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  • "I think TikTok sees that and wants to distinguish itself from Huawei," he added.
  • In May, it hired former Disney executive Kevin Mayer as its CEO, and it has repeatedly said that its data centers are located entirely outside of China where that data is not subject to Chinese law.
  • said firms must choose between giving up on part of the world, or decentralizing their operations to such a point that the company is essentially two or more different entities.
  • For the tech companies stuck trying to navigate this world, there are no easy options.
  • The advancement of technology in other parts of the world also suggests that there are "evolving, multiple playbooks" beyond the rivalry between the United States and China
  • Washington has for more than a year been pressuring its allies to keep the Chinese company's telecommunications equipment out of their 5G networks
  • "Both the US and China have demonstrated they're willing to weaponize global trade and supply chains," the analysts added.
  • As the relationship between the world's two largest economies deteriorates, several analysts warned that the fallout will have major implications for every global power, along with the tech companies that operate across their borders.
  • Eurasia Group, in a report published earlier this year that noted how Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for the country to break its technological dependence on the United States.
  • The United States has also imposed sanctions on prominent Chinese tech firms and taken steps to limit Beijing's access to America's vast capital markets.
  • The Trump administration has accused China of stealing US technology, an issue central to the damaging trade war that has colored the relationship between the two since 2018.
  • "Made in China 2025," Beijing's ambitious plan to shed the country's reliance on foreign tech by spending billions of dollars in areas such as wireless communications, microchips and robotics
  • While IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) were driving American innovation in the 1980s, China was laying down the foundation for its Great Firewall — a massive censorship mechanism that shuts out content widely available elsewhere on the interne
  • "My impression is that the tech companies are only now waking up to the fact that life in the future is going to be a lot less globalized,"
  • That review comes after the United States, which has repeatedly targeted Huawei, imposed sanctions on the company that could prevent other firms from supplying it with the chipsets it needs to build its next-generation technology.
  • recent tensions over national security have pushed their governments and businesses to reconsider those partnerships.
  • "It is becoming harder to be a truly global tech platform," said Dipayan Ghosh, the co-director of the Digital Platforms and Democracy Project at the Harvard Kennedy Schoo
  • Then, on Monday, US authorities said they would look at banning the app because they consider it a possible threat to national security.
  • The first major hit came last month, when TikTok was blocked in India after a heated border clash with China left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.
  • A new world war over technology
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  • The most important lesson: When you find a good gadget repair shop, reward it with your loyalty
  • If any of the above intimidates you, there are plenty of professionals who can help.
  • Find a Fixer
  • That’s wise — a good case protects your phone from scratches and absorbs impact in the corners, edges and the back of your device.
  • Protect Your Gear
  • The more device storage you use up, the slower a gadget gets. So set a calendar reminder to do a data purge at least once a year.
  • Declutter Your Data
  • For computers, blow out the fans once a year.
  • For mobile devices, look inside the ports
  • Dirt and debris clogging up our equipment can contribute to overheating, which shortens the life of our electronics.
  • Do a Deep Clean
  • Windows users can download the app BatteryInfoView to measure battery health.
  • Mac users can click on the Apple icon, then About This Mac and then System Report. Then click on Power to see a reading on battery health.
  • Android devices have third-party apps like AccuBattery that can do a reading on your battery’s health.
  • Apple users with iPhones and iPads can open the Settings, then tap Battery and select Battery Health.
  • Because batteries can be charged only a finite number of times before they deteriorate, they will be one of the first things to go on mobile devices and laptops.
  • Check Your Battery
  • There are people out there willing to help. With retail stores for Apple and Microsoft shutting down in the pandemic and unable to service our gadgets, hiring a local fixer is now as good an idea as ever. It just takes some homework.
  • By elongating the life of our gadgets, we put more use into the energy, materials and human labor invested in creating the product.
  • Basic maintenance includes replacing batteries, cleaning out dust and purging unnecessary files that bog down our devices.
  • Many phone makers gave us incentives to buy new devices regularly, for example, while offering scarce education on steps to help our tech endure
  • How to Make Your Tech Last Longer
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  • Just keep in mind that smart home products can create more problems than they solve
  • Does it solve a problem?
  • Is the software easy to update?
  • Let’s use an iPad as an example. If you wanted an iPad, you could pay $329 for the base model with 32 gigabytes of storage. But it’s probably a better idea to spend $429 on the model with 128 gigabytes of storage — that’s quadruple the capacity, which you can use to hold apps, games, photos and videos for years to come.
