SpaceX and Tesla Motors boss Elon Musk has open-sourced OpenAI Gym, which is a kind of training gym for artificial intelligence programs. The virtual gym is created to help computer programmers improve their AI systems. The gym is under Musk's OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research organization supported by over 1 billion in commitments. OpenAI is Elon Musk's nonprofit dedicated to releasing cutting-edge AI research for free. It is also backed by other Silicon Valley heavies, including LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, Y-Combinator founders Jessica Livingston and Sam Altman, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel and Stripe's Greg Brockman.
Microsoft has staked its future on a new version of Paint, everyone's favourite drawing application. The company has released an entirely redesigned of the app, named Paint 3D. And as the name suggests, it is built around three dimensional worlds – allowing people to draw things that take up virtual space. It works by letting take a picture of an object and then having their device construct that as a 3D image, for instance. Or it will let people doodle in 2D and then have that automatically changed into a 3D image.
Apple has revealed its completely redesigned MacBook Pro, the computer that it hopes can put an end to worries that about its future. The company unveiled the laptop as part of an event at its California headquarters. It also showed off a new TV app – but didn't update any of its desktop computers, as many had hoped, and showed off no new categories of products. The new computer is thinner, lighter and differently shaped from the old MacBook Pro. But the main change is the new screen that's built into the keyboard.
The future isn't ready to arrive just yet. Apple has announced that its AirPods – the wireless earphones that the company were set to release this month – aren't "ready". The AirPods were first unveiled along with the iPhone 7 at an event last month. And the two were part of the same pitch – just as Apple had done with dropping the headphone jack, the AirPods were meant to signal that the company was ready for the wireless future. The AirPods built from the ground up for Apple's new vision of listening.
Apple is about to release a whole new range of computers. They might be the most important Macs released in recent years – and could decide the near future of Apple. The new computers come at an important time for the company, just days after it reported its worst results in 15 years and said that it wouldn't be able to deliver the EarPods that had been the centre of its plan for the wireless future. And they come at an important time for the Mac, too: many models haven't been meaningfully updated for years, with fans of the computers worrying that more attention is being paid to the iPhones and iPad. The event will be Apple's big chance to turn around all of those worries with new technology.