Best Tech Stories from around the Web #91

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On the program this week: YouTube launches live 360-degree video, Google believes that AI is the key to its future, the first solar-powered flight around the globe, virtual reality without headset, and a 360-degree camera. Happy reading!

YouTube launches live 360-degree video by artstechnica.com

YouTube officially launched prerecorded 360 degree video back in March 2015. The videos would surround your field of view with scrollable video rather than the usual stationary 16:9 frame. Now, Google is adding the ability to livestream 360° video directly on YouTube.

Google believes its superior AI will be the key to its future by theverge.com

Google is beginning to look beyond search to tap into some of the most lucrative and promising businesses in the tech industry: artificial intelligence and cloud computing. The company, the largest and most significant part of Alphabet Inc., has grown to mammoth proportions off the back of its search-based advertising division. But those revenues are starting to slow. The cloud allows companies to manage and sell server space and software that lives inside its data centers, like AI, to other large companies. That type of service-based business is fast becoming the new way to reap profits in the tech industry.

Making History: The First solar-powered flight around the globe by theinstitute.ieee.org

A year ago, IEEE Member Paige Kassalen was a senior at Virginia Tech, finishing her degree in electrical engineering. Now she’s helping make history as part of the 16-person ground crew for Solar Impulse 2 (SI2), the first airplane to attempt to circumnavigate the world on solar power alone. The crew is vital because the plane needs more human assistance on the ground than regular airplanes do.

What's virtual reality without a headset? by theverge.com

Famous Deaths is one of the Tribeca Film Festival’s most morally ambiguous, potentially offensive, and arrestingly weird interactive installations. Originally exhibited in Amsterdam, it’s a pair of stainless steel boxes plugged into a system of speakers and scent tubes.

Giroptic’s unique take on the 360-degree camera is now shipping by theverge.com

Two years ago, a company called Giroptic held a pretty successful Kickstarter campaign for the 360cam, ostensibly the first consumer-ready camera that could shoot 360-degree photos and videos. In the time that it took the company to turn that cash into a real product, Giroptic was beaten to market by the likes of Ricoh and Kodak. Now, two years after a the crowdfunding effort brought in $1.4 million, the company is finally shipping the 360cam. Cameras are going out to backers today, and the camera will be available for purchase starting May 24th.