  • But it does mean investing in configurations that will make you happier in the long run, said Nick Guy, a senior staff writer for Wirecutter, a New York Times publication that tests products.
  • Another rule of thumb to consider is investing more in a product to make it last.
  • Should I spend more?
  • People tend to have more problems with products that have moving parts, like printers with ink cartridges, than with electronics like TVs or tablets, said Jerry Beilinson, a technology editor at Consumer Reports.
  • Like household appliances, tech products have failure rates — the ratio of working to defective units
  • Is the product reliable?
  • Wireless earphones like Apple’s AirPods and Bose’s QuietComfort 35 are examples of popular products with irreplaceable batteries. Once the batteries die, you have to buy a brand-new pair
  • Fortunately, most phones and laptops have batteries that can be replaced by professionals
  • One of the clearest indicators of a product’s durability is whether the batteries are replaceable. Gadgets that work without wires are powered by a lithium-ion battery, which can be charged only a finite number of times before it deteriorates.
  • Is the battery replaceable?
  • Find out whether there’s a community of enthusiasts. Sometimes there are no local fixers who can help with a product, but there may be enthusiasts who write their own guides that you can follow
  • Check if local technicians can service the device.
  • Consult iFixit, a website that offers instructions on gadget repairs. For some products, the site tears apart gadgets and does an analysis on its ease of repair.
  • Before you buy it, find out whether you or a professional can easily fix it.
  • Is the tech easy to repair?
  • Here’s the thing: This is all the doing of marketing professionals, seared into our subconscious. The reality is that consumer electronics, such as your phone, computer or tablet, can last for many years. It just takes some research to obtain tech that will endure.
  • How to Buy Tech That Lasts and Lasts
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  • “We want Google to take real steps to help dismantle racism,” employees wrote. “We as a society have moved past the point where saying Black Lives Matter is enough, we need to show it in our thinking, in our words and in our actions that Black lives do matter to us.”
  • He also outlined how Google will give $12 million to racial justice organizations
  • Earlier this month, IBM said it would no longer sell its facial recognition technology, which has become a tool for policing and mass surveillance. Meanwhile, Microsoft recently said it won’t sell facial recognition technology to police without federal regulation and Amazon halted police use of its facial recognition tech for one year
  • Google is not the only tech company that has contracted with police departments and other law enforcement agencies. Salesforce, for example, has long held a contract with Customs and Border Protection, despite protest from employees and others.
  • “We have a long way to go to address the full legacy of racism but to begin with — we should not be in the business of profiting from racist policing. We should not be in the business of criminalizing Black existence while we chant that Black Lives Matter. We, the undersigned Googlers, call on you to stop making our technology available to police forces.” 
  • employees go on to say they want to be proud of the company they work for. They also want Google to speak to their values, the letter says
  • We’re committed to work that makes a meaningful difference to combat systemic racism, and our employees have made over 500 product suggestions in recent weeks, which we are reviewing,”
  • “Why help the institutions responsible for the knee on George Floyd’s neck to be more effective organizationally? Not only that, but the same Clarkstown police force being advertised by Google as a success story has been sued multiple times for illegal surveillance of Black Lives Matter organizers.
  • A growing group of more than 1,666 Google employees is demanding Google stop selling its technology to police departments, TechCrunch has learned.
  • Google employees demand company stop selling tech to police
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  • When developing a tech product, rely on your passion and drive to help your audience by making their lives easier, safer, balanced and healthy.
  • Seeking to help
  • 4. Look for other demographic connections and opportunities
  • For me, having the "coolest tech" was a big factor in developing my phone. Kids don't want clunky, old-looking technology
  • Considerations might include peers and influencers, trends, risks and threats, and legislative or social changes in society
  • It's important to know how this impacts the type of tech product they might need or want. 
  • 3. Understand the impact of their external environment 
  • It can be challenging in some respects, especially if you're further removed from your demographic. In addressing my dual segment of kids and parents, I was fortunate to have my own children for their perspectives and my parental experience to use as a basis
  • Part of that research for developing a tech product for a specific demographic goes beyond collecting data. It means looking at life the way through the same lens that your audience segment would to better understand why they hav
  • 2. See life through their eyes
  • When it came to my smartphone for kids, I had to do that deep dive into research with both kids and parents to understand all of the aforementioned areas.
  • Use your idea of what you think they need and build on that by doing extensive market research.
