Getting ‘Personal’ With Google Search; Germany Unveils Robot Priest

Posted May 30th, 2017 at 12:54 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels, Belgium. (Reuters)

FILE – A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels, Belgium. (Reuters)

Google Search Just Got a Lot More Personal

If you are using any of Google’s products, then everything you do is being tracked so advertisers can pay big money for your data.  But the information also allows Google to personalize your search. A new “Personal” tab in the search menu shows you results based on words you use in Google Photos, Calendar and Gmail. If you don’t fancy being tracked to this level of detail, you can adjust search settings to prevent the use of private data.

​Android Creator Andy Rubin Wants Essential Phone to Fix ‘Weird World’

Former Googler and Android creator Andy Rubin holds himself partly responsible for helping create a “weird new world where people are forced to fight with the very technology that was supposed to simplify their lives.” His new Essential Phone, unveiled Tuesday, is a modular device with clip-on parts, and its screen extends to both side edges and the top. But the phone is noteworthy because of its ‘modular’ feature. Google tried its hand with modular devices for a while with Project Ara, but later abandoned the effort.

Robot Priest Unveiled in Germany to Mark 500 Years Since Reformation

Germany’s small town of Wittenberg is celebrating the birth of the Reformation movement that started 500 years ago when Martin Luther King called for church reform in Europe. Marking the occasion is BlessU-2, a robot priest on exhibition that dispenses blessings in five languages and emits light from its hands. Appropriately, Blessu-2’s mission is to challenge Europe’s religious institution once more, raising questions about its future in the age of artificial intelligence.

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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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