Blogs Directory Amazing tech news: March 2019

Sunday, 31 March 2019

World's first 5G district : Shanghai's Hongkou district

Shanghai on Saturday claimed to have the world's first district with 5G coverage and a broadband gigabit network. It conducted trial runs of the 5G network, backed by telecom services provider China Mobile.
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"Trial runs of the 5G network started on Saturday in Shanghai's Hongkou district, where 5G base stations had been deployed over the last three months to ensure full coverage," the China Daily reported.
Shanghai's vice-mayor Wu Qing made the network's first 5G video call on Huawei's Mate X smartphone, the first 5G foldable phone.

The city aims to build over 10,000 5G base stations by the end of this year and the number of 5G base stations could cross 30,000 in 2021, said Zhang Jianming, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Economic and Informatisation Commission, the telecom and industry regulator.

5G, the next generation of cellular technology, will have download speed 10-100 times faster than the 4G LTE networks.
In February, Shanghai announced a 5G deployment programme at Hongqiao Railway Station where users would be able to watch live broadcasts of town hall meetings and experience lightning-quick downloads of high-resolution movies as and when 5G-powered phones and tablets become available.
"Shanghai also plans to nurture over 100 innovative companies, specialised in exploring 5G-related application scenarios, whose industrial output is expected to reach 100 billion yuan ($14.9 billion) by 2021," Zhang was quoted as saying by the China Daily.

Chinese premium smartphone player Huawei is leading the 5G race globally with its massive investments in R&D, but is facing the heat from some Western countries, particularly the US. They allege that Huawei's 5G network could pose a national security threat.
According to Huawei, Mate X would be launched by mid-year and considering India as an important market, it would be introduced here soon after.


Twitter may tag rule-breaking Trump tweets

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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Twitter may tag rule-breaking Trump tweets

Twitter said Thursday it could start tagging tweets from newsworthy figures such as US President Donald Trump that break its rules, while stopping short of deleting them.
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The one-to-many messaging platform used extensively by Trump to fire off comments, some of them inflammatory, said it is exploring ways to add context to tweets considered to be of legitimate public interest but which violate its terms of service.
"Twitter is exploring ways to provide more context around tweets that violate our rules, but are newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest," the company said in an emailed statement.

A day earlier, Twitter's trust and safety chief Vijaya Gadde made similar remarks asked about abusive tweets, which may be from a public figure such as Trump.
Gadde said during an on-stage interview at a Washington Post technology forum in San Francisco that Twitter was looking at ways to "put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually a violation of our rules and it is serving a particular purpose in remaining on the platform."

Tweets that go too far, such as threatening someone with violence, would be removed no matter who posts them, according to Gadde.
Twitter and other online platforms have faced pressure to remove abusive and hateful content, while at the same time avoiding criticism of acting due to political bias.

Trump earlier this month stepped up claims of political bias by Big Tech firms in a fresh assault on Silicon Valley after one of his key congressional allies sued Twitter claiming it discriminates against conservatives.
Twitter and other Silicon Valley firms have vigorously denied claims of political bias built into their platforms.


Google is getting back into robotics after its last attempt failed

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Google is getting back into robotics after its last attempt failed

Google is getting back into robotics after its previous effort fizzled out and lost its leader amid allegations of sexual misconduct, The New York Times reported.
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Google’s previous robotics arm was led by Andy Rubin, the former Android chief who was reportedly paid a $90 million exit package in 2014 after sexual misconduct allegations were brought against him. Shortly before his exit, Google had gone on a spending blitz beginning in 2013, acquiring six robotics startups which were eventually either sold or squashed, according to the Times.

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Google’s revamped robotics program will focus more on simple machines that can perform and learn tasks through machine learning, according to the Times. This is a far cry from the human and dog-like robots of Boston Dynamics, the most famous of the robotics businesses that Google parent company Alphabet sold to SoftBank back in 2017.

When reached for comment, Google confirmed the Times report and pointed to a blog post about one of its robotics projects.
The new Robotics at Google is now led by Vincent Vanhoucke, the Times reported, who previously helped build Google Brain, which researches artificial intelligence. Using machine learning, the robotics team told the Times that its new creations will be able to learn skills independently, like how to sort through a bin of objects by type.
This time, Google is not trying to reinvent the wheel by inventing fancy new hardware. It’s using some simpler, less human-like robots built by other companies and training them to do new tasks, according to the Times. For example, researchers in one part of the lab are training a mobile robot sold by a startup called Fetch to navigate spaces with which it’s not yet familiar.

This sort of knowledge could be handy in a manufacturing facility, where robots could significantly cut down the costs incurred by maintaining a human workforce. Amazon, for example, already uses robots to automate parts of its distribution process.

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Friday, 29 March 2019

Premature deaths can be Predicted by Artificial Intelligence

Researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system to predict the risk of early deaths due to chronic disease in middle-aged adults.
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The study, published by PLOS ONE journal, found that the new AI Machine Learning models known as "random forest" and "deep learning" were very accurate in its predictions and performed better than the current standard approach to prediction developed by human experts.

Such new risk prediction models take into account demographic, biometric, clinical and lifestyle factors for each individual, and assess even their dietary consumption of fruit, vegetables and meat per day, said Stephen Weng, Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham in Britain.

The traditionally-used "Cox regression" prediction model, based on age and gender, was found to be the least accurate at predicting mortality and also a multivariate Cox model which worked better but tended to over-predict risk.
"Preventative healthcare is a growing priority in the fight against serious diseases so we have been working for a number of years to improve the accuracy of computerised health risk assessment in the general population," said Weng.
For the study, the team included over half a million people aged between 40 and 69.
Although these techniques could be new to many in health research and difficult to follow, clearly reporting these methods in a transparent way could help with scientific verification and future development of AI for health care, said Joe Kai, Professor at the varsity.

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