  • 1. Differentiate your specific demographic from the rest 
  • The point again is that age isn't always a black-and-white demographic to use for tech product development
  • oduct is at the other end of the age spectrum, as it is made specifically for kids
  • My product is at the other end of the age spectrum, as it is made specifically for kids
  • Tech developers take into consideration their target demographic's wants and needs to develop tech that will solve their problems and be the most useful for them.
  • Good tech is designed with a specific user in mind
  • Four Strategies For Developing Tech Products For Specific Demographics
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  • Over time, Google and Apple will likely face growing pressure to surveil COVID‑19 patients just as closely as they follow those who use their maps.
  • They have designed their COVID‑19 alert system to prevent the centralized collection of data and promised that the system will disappear with the disease
  • Now, according to the nonprofit Privacy International, at least 27 countries have begun using cellphone data to track the spread of the coronavirus
  • More than anything, it needs an aura of competence to cover for its flailing efforts. As the nation awaits a vaccine, the government may have no choice but to rely on Big Tech to compensate for its gaps in ability and expertise
  • As the pandemic accelerates Big Tech’s insinuation into government affairs, the industry’s most powerful companies will almost certainly exploit their relationships with agencies to damage less powerful rivals and extract lucrative contracts
  • This same basic logic led Amazon to plant its second headquarters on the Potomac River, and it’s led companies like Google and Microsoft to build relationships with the intelligence community
  • When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Senate in 2018, he preemptively conceded, “I think the real question as the internet becomes more important in people’s lives is what is the right regulation, not whether there should be [regulation] or not
  • Like John Galt, the protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, they muttered about the evils of government and how it kept down great innovator
  • Tech executives didn’t always yearn to work in league with government.
  • The blessings bestowed by the online economy in this strange time are indisputable, and we should be grateful for them.
  • Public health and education may be traditional functions of government, but Nadella suggested that his industry should share the burden: “We at Microsoft view ourselves as digital first responders
  • Also in April, Google and Apple announced that they would suspend their rivalry to work with nations of the world to create a new alert system
  • The challenges we face demand an unprecedented alliance between business and government.”
  • The government has flailed in its response to the pandemic, and Big Tech has presented itself as a beneficent friend, willing to lend a competent hand
  • In the midst of the pandemic, Google Meet has become a delivery mechanism for school. AmazonFresh has made it possible to shop for groceries without braving the supermarket.
  • Many Americans have come to view them as wellsprings of disinformation, outrage, and manipulation—and have noticed that the most profitable companies in human history haven’t always lived by the idealism of their slogans
  • The founding fathers of Big Tech really did view their creations as essential, and essentially good.
  • What Big Tech Wants Out of the Pandemic
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  • “Yes, Juneteenth is just one day, and we have yet to see how the nation will respond to the injustices in the months and years to come
  • Today, Facebook announced it would spend at least $100 million annually with Black-owned suppliers.
  • Forming habits around hiring Black people, promoting Black employees, paying Black employees fairly, funding Black founders and making room for Black people in leadership positions is what will lead to concrete change in this industry. 
  • tech companies need to go beyond one-off actions and form habits around racial justice work.
  • making statements about standing with the Black community and donating money, companies need to ensure they take more than just actions to combat racism in tec
  • Sure, had these companies not gone public with their respective Juneteenth plans, it’s possible other companies would not have followed suit.
  • Other plans by companies include encouraging employees to use the day as a time to learn about racial injustice or to officially commemorate the day on Google Calendar. It’s worth noting that Apple added Juneteenth to its iOS calendar back in 2018. 
  • , many tech companies have announced plans to make Juneteenth an official holiday for employees or recognize the day in some other way. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and Twitter, was the first major tech CEO to announce that Juneteenth would be a paid holiday for employees. Since then, companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber and Lyft have announced their own respective plans to commemorate the day.
  • Tech companies just found out about Juneteenth, and this is what they’re doing
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  • These neural representations of task rules are maintained in the prefrontal cortex
  • In the new study, Halassa wanted to further investigate the relationship between the mediodorsal thalamus and the prefrontal cortex.
  • a professor of psychology at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, described the study as a major leap forward in the field of cognitive neuroscience.
  • When we move between different contexts like this, our brain holds multiple sets of rules in mind so that it can switch to the appropriate one when necessary.
  • This region, called the mediodorsal thalamus, suppresses representations that are not currently needed.
