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Bridge Bytes: Weekly Tech Roundup 06/12/2019

11 months ago by Nathan Baldwin

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This week the tech industry has been marked by the end of an era, as Google founders announce that they will be stepping down from the active management roles in the company. NASA reveal their plans to send the first ‘robot hotel’ up into space (but things aren’t as they seem) and Pelaton shares plummet all because of one advert. Terabyte out of the latest tech news.

Google founders abandon ship

Earlier this week Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced that Larry Page and Sergei Brin would be stepping down from their management roles. Left in charge of the day-to-day running of the company is Sundar Pichai, who joined the search engine giant in 2004 and has worked his way up to become the head honcho. Some people have accused Page and Brin of abandoning a potentially sinking ship. Google and Alphabet is currently embroiled in a number of headline worthy disputes, including: a tax row in the UK and the US, monopolising the search engine market and other internal scandals. Despite the decision to step down from actually working at the company, Brin and Page are still keeping a 14% stake in the company and retain their positions on the company’s board.

Imagine a turndown service in space (and just for robots)

NASA have announced plans to launch the worlds first ‘robot hotel’ into space. Technically speaking it isn’t the worlds first robot hotel, there are many of said hotels located across the world, and at least with those you could get a decent bed and shower. The ‘robot hotel’ is exactly what it says on the tin, a hotel for robots. If you imagined friendly but slightly creepy robots serving mojitos to astronauts in space, then we’re sorry but you would be wrong. Think of it more as a store room for robots when they are not needed (sorry for the anti-climax).

TED teams up with YouTube to launch new climate change initiative

On Wednesday, TED announced a new climate change initiative called Countdown at an event in New York City. Global leaders and non-profit environmental organisations teamed up with Ted and YouTube to discuss new ideas on how to combat climate change, the event was focused on five topics; renewable energy, infrastructure, transportation, food and restoring ecosystems. Countdown hopes to encourage anyone, anywhere to propose ideas on how to tackle the climate crisis and YouTube creators have promised to help spread the word, the best proposals could then be developed with the help of businesses, policymakers and celebrities supporting the initiative. Solutions will then be shared at a summit in Norway next October and the strongest will be filmed and turned into TED talks.

Peloton shares plummet as Christmas advert branded “sexist”

Fitness equipment company Peloton has been branded “sexist” and “out of touch”, with one Twitter user describing it as something like “the first minute of an episode of Black Mirror”. The ad sees a woman receive an exercise bike as a Christmas gift from her husband, she records her workouts over the following year before presenting a vlog to him as a way of saying thank you. Now, whether the concept is sexist or not, is a matter of opinion (some have said suggesting your wife lose weight for Christmas might be) but what seems more likely is that the marketing team at Peloton were just having a bad week when they came up with the idea for this advert, as one Twitter user pointed out, “the vlogging of a 116 lb woman’s YEARLONG fitness journey to becoming a 112 lb woman who says “I didn’t realize how much this would change me” is just ri-god-damn-diculous. Come on.