JioGlass Unveiled at Indian Mobile Congress: A Made-in-India Marvel!
At the Indian Mobile Congress, Jio showcased the JioGlass, a remarkable made-in-India gadget.These smart glasses connect to your smartphone and magically expand your screen to a massive 100 inches. Developed by Tesseract, a deep-tech startup acquired by Reliance Industries in 2019, the JioGlass supports the "Make in India" initiative and represents a significant leap in augmented and virtual reality technology.
Google Maps Unveils AI-Driven Enhancements, Including Immersive View and Lens Integration
At this year's I/O event, Google Maps introduced a host of AI-driven enhancements, featuring an improved Street View experience, integrated augmented reality (AR) Lens in Maps, advanced search capabilities, and more! Immersive View for places, powered by AI, merges Street View and aerial images, enabling users to preview destinations like restaurants and landmarks. Developers can create unique immersive experiences with the introduction of Photorealistic 3D Tiles on the Google Maps Platform. Lens in Maps, formerly known as Search with Live View, harnesses AI and AR to help users navigate and explore new or local surroundings.
Airbnb Turns to AI to Combat House Party Havoc
In recent years, the nightmare scenario of renting out your home only to return to a chaotic house party has become all too common. This trend, especially prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic, has pushed short-term rental giant Airbnb into action. Airbnb has initiated a "global party ban" to curb such disruptive incidents: a pledge that included banning repeat offenders from booking accommodations and imposing restrictions on renters under the age of 25 without a pristine review history!
In their latest move, Airbnb has introduced an AI-driven software system to proactively identify and deter potential troublemakers.
Amazon Trials Humanoid Robots to Enhance Warehouse Operations
In a bid to further automate its operations, Amazon has initiated trials of humanoid robots in its US-based warehouses. The move, which involves testing a new robot named Digit equipped with arms and legs, represents Amazon's latest venture into the world of automation. The e-commerce giant has stated that the primary goal is to "free employees up to better deliver for our customers." Amazon currently boasts over 750,000 robots working "collaboratively" with human staff, primarily handling highly repetitive tasks.
Anticipating a 'Hologram Revolution' with Innovative Technology
Australia's groundbreaking Hologram Zoo, unveiled earlier this year, is making waves with its 50 mesmerizing laser-crafted displays, ranging from lifelike dinosaurs to awe-inspiring gorillas. This one-of-a-kind animal-themed park has gained global attention for its futuristic approach, and its creator, Bruce Dell, CEO of Axiom Holographics, claims it to be the world's most advanced of its kind, incorporating cutting-edge technology that's never been seen before!
Meta's Vision for a More Engaging VR Future Includes Controller-Free Headsets
In response to Apple's Vision Pro announcement earlier this year, Meta is revamping its strategy to deliver a more engaging VR experience. While the Quest 3 is set to launch this week, Meta is already looking ahead to its next headset; and, taking cues from Apple's Vision Pro, Meta is in a race to mainstream the appeal of VR technology. A key component of this plan involves introducing a VR headset next year that will eliminate the need for controllers, making the experience even more immersive and accessible.
03 Oct 2023
AI Watermarks Are No Match for Attackers!
Digital watermarks, inspired by physical counterparts, are gaining prominence in the fight against AI-generated content. OpenAI, Alphabet, Meta, Amazon, and other major players have committed to developing watermarking tech to trace the origins of online images and text, a vital tool in identifying deepfakes and bot-generated content.
How Crypto and Traditional Finance Are Transforming Real Estate Through Tokenization
The tokenization of real-world assets on blockchain has become a major trend, with both traditional financial institutions and crypto-native players driving its growth. This movement, which began with banks recognizing blockchain's potential for 24/7 settlement and lower transaction costs, has evolved to include smaller participants in the crypto space. Tokenization democratizes investments, making assets more accessible, secure, and tradable. This transformative shift has the potential to disrupt traditional finance, levelling the playing field for investors and redefining how we interact with assets in the digital age.
25 Sep 2023
US Presidential Election's Potential Impact on the Crypto Market
As Ripple, Coinbase, Binance, and others continue their battle with the SEC, the US cryptocurrency market might see a transformation in late 2024.