  • In a 2017 study published in Nature, Halassa and his colleagues showed that the mediodorsal thalamus helps the prefrontal cortex to keep a thought in mind by temporarily strengthening the neuronal connections in the prefrontal cortex that encode that particular thought.
  • The findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms,
  • The findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms,
  • The findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms, Halassa says. The human brain is very good at learning many different kinds of tasks — singing, walking, talking, etc. However, neural networks (a type of artificial intelligence based on interconnected nodes similar to neurons) usually are good at learning only one thing. These networks are subject to a phenomenon called “catastrophic forgetting” — when they try to learn a new task, previous tasks become overwritten. Halassa and his colleagues now hope to apply their findings to improve neural networks’ ability to store previously learned tasks while learning to perform new ones. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Brain and Behavior Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Human Frontiers Science Program, and the German Ministry of Education. Topics: Research, Memory, Brain and cognitive sciences, Artificial intelligence, Neuroscience, McGovern Institute, School of Science, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Related Halassa LabMcGovern InstituteDepartment of Brain and Cognitive SciencesSchool of Science Archives Study reveals a basis for attention deficits How the brain controls sleep New study reveals how brain waves control working
  • he findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms, Halassa says. The human brain is very good at learning many different kinds of tasks — singing, walking, talking, etc. However, neural networks (a type of artificial intelligence based on interconnected nodes similar to neurons) usually are good at learning only one thing. These networks are subject to a phenomenon called “catastrophic forgetting” — when they try to learn a new task, previous tasks become overwritten. Halassa and his colleagues now hope to apply their findings to improve neural networks’ ability to store previously learned tasks while learning to perform new ones. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Brain and Behavior Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Human Frontiers Science Program, and the German Ministry of Education. Topics: Research, Memory, Brain and cognitive sciences, Artificial intelligence, Neuroscience, McGovern Institute, School of Science, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Related Halassa LabMcGovern InstituteDepartment of Brain and Cognitive SciencesSchool of Science Archives Study reveals a basis for attention deficits How the brain controls sleep
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  • hen there’s Hitachi’s automated hand-washing monitoring device, which detects whether workers wash their hands sufficiently — for at least 20 seconds —
  • Hitachi created a device that detects elevated body temperature from up to 10 feet away
  • The robot, which has sensors and a 360-degree camera, is steered around the park remotely and uses its built-in speaker to play a recorded message when it comes across people defying social-distancing rules
  • “All it does is damage the DNA or RNA in that bacteria and kill it,”
  • “One of the useful properties of UV light in general is that it doesn’t distinguish between drug-resistant bacteria and drug-sensitive bacteria,”
  • But it can still zap microbes, bacteria and viruses on surfaces and in the air.
  • The technology uses a shorter band of wavelength that can’t penetrate the skin, and therefore won’t damage the cells and tissue under it, said David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University.
  • But UVC light can’t be blasted into rooms where people are. Prolonged exposure to it can cause skin cancer, cornea damage and other problems
  • Other companies making UV robots include Xenex, Tru-D, Puro Lighting and Surfacide. Many of these are stationary — rather than mobile — robots.
  • Mr. Risager said scientists had long lauded UVC light as a weapon against SARS, MERS and other viruses
  • The CARES Act, which offers funding for tech upgrades in the United States, is also spurring companies to embrace shiny new technology faster — and more willingly — than in the past.
  • “This robot kills 99.99 percent of viruses, bacteria and fungal spores,”
  • The robot moves autonomously through a room, using ultraviolet-C light to destroy the RNA in a virus and DNA in bacteri
  • So when six doctors contracted Covid-19 at his hospital in Sardinia two months ago, he once again turned to technology — in this case, UVD Robots — to disinfect the rooms.
  • Fighting the Coronavirus With Innovative Tech
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  • Smartphone shipments could plummet 11.9% this year to 1.2 billion, according to market researchers at IDC who see a “global demand-side problem.
  • Electronic Arts Chief Executive Blake Jorgensen told investors that sports fans were flocking to its “Madden,” “FIFA,” and “NHL” titles as substitutes for watching live sporting events
  • Netflix had its biggest quarter ever, but must compete with a host of new rivals that were in the works well before the pandemic, and the struggles of Quibi show that success is unlikely to be universal.
  • The key for both Slack and Zoom will be finding ways to convince free customers to pay up for these services even once employees start returning to the workplace again in large numbers, and battling a suddenly relevant Microsoft Teams offering, that attempts to combine their core features and another tech titan.
