1. Google Unveils Next-Gen AI Chip Trillium

At its I/O developer conference on Tuesday, Google officially announced its upcoming next-generation AI chip, the sixth-generation Tensor Processing Unit, named "Trillium". The chip is expected to be released later this year. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said before the keynote that Google has been a pioneer in GPU technology for over a decade, and the new TPU is another major milestone in Google's technological innovation.

Commentary: Google's sixth-generation Tensor Processing Unit "Trillium" highlights the company's leadership in AI hardware and its investment in the future of AI technology.

2. Meta to Shut Down Workplace App, Focus on AI and Metaverse Development

Meta said on Tuesday that it will discontinue its workplace application Workplace as the company shifts its focus to building AI and metaverse technologies. Meta said Workplace will be discontinued for customers starting in June 2026, but will continue to be used as an internal messaging board, adding that users can continue to access the product until August 2025. A Meta spokesperson said: "We are discontinuing Workplace to focus on building AI and metaverse technologies, which we believe will fundamentally reshape the way we work."

Commentary: Meta's closure of the Workplace app and its shift to focus on AI and metaverse technology development demonstrate the company's long-term vision for the future of work and interaction.

3. Blue Origin Plans to Resume Suborbital Flight Tourism

Blue Origin plans to resume its suborbital flight tourism program. The company announced on the 14th that its latest manned flight mission is scheduled for the 19th. The mission, codenamed NS-25, will use Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft. The spacecraft consists of a launch rocket and a crew capsule, both of which are reusable.

Commentary: Blue Origin's resumption of suborbital flight tourism marks the continued progress of commercial space travel and the company's commitment to space exploration.

4.US Regulator Probes Waymo Over Self-Driving Car Performance Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Tuesday that it has received 22 reports of accidents involving Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car company, including 17 collisions and five other possible traffic violations, but with no reported injuries. NHTSA said it is investigating the performance of Waymo's self-driving cars.

Commentary: NHTSA's investigation into the performance of Waymo's self-driving cars highlights the challenges of safety in autonomous driving technology and the importance of regulation.

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Editor: Alexander