Chesky’s Airbnb – From Bodybuilding to Tech; Linux Bug Hits Android

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 10:44 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE -Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, Davos, Switzerland. (Reuters)

FILE -Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, is pictured in Davos, Switzerland. (Reuters)

How a Former Bodybuilder Became One of America’s Richest Young Tech Founders

His name is Brian Chesky. And the 34-year-old New Yorker and founder of Airbnb was in his younger days more interested in bodybuilding and hockey than in technology. But overbooked hotels triggered an idea and drove him to launch a multi-billion dollar firm and a key Silicon Valley player.

Watson Claims to Predict Cancer, but Who Trained It to ‘Think?’

IBM’s artificial intelligence system Watson has been delving into all sorts of research, most recently to help doctors predict cancer. But writer Kuang Chen argues that the promise of such a task hinges on the data Watson is fed. Since Watson cannot read handwriting, this information has to be typed and retyped from doctor’s notes and study results – by humans. The writer argues that artificial intelligence can only fulfill such promise by focusing first on learning basic abilities.

Linux Bug Puts 1.4 Billion Android Users at Risk

A newly-discovered vulnerability in Android devices gives hackers the ability to terminate connections and embed malicious code, according to researchers at security firm Outlook. The flaw originates in the Linux 3.6 operating system that was introduced in the Android KitKat version and the Android Nougat developer preview.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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