  • “Zoom” became a verb in the first 100 days of the pandemic, showing how software previously known largely to certain industries and finance nerds could explode into public consciousness when the need arises. Zoom Video Communications Inc. ZM, +2.03% saw 300 million daily meeting participants at its peak in recent weeks, more than 30 times its 2019 peak of roughly 10 million.
  • That leaves Apple. Consumers aren’t as likely to make big device purchases given financial uncertainty and temporary retail store closures, and that could continue to weigh on the iPhone maker’s business
  • Amazon and Microsoft especially seem secure, although Amazon will spend its operating profit in an attempt to bolster its operation
  • That extra $1 trillion-plus is the confidence investors have put into the continued resilience of the five Big Tech companies, which have established businesses in hot areas along with vast resources and customers and may only be rivaled by each other
  • Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -1.26% GOOG, -1.04% and Facebook were worth a combined $4.8 trillion at the end of trading March 10, the day before WHO’s declared an official pandemic. On Wednesday, they closed at a combined valuation of roughly $6 trillion.
  • In the first quarter, sales in the information-technology sector of the S&P 500 SPX, +0.05% index rose 4.3%, less than the expected 6.7% but stronger than a slight contraction in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Data show a more nuanced shift in U.S. tech behavior, one that does benefit newer technologies that seem to be tailor-made for a population trapped at home with an internet connection: Endless streaming media, instant video chats with friends anywhere in the world, constant connections to coworkers.
  • One hundred days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic, tech stocks have bounced back along with companies’ supply chains and executives’ bright outlooks.
  • How the pandemic has changed tech in its first 100 days
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  • We have a long way to go, but we’re absolutely committed to achieving greater diversity at Facebook and across the industry,
  • “Social protests have forced the hands of companies, large and small, to take action. It is time.”
  • “We’ve agreed [inclusion] was a problem since at least 2013, but everyone was waiting for everyone else to do something,
  • “There is a sense of urgency; recent events accelerated our plans,” Judith Williams, SAP’s global head of people sustainability and chief diversity and inclusion officer, told MarketWatch. “We have to change the dynamic of our industry, and better reflect society.”
  • a pass on hiring black women and Latinas, as they did during the 2008 financial crisis,” said Bertina Ceccarelli, chief executive of nonprofit NPower, a leader in tech training programs. “But with the recent protests and acute visibility of systemic racism, this encourages companies to expand recruiting and training plans.”
  • “You have to start from Day One on diversity. Your company has to reflect the nation.”
  • is hopeful that social awareness and empathy with the black community enhances its ability to finally secure venture-capital funding, said Love, who is black.
  • Concrete goals and money to fund the efforts could make a difference, though
  • In a May Corporate Responsibility Report, the company released diversity goals of increasing the number of women in technical roles to 40% and doubling the number of women and underrepresented minorities in senior roles by 2030.
  • “Most companies just stay in the lane of what is legally required,” Barnard, who is white, told MarketWatch. “We can all do better.
  • Tech companies large and small offer targets for hiring black workers and devote large sums to the effort, but black tech workers say ‘We’ve heard it before
  • After years of talk, tech companies appear to be getting serious about diversity efforts
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  • From an IT perspective, employees will be coming back into the office with a host of new WFH habits, including some that they will want to keep.
  • 5. Re-adapting to office life
  • Clarke is working with mobile technology company Bullitt Group on a guide to employers on new habits to promote with employees in the workplace.
  • is how to make sure that all incoming equipment is clean, in the more physical sense of the term. 
  • 4. Germs – but not only the digital one
  • To mitigate the consequences of these bad habits, Watnik recommends proceeding under the assumption that all passwords have been compromised, and immediately mandate that all employees change the passwords they normally use.
  • More often than not, however, this means that employees have shared credentials to open the device, or altogether disabled the need for password authentication.
  • 3. Laptops at home: a free-for-all
  • One solution is to try and deal with the problem at the root, by raising awareness among employees that they should stay on top of their device's health, even in a seemingly less formal home environment.
  • To those devices that will make it back in the workplace, and be used to access company networks, it's wise to make sure all of the applicable software patches and updates have actually been installed
  • 2. Procrastinating the security updates
  • "Ban the use of personal laptops in the office during the 'return to work' transition, at least until all personal laptops have been inspected for such issues by IT personnel," he recommends.
  • 1. Mixing work and play
  • IT teams are going to see a 180-degree shift in focus: one towards making work safe again in the office. These are the bad habits that employees have adopted at home, and which will cause an IT nightmare back in the office – as well as top tips on how to work around them.
