AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise

An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing “AI-enabled” weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds.

Schmidt and current executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon are among the 15 members

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‘ManCode Mentoring’ initiative helps Black teens learn computer technology skills through mentorship

The 12-week curriculum teaches young men how technology can be an option in their career or life journey.

“It’s fun,” says 8th grader, Wilson Johnson. “I like mainly the coding, and learning different lifestyles.”

Johnson is one of dozens of teens learning the ins and outs of computer technology alongside industry professionals. 

It’s all apart of the new pilot program called “ManCode Mentoring.” 

“ManCode mentoring started when a few employees at Microsoft kind of noticed, “hey, it’s not a lot of us in this field, what can we do,” says Quanda Arch, program manager for the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

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Nikola Founder Resigns as Chair Amid Allegations, SEC Probe

(Bloomberg) — Nikola Corp., the electric-vehicle startup that recently partnered with General Motors Co., said its founder stepped down as executive chairman, coming just days after the company was reported to be the focus of investigations by U.S. regulators following a highly critical short-seller report.Trevor Milton, the social-media-savvy public face of the startup he founded in 2014, was replaced by board member Stephen Girsky, whose title will be chairman, Nikola said in a statement late Sunday. Shares of Phoenix-based Nikola plunged 22% in U.S. pre-market trading.Nikola has found itself in

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