Starting from physical fitness to outer space, technological developments have been achieved in many areas since last week. This Week In Digital, an ATMECS’s weekly tech magazine brings you another update, covering all the significant progress that has happened in the tech world!
Oracle Has Data and AI Ambitions for DataFox – Its latest Acquisition – Shalaka Nalawade, October 29, 2018.
On October 22 2018, Oracle announced another acquisition – that of DataFox. The startup’s cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) data engine and derived business content provide company-level information and insightful data. This engine has extracted incredible amounts of data so far; more than 2.8 million public and private businesses, to be precise, while adding 1.2 million businesses annually. What does Oracle plan to do with DataFox? Oracle already has DataScience.com, the cloud workspace platform that provides machine learning solutions, which it acquired in May 2018. According to Oracle’s press release the “combination of Oracle and DataFox” will enhance Oracle Cloud Applications “with an extensive set of trusted company-level data and signals.” The company says that this will enable its customers “to reach even better decisions and business outcomes.”
IAMAI forms AR/VR committee to promote the technologies in India – Moneycontrol.com, October 29, 2018.
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has formed a new industry expert committee to develop and promote an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) ecosystem in India. The group will look to identify opportunities and challenges to help India’s AR/VR ecosystem, in partnership with the government, industry and startups.The committee would also closely work to develop potential sectors like healthcare, tourism, auto, agriculture, education and skill development.
Huawei showcases latest AI public safety technologies www.gulf-times.com – November 1, 2018.
Huawei’s latest artificial intelligence (AI)-driven homeland security technologies and solutions took centre stage at Milipol Qatar 2018. During the event Huawei showcased its latest Software Defined Camera, which is the “first AI camera in the CCTV industry”, able to provide on-demand real-time definitions according to the usage scenario, the company said in a statement. “This allows for it to quickly adapt to the changes of multiple scenarios – where in the past a single camera did a single smart analysis, now a variety of different intelligent analysis functions are implemented at the same time in the same device.”
Huawei’s public safety solutions include the Video Cloud Policing Big Data Solution, an integrated AI analysis tool for public security customers. The solution enables intelligent crime investigation and prevention. It can analyse huge volumes of data to obtain valuable information on first-time visitors, frequent access statistics, movement patterns and suspicious activity. It provides a holographic profile of key personnel, background information and activity track dynamics. On a wider scale, it supports cross-regional and global information sharing, according to Huawei.
W3 Areas To Help Corporate Leaders Excel In AI Transformation – Dr Andreas Liebl, November 1, 2018.
Artificial intelligence has now left the “geek” corner and is no longer a purely technical topic. With more available data, greater computing power at a lower price, and by enabling technologies such as IoT, AI has emerged to become a disruptive force in recent years. A fundamental shift in how we build programs, use data, derive value, and shape business models is taking place. At the heart of this technology is the idea of automating complex areas of knowledge work, using machines where we traditionally couldn’t due to the lack of “intelligent” capabilities such as vision, audio, language, and affection.
This AI bot can recognise galaxies – November 1, 2018.
An artificial intelligence (AI) programme used to recognise faces on Facebook can also identify galaxies in deep space, scientists said Wednesday. The AI bot named ClaRAN scans images taken by radio telescopes, said researchers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research(ICRAR) in Australia. Its job is to spot radio galaxies that emit powerful radio jets from supermassive black holes at their centres according to the research published in the journal Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Blockchain Company Reveals a Powerful Fitness App Aiming to Reward Workouts with Tokens – Wieke Beenen, November 2, 2018.
Lympo, a blockchain based company in the field of gamifying fitness and motivating people to exercise by issuing crypto token rewards, is presenting a new marketing method intended for the fitness industry. The tokens are rewarded for completing workout challenges, users will be paid through the Lympo app. Lympo aims to encourage healthy living around the world by rewarding people for exercising and leading more active lives. The launch of Lympo’s new app will happen in the U.S. next month and this app, called Lympo Run, allows users to earn money for completing simple walking or running challenges. The rewards are issued in the form of LYM crypto tokens, which hold real monetary value and can be used to buy sporting goods inLympo Shop, without ever leaving the app.
Shell Collaborates With EON Reality to Employ AR &VR Solutions Globally – Peter Graham, November 2, 2018.
More and more global companies are finding innovative use cases for deploying virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) based solutions across their infrastructure. Royal Dutch Shell plc – best known for its oil and gas exploration and production businesses – has announced that its Digital Realities team will work with EON Reality to create a global immersive training programme.
EON Reality and Shell have actually been working together for several months now, testing out an aircraft refuelling training programme. This helped Shell test Virtual Trainer, part of the EON Reality connected learning AVR platform.
The whole purpose is that Shell plans to target key uses cases where Virtual Trainer provides an efficient solution that can be scaled, rather than used in only a single facility.
Why Elon Musk fears artificial intelligence – Kelsey Piper, November 2, 2018.
Elon Musk is usually far from a technological pessimist. From electric cars to Mars Colonies, he’s made his name by insisting that the future can get here faster.
But when it comes to artificial intelligence, he sounds very different. Speaking at MIT in 2014, he called AI humanity’s “biggest existential threat” and compared it to “summoning the demon.”
IBM Files Patent for Blockchain-Based AR Helper System – BLOCKCHAIN NEWS, November 4, 2018.
IBM has filed a patent for a blockchain-based system which will prevent players of augmented reality games entering physical spaces that are undesirable.
They cite as examples “high-risk locations, culturally sensitive locations, locations marked by property owners.” Augmented reality is a technology which adds layers to physical reality. The aim of the technology IBM seeks to patent is to improve the political and actual use of AR in physical space, in an effort to prevent collisions of AR with locations that are not desirable by either party.