  • In fact, up to half of employees have admitted they are cutting corners when it comes to cybersecurity at home. With this in mind, IT professionals are anticipating a wave of unwanted problems making their way into office networks as soon as workers start coming in with unsafe devices. 
  • With organizations across the globe switching to remote working overnight, the majority of IT professionals report that their workloads have increased significantly – by as much as 37%, according to recent research. And unfortunately for support desks, this might only be the beginning. 
  • Going back to the office? Here are five major tech problems that lie ahead of you
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  • Starship’s delivery robots work this way: Customers use a smartphone mobile application to order their delivery. A text alerts customers — “You have a robot waiting for you outside” — when the robot is near their home or business. A person must be present to receive the delivery because only the customer has a unique code to unlock the robot’s box.
  • The Washington, D.C., Council opened the door to the machines by passing legislation last month that allows up to five different robot companies to operate
  • Ralston of Redwood City said test robots rolling around the city haven’t caused any issues so far. “People enjoy seeing the little robots. Or they completely ignore them
  • The presence of video cameras in the robots is a potential privacy issue
  • Autonomous devices use high-definition cameras that can take video of people and places from a sidewalk or from the air, as in the case of a drone. Scott questions: Who controls those images? How can they be used?
  • When the devices are being operated by humans, a lower resolution feed is used and the images are blurred. And the robots can’t identify the MAC numbers of nearby cellphones, he said.
  • if somebody bothers the robot the operator [watching from a headquarters far away] can actually shout, ‘Hey! What are you doing? … The police are coming in five minutes
  • the robotic delivery invasion already has arrived in the form of machines that look like beer coolers on wheels scooting along the sidewalks
  • developed by the science fiction-sounding company Starship Technologies, will be showing up any day in the nation’s capital and in Redwood City, California. They could soon be in up to 10 cities, ferrying groceries and other packages over what the company calls the “last mile,” from a neighborhood delivery “hub” to your front door, all for as little as $1 a trip.
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  • Its incarceration rate rose fivefold between 1970 and 2008. Relative to its population, it now locks up seven times as many people as France, 11 times as many as the Netherlands and 15 times as many as Japan
  • prosecutors to avoid seeking the maximum penalties for non-violent drug offenders. This reform caused a modest reduction in the number of federal prisoners
  • along with previous convictions for drug possession and livestock neglect, forced the judge to sentence her to ten years in prison.
  • The more people a country imprisons, the less dangerous each additional prisoner is likely to be. At some point, the costs of incarceration start to outweigh the benefits
  • Reserve prison for the worst offenders. Divert the less scary ones to drug treatment, community service and other penalties that do not mean severing ties with work, family and normality
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy—counselling prisoners on how to avoid the places, people and situations that prompt them to commit crimes—can reduce recidivism by 10-30%, and is especially useful in dealing with young offenders.
  • Each year she serves will cost taxpayers roughly $30,000—enough to pay the fees for three struggling students at the University of Iowa
  • Donald Trump’s attorney-general, Jeff Sessions, has just torn it up. This month he ordered prosecutors to aim for the harshest punishments the law allows,
  • Money spent on prisons cannot be spent on other things that might reduce crime more
  • because mass incarceration breaks up families and renders many ex-convicts unemployable, it has raised the American poverty rate by an estimated 20%
  • For a fraction of the cost of locking them up, they could be fitted with GPS-enabled ankle bracelets that monitor where they are and whether they are taking drugs.
  • . A study in Argentina finds that low-risk prisoners who are tagged instead of being incarcerated are less likely to reoffend
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  • Over the past three months, I interviewed a dozen current and former employees of Cognizant in Phoenix. All had signed non-disclosure agreements with Cognizant in which they pledged not to discuss their work for Facebook — or even acknowledge that Facebook is Cognizant’s client.
  • Collectively, the employees described a workplace that is perpetually teetering on the brink of chaos. It is an environment where workers cope by telling dark jokes about committing suicide,
  • The moderators told me it’s a place where the conspiracy videos and memes that they see each day gradually lead them to embrace fringe views
  • Chloe’s job is to tell the room whether this post should be removed. S
  • The use of contract labor also has a practical benefit for Facebook: it is radically cheaper. The median Facebook employee earns $240,000 annually in salary, bonuses, and stock options. A content moderator working for Cognizant in Arizona, on the other hand, will earn just $28,800 per year.
