Eye on A.I.— Why Hardware Is So Important to A.I.’s Future

Using artificial intelligence successfully isn’t just about software. Companies are quickly realizing that the hardware it runs on and is trained on is also critical. Take the example of Google, a leader in A.I. Last week, during its annual developer conference in Mountain View, Calif., the company debuted its new line of Internet-connected home products […]

August’s New Privacy-Minded Doorbell Tolls for Amazon and Google

Having secured the top spot on smart lock sales in the U.S., August Home is going after some outsized competition in the video doorbell market: Google‘s Nest and Amazon‘s Ring. Priced at $230, the August View smart doorbell features two-way audio, adjustable motion sensors that can be set to capture either all passersby or just […]

Nest’s Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

A privacy group with a history of complaining about Google’s acquisition of Nest sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission this week, calling on regulators to force Google to spin off the company after the existence of a secret microphone was revealed in its Nest Secure products. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington […]