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AI's large carbon footprint poses risks for big tech
The artificial intelligence industry has skyrocketed in recent years, powering technologies behind smart speakers and self-driving cars, but that growth is coming at a cost. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently conducted a study assessing the energy consumption required to train several common large AI models. The study revealed that the training process can emit over 626,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, nearly 5x the lifetime emissions of an average car, or the equivalent of about 300 round-trip flights between New York and San Francisco.
Q&A: Sports betting advertising now 'material' revenue stream for several NBC RSNs
NBC Sports Regional Networks President David Preschlack said NBCUniversal Media LLC's national sports predictive games are building momentum among casual bettors. NBCUniversal's NBC Sports Regional Networks has aired select wagering-oriented NBA telecasts. Nationally, NBC Sports Predictor, a free-to-play gaming app, kicked off with soccer's Premier League Pick 'Em in December 2018, before adding golf in February, NASCAR in July and the NFL with Sunday Night 7 in September.
Q&A: Cybersecurity industry 'fragmented,' 'chaotic' ahead of 2020 US elections
Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc. recently launched a public resource for election security ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections. An executive with the company discussed the fragmented and chaotic nature of today's business.
A significant NFL rights package could go to tech, say media execs
When the dust settles on the next set of NFL rights deals, the revised roster could include a streaming player tackling a major package of games, media executives said. The existing deals for the out-of-market NFL Sunday Ticket package, now held by AT&T Inc.'s DIRECTV, and "Monday Night Football" from ESPN (US) expire after the 2021 season, while the Sunday afternoon and night packages and "Thursday Night Football" deals are coterminous upon the conclusion of the 2022 regular season and Super Bowl LVII airing on Fox Corp.'s FOX (US).
Report: SoftBank, JPMorgan in talks on WeWork bailout
Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are in talks on an emergency financing package for coworking giant WeWork Cos. Inc., CNBC.com reported Oct. 15, citing sources. The two companies are reportedly working on a bailout plan for WeWork that involves a mix of debt from JPMorgan and equity from SoftBank.