t take long...

Hayley Hynes

May 16, 2024

Everything You Need To Know About Project Astra, Google’s Version Of J.A.R.V.I.S.

We’ve seen the jarring impacts that Artificial Intelligence can have on the music industry in recent years, but that doesn’t mean technology is all evil . On Tuesday, March 14th, Google CEO Sundar Pichai gave his two-hour keynote speech at the annual I/O Developer’s conference, where AI was mentioned over 100 times. The tech giant has some exciting things in the works, from more intuitive photo libraries to new programs that are sure to make videography a breeze. Elsewhere, Google’s teams have been crafting their version of Marvel’s J.A.R.V.I.S. system, famously introduced in Iron Man . Rollout details remain sparse for now, but while we wait for updates, here’s everything you need to know about Project Astra. What Is Project Astra? As Croma puts it, Project Astra is “ a new multimodal AI agent, capable of answering real-time questions, fed to it through text, video, and images and speech.” It simultaneously accesses information from the web and your surroundings using either your...

Hayley Hynes

May 15, 2024

Google Funds Guaranteed Basic Income Program In California's Bay Area To Help Give Up To $12K Per Month To Families

A program working to “break the cycle of homelessness for good” in the Bay Area of California has launched, and Google is backing its mission. Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, is a funding partner for It All Adds Up (Bay Area Thriving Families Study), a pilot program that is providing 450 families in the Bay Area who have faced homelessness with guaranteed basic income for a year. Each family is given a randomized amount of either $1,000 a month for 12 months or $50 a month for 12 months, according to the program’s website. Its fellow funding partner is J-PAL North America, a regional office of the global research center Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab housed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bay Area families that receive services from Compass Family Services or Hamilton Families and are part of their rental subsidy/rapid re-housing programs qualify for the recurring cash payments as long as they are in the final three months of their housing subsidy....

Ngozi Nwanji

May 10, 2024

How Tech Equity Collective, a Google Initiative, is Creating Holistic Pathways for Black Tech Innovators

Google has long been recognized as a technology leader. However, the tech giant is also leading the way in fostering inclusiveness within the ever-evolving realm of digital innovation. From groundbreaking products to visionary initiatives, Google stands as a paragon of diversity and a catalyst for change, embracing voices from all corners of the globe to shape the technological landscape of the future. Tech Equity Collective (TEC) is one of Google’s latest initiatives you may not have heard about, yet further cements it as a technology trailblazer. TEC is designed to drive innovation by creating a tech ecosystem consisting of programs, community and industry partnerships that unlock opportunities for aspiring and emerging Black tech professionals. What Makes TEC Special TEC is unique in its approach to raising awareness within the Black tech community, encouraging both aspiring and emerging tech professionals to join the collective. TEC is available for individuals at different...

William Dawson

Mar 19, 2024

What You Need To Know About Google's 2024 Layoffs

Following recent staff cuts in Google ‘s Augmented Reality (AR) division, the advertising sales team now faces additional layoffs, marking part of a broader restructuring initiative aimed at improving the quality of ads customer service. This move aligns with an industry trend seen in significant job cuts at companies like Amazon and Duolingo in 2024. Google’s culture, it seems, goes beyond policies; it’s about employees’ sentiments, posing a profound challenge. In January 2023, Google implemented a substantial workforce reduction, cutting 12,000 employees, equivalent to approximately 6% of its workforce. The company notified affected US staff abruptly through an early-morning email, leading to expressions of dismay among some laid-off workers. The Layoffs Are Continuing To Unfold Anticipated next is Google’s CEO addressing employee concerns and sharing insights on recent developments, including details on layoffs and their potential impacts on various roles. The CEO’s decision to...

Corinne Dorsey

Jan 27, 2024

After Announcing Its DEI Investment In 2020, Google Has Reportedly Laid Off DEI Leaders And Downsized Programs

Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, it sparked a rise in corporate DEI programs that claimed to have the mission of supporting Black professionals.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jan 2, 2024

Shaquille O’Neal Invested In Google ‘By Accident’ Then Learned He Hit The Jackpot While Reading A Newspaper

It wasn’t until reading a newspaper that Shaquille O’Neal realized he struck a pot of gold.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 20, 2023

You May No Longer Have To Attend Meetings That Could've Been An Email With Google's New AI Tool For Meet

Constantly having back-to-back meetings can make it a challenge to complete tasks during the workday. Google Meet is working to play a role in resolving this issue.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 29, 2023

Lupe Fiasco Shows Acceptance Of AI As An Artist, Says 'Rap Is Born Out Of Technology'

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Lupe Fiasco is leaning into artificial intelligence (AI) to help his creative process versus running away from it.

Shanique Yates

Aug 7, 2023

Master P Won't Sue Google For The Luther Vandross Mix-Up But Sends A Warning: 'Stop Letting AI Run Your Company'

Master P doesn’t find anything funny about Google’s mix-up between his likeness and that of the legendary Luther Vandross. As a matter of fact, he says technology may have something to do with it.

Shanique Yates

Jul 10, 2023

Google For Startups Opens Applications For Black And Latino Founders Fund

Google has launched its latest round of funds for Black and brown founders.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 28, 2023

Viral Sensation Tanisha Godfrey Claims Google Offered $500 To Buy Her 'It's A Chicken Salad' Sound

Sending out a reminder for Black creators to know their worth and stand on it! If you need an example to follow, take a look at Tanisha Godfrey.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 29, 2022