  • nOn May 3, 2017, Mark Zuckerberg announced the expansion of Facebook’s “community operations” team. The new employees, who would be added to 4,500 existing moderators, would be responsible for reviewing every piece of content reported for violating the company’s community standards.
  • Another former employee, who told me he has mapped every escape route out of his house and sleeps with a gun at his side, said: “I no longer believe 9/11 was a terrorist attack
  • Miguel is also allotted nine minutes per day of “wellness time,” which he is supposed to use if he feels traumatized and needs to step away from his desk. Several moderators told me that they routinely used their wellness time to go to the restroom when lines were shorter. But management eventually realized what they were doing, and ordered employees not to use wellness time to relieve themselves.
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  • Data security will reinforce its positions
  • we believe that cybersecurity will become more intelligence-driven in the upcoming year. Intelligence may become the only solution to the fast, automated attacks
  • The attributes like “connected”, “smart” or “intelligent” are now added to all technologies and solutions developed for various industries.
  • 2019 promises to become a year of AI technologies application in healthcare and medicine. People will face with a chance to get new opportunities, physical and mental capabilities they could not even dream of before. Humans will get a chance to modify, improve and continually upgrade their abilities and minds.
  • Autonomous things like drones, robots and autonomous vehicles are rapidly developed along with AI solutions.
  • For the 2018 year it was common to consider VR (virtual reality software) to be the most significant achievement of our generation. However, the situation has dramatically changed. VR proved to have a limited range of application among the companies and the customers.
  • The range of cloud solutions and delivery models is getting bigger and bigger.
  • Shortly these solutions will bring more flexibility and the abilities to react fast and even more efficiently to the rapidly changing market conditions. A new view on the cloud solutions adoption will be developed by the industries
  • Actually we are the witnesses of the immense evolution of AI-powered chatbot technology. Starting with simple routine tasks, chatbots are now actively turning into AI assistants. Customers got used to them very fasts and now cannot even imagine dealing with some issues without AI assistance.
  • Reinforcement learning (RL) in its turn is a form of neural network that usually learns from its environment with the help of observation, actions, and rewards. Reinforcement learning has not been widely applied in various industries due to the existence of some obstacles and complications
  • Also, biomedical electronics will take the stage. The digital technologies are to broaden the sphere of their competence in providing assistance doctors and mitigating the stressful situations.
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  • For sight and sound, we have VR headsets. For touch, we have specially designed  VR gloves that act as a wearable interface.
  • With a range of 6 different sensors connected to the HMD and gloves, you can experience your interactive experience without having to rely on 3rd party tracking devices
  • They boast a 5ms latency, full finger tracking (with plug and play, and quick calibration), and haptic feedback to give you a more immersed experience. Their breathable, environmentally friendly, and antibacterial material keeps them dry and clean; making them very low maintenance.
  • It has 10 zones sensing and providing forces on each hand. This means that when you lift objects in the virtual world, you’ll actually feel them; from snowballs to baseballs, the difference in the objects are experienced by the user.
  • The glove captures finger gestures and 3D postures to help its wearer experience the immersive technology in a distinctive way
  • Integrated into Exoglove, are sensors that make it possible for the glove to track hand posture with tremendous accuracy; plus it even covers a considerably wide range. The sensors are powered by 3 subsystems for tracking hand position, finger movement and haptic perception
  • It boasts haptic feedback on each individual finger, 10ms latency, and a 10-hour battery life. 7 sensors track your fingers as precisely as possible in order to give you a seamless integration into your virtual world of choice. These were made with you in mind.
  • With a full range of hand motions and force feedback, this gadget will have you truly interacting with virtual reality.
  • Proof of concept is the aim of the game with these gloves. They aren’t aimed at gamers but rather at commercial users. Everything from a military simulation to a simulation of a new car design can benefit from the use of HaptX gloves
  • The gloves are tracked using cameras which makes it special impractical and rather inconvenient price wise. The reason for this, according to their chief scientist Michael Abrash, is because our hands have 25 degrees of freedom which makes it difficult for accurate tracking without cameras. The crispness in the video demonstration shows us that he clearly knows what he’s talking about.
  • create human-like sensation, that’s simply down to the advanced vibrotactile actuators that have been incorporated into it – there are 10 of these actuators available. It is more of an upgrade on the Gloveone developed by the same company.