Crypto enthusiasts are eyeing a Republican Party victory as a positive development for the American digital asset space. Such an outcome could entail SEC Chair Gary Gensler stepping aside, potentially marking the end of an era characterized by regulatory enforcement.
11 Sep 2023
Meta's VR Advances in Healthcare Make Waves
Meta's VR technology is making huge strides in healthcare, aiding in surgeon training and patient treatment. Despite being a costly endeavour for Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, VR is gaining ground in the medical field.Health systems like Kettering Health Dayton in the U.S. are using VR and AR devices for training and patient care, exploring the potential of extended reality
Renewable Energy Innovations
08 Aug 2023
Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: Paving the Way for Cheap and Clean Energy?
In a significant stride towards achieving sustainable energy, the US National Ignition Facility has achieved a remarkable feat – a fusion reaction that generated more energy than it consumed! This breakthrough marks the second instance of such success, surpassing the accomplishments of the initial triumph. However, its crucial to approach this news with a discerning eye.
Why is fusion power a game-changer? Unlike conventional nuclear power plants that rely on fission reactions, where atoms are split to release energy, fusion involves fusing smaller particles into larger atoms, mimicking the process within stars like our sun. This promises a cleaner and more potent energy source without hazardous radioactive waste. But the complex task of controlling this reaction still puzzles physicists and engineers.
The question everyone is asking is this: Is this the ignition point for a new era of energy, or are there hurdles that still lie ahead on the path to truly unleashing the power of nuclear fusion?
31 Jul 2023
Mark Zuckerberg's Threads Loses Over Half of Users After Explosive Start!
Mark Zuckerberg's new social media platform, Threads, has seen a significant drop in users, with more than half of its 100 million users abandoning the platform shortly after its launch. The Meta boss acknowledged the decline, attributing it to the platform's limited functionality upon release. "Obviously, if you have more than 100 million people sign up, ideally it would be awesome if all of them or even half of them stuck around. We're not there yet," Zuckerberg said. To address this, Meta has added new features and aims to improve user retention.
31 Jul 2023
The Metaverse: A Game-Changer in Tackling Climate Change
The Metaverse, that futuristic realm we've all been waiting for, is not just about gaming and entertainment—it's here to fight the climate crisis too! With virtual workspaces, eco-friendly supply chains, and impactful education, this virtual universe could inspire a new era of sustainable living and responsible environmental stewardship. By raising awareness on greenhouse gas emissions, the Metaverse offers a promising pathway towards a greener future for generations to come.
17 Jul 2023
Bitcoin hovers near 13-month high as investors celebrate Ripple ruling
Bitcoin reached its highest price since June 2022, nearing $31,818, following a significant legal victory for the cryptocurrency industry. A U.S. judge ruled that Ripple Labs Inc did not violate securities law by selling its XRP token on public exchanges, marking the first win for a crypto company in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The impact of the ruling has been immediate, with major exchanges like Coinbase and Bitstamp resuming trading of XRP on their platforms, after suspending it in 2021 due to the SEC's lawsuit. Binance.US also joined in, announcing the re-enablement of XRP trading on its exchange.
Sustainable Jet-fuel from Plant-based Biomass!
Researchers at IIT Jodhpur have made significant strides in biofuel production by creating a method to produce bio-jet fuel from plant-based biomass. This breakthrough has the potential to provide the aviation industry with a cost-effective and environmentally friendly fuel option. By utilizing waste biomass and non-edible oils, the team has made the manufacturing process profitable, opening up new possibilities for sustainable energy solutions.
Apple Slashes Production Forecasts for Vision Pro AR Headset Due to Design Complexity
Despite its recent launch last month, Apple’s cutting-edge Vision Pro AR headset is now facing unforeseen design complexities that have forced Apple to reevaluate its production plans, making significant cuts to its production forecasts. The headset, set to hit the market early next year in the United States, carries a hefty starting price tag of $3,499. This cost is more than three times higher than the most expensive headset in Meta's line of mixed and virtual reality devices.
Governing AI: Safeguarding Our Future
Even while it has the potential to revolutionize various industries and transform the way we live and work, artificial intelligence comes with its own set of serious red flags. And as we marvel at the transformative capabilities of AI, we must find ways to address issues such as ethics, privacy, bias, and accountability. These challenges highlight the need for responsible AI development and deployment.
Microsoft recognizes that the “need for effective control over AI is as crucial as the pursuit of its advantages”, and has unveiled its five-point blueprint for governing AI in its report Governing AI: A Blueprint for the Future
Powering the Future: Unveiling the Oxygen-Ion Battery
In a significant scientific breakthrough, TU Wien researchers have introduced a game-changing
oxygen-ion battery, revolutionizing the field of energy storage. This ground-breaking
innovation outperforms lithium-ion batteries by offering unmatched durability, freedom from
rare elements, and enhanced fire safety. Despite its lower energy density, the oxygen-ion
battery's distinguishing feature lies in its exceptional ability to maintain storage capacity,
ensuring an exceptionally long lifespan through efficient regeneration.
Report Bugs and Earn up to $20,000: OpenAI's Bug Bounty Program
OpenAI is taking proactive measures to keep its AI systems secure, and they're doing it in a
creative way! The company has just launched its Bug Bounty program, and they're offering
some big rewards - up to $20,000 - to anyone who can identify and report vulnerabilities in
their software. It's an excellent incentive for programmers and ethical hackers to put on their
thinking caps and start exploring OpenAI's systems in detail. The more severe the bug, the
higher the reward - with amounts ranging from $200 all the way up to $20,000.
Blockchain Protocol Algorand Launches AlgoBharat
Algorand is launching AlgoBharat, an initiative to expand the Web3 developer base and invest in Indian Web3 startups. The Algorand Foundation will lead the effort, with a focus on real-world utility projects, financial inclusion, and democratic access to capital. Algorand uses a proof of stake consensus system, positions itself as a scalable and green blockchain, and recently partnered with the Telangana government to host a Web3 hackathon. AlgoBharat will provide mentorship, capital, and developer support to Web3 startups.
17 Feb 2023
ChatGPT Takes on the US Medical Licensing Exam!
By now there is surely no one who hasn’t heard of ChatGPT, the AI chatbot that has taken the internet by storm since its debut in November! In recent weeks, this tool has been demonstrating its amazing abilities, such as writing complex essays on the spot, penning poems and jokes, and even drafting a speech for a US Congressman. And now, ChatGPT has achieved a major milestone by scoring over 50 per cent on the notoriously difficult US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
With Google coming up with its own tool, a ChatGPT rival named Bard, the field is wide open for new competition to enter the fray. Awesome or terrifying? Only time will tell!
Web3 Telecom: Exploring Future Possibilities
There’s been a lot of buzz around Web3 lately — a new kind of internet service built around decentralized blockchains, which has been defined as “the internet owned by the builders and users, orchestrated with tokens.” And even as the Web3 space is transforming the crypto world, it has the potential to transform the traditional telecom industry as well. The concept of Web3 telecom is still in its early stages, but its potential impact on the telecom industry is significant and worth exploring!
05 Dec 2022
Navigating the Complexities and Uncertainties of Deep Learning
Picture this: a self-driving car that learns to drive by itself. No human programming, no engineer input, just an algorithm that teaches itself by watching a human do it. That's exactly what researchers at Nvidia achieved with their experimental vehicle in Monmouth County, New Jersey. While this is a stunning display of the power of artificial intelligence (AI), it's also a little unnerving.
The problem is that the car's underlying AI technology, known as deep learning, is incredibly complex. It's so complex, in fact, that even the engineers who designed it may struggle to understand why it makes certain decisions. And if something goes wrong, it may be difficult to pinpoint the cause. This raises questions around accountability and predictability. How can we trust an AI system that we don't fully understand?
IBM builds new AI chip for training deep learning models
An upgraded version of IBM’s 2021 AI Telum processor, known as the Artificial Intelligence Unit (AIU), has been developed to accelerate the development of industrial-scale deep learning models. 5 years in the making, the AIU is an application-specific integrated circuit that can run any deep learning task, from rapidly processing images to translating spoken languages.