CanCon Podcast Ep. 68: Is Google’s new AI chip a game changer?

Sundar Pichai

Recently, ransomware known as WannaCry, attacked (at last count) over 200,000 systems in 150 countries. The hack made use of a leaked, NSA-developed software and was able to infect both personal and government level computers. This attack, although poorly executed, had such a large impact that it has the CanCon team wondering how the tech community can keep the “bad guys” from winning.

Google made some major tech announcements at their developer conference this week. Google I/O covered many bases, but the most noteworthy developments included a new evolutionary (revolutionary?) AI chip, augmentations to Assistant with Google Lens, standalone VR headsets and a beefed-up Google Home. Are these the developments that will surround Apple with a moat of innovation?

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – contemplate democratized malware and try to predict the Apple response to Google I/O.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 68 (05/21/17)

Does this make you WannaCry?
WannaCry was an NSA-leaked algorithm that wreaked havoc
Are our cars at risk of malware attacks?
WannaCry ransomware hackers made real amateur mistakes

Google I/O announces all the things
The biggest takeaways from Google I/O 2017
Google rattles the tech world with a new AI chip for all
Our colleagues at MobileSyrup give hot takes on Google I/O

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Bad Guys Win” by Matthew Good


Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

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