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  • LISTEN TO ARTICLE 5:23 SHARE THIS ARTICLE Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email In this articleGOOGLALPHABET INC-A1,212.91USD-0.17-0.01%SPXS&P 5002,815.62USD+6.07+0.22%826938ZMOZILLA CORPPrivate CompanyUSDAAPLAPPLE INC190.40USD-1.05-0.55%AMZNAMAZON.COM INC1,842.92USD-1.01-0.05% Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it puts search and web-browser apps onto Android mobile devices
  • Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fin
  • Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told reporters. “These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits."
  • Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it puts search and web-browser apps onto Android mobile devices.
  • Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told reporters. “These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits
  • Google declined to say what changes it might make to comply with the EU order.
  • Last year, Google faced a then-record 2.4 billion-euro penalty following an investigation into shopping-search service.
  • The EU said Google ensures that Google Search and Chrome are pre-installed on "practically all Android devices" sold in Europe. Users who find these apps on their phones are likely to stick with them and "do not download competing apps in numbers that can offset the significant commercial advantage derived on pre-installation.”
  • Google’s actions reduce the incentives for manufacturers to install and for users to seek out competing apps, it said
  • Alphabet shares were unchanged at $1,212.98 while the S&P 500 Index was little changed at 11:56 a.m. in New York.
  • LISTEN TO ARTICLE 5:23 SHARE THIS ARTICLE Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email In this articleGOOGLALPHABET INC-A1,212.91USD-0.17-0.01%SPXS&P 5002,815.62USD+6.07+0.22%826938ZMOZILLA CORPPrivate CompanyUSDAAPLAPPLE INC190.40USD-1.05-0.55%AMZNAMAZON.COM INC1,842.92USD-1.01-0.05% Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it puts search and web-browser apps onto Android mobile devices
  • Google Fined Record $5 Billion
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  • Michael Fauscette, chief research officer at peer-to-peer business review platform G2 Crowd, said both sides of the political divide used news stories to target Facebook users in different parts of the country
  • Kosinski noted that many people don’t mind being targeted with more relevant information — but feel cheated when it’s done without their knowledge.
  • (A Facebook spokesman told MarketWatch at the time that the study was not used to target vulnerable teenagers with advertisements, regretted that this study was carried out and said the contents of this study should not have been shared with a company
  • What your Facebook ‘likes’ say about you
  • Cambridge University’s Psychometrics Centre, said these tools were created to “access a history of behavior that might be more accurate than a survey” — and that isn’t always a bad thing. They have potentially life-saving applications in public health
  • The company carried out research on the psychological states of teenagers and found “moments when young people need a confidence boos
  • during the 2016 election. Democratic voters who were shown content about candidate Hillary Clinton being ahead in the polls, for instance, may have become complacent and less likely to vote.
  • Last month, Congress repealed laws passed by the Federal Communications Commission on what data internet service providers could collect on users.
  • his 2012 analysis of 58,000 volunteers using Facebook predicted a user’s skin color with 95% accuracy.
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  • try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it until it breaks. How many fragments did you make? If the answer is three or more, pull out another stick and try again. Can you break the noodle in two? If not, you’re in very good company
  • Feynman’s kitchen experiment remained unresolved until 2005
  • the forces at work when spaghetti — and any long, thin rod — is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a “snap-back” effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman’s puzzle
  • the forces at work when spaghetti — and any long, thin rod — is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a “snap-back” effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman’s puzzle. But a question remained: Could spaghetti ever be coerced to break in two?
  • according to a new MIT study, is yes — with a twist. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report that they have found a way to break spaghetti in two
  • The team found that if a stick is twisted past a certain critical degree, then slowly bent in half, it will, against all odds, break in two.
  • the results may have applications beyond culinary curiosities, such as enhancing the understanding of crack formation and how to control fractures in other rod-like materials such as multifiber structures, engineered nanotubes, or even microtubules in cells.
  • Heisser and Patil used the device to bend and twist hundreds of spaghetti sticks, and recorded the entire fragmentation process with a camera, at up to a million frames per second. In the end, they found that by first twisting the spaghetti at almost 360 degrees, then slowly bringing the two clamps together to bend it, the stick snapped exactly in two. The findings were consistent across two types of spaghetti: Barilla No. 5 and Barilla No. 7, which have slightly different diameters.
  • “Taken together, our experiments and theoretical results advance the general understanding of how twist affects fracture cascades,” Dunkel says.
  • e the forces at work when spaghetti — and any long, thin rod — is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a “snap-back” effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman’s puzzle. But a question remained: Could spaghetti ever be coerced to